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Guernsey History


Sam Mayes models the commemorative 3-Peat guernsey design worn by the Lions in 2013 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that historic premiership hat-trick

Throughout it’s combined 128-year history – made up from Fitzroy, the Bears and the merged Brisbane Lions – the Club has worn a variety of different home guernsey designs.

While each holds its own special place in the Club’s history, there is no doubting that some have proven more memorable, and successful, than others.

The first ever Brisbane Lions guernsey design incorporating the side-on lion, which the Lions will wear again from 2015, not only represents the most successful period in the Club's history, but also the first 13 years of their existence as a merged entity.

The only other guernsey that you could argue has been engrained with such ‘greatness’ is the one worn by Fitzroy at the beginning of the VFL competition, which was a canvas lace-up style and reaped a total of four premierships (1898, 1899, 1904 and 1905).

It was eventually replaced in 1909 with a woollen jumper that featured the first ever traces of blue.

As Fitzroy’s identity changed from the ‘Maroons’ to the ‘Gorillas’ in the early parts of the 20th Century, so too did the jumper with a blue ‘V’ and blue yoke trialled at different times before settling on the famous ‘FFC’ monogram in 1942.

The iconic maroon guernsey with white ‘FFC’ monogram became synonymous as the one worn by Legend Kevin Murray throughout most of his 333-game career, and has resurfaced on a handful of occasions in the past decade as part of the Lions’ Heritage Round celebrations.

The introduction of colour TV saw Fitzroy’s jumper to change from being predominantly maroon and white, to red and gold. It would go on to become the second longest lasting guernsey in Club history (23 years) and Fitzroy’s last ever before the merge.

The Brisbane Bears, meanwhile, wore two distinct home guernseys throughout their 10-year existence – each for a period of five years.

Both the infamous ‘BB’ triangle guernsey and the gold ‘V’ jumper have also been worn by the modern-day Lions to acknowledge Heritage Round.

Interestingly, all but two of the 11 Club jumper designs have been worn in some form of premiership (including senior, reserves and pre-season).

Please find below a list of the different guernsey designs worn by Fitzroy, the Bears, and the Lions over the past 127 years*.
 

Fitzroy Maroons (1897 – 1908)

Years Worn: 12
Senior Premierships: 4 (1898, 1899, 1904, 1905)
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: Nil
 
Fitzroy Maroons (1909 – 1911)

Years Worn:
3
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: Nil

 
Fitzroy Maroons (1912 – 1913)

Years Worn: 2
Senior Premierships: 1 (1913)
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: Nil
 

 
Fitzroy Maroons/Gorillas (1914 – 1941)

Years Worn:
28
Senior Premierships: 2 (1916, 1922)
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: Nil

 
Fitzroy Gorillas (1942 – 1955)

Years Worn:
14
Senior Premierships: 1 (1944)
Reserves Premierships: 1 (1944)
Night Premierships: Nil
 
Fitzroy Lions (1956 – 1973)

Years Worn:
18
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: 1 (1959)

Fitzroy Lions (1974)

Years Worn:
1
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: 1
Night Premierships: Nil

Fitzroy Lions (1975 – 1996)

Years Worn: 22
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: 1 (1989)
1 (1978)
Night Premierships: 1 (1978)

Brisbane Bears (1987 – 1991)

Years Worn: 5
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: 1 (1991)
Night Premierships: Nil

 
Brisbane Bears (1992 – 1996)

Years Worn: 5
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: Nil
Night Premierships: Nil

 
Brisbane Lions (1997 – 2009)

Years Worn: 13
Senior Premierships: 3 (2001, 2002, 2003)
Reserves Premierships: 1 (2001)
Pre-Season Premierships: Nil
 

 
Brisbane Lions (2010 – 2014)

Years Worn:
4
Senior Premierships: Nil
Reserves Premierships: 2 (2012, 2013)
Pre-Season Premierships: 1 (2013)

 
Brisbane Lions (2015 - Today)

Years Worn: -
Senior Premierships: -
Reserves Premierships: -
Pre-Season Premiership: -


* Images and dates courtesy of http://www.footyjumpers.com