Playing Career
1994-1996 – Brisbane Bears
1997-2008 – Brisbane Lions

279 (61 Bears, 218 Lions)

174 (40 Bears, 134 Lions)

Playing Honours
Lions Best & Fairest – 2004
Lions Premiership Player – 2001, 2002, 2003
Lions Co-Captain – 2007-08
All Australian – 2001-04
Lions Life Member
Lions Team of the Decade (1997-2006)
Australian IR Representative


Among a team full of champions, Nigel Lappin's contribution to the Brisbane Lions is often understated.

But the humble product from Chiltern in country Victoria would have had it no other way.

Originally recruited to the Bears in 1994 from a family of local football legends, Lappin was one of the key components in what proved to be the most successful side in Club history.

Coach Leigh Matthews even went so far to describe him as the ‘perfect player' because he won his own ball, used it well, and worked hard to regain it from the opposition.

His incredible courage was evident by the fact he carried broken ribs into the 2003 Grand Final, yet still helped lift the Lions towards their third consecutive Premiership. He was promptly taken to hospital after the match to repair a punctured lung.

A consummate team-man, he finished his career after 279 senior matches and a wealth of individual honours including the Club's 2004 Best & Fairest award. He was also the ONLY member of the famed 'Fab Four' to earn All-Australian honours in each of the Lions' four Grand Final years.

Nigel Lappin simply avoided the limelight and let his football speak for itself.