The Brothers Old Boys is an Australian rugby union club, based in Brisbane, Queensland. The team currently competes in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition against nine of the states best Rugby Union clubs, the club was established in 1905 and has won 28 A Grade premierships since. They have produced 221 Queensland and 85 Internationals including 73 Wallaby players over the last century and it was further decided at this meeting to play in the school colours, blue and white hoops. These were the St Josephs College Gregory Terrace colours of the time, in 1905 the team played in plain hoops but the Scottish supplier incorrectly sent navy and white irregular hoops for the 1906 season and the club has maintained this jersey ever since. In 1907 after only the year in the Brisbane Premier Rugby competition. Brothers next string of success was titled the First Golden Era when they won Premierships in 1911,12,13,15, during this period the club was so strong that in 1914 they fielded two teams in the competition Brothers A & B. The end of the 1919 season saw the demise of Rugby Union in Queensland, Rugby League became the code of choice, in 1913 nine Brothers players represented Queensland in the interstate clash in Sydney and helped the team to a 22 -21 victory. In addition to Pat Murphy and Jimmy Flynn these players were M J McMahon, R McManus, Hugh Flynn, