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'Paddle Pop Lion' goes to a vote

The Scott brothers, Chris and Brad, celebrate winning the 2002 Grand Final at the MCG wearing the traditional Lions guernsey.

The Scott brothers, Chris and Brad, celebrate winning the 2002 Grand Final at the MCG wearing the traditional Lions guernsey. Photo: Ray Kennedy

The Brisbane Lions may be without a coach but members will be able to have a direct say in one of the club's most divisive issues – the jumper.

The Lions have announced they will start consulting with members over whether there is a genuine desire to change the club jumper, a matter certain to be met with applause from fans who want to see an end to the controversial 'paddle pop lion'.

2012 Adelaide clash jumper. Click for more photos

2012 AFL clash jumpers

The array of alternate jumpers worn by AFL teams as their away or clash strip. Photo: footyjumpers.com

The new lion was introduced in 2009 in place of the traditional Fitzroy Lion, which still appears on the heritage strip.

After consistent pressure from members and, in particular, advocacy group The Lions' Roar, the club will put the matter to the fans to see if the paddle pop lion's days are number.

"The Brisbane Lions will this month begin consulting with its members on whether there is a genuine desire for a change to the club's guernsey," the Lions said in a statement.

The so-called "Paddle-Pop Lion" guernsey, worn by Jonathan Brown, has not been popular with fans.

The so-called "Paddle-Pop Lion" guernsey, worn by Jonathan Brown, has not been popular with fans. Photo: Chris Hyde

"The club today wrote to its members, where they were informed that every member would get a say on the guernsey, as part of the Lions' annual membership survey."

In a letter that will be sent out to members from September 16, the Lions will simply ask whether the design of the jumper should be changed.

Members will have until October 4 to respond, after which the fate of the paddle pop lion seems certain to be sealed.

39 comments

  • It has to be the original one, there is a heritage there that should be maintained on some level.

    Commenter
    Indeed
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 1:12PM
    • I love the old Fitzroy design, but people need to remember that they were the Bears too - what about some sort of homage to that??

      Commenter
      In_my_humble_opinion
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 2:11PM
    • In_my_humble_opinion - I feel a bit the same about this, so much has been done to respect the Fitzroy heritage and we got the maroon part of the jersey. And even this gets changed to the Fitzroy red when the team plays interstate. I feel a bit ripped off for this, though given the Brisbane Lions have seen so much success in the earlier jumper, that is the one I want to see back now.

      Commenter
      GentleObserver
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 2:20PM
    • The team is based in Brisbane, that should be enough homage shouldn't it?

      Commenter
      Indeed
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 2:31PM
    • Complete overhaul required at the club starting from the top. Bye Bye Angus and welcome Lethal. New coach, new players and our beloved premiership guernsey back.

      Commenter
      Vinnie Barbarino
      Location
      Mill Park
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 4:22PM
    • Why not go for a monogram similar to the old FFC but changed to BLFC. Sure someone more creative than I can come up a a design that works.
      While we are making requests can we have a few more premierships please.

      Commenter
      We will always fight for victory
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 4:39PM
  • Good news.

    Now if the board resigns and Vossy is brought back I might join again.

    Commenter
    CrustyPete
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 1:38PM
    • Get rid of it - it looks absolutely bloody silly.

      It was brought in for 100% wrong reasons: to symbolise the New Brisbane Lions in this exciting New Age of Blah, Blah and Blah, and to re-brand the club.

      For the most part (with some exceptions, like the current AFL logo replacing the old VFL logo), every branding for any club, organisation, institution, ministry, etc, which has to be explained as if to half-wits, starts as a failure, and stays that way.

      Who can now recall anything of the blah-blah-blah drivel about how strong, vital, cool, contemporary the New Lions would be?

      Bollocks to it. Agree with the 85%; suspect the other 15% came from Brisbane's opponents!!

      Commenter
      40 Degrees S
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 1:39PM
      • The AFL forced Fitzroy to end its life 3000 kms from home with no more dignity that a stray dog dying in the gutter.
        It was a low point in the history of our game.
        The least they can do is allow the club reach back to its roots via its jumper and pay homage to the history of this once great Melbourne club.

        Commenter
        Captain Grumpy
        Location
        Kingsville
        Date and time
        September 11, 2013, 1:58PM
        • What heritage? Other than a very small lion logo to one side, the Fitzroy jumper hijacked by the AFL and the mob in the tropics never featured a lion, paddlepop or otherwise.
          It featured an FFC on the front which is my preferred option along with a name change back to the Fitzroy Football Club and a return to their rightful home in Melbourne so as I can resume following the footy again. The tropical mob can revert back to their crappy, angry koala/grizzly hybrid if they wish.

          Commenter
          Fizz
          Date and time
          September 11, 2013, 2:15PM

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