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Queensland Lions FC

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Queensland Lions Football Club, known as Lions FC, is a football (soccer) club based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Founded in 1957, as Hollandia Inala Soccer Club, the club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Lions FC
Lions Logo 2018.png
Full nameLions Football Club
Nickname(s)Lions
Founded1957
GroundLions Stadium
Capacity5,000
Head CoachWarren Moon
LeagueNational Premier Leagues
2019Premiers

HistoryEdit

 
Queensland Lions crest

The club was founded in 1957 as Hollandia-Inala Soccer Club by Dutch immigrants. From the start they were based at grounds in the Brisbane suburb of Darra and then moved to Pine Road, Richlands, where they play today. In the early 1970s, all clubs were required to abandon 'ethnic' names and they then adopted the name Brisbane Lions.

In 1977 the Lions were invited to play in the National Soccer League and played in the league as Brisbane Lions until the end of the 1988 season. Former Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend George Best made four appearances for the team during the 1983/84 season. From 1989 the Brisbane Lions played in the Brisbane Premier League. After coming to an agreement with the newly formed Brisbane Lions AFL club,[1] they changed their name to the current Queensland Lions.

In 2004 it was announced that the Lions had won the right to compete in the newly formed A-League. Operating as Queensland Roar the club was once again represented in an Australian national league.

Re-formationEdit

Subsequent changes to the ownership structure of the Roar allowed the Queensland Lions to re-enter the Brisbane competition in Premier Division 1 in 2008.[2]

In 2012, Lions FC was accepted into the inaugural 2013 Brisbane Premier League, the top local competition in the Brisbane region.[2] In 2016, the club went back-to-back claiming the premiership and Grand Final.[2]

When the National Premier Leagues Queensland expanded in 2018, Lions FC were one of the clubs to join the competition. In its first season in the NPLQ, Lions won the league and grand final double.[3][4] In 2019, the club followed it up with a back-to-back premiership, winning the league with 2 games to spare.[5] However, in the finals series, Lions went down 2-1 to Olympic FC in the semi-final.[6]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2   DF Andrew Thompson
4   DF Matija Simic
5   DF Tommy Jarrard
6   MF Nathan Reardon
7   FW Adam Sawyer
8   MF Mitchell Hore
9   FW Chris Hatfield
10   FW Joe Duckworth
11   FW Nathan Shepherd
No. Position Player
12   MF Shaun Carlos
13   MF Leum Walpole
14   MF Keegan Jelacic
15   MF Danny Kim
16   DF Josh Brindell-South
17   FW Marek Mádle
20   GK Jacson Riley
90   GK Luke Borean

Club officialsEdit

Technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Warren Moon
Assistant Coach   Darren Sime
Statistics & Sports Science   Sam Gahan
Goalkeeping Coach   Rob Farrow

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brisbane wins right to keep Lions name". The Age. 18 February 1997. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "About Us – Lions FC". Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Ladder for NPL QLD". SportsTG. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Football Queensland - NPL Match Centre". SportsTG. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Ladder for NPL QLD 2019". SportsTG. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Results for NPL QLD 2019". SportsTG. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

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