Founded in 1998, the Brisbane Broncos are the oldest and most esteemed of three NRL clubs based in Queensland. Over the past two decades the Broncos have enjoyed great success as a team dedicated to creating a powerful nucleus of players that support each other.
The success of the Broncos stems from the strong fan base they have built up over the years and as one of the NRL’s most popular clubs, they boast some impressive achievements including never having been defeated in a Grand Final appearance.
Brisbane Broncos Information
- Established: 1988
- Home Ground: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Colours: Maroon & Gold
- Mascot: Buck the Bronco
- Number of Premierships Won: 6 (1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006)
- Number of Minor Premierships Won: 4 (1992, 1997, 1998, 2000)
The Brisbane Broncos came into existence in 1988 and were one of two inaugural Queensland clubs, along with the now extinct Gold Coast-Tweed Giants, to participate in the NSWRL Premiership. The team has one of the most successful recent histories of any current club, having made the finals every year since 1991.
Since their debut first-grade game against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, where they came away with a promising 44 – 10 win, it took the Broncos five years to win their first premiership. 1992 was the club’s most prestigious year since their formation as they were both the minor premiers and then the premiership winners that year. They backed up this great season the following year as well, making it back-to-back premiership wins in 1993.
Brisbane stayed strong through the 1995 Super League War, becoming one of the first clubs to sign over to the new Rugby League competition and setting the trend for other clubs to do the same. They boast the unique accomplishment of having won the sole Super League Premiership in 1997 and then taking out the very first National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership shield in 1998.
Having made the finals every year since 1991, the Broncos most recent premiership win was in 2006.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The Brisbane Broncos emblem has changed a number of times since the club’s inception. Originally the logo was that of a golden bronco or stallion in a shield, but today the emblem features a side on view of a maroon bronco’s head, highlighted in gold. The decision to make the primary colour of the Broncos and their logo as maroon harks back to tradition, maroon being the time-honoured colour of Queensland Rugby League.
Maroon and gold are the two colours of this side and their current home jerseys are maroon with a gold stripe across the chest and down the sides. Their away jersey features the same design, but white replaces maroon and navy blue replaces the gold. These jersey designs were introduced in 2010.
The Brisbane Broncos Club is located at Redhill in Brisbane, Queensland’s capital. This is the training location of the club, but their home stadium is located at Suncorp Stadium in the northern Brisbane suburb of Milton. Originally called Lang Park and considered Queensland’s home of Rugby League, the renamed Suncorp Stadium received an extensive redevelopment in 2003 and now has a capacity of 52,500 spectators.
The Broncos have one of the strongest membership followings of any club in the NRL and their fan base is the largest in the league. The biggest supporter group for the Broncos are known as ‘The Thoroughbreds’, but you can become a Brisbane Broncos member too and receive great deals to the games.
Buck the bronco is the Brisbane Broncos’ mascot. He is a cocky and determined fellow who plays in five-eighth and weighs a hefty 220kg. Buck loves the Broncos and always supports them 100%, and you can show your support for the Broncos too by backing them at Ladbrokes.com.au!
Best Bet to Make
The Brisbane Broncos have been one of the NRL’s most consistent clubs when it comes to making the finals, so exotic bet types at Ladbrokes.com.au like Make the Top 8 and Make the Top 4 are a great way to go with this team. Also remember these markets open early in the season, so the sooner you back the Broncos to still be around come September, the better odds you will receive!
The Broncos are also now a great club to back at the pointy end of the season. Whereas Brisbane used to suffer a pre-Origin slump failing to win their end of season games thanks to the toll the high number of players picked to play for the State of Origin Maroons had on the club. Over the past few years they have learnt to back up from Origin much better and in 2009 Brisbane won seven straight games from Round 22 – 28, one of the most impressive series of wins for any club.
And with so many young stars currently working their way up through the ranks in the Broncos, other special bets like players to win the Dally M Medal look good bets to make in future seasons.