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History of the Brisbane Lions

Relentless. United. Respectful. Our values were born from our history.


The Brisbane Lions were formed on 4 July, 1996, when the AFL approved a merger between the Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions. The club was officially launched on 1 November 1996 and joined the national competition in 1997

It was the first union of two clubs in VFL/AFL history – the ideal combination of youthful optimism and energy and the wisdom of history and tradition. The Brisbane Bears were a young and emerging force to be reckoned with; while the Fitzroy Lions had been in existence for more than 100 years.

Individually, both clubs struggled. But united together, they were dynamite. With a vibrant supporter base, the Brisbane Lions officially joined the AFL competition in 1997. They played in the finals in their first year as a new identity, struggled on and off the field in ’98. In 1999, the Lions became the forefront of competition.

The Lions have, along with Geelong and Hawthorn, become the one of the three equally most successful AFL clubs in the 21st century. They competed at four AFL Grand Finals from 2001 and 2004. In 2001, 2002, and 2003 the Lions won the premierships.

Brisbane Lions Fast Facts:

  • Tom Rockliff is the proud captain of the Brisbane Lions. He was the winner of the Merrett-Murray Medal in 2014
  • The Gabba is the Brisbane Lions home grounds. The team trains at the Hyundai Centre at the Gabba or Giffin Park in Coorparoo
  • The senior coach of the Brisbane Lions is Justin Leppitsch

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