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Template:Infobox nrl clubThe Brisbane Broncos is a rugby league team based in Brisbane, Queensland. A poll taken in Australia in 2002 showed the Brisbane Broncos to be the most supported football club of any code in the country with more than 1.1 million supporters.

History

In the mid-1980s the New South Wales Rugby League decided to expand the Sydney competition to include teams from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Newcastle, and team set up by Barry Maranta and Paul "Porky" Morgan was started playing in 1988. On March 6 1988 Brisbane defeated the 1987 premiers Manly 44-10 in their first premiership game.

Wayne Bennett was the coach for this first season, and remains in that role today. Although the Broncos started well, winning the first six games in their inaugural season, they failed to make the finals. In 1989 the Broncos won the midweek Panasonic Cup competition, but once more failed to make the semi-finals in the season proper. Searching for solutions Wayne Bennett controversially sacked Wally Lewis as club captain.

Brisbane won their first premiership in 1992 when they defeated the St. George Dragons 28-8. A month later they won the World Club Challenge, defeating Wigan 10-6.

File:Last broncos game at anz.jpg
The Brisbane Broncos played their final match at ANZ Stadium against the Melbourne Storm on 18 May 2003.

In 1993 the Broncos relocated from Lang Park to ANZ Stadium, after years of dispute with the Lang Park Trust about brewery advertising. That year they beat St George again in the grand final. This victory gave them the right to contest the World Club Challenge once more. They were defeated by Wigan in Brisbane in 1994.

From 1995 Brisbane was embroiled in the Super League War, and failed to make the grand final again until 1997, when they defeated Cronulla in the Super League Grand Final 28-8. When Super League merged with the ARL to form the National Rugby League, the Broncos were again in the Grand Final, and the defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs to take the inaugural NRL trophy.

In 2000 the Broncos once more won the NRL premiership, defeating the Sydney Roosters 14-6. After disappointing crowds at ANZ Stadium during the early 2000s, the Broncos decided on a move back to Rugby League's spiritual home at Suncorp Stadium when the Queensland Government announced a $380m redevelopment of the ground. Since then the Broncos' crowds have increased to levels not seen since 1995 before the advent of Super League. The Broncos crowd increased from the 28,000 mark in 2004 to over 30,000 in 2005

Captains

Notable players

Premierships

File:Brisbane 1988.jpg
The Brisbane Broncos' logo from 1988 to 1999.

Panasonic Cup Midweek Competition

  • 1989 def. Illawarra Steelers

New South Wales Rugby League

Super League

National Rugby League

World Club Challenge

  • 1992 def. Wigan 10-6
  • 1997 def. Hunter Mariners 36-12

Famous Fans


External link

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