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Ricard Graells (1919-1920)

Ricard Graells (1919-1920)

Ricard Graells took over from Joan Gamper when the founder of FC Barcelona stood down for the third time, on 10 June 1919

His time as President was a complete success. The number of members of the club reached 3,217, with a monthly average of 131 new arrivals and 44 departures, and, in line with the aspirations of Catalan autonomy, of which Graells was a great promoter, the Club joined up with other organisations which celebrated the Catalan national day La Diada, celebrated on 11th September.

Financially, the club was able to pay off a debt of 16,100 pesetas, which had been carried over from the previous presidency and consequently, for the first time in many years, the club owed nothing to anybody. The Club’s balance at that time was 1,656.15 pesetas. On the pitch everything also went well, as Barça had got together a superb squad of players, including the likes of amb Zamora, Sancho, Samitier and Alcántara amongst others, which won both the Campeonat de Catalunya and the Spanish Championship.

At the end of the season, on 27 June 1920, there was a multitudinous general meeting of club members, during which the new Statutes of the club were discussed. An agreement was rapidly reached and the 43 articles, which the secretary Joan Bapista Soler had drawn up, were unanimously approved.

As well as this, the monthly subscription paid by club members rose from two to three pesetas, and a committee was formed, made up of the majority of the former Presidents of the club, whose job it was to make an in-depth study of everything related to the proposed building of a new ground, which had started under Gaspar Rosés - the man to whom Graells handed over the presidency on 27 June 1920. Thus began Rosés's second period in charge at Barça.

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