AFL GippslandLatrobe Valley Express | Last Monday marked 25 years since the merger between Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears was announced.

A quarter of a century on, the Brisbane Lions have worn the maroon, blue and gold of Fitzroy, with their three-peat dynasty of 2001 to 2003 cementing them as arguably the greatest AFL/VFL team of all time.

Depending on who you speak to, the Brisbane Lions has either given old Fitzroy supporters a club to barrack for, but for the many diehards, the merger of 1996 still evokes painful memories. Fitzroy still exists in its own right today, playing in the Victorian Amateur Football Association at their traditional home of Brunswick Street Oval.

In this week’s Four Quarters, we take a look at the Roys connection to the Latrobe Valley.

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