Past Brothers

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Past Brothers
Club information
Full name Past Brothers Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Leprechaun's, Brothers
Colours Brothers Colours.svg navy blue, white
Founded 1929
Current details
  • Corbett Park, Crosby Park (1989, 1992, 1998), Lang Park (1993), Bray Park (1994-7), ANZ Stadium (1998), Gibson Park (2006)
Competition Brisbane Rugby League, Queensland Cup, QRL South East Division
2014 11th
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Premierships 9 (1935, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1956, 1958, 1967, 1968, 1987)
Runners-up 10 (1940, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1986)

The Past Brothers Rugby League Football Club, more commonly known as 'Brothers', 'The Brethren' or as 'the Leprechauns', were a rugby league club in Brisbane, Australia, that played in the top level of football since their foundation in 1929 until 1998.


Past Brothers was founded in 1929 when former members (Tom Gorman, Gerry Allman, Stan Ross amongst others) of the Brothers Old Boys decided to found a new Club to compete in the QRL Metropolitan competition.

Brothers Old Boys remained in the BRL competition for the 1929 season before going back to Rugby in 1930, where upon the Past Brothers Club joined the BRL competition.

Past Brothers did not win their first premiership until 1935, but quickly backed it up with more in 1939, 1942 and 1943. When district football was introduced in the 1930s, Brothers clearly defied the idea as, unlike their competition counterparts Valleys, Norths, Souths, Easts and Wests, they were not a location in Brisbane. And although pressure was placed upon them by governing bodies, they were allowed to keep their unique name.

In the 1960s, while playing for Brothers, Peter Gallagher was selected as captain of Australia.

Brothers' last success was as premiers in 1987, defeating the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Grand Final. They had been runner-up to the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls the year before in 1986. By the time the Brisbane Broncos entered the New South Wales Rugby League in 1988, they were in financial trouble that only got worse as the years progressed. They were forced out of their traditional home at Corbett Park by financial administrators, and after temporarily playing out of Crosby Park, they relocated to Bray Park, renaming the club Pine Rivers Brothers. In 1998, they moved back to Brisbane under the name Brisbane Brothers and became a feeder club to the Broncos, before closing at season's end.

Seemingly out of their financial hardship by the turn of the century, Brothers applied for a position in the 2000 and 2001 Queensland Cups, but were ultimately unsuccessful. In 2002, they merged with Valleys, and formed Brothers-Valleys, playing in the Quest Cup before re-entering the Queensland Cup in 2004. They finished last, with their only point coming from a draw in Round 1. A new name and jersey was planned for the following year, but on 22 November the Queensland Rugby League announced:

The only club not participating in 2005 will be Brothers Diehards. While the QRL acknowledges the rich history associated with the organisation, the club’s inability to meet specified guidelines has resulted in this situation.

At present, Past Brothers spirit continues to compete in the South East Division junior competitions, playing out of Gibson Park in Stafford as Brisbane Brothers JRLFC.

Crest and colours[edit]

Traditionally the club wears a predominantly navy blue jersey with white butcher stripes (irregular hoops), although for a time they wore an all-navy blue jersey with a thick white bar through the middle. The numbers on the backs of the players' jerseys were normally red on a white background, although, depending on the jersey design being used, they were sometimes white on a blue background.

Home grounds[edit]

Traditionally the club's home ground was Corbett Park in The Grange, however they were forced out by financial administrators when the club's financial position severely worsened. They temporarily played out of Crosby Park in Albion and Lang Park, but in 1996 they relocated to Bray Park in the Pine Rivers Shire, hoping for greener pastures. This proved unsuccessful, and in 1998 they were back in Brisbane. Through their feeder club arrangement with the Brisbane Broncos, they played some "home" games as curtain-raisers at ANZ Stadium, with the remainder at Crosby Park, sharing the venue with Brothers Rugby Club. Currently, the brand name lives on in Brisbane through the Junior club, Brisbane Brothers JRLFC, which has successfully operated out of Gibson Park, Stafford, since 2006.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. World of Rugby League's Past Brothers page retrieved 6 December 2005
  2. Brisbane Rugby League 1st Grade Grand Final Results retrieved 6 December 2005
  3. "Brothers Return To Stafford" by the Queensland Rugby League, retrieved 6 December 2005
  4. Lester, Gary. The Sun Book of Rugby League
  5. "About Us" by Brothers JRLFC, retrieved 14 March 2016


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