DEATH OF HERCULES' MOST FAMOUS SON
By Kevin Reardon / 2010-07-06 15:57:29
Jose Rico Perez, the most famous former President of Hercules, and the man most responsible for much of its recent success, has died at the age of 92.
Club sources report that he passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning.
Born in Daya Nueva on March 13, 1918, Snr Perez holds the office of President of Honor of the Foundation of Hercules, and was the longest living president in the history of the club taking office on March 12, 1971 and serving as President until 1985.
During his tenure, Hercules experienced the most successful period in its history, eight consecutive seasons in the Primera Division (74-75 to 81-82) and in the 74-75 season with coach Arsenio Iglesias, it finished in fifth position, the best classification in the history of the club.
He was also one of the leading roles in the adoption of Alicante as a World Cup venue in 1982 when Argentina's national team played their games in the city in the competition’s first phase.
In 2008 Perez was further honoured by the Mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, when the expansion area PAU 1 was named after him
The body of Jose Rico Perez is currently lying in the Evergreen Funeral Hall in Alicante. It is understood that the funeral will take place tomorrow Wednesday.