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The Fitzroy Lions and the Tragedy of 1996
Author: William Westerman RRP A$11.99 (Ebook)
Publisher: Melbourne Books Pub Date: 2021-06-01
BIC Category: Biography: sport ISBN: 9781925556674
BISAC Category2: SPORTS & RECREATION / Football


In 1996, the 113-year-old Fitzroy Football Club played its final game in the AFL. Financial pressures brought about by the steady professionalisation of the AFL respected neither the worth of the club's history nor the passion of its fans. Out of time and money, on 4 July 1996 Fitzroy was forced into a merger with the Brisbane Bears - creating the League's first, and thus far only, merged club.
MERGER tells the story of that fateful year, from boardroom drama and intrigue to the wind and mud of the Whitten Oval, capturing the profound tragedy of Fitzroy's doomed plight.
'The demise of Fitzroy is a deep wound rather than a scar. A tear in the fabric of the game that will never truly repair.' - from the Foreword by Gerard Whateley

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