Ramn Soto, the president who led Ribadesella CF to the 2nd Division B of Spanish football, dies

The sport of football is mourning in the region of the East due to the death of Ramón Soro Palacios, a man who was linked for three decades, in various facets, to Ribadesella CF, one of the historical figures of Asturian soccer. Back for the 2010/11 season, he left the club’s presidency, a position he held for several decades, although without disassociating himself from the club, passing the witness to Rosa Pañeda, the only woman to preside over that sports entity from La Rioja throughout its long history.

Soto, lived great moments as the maximum person in charge of Ribadesella CF, until reaching Second Division B in the 2001/02 season, being Yosu Uribe the tenant of the Oreyana bench, a technician who, subsequently, directed professional teams such as Alavés, Getafe or Elche, among others. That promotion marked a milestone in Eastern soccer. It was his only campaign in the bronze category of “king” sport in this country.

To find the origin of Ribadesella you have to go back to July 21, 1949, the date the current club was formed and after two attempts with the Unión Deportiva Ribadesella teams (it barely lasted the seasons 1940/41 and 1941/42) and Círculo Riosellano. Its first president was Saturno Barro, who formed a board of directors along with Germán Cabeza, Sergio González, Rodrigo Pérez, Vicente Pelaz, Maximiliano Gutiérrez, Emilio Caso, Agustín González and José Manuel Celorio.

In those years, Ribadesella played on the fields of Las Royas and Santa Marina. In the 1960s, the club disappeared and would not compete again until 1973, when the board of directors led by Claudio Valdés enrolled him in the Second Regional. On his return, he played his first match against Santa Bárbara, whom he defeated in Avilés 2-4. As of that season, the entity went up categories, reaching the military in the aforementioned 2nd Division B. Currently, it is framed in the First Regional, under the presidency of Miguel Codesal.

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