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Brisbane Lions

Brisbane Lions logo
Full name Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club, Trading as Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club[1]
Nickname(s) Lions
2015 season
Home-and-away season 17th
Leading goalkicker Josh Green (25)
Best and fairest Dayne Beams, Stefan Martin
Mitch Robinson, Dayne Zorko
Club details
Founded 1996
Colours      Maroon,      blue, and      gold
Competition Australian Football League
Chairman Bob Sharpless
CEO Greg Swann
Coach Justin Leppitsch
Captain(s) Tom Rockliff
Premierships 3[2] (2001, 2002, 2003)
Ground(s) The Gabba (capacity: 42,000)
Training ground(s) The Gabba
Other information
Official website
Current season

The Brisbane Lions is an Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club is based in Brisbane, Queensland. The club was formed in 1996 from the merger of the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears. It is one of the most successful AFL clubs of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships (2001, 2002 and 2003).

The club is based at The Gabba. The team is captained by Tom Rockliff and is coached by Justin Leppitsch.


  • History: Start of a new era 1
    • Beginnings: 1997–2000 1.1
    • Triple premiership success: 2001–2003 1.2
    • Rebuild of the Lions' second generation: 2005–2008 1.3
    • Michael Voss: 2009–2013 1.4
  • Corporate 2
    • Membership base and sponsorship 2.1
  • Club symbols 3
    • Guernseys 3.1
    • Mascot 3.2
    • Song 3.3
  • Awards and achievements 4
    • Team 4.1
    • Individual 4.2
  • Club facts 5
  • Players 6
    • Current squad 6.1
    • Notable past players 6.2
  • NEAFL team 7
    • Reserves premierships 7.1
    • Season summaries 7.2
  • See also 8
  • Notes 9
  • External links 10

History: Start of a new era

In 1996, the ten-year-old Brisbane Bears had enjoyed their best season to date, losing a preliminary final to the eventual premiers, North Melbourne. However, the club was on extremely shaky financial ground and did not have many opportunities to generate revenue.

In contrast, the Fitzroy Lions, a foundation club of the VFL/AFL, had been among the bottom teams of the league for the better part of the last four decades. They had finished in last place for two successive seasons, although they contained a number of promising young players. The club was in serious trouble off the field as well. It had not had a permanent home since 1966 and had been on the verge of folding as early as 1986.

By the start of the 1996 season, Fitzroy was almost at the end of its financial tether. The club's directors agreed in principle to merge with North Melbourne as the "North-Fitzroy Kangaroos". However, that proposal was rejected 15–1 by the AFL Commission, reportedly out of concern that a merged all-Victorian club would be too powerful. Instead, Fitzroy was placed into administration, and its administrator accepted an offer to merge with Brisbane. The merged team would be based in Brisbane, and Bears coach John Northey would become coach of the merged club. However, it adopted a logo and guernsey based largely on those of Fitzroy.

The Brisbane Lions were officially launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997.

Beginnings: 1997–2000

Brisbane Lions logo from 2001 to 2009

In their first year as a combined club the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated by the St Kilda Football Club in a qualifying final. The following year, however, they finished in last position, despite boasting a talented playing list. Accordingly, Northey was sacked as coach with eight rounds remaining in the season. During the off-season the club hired Leigh Matthews, who in 1990 had delivered Collingwood its first premiership since 1958.

Matthews, who was voted "Player of the Century" in 2000, played his entire career with Hawthorn and brought many of the Hawthorn disciplines to the Lions. Within a season the Lions rose from the bottom of the ladder to fourth, before losing to the eventual premiers, the Kangaroos, in a preliminary final.

Triple premiership success: 2001–2003

As the Brisbane Lions, the club won its first AFL premiership in the 2001 AFL Grand Final, defeating Essendon 15.18 (108) to 12.10 (82).[3] Lions utility player Shaun Hart won the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Grand Final.[4]:521 On the morning after winning the flag, the club took the premiership cup to the Brunswick Street Oval in Fitzroy, the original home of the Fitzroy Football Club. It was an important way of connecting with Melbourne-based Lions fans, many of whom had previously supported Fitzroy, and of winning over disaffected Fitzroy fans who had not started supporting the Brisbane Lions post-merger by honouring the history of the club. The premiership cup then made its historic first trip to Brisbane, a traditionally rugby league-focused city.

