Brisbane to remove lion from guernsey

The Brisbane Lions will reclaim a piece of the club's history after a vote to abandon the much-maligned "paddle-pop" lion from the club's guernsey.

The cartoon-style lion was introduced in 2009 and earned the derogatory nickname among many fans.

A grassroots campaign, spearheaded by a group of Lions fans calling themselves the Lions' Roar, lobbied for months to have the old "Fitzroy" lion once again adorn the Brisbane Lions' playing guernseys.

At the club's annual general meeting on Wednesday night, members voted to revert to the premiership guernsey, in which the club won three flags at the start of last decade.

"Our guernsey will change back to Premiership Lion in 2015 after motion passed to loud applause," the club tweeted after the vote was taken.

The vote was warmly received by Lions' Roar spokesman James Kliemt.

"We are really happy that the board has finally heeded the voice of the members," he said.

The vote to change the playing guernsey came after more than 3000 respondents to a club survey showed 71.4 per cent support for a change back to the premiership lion.

Club chairman Bob Sharpless said it was important for all members to unite, after a tumultuous year that culminated in the departure of former chairman Angus Johnson and the return to the club of Lions legend Leigh Matthews as director of football.

"I am thrilled that we have been able to put these issues behind us prior to pre-season kicking off, allowing the focus to return to football, and the bright future of the club," he said.

"It is an exciting time to be a part of the Lions and together we can make great things happen if we believe and belong."

The to-be-reinstated guernsey was introduced in 1996, when the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged.

The side-facing lion was a nod to Fitzroy's history, which dates back to 1883.

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