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Is This The Reds' Biggest Fan?

Wednesday August 14 2013

Is this the Reds' biggest fan? Is this the Reds' biggest fan?

THERE are some big Reds fans on We Are Barnsley, but is this the club's biggest fan? She's only missed two games in 25 years!

The only two games that Jane Utley's missed were away dates at Chelsea in 1998 and Oxford in 1999.

She attends every reserve game - home and away - as well as the junior matches and clocks up more than 10,000 miles a year cheering on the club.

Jane, from Worsbrough, has been watching Barnsley since she was six, is an officer at Barnsley Council and books two days off work for long away trips and uses most of her annual holiday allowance for football games.

"I've never got married," Jane laughs. "In fact, my dad used to say I'm married to Barnsley Football Club which I guess makes sense.

"I've seen some Barnsley fans get married to Sheffield Wednesday supporters and all they seem to do is argue. Can you imagine that? Besides, who on earth would marry me knowing how much time and money I spend on football?"

It was Jane's dad who started her love for the club by taking her to her first game in the 1960s.

"In my first three games we lost 5-0, 5-0 and 5-1, so I was well trained to the life of a Barnsley fan from a young age," joked Jane.

"There's a group of us who go every week and it really is my life. All of my friends know that's where I spend my time and I don't really care what people think.

"I refuse to work out how much I spend on watching Barnsley, it'd be too devastating. It's well into the thousands.

"I drive to most games but sometimes go on a coach. I even got a plane to Plymouth when we played them a few years back.

"I work flexi-time at the council so sometimes I'll get into work early and clock off in the afternoon so I can get to the under-21 games at Oakwell.

"When the fixtures come out I book time off work, so I've already taken two days off for the Bournemouth and Brighton away games which are on Tuesday nights."

Jane's best season was when the Reds were in the Premier League and her all-time favourite player was Matty Appleby.

"Matty gave 100 per cent and I liked him for that," she said.

"I even went to see him at Oldham and Whitby after he'd left Barnsley. To be honest, all I care about is that the players try their best. As long as they do that, I'll keep supporting Barnsley forever."

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Reply Posted by john on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 13:01
Well done a true supporter
We need more like you

Reply Posted by Ann Ford on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 13:20
Way to go Jane, a true supporter .. not like some of the 'fair weather' supporters that we have who just want to moan about everything .. COME ON YOU REDS ..

Reply Posted by boowho on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 13:58
barnsley r a selling club stones vaz te etc and the not as rich as other clubs cant even score against scunny relegation this time folks

Reply Posted by boowhou2u on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 14:06
Ur an idiot!

Reply Posted by Gareth Evans on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 14:26
Well done Jane, a true Reds fan, I am Barnsley nuts myself as well. Well I would marry you lols cause we go to matches together lols.

But seriously you are a true fan well done lass....

Reply Posted by Toby Tike on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 14:37
Ooooo, come on jane...a proposal, I,ll read the service, or give you away.

Reply Posted by charles on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 17:22
Jane is a lovely lass, a true red. Without doubt the clubs number one supporter.

Reply Posted by Rachel on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 22:03
Go girl! fantastic commitment, you are a role model for all female fans. Respect!

Reply Posted by chris on Thursday August 15 2013 at 10:37
This is a lovely story.

Reply Posted by STORMIN Norman on Thursday August 15 2013 at 23:08
I'll marry her if I can have lifts to away games

Reply Posted by flapper on Monday August 19 2013 at 13:55