In the same year, Brisbane Lion (and former Bear) midfielder Jason Akermanis won the league's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal.[4]:508[5]

In 2002, the Lions won back-to-back premierships when they again defeated Collingwood 9.12 (66) to 10.15 (75) in the 2002 AFL Grand Final in cold and wet conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Early in the contest the Lions lost both ruckman Beau McDonald and utility player Martin Pike (who had already had nine possessions in the first quarter) to injury and had to complete the match with a limited bench. Despite not scoring a goal in the first quarter, the undermanned Lions overcame a spirited Collingwood in the closest grand final in 15 years. Controversy surrounded the awarding of the Norm Smith medal for best player in the grand final to Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley. The voting panel cast its votes 20 minutes before the conclusion of the match. However, Lions captain Michael Voss was dominant in the final quarter to lead his team to victory and many speculated that, had voting taken place at the final siren, Voss may have won the award over Buckley.[6] The voting procedure was changed for subsequent grand finals.

In 2002, Brisbane Lions midfielder Simon Black won the Brownlow Medal for best and fairest player of the 2002 season.[4]:508 Accordingly, the Brisbane Lions became the first grand finalist in VFL/AFL history to have three Brownlow Medallists in its line-up, the three being 1996 winner Michael Voss,[4]:508 2001 winner Jason Akermanis and 2002 winner Simon Black.

In 2002 former Brisbane lawyer Michael Bowers became chief executive officer as part of a move to turn around the club's problematic finances.[4]:51

With a number of players under an injury cloud – and having lost to Collingwood in a qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground three weeks previously – the Lions went into the game as underdogs. However, they sealed their place in history as an AFL dynasty by thrashing the Magpies in cool but sunny conditions. At one stage in the final quarter the Lions led by almost 80 points before relaxing when the match was well and truly won, allowing Collingwood to score the last four goals. The final score of 20.14 (134) to 12.12 (84)[4]:860 saw the club become only the fourth in VFL/AFL history to win three consecutive premierships and the first since the creation of the AFL. Simon Black claimed the Norm Smith Medal with a dominant 39 possession match, the most possessions ever gathered by a player in a grand final.[7]

The 2004 season saw Brisbane remain in the top portion of the ladder for most of the season. In round 22, they set the VFL/AFL record for having the most experienced team in history. The 22-man Brisbane Lions squad had collectively played 3,718 senior career games,[8] and had collectively scored 3,373 senior career goals. Only four of the 22 players had not played over 100 AFL games;Jonathan Brown (89 games), Robert Copeland (73 games), Dylan McLaren (25 games) and Richard Hadley (23 games).[9]

Reaching the finals in second position, Brisbane controversially had to travel to Melbourne to play against Geelong in the preliminary final, due to a contract between the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Australian Football League (AFL) guaranteeing one preliminary final would be played each year at the MCG.[10] Port Adelaide had finished on top of the ladder and hosted the other preliminary final in Adelaide. Despite this setback, Brisbane beat Geelong and reached the AFL Grand Final for the fourth consecutive year. Their opponents, Port Adelaide, playing in their first ever grand final, were too good on the day and recorded a 40-point win.[11]

Rebuild of the Lions' second generation: 2005–2008

The Lions opened the 2005 AFL season with a 23-point win over St Kilda, but the game was overshadowed by an incident involving the Saints' captain Nick Riewoldt and Brisbane defenders Mal Michael and Chris Scott. Riewoldt injured his shoulder attempting a mark, but after he stayed on the field and refused medical attention, Michael and Scott both bumped into him. Riewoldt then left the ground, and was alter diagnosed with a broken collarbone.[12] The Brisbane players were later cleared of any wrongdoing,[13] although making unnecessary contact to an injured player would become illegal in the years to come.[14]

The team fell away badly towards the end, losing many games by very large margins. This culminated in a record 139-point defeat by St Kilda in the final round.[15] They finished a disappointing eleventh – out of the Finals for only the second time in the club's history. When able to field its strongest line-up, the Lions produced some strong performance reminiscent of its triple Premiership days. However, injuries to Justin Leppitsch, Jonathan Brown, Nigel Lappin, and the retirements of Premiership players such as Marcus Ashcroft, Alastair Lynch, Martin Pike, Shaun Hart and Craig McRae had taken its toll and the club played more first year players than any other side in the competition.

The Lions began the 2006 season optimistically, but injuries again plagued the club, whose players recorded an AFL record total of 200 matches lost to injury for the season.

Justin Leppitsch was forced to retire through injury and with season ending injuries to prominent players Nigel Lappin, Chris Scott, Ashley McGrath, Richard Hadley, Anthony Corrie and key ruckman Jamie Charman. Coach Leigh Matthews was forced to debut an unprecedented number of youngsters and rookies and due to this, the club experienced inconsistent results. While many of the new youngsters displayed great promise, and continued to attack the ball and tackle opponents in typical Brisbane Lions spirit, it became evident during the final few matches that the young Lions were clearly into rebuilding mode. With AFL Rising Star nominations to Michael Rischitelli, Cheynee Stiller and Matthew Moody, and the emergence of rookie Jason Roe among others, the future looks promising, but the realists also know that the rebuilding phase will take a few years.

Despite the young team losing more home games than ever before, and reducing the Gabba's status as a fortress that intimidated opposition teams, the Lions still produced average crowds the equal of the NRL Premiership team Brisbane Broncos.

Justin Leppitsch and Brad Scott announced their retirements during the season. A controversial and high-profile feud between the club and Jason Akermanis divided supporters of the club and received massive publicity, resulting in Akermanis being stood down for the last seven matches of the season by his senior playing peer group, who felt that his loyalty to the club and playing group was compromised.

After the 2006 home and away season it was revealed that major sponsor AAPT would not be renewing their sponsorship. It was announced shortly after that Vodafone had signed a sponsorship deal with the club worth A$5.4 million over three years.

The Brisbane Lions team of the decade fullback Mal Michael announced his retirement from football on 5 October 2006 due to lack of motivation and desire to pursue other non-football related activities. While at the Lions he was one of the premier fullbacks in the AFL and was somewhat unlucky not to receive an All-Australian honour and was a pivotal figure at the Brisbane Lions, playing a significant role in each of the grand finals contested. In highly controversial circumstances, a contract loophole enabled Michael to sign with the Essendon Bombers and continue his career there.

The captain, Michael Voss, also announced his retirement from football on 6 October 2006 due to the stress placed on his body from years of football and a chronic knee injury. He was the co-captain of the team from 1997 to 2000 with Alastair Lynch before leading the side for the remainder of his career, including the historic three straight premierships. In his final season of football, Voss still played 21 out of a possible 22 games, missing one game through knee soreness which turned out to be the same knee which led to his retirement.

At the completion of the 2006 season Chris Johnson remained as the last ever representative of the Fitzroy Football Club to be playing senior AFL football.

The Brisbane Lions finished runner up in the 2007 NAB Cup and then went on to create history by being the first team in the history of the AFL to have five co-captains. They started the season with a convincing 25-point win over Hawthorn, 9.15.(69) to 6.8.(44) and a massive win, after tributes to former captain, Michael Voss, against the St Kilda Football Club, with a 52-point margin.

On 12 May 2007, the Lions marked Leigh Matthews' 200th game in charge of the team against the Crows.

One week later, on 19 May 2007, against Mal Michael's new team, the Essendon Bombers, the Lions began confidently but eventually succumbed to their biggest loss in season 2007 by a margin of 64 points. The Lions lost to Collingwood by 33 points at the Gabba in Round 9 and drew with Richmond at Docklands Stadium with the final scores 10.13 (73) apiece.

On 7 June 2007 Lions co-captain Simon Black and former Lions captain Michael Voss were charged for an assault that allegedly took place on the eve of the 2006 AFL Grand Final.[16] Against Jason Akermanis's new side, the Western Bulldogs, in Round 11, the Lions yet again began confidently, kicking the first two goals of the game before being overrun. The Lions failed to score a goal in the second quarter but came back in the last to reduce the margin to 23 points, holding the Bulldogs goalless in the final term. Akermanis kicked two consecutive goals in the first quarter to take the margin out to 15 and 21 points respectively.

At a rainy Kardinia Park two weeks later, the Lions failed to score a goal in the first half and never looked like coming back, going down to their second biggest loss of the season so far. On 30 June 2007, Brisbane faced Port Adelaide and led by seven points at quarter time before being overrun in the second, the Power kicking seven goals to two to lead by 19 points at half-time. At three-quarter time, the Lions were down by 28 points and 40 points a few minutes early into the final term before they fought back to level the scores at 105-all courtesy of a Jonathan Brown goal from a free kick. A minute later a 50-metre penalty gifted Port Adelaide's Brett Ebert a goal and managed to hold on for a seven-point win.

