2002 Premiers: The Lions

The Lions travelled to Melbourne as favourites to take their second premiership against Collingwood. After the media galvanising support for the Magpies as the Victorian Team against the northern invaders, the Lions still had good support at the Grand Final Parade. The weather on game day was freezing with hail falling as the game ended. Despite the conditions the Lions won by nine points, 10 15 75 to 9 12 66. 

A celebratory dinner was held at the Colonial Stadium.

The next day the Lions took the Premiership cup to the Brunswick Street Oval, the traditional home of the Fitzroy Lions, to a crowd of 7-8,000 persons, some with Lion’s memorabilia dating back to pre-war days and the Lion’s last flag in 1944. It was then back to Brisbane for a celebration at the Gabba. This was latter in the week followed by a parade through the streets of Brisbane. Latter their will be a civic reception by the premier.

First Class Collectables released covers showing Voss with the cup, Jason Akermanis, Akers Handstand, Leigh Matthews and the Team (shown in the banner). Below are covers for some of the other team members.

A Set of 24 Souvenir Covers for the Brisbane Lions win in the AFL Premiership was released by “CoversPlease”. All covers were postmarked The MCG 30th September 2002 (the Monday after the victory). 19 of the covers have the player Personalised stamp while the other four players (Pike, Headland, Shattock and Coach, Leigh Matthews did not appear on the Lions P-stamp sheet and are on covers with an ordinary stamp.

Lobo8 released two covers, one showing a Team photo with the Bears Stamp and the other a “Back to back” cover with Aka and the Lions Stamp.

The Magic Rainforest Booklet, issued on 25th September 2002, with the Philatelic Barcode  and the General Barcode, was overprinted with “Congratulations Brisbane Back to Back AFL winners 2001-2002” . The booklet is shown unfolded.