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 AFL clubs of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships.
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 the 2002 Grand Final in cold and wet conditions at the MCG.
In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row, and second in a row against the Collingwood Magpies.
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!
Based on the Fitzroy club song, sung to the music of "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem.
In their first year the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated in a qualifying final.
1981 – 2019
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.