News has been received at Swansea Rugby Club of the sudden and unexpected passing of a legendary name at St Helen's ground. Brian Morris, a founder and long time senior member of the Patron Supporters committee passed away suddenly this morning.
Brian will be known to many rugby supporters, both from the Swansea club and those visiting on match days, as the genial, larger than life and always welcoming face of the bar that bore his name beside the grandstand. But his length of service as a supporter, committee man and practical helper at St Helen's stretched much further than being the friendly face to supporters on match day.
Gerry Lindenburn, Chairman of the Parton Supporters' committee, expressing his shock and sadness at the news, said:"
"Brian Morris has been a member and follower of The Whites for about 50 years and has always been proud of the team and players. In the 1980's, together with Martin Glass, Joe Jenkins and Eifion Griffiths formed the Patrons' Club to run alongside the Supporters' section offering an alternative way of following the team. Whereas the Supporters would travel by coach for the game and return soon after the match ended, the Patrons left much earlier, had lunch in some hostelry and returned much later as well making a day of it albeit liquidly. At the home games the Patrons ran a bar underneath the old grandstand and Brian seemed to be the chief barman. He was a member of the committee from the start under the chairmanship of Eifion Griffiths and when it was decided to merge the Supporters and Patrons together Brian stayed on as a member and continued to run what is now known as Brian's Bar.
Players will be all too aware of the loss to the club. It has been a long standing tradition for the team to gather in the Patrons' Bar and more lately in Brian's Bar after the final home match of the season, where they were greeted with a warm welcome, win or lose.
Everyone at St Helen's extends their sympathy to Brian's family, who will know just how many friends Brian made and introduced to each other over the years. The club will make known service arrangements at a later date and will respect the family's privacy at this very sad time. Brian will be missed by all who met him.