On 22 July 2007 the Lions faced a struggling Carlton Blues side who were on the back of a 62-point thrashing to Sydney the previous week. Brisbane kicked 8.5–0.3 in the last quarter, the final margin being 117 points, Brisbane's biggest ever win over Carlton, bettering their 103-point loss to Carlton in Round 10, 1987. Also, gun forward Jonathan Brown became the first player in Brisbane Lions/Brisbane Bears history to kick 10 goals in a match, beating Brad Hardie (1989) and Daniel Bradshaw (2005) who both kicked nine goals. This resulted in the sacking of the opposition coach after a run of poor results.In Round 17, the Lions celebrated their return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a 93-point defeat of Collingwood. Jared Brennan played one of the best games in his 54-game career, scoring seven goals and five behinds.

Rhan Hooper received a three match ban for striking Hawthorn's Rick Ladson, Joel Macdonald and Troy Selwood missed the must-win clash against Sydney. Brisbane started off well with Richard Hadley booting the first goal of the game but poor kicking and too many turnovers saw them trail by 10 points at quarter-time before Jonathan Brown evened the scores at 24-all at half-time. The Lions failed to score a goal in the third time-scoring 0.3 to the Swans' 3.5. However, they jumped straight out of the blocks in the first 3 minutes, with Jonathan Brown putting the Lions in front with his second for the night. But with less than four minutes remaining, Brett Kirk thought he'd won the game for Sydney only for Jonathan Brown to kick a 55-metre goal just before the full-time siren to secure a 9.9 (63) to 8.15 (63) draw.

The Lions failed to make the finals for a third successive year and lost Chris Johnson and Chris Scott to retirement. Youngster Cameron Wood was traded to Collingwood in exchange for Pick 14, which the Lions gave to Melbourne for Travis Johnstone. On the last day of the 2007 trade week, Richard Hadley was traded to Carlton for pick No. 52.

The Lions began the 2008 NAB Cup shakily, losing to Essendon by 27 points. The 2008 home and away campaign started with a game against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval, in which the Lions lost by 16 points. In their second match at home at the Gabba, the Lions wrestled with an in form Collingwood and eventually triumphed by two points. Jed Adcock scored the winning goal for the Lions. After a 17-point loss to the Sydney Swans the next week (Rivalry Round), the Lions managed a record breaking comeback against Port Adelaide after turning around a 47-point deficit half way through the third quarter, to come out winners by 20 points by the final siren. The Lions were then defeated by Hawthorn by 12 points followed by a sound victory over Melbourne by 52 points. They suffered another defeat to Geelong by 27 points followed by the Lions' first consecutive wins for the season with wins over Carlton by 33 points and St Kilda by 46 points. This was followed up by wins over North by 31 points and Fremantle by 22 points. The winning streak would eventually be snapped by a defeat from the Bulldogs by 63 points. The team struggled for the rest of the season and missed out on the finals with a 10–12 record, losing 3 games despite having at least 5 more scoring shots in each of those games. Coach Leigh Matthews resigned at the end of the season after 10 seasons and 3 premierships with the club.

Michael Voss: 2009–2013

The Lions made a good start in the 2009 NAB Cup under new senior coach Michael Voss by registering a 9-point win over St Kilda. However this was followed by a series of losses in the pre-season to Essendon, Melbourne and Richmond. The Lions then began the Premiership season well with wins against recent premiers the West Coast Eagles and hoodoo rivals, the Sydney Swans. However, the Lions lost their strong form against Carlton with a loss of 19 points. The Lions went on to make the finals for the first time since 2004; in their elimination final against Carlton at the Gabba they trailed by as much as five goals midway through the final quarter but came back and won by seven points. Their season ended abruptly with a 51-point loss to the Western Bulldogs the following week at the MCG.

The 2009/2010 off-season was dominated by the arrival of Brendan Fevola from Carlton, and the hype was focused on Fevola and Jonathan Brown in the sense that the Lions could capitalise on their strong 2009 season. Indeed, the Lions won their first four matches of the 2010 season to be top of the ladder after four rounds, but they would only win three more games after that to crash to a lowly finish by season's end. One of those wins however, was against eventual premiers Collingwood.

