It took a while for Brisbane Lions great Chris Scott to appreciate that he had in fact won a premiership in 2001 with his beloved Brisbane after a rough ride getting there.

Scott had been with the Club since 1994, wooden spoons and a merger had all taken place during that time.

“It really felt like we may never get to that point. Every player in the competition is playing to get to that moment. When it finally came, it didn’t feel real. It took a while to kick in,” he says.

“Because it had been such a long journey for most of us and we’d been through hard times as well.

Scott says the Club had shown promise during his eight year tenure there but it wasn’t until Senior Coach Leigh Matthew’s arrival in 1999 they really started to believe.

“Really it wasn’t until he got there that he was able to pull all those pieces together,” he says.

“I don’t think it was until midway 2001 that we dared to dream.”

The Lions blew the Bombers away by 26 points on that fateful September afternoon.

“That combination of unbridled joy. I think we all felt that. I think the ones that had been around a long time found it a little harder to believe what was actually happening,” Scott says.

 “I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on it and the funny thing is I don’t really remember it that clearly.

“That is the best 60 minutes you can have as a footballer. That hour after the final siren when you’re victorious on Grand Final day.

Scott would go on to claim a consecutive premiership against the Pies the next year and celebrated each victory alongside twin brother and Lions teammate Brad. 

Previous episodes of the Premiership Pride:

Episode One: Jonathan Brown

Episode Two: Shaun Hart

Episode Three: Marcus Ashcroft

Episode Four: Luke Power