The Brisbane Lions Football Club was formed in late 1996 from the merger of the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears.
They are one of the most successful clubs of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships.
In their first year the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated in a qualifying final.
The club won its first AFL premiership in the 2001 Grand Final, defeating Essendon 15.18 (108) to 12.10 (82).
In 2002, the Lions won back-to-back premierships when they defeated Collingwood 9.12 (66) to 10.15 (75).
In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row, and second in a row against the Collingwood Magpies.
The 2004 season saw Brisbane remain in the top portion of the ladder for most of the season. 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 MCG and the AFL that required one preliminary final to be played each year at the MCG.
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.
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!
Sung to the tune of
the French national anthem.
The Lions home ground.
Home guernsey (worn since 2015): Maroon and blue based guernsey with original Fitzroy lion, coloured gold and maroon. (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 to 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. (away shorts worn). The Lions also wore this jumper from 2008 to 2009 before switching to a more 'modern' lion.
Clash guernsey (worn since 2017): Reminiscent of the Bears’ final guernsey, this guernsey features maroon, yellow and white with original Fitzroy lion, coloured maroon and gold. (away shorts worn).