The history of Bartomeu Terradas and Futbol Club Barcelona

Bartomeu Terradas is known for being the first treasurer of Futbol Club Barcelona and its second president, but his relationship with the club goes beyond these two facts. Did you know that?

Bartomeu Terradas y Brutau was born in 1874, 25 years before Futbol Club Barcelona, popularly known as Barça, was founded. Son of Bartomeu Terradas Mont and Àngela Brutau Manent, he was born into a bourgeois family along with three sisters: Àngela, Rosa and Josepa, who would later live in the Casa de les Punxes.

In his youth, Bartomeu was sent to study abroad, specifically in Switzerland and France. In the latter he began to play football.

The start of FCB

Bartomeu Terradas was one of the twelve founders of the Futbol Club Barcelona, among whom stand out figures as well-known as Joan Gamper or Walter Wild. The young Terradas played the first match of Barça and was its first treasurer. After a while he became the second president of the club, the first Catalan, relegating Wild to the presidency in 1901. Not only did he help the club with these positions, but he was also one of the first patrons of FC Barcelona. When the club had to leave the first football field where they played, Terradas contributed 14,000 “pesetas” to rent the land where the second one would be located.

During the years of Terradas’ presidency, Barça won its first title: the Macaya Cup in 1902. A year before, his father died, and he had to take over the family business. That year he also married Pilar Soler Julià, with whom he had ten children.

Bartomeu played a total of 31 matches and stopped playing in 1903. He started to move away from Barça in 1905. When the professionalization of the club and the players led Terradas to feel that he was losing the initial concept of the club. Between these years he asked Puig and Cadafalch to build a house for his sisters, which would end up being the incredible Casa de les Punxes.

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