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Lions add two cups to trophy cabinet

15/05/2008 04:10:43 PM Comments (0)

The Brisbane Lions may have missed the AFL finals for the past three years but they haven't stopped gathering premiership cups.

The Lions will on Friday add the 1898 and 1899 premiership cups won by Fitzroy to the silverware earned in their 2001-2003 three-peat.

The merged club aims to gradually complete its trophy cabinet by buying the retrospective cups for all eight of Fitzroy's VFL premierships before the cup was introduced in 1959.

Lions chairman Tony Kelly said it would provide the club with a promotional and spiritual boost.

"By the end of 1944, Fitzroy were the second most successful VFL club based on premierships won," Kelly said.

"However, because the VFL didn't present cups until 1959, they've never actually had their own premiership trophies to enjoy."

The Lions were one of the first AFL clubs to organise a retrospective premiership cup when they purchased Fitzroy's 1944 cup from the AFL in 2004.

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