The Lions' 2010/2011 off-season was disrupted by the sacking of Fevola after just one season at the Lions, following repeated off-field indiscretions which included getting drunk in the Brisbane streets during New Year's Eve celebrations. On the field, the Lions won only four games for the year, but only one against any Victorian team, and that was North Melbourne, in Round 9. Despite their worst season since 1998, coach Michael Voss was granted a contract extension after the board recommended that Voss was the best man to take the club forward into the future. Leading into season 2012, only two players from the triple-premiership winning team of 2001–2003 will remain: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown.

Brendan Fevola became the 1st Coleman Medallist to win the medal at a club and be traded to another the following year. He originally came from Carlton

In the first round, Brisbane defeated Melbourne by 45 points at the MCG. It showed promising signs for the future, with good performances from Jared Polec, Niall McKeever, Matthew Leuenberger, Todd Banfield, Rohan Bewick and Rising Star nominee Claye Beams. Older players, such as Simon Black, Daniel Merrett, Ashley McGrath, Jed Adcock and new recruit Ben Hudson also performed well. Only one change was made for round two, Jesse O'Brien was included for Sam Sheldon. The Lions suffered their greatest ever loss at the Gabba in Round 2, losing to Carlton by 91 points, with Black breaking his wrist. The following week, the Lions were beaten at the hands of Fremantle by 29 points, with the Lions recording a record low 20 inside 50's for the match since Champion Data began recording these statistics.[17] Round 4 then saw the Lions claim their second QClash trophy in QClash3 by a monstrous 65 points, which saw Jonathan Brown boot his 500th goal for his career. Tom Rockliff was awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal for his 37 possession performance. The Lions then lost against Geelong in round 5 in Black's 300th game. The Lions didn't kick a goal in the match until the 20-minute mark of the third quarter.

The 2013 season started well for Brisbane, defeating Carlton in the final of the NAB Cup, with Daniel Rich winning the Michael Tuck Medal for best on ground and Aaron Cornelius showing some good form. However, things began to decline from then, with losses to the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide. However, in the 5th QClash match against Gold Coast, the Lions won by two points, with Jonathan Brown winning the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. Injuries were beginning to take a toll, with young players Claye Beams and Jared Polec suffering severe injuries. In Round 13, Brisbane defeated second-placed Geelong, coming from 52 points down late in the third quarter to win by 5 points due to an Ash McGrath goal after the siren in his 200th match.

On 13 August 2013, coach Michael Voss was told that his contract would not be renewed.[18][19][20][21]

On 25 August 2013, former premiership player of the Lions, Justin Leppitsch, was confirmed to be the senior coach of the Lions for the next 3 seasons starting in 2014

On 18 October 2013, Brisbane Lions legend Simon Black announced his retirement.

With the retirement of Ashley McGrath in August 2014, no active players remain from any of the club's triple-premiership winning sides.[22]


Membership base and sponsorship

Crowds and memberships for the Brisbane Lions grew dramatically during the four seasons in which they made the AFL Grand Final. Since then, with the team being less successful, attendances have declined, but have remained stable over the past three seasons. In 2009 the Lions found it so difficult to sell corporate boxes that they resorted to doing so on a game-by-game basis.[23] 2011 saw the Brisbane Lions suffer their worst ever drop in support, as memberships decreased by 28%.The 2015 season has seen the membership rise to 25,109, a decent figure but still an 18% decrease from the club's peak membership of 30,941 in 2004. Consequently, the Brisbane Lions have the third lowest membership in the AFL.[24]

Year Members Change from previous season Finishing position1 Average home crowd
Profit (Loss) Major Sponsor
1997 19,550 Qualifying Final (8th) 24,468 Carlton & United Breweries
1998 16,674 Decrease 571 16th 19,913 Carlton & United Breweries
1999 16,931 Increase 823 Preliminary Finalist (3rd) 21,890 AAPT
2000 20,295 Increase 3364 Semi-finalist (6th) 27,406 AAPT
2001 18,330 Decrease 1965 Premiers (2nd) 27,637 AAPT
2002 22,288 Increase 3958 Premiers (2nd) 26,894 AAPT
2003 25,578 Increase 3290 Premiers (3rd) 31,717 AAPT
2004 30,941 Increase 5363 Grand Finalist (2nd) 33,619 AAPT
2005 30,027 Decrease 914 11th 33,266 AAPT
2006 26,459 Decrease 3568 13th 28,629 AAPT
2007 23,072[26] Decrease 3387 10th 28,847 Vodafone
2008 23,079 Increase 7 10th 28,127 ($2,200,030)[27] Vodafone
2009 26,324[28] Increase 3245 Semi-finalist (6th) 29,172 ($603,207)[29] Vodafone
2010 29,014 Increase 2,690 13th 29,933 ($2,713,848)[30] Bank of Queensland, Conergy
2011 20,792[31] Decrease 8,222 15th 20,461 ($1,855,926)[32] Bank of Queensland, Conergy
2012 20,762[33] Decrease 30 13th 20,343 ($2,513,262)[34] Bank of Queensland, Conergy
2013 24,130[35] Increase 3,368 12th 21,083 ($1,574,762)[36] Vero Insurance, National Storage
2014 23,930 Decrease 200 15th 19,735 ($3,543,138)[37] Vero Insurance, National Storage
2015* 25,319* 17th Vero Insurance, National Storage

