Jane Browne – a fitting farewell

January 1, 2000



Hundreds packed into a Portishead church for the funeral of the Supporters Club treasurer Jane Browne.

Jane, the first woman to be a director on the board of Bristol Rovers as a representative of the Supporters Club, died recently after a long fight against cancer aged 63.

The mourners at St Peter’s Church were led by Jane’s husband Wes and daughter Lucy. They entered the church to the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the music played as Rovers players take to the pitch at the start of every home game.

The football club was represented at the service by the board of directors and manager Paul Trollope along with the Supporters Club committee members.The hymns sung included Jerusalem and Abide With Me, which has always been linked with the Cup Final.

It was appropriate as in his moving and humorous tribute her brother Pete told of her devotion to her family and Bristol Rovers and how she got married on Cup Final day in 1973. The exit music at the end of the service was the Lead Belly version of Goodnight Irene.

Jane was treasurer of the Supporters Club for more than 30 years and helped form the club’s teenage group, the Pirates, 45 years ago and also sold programmes and draw tickets before games at Eastville Stadium.

Supporters Club chairman Jim Chappell, said:

The well attended service was a fitting tribute to Jane. No one person has ever done more for the Supporters’ Club or for that matter the Football Club since our foundation. I have lost a great friend and the Rovers a true and loyal servant who can never be fully replaced.”

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