Together with his brother Gonzalvo III and Sans, he formed part of the best set of midfield players the team has ever had. He played more than 200 matches with Barça.
When he came to work as a coach, it was to substitute his colleague Ladislao Kubala. It was in the second half of the 62-63 season and the team was going through trying times. Even though Barça ended up winning the Cup Final, Gonzalvo left his position at the end of the year.
Josep Gonzalvo died in 1978 after undergoing an operation which led to further complications.