Posts Tagged "Fitzroy Lions"
It is now 15 years since the Fitzroy Lions Football Club merged with the Brisbane Bears in 1997. Many other changes have taken place in the AFL landscape in that time, but none could be considered quite so emotive an issue.
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“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana. With that in mind, let’s run through the Fitzroy debacle of 1995 and some of the background that younger followers of the AFL may not remember or may have missed.
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A few days ago Football Federation Australia revoked Gold Coast United’s A-League license mainly due to Clive Palmer’s mismanagement of the club. All we’ve heard about is the battle between Frank Lowy and Palmer. But what about the fans?
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Focus all you like on the Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Melbourne Storm and whoever else joins the NRL in its mooted expansion; the NRL and AFL have enough cash and invested interests to ensure they’ll survive and, eventually, flourish relative to their market, for they are too important to fail.
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Port Adelaide is a basket case. Record losses on and off the ground have turned South Australia’s oldest, proudest and most successful football club into a national joke.
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It was Anzac Day 1981, Fitzroy versus Essendon at Waverley Park, that footy changed before my eyes. It was Kevin Sheedy’s first season at Essendon and Robert Walls’ first coaching Fitzroy.
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