1 following finals matches
* as at 10 July 2015

Club symbols


The three types of guernsey are:

  • Home guernsey (worn since 2015): Maroon and blue based guernsey with original Fitzroy lion, coloured gold and maroon. Vero Insurance is the sponsor on the front and National Storage is the sponsor on the back (home shorts worn in home games and away shorts worn in away games not played in Victoria). The Lions also wore this jumper from 1997-2009 before switching to a more modern lion.
  • Away guernsey (Worn since 2015): Red and blue based guernsey with original Fitzroy lion, coloured gold and red. National Storage is the sponsor on the front and Vero Insurance is the sponsor on the back (away shorts worn). The Lions also wore this jumper from 2008-2009 before switching to a more modern lion.
  • Clash guernsey (Worn since 2015): Maroon and white, plus an angled blue keyline, reminiscent of the white one on the Bears’ “vee” of the mid 1990s. National Storage is the sponsor on the front and Vero Insurance is the sponsor on the back (away shorts worn).


Bernie "Gabba" Vegas

The Lion's Mascot Manor representative and club mascot is Bernie "Gabba" Vegas, a caricature of a lion dressed in Brisbane Lions jumper, sunglasses, wide lapels, and flares, designed to resemble Elvis Presley.


The club's team song, "The Pride of Brisbane Town", is based on the Fitzroy club song, and is sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem:[38]

We are the pride of Brisbane town,
we wear maroon, blue and gold,
we will always fight for victory,
like Fitzroy and Bears of old,
all for one, and one for all,
we will answer to the call,
go Lions, Brisbane Lions,
we'll kick the winning score,
you'll hear our mighty roar!

Awards and achievements


Premierships: 3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Runners-up: 1 (2004)
Premierships: 1 (2013)
Runners-up: 2 (2001, 2007)
Premierships: 3 (2001, 2012, 2013)


Club facts


Runners Up



Biggest home crowds
Rank Crowd Round, Season Result Opponent Brisbane Lions Opposition Margin Venue Day/Night/Twilight
1 37,224 15, 2005 Win Collingwood 19.19 (133) 7.13 (55) +78 The Gabba Night
2 37,032 PF2, 2001 Win Richmond 20.16 (136) 10.8 (68) +68 The Gabba Night
3 36,803 4, 2003 Win Collingwood 14.11 (95) 11.15 (81) +14 The Gabba Night
4 36,780 2, 2010 Win Carlton 16.11 (107) 12.16 (88) +19 The Gabba Night
5 36,467 3, 2004 Win Collingwood 21.11 (137) 12.5 (77) +60 The Gabba Night
6 36,197 1, 2003 Win Essendon 14.20 (104) 8.13 (61) +43 The Gabba Night
7 36,149 10, 2001 Win Essendon 15.12 (102) 10.14 (74) +28 The Gabba Night
8 36,077 17, 2005 Win Essendon 17.12 (114) 14.17 (101) +13 The Gabba Night
9 35,898 3, 2002 Win Essendon 17.15 (117) 9.13 (67) +50 The Gabba Night
10 35,823 21, 2004 Win 20.10 (130) 13.7 (85) +45 The Gabba Day


Current squad

As of 4 November 2014:

Notable past players

Last No. worn Name Games with this club Total Games Total Goals Notes
10 Marcus Ashcroft 166 318 145 Retired after the 2003 AFL season after the Brisbane Lions' 3rd successive premiership.
12 Jason Akermanis 210 325 421 Traded to Western Bulldogs for the 2007 AFL season
1 Richard Champion 64 183 80 Retired after the 2000 season
2 Chris L. Johnson 205 264 172 Retired after the 2007 season and has taken up a job as a development coach for the Brisbane Lions.
27 Clark Keating 125 139 83 Retired from Australian Football after 2006 when his career was shattered by injuries. He then became the Lions' new ruck coach.
23 Justin Leppitsch 183 227 194 Retired after a back-related injury in 2006. Lions Assistant Coach 2007 to 2009, returning as Senior Coach 2014 to present.
32 Shaun Hart 171 273 177 Retired at the end of 2004
11 Alastair Lynch 154 306 633 One of the club's leading goalscorers, retired after the 2004 Grand Final.
15 Mal Michael 140 238 33 Retired after the 2006 AFL season, only to come out of retirement to play for Essendon in 2007 & 2008.
13 Martin Pike 106 247 126 Retired late in 2005 after being placed on the long-term injury list with a groin complaint.
3 Michael Voss 210 289 245 Called it quits after 2006 because of a knee injury. Was the club's Senior Coach from 2009 to 2013.
44 Nigel Lappin 218 279 174 Retired midway through 2008 due to an achilles injury. He is now and assistant coach with Geelong.
36 Daniel Bradshaw 219 231 524 Left the club at the end of 2009 after a disagreement in contract negotiations; He then rejected a one-year contract claiming it was not lucrative enough and they put him up for trade leading to him walking out on the club.
5 Brendan Fevola 17 204 623 A controversial trade to the club and was sacked in early 2011 after off-field controversy.
6 Luke Power 282 302 226 Retired from the club at the end of 2011 and moved on to play 1 year with the newly formed GWS Giants.
20 Simon Black 322 322 171 Retired after the 2013 AFL season. Brisbane Lions Contest Skills & AFL Midfield Coach 2013 to present.
16 Jonathan Brown 256 256 594 Retired midway through the 2014 AFL season after succumbing to multiple facial injuries.

NEAFL team

The Brisbane Lions have entered a reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) competition since 2011. The club had previously entered a reserves team in the local Queensland Australian Football League in 1998, known as the Lion Cubs but became the Suncoast Lions Football Club in 2004 and were based on the Sunshine Coast. They would win their first premiership in 2001 when they defeated the Southport Sharks in the QAFL Grand Final. A stand-alone Brisbane Lions reserves team was created in 2011 and began playing in the Northern Conference of the North East Australian Football League. In 2012, the Lions won the Northern Conference and overall NEAFL premierships, a feat which was repeated in 2013. The Lions reserves trains and plays at the senior team's secondary training venue Giffin Park in Coorparoo, a four-minute drive from the Gabba.

Reserves premierships

Premierships (3)
Year Competition Opponent Score Venue
2001 QAFL Southport Sharks 13.20 (98) – 13.8 (86) Giffin Park
2012 NEAFL Queanbeyan Tigers 22.12 (144) – 11.9 (75) Manuka Oval
2013 NEAFL Sydney Swans 12.9 (81) – 10.13 (73) Graham Rd Oval

Season summaries

Season Win-Loss Ladder position Finals result
2011 4-13 (1 draw) 10th (Wooden spoon) DNQ
2012 14-4 2nd Premiers
2013 16-2 1st Premiers
2014 6-12 9th DNQ

See also


  1. ^ Brisbane Lions Trading Name
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  22. ^ Brisbane Lions' Ash McGrath Retiring From AFL, Triple M Melbourne, 21 August 2014
  23. ^ Lions hit by fall in corporate box sales Retrieved 27 September 2009.
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  25. ^ Attendance Summary
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  27. ^ [1] 2009 Brisbane Lions Annual Report (2008 comparison values)
  28. ^ Lions membership tally rises – Official AFL website of the Brisbane Lions AFC
  29. ^ [2] 2009 Brisbane Lions Annual Report
  30. ^ [3] 2010 Brisbane Lions Annual Report
  31. ^ Clubs post membership record –
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  34. ^ Lions announce financial loss
  35. ^
  36. ^ [5] 2013 Brisbane Lions Financial Report
  37. ^
  38. ^

External links

  • Official website of the Brisbane Lions Football Club
  • The Brisbane Lions – an Overview – Official AFL website of the Brisbane Lions Football Club
  • National Storage - Major Sponsor of the Brisbane Lions
Preceded by
AFL Premiers
2001, 2002, 2003
Succeeded by
Port Adelaide
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