50 yrs: The club's beginnings (9/12)

This year Paris Saint-Germain turns 50 and to celebrate, PSG.fr is highlighting 12 important dates from the club's founding in 1970. Today we look at 12 August.

12 August 1970. 50 years ago to the day, the Paris Police Prefecture accepted the change of name from the Association Paris Football-Club to Paris Saint-Germain Football-Club.

This is the official founding date and the end of a process begun several months earlier…

On 27 May 1970, the General Assembly of the Association P.F.C, charged with creating a big football club in the French capital by the French Football Federation, unanimously voted to merge with Stade de Saint-Germain, who played in the National division (ex-Ligue 2).

On 4 June, with 85 votes for, 5 against and one abstention, the Stade Sangermanois accepted to merge with Paris Football-Club, to be named Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

On 26 June, an extraordinary general meeting of the new club confirmed the creation of Paris Saint-Germain. 

A new board was then elected with three new administrators from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, including city mayor Jean Chastang.

The administrators then gave certain powers to a committee director. Pierre-Étienne Guyot was named chairman, assisted by two vice-chairman in Guy Crescent and Henri Patrelle.

On 8 August 1970, the Association P.F.C board asked for authorisation to change the name to Paris Saint-Germain Football-Club.

This demand was sent to the Paris Police Prefecture and received on 11 August.

The next day, on 12 August 1970, the change of name was accepted and officially entered into the Journal Officiel, on 27 August 1970, as required by law.

Happy Birthday Paris Saint-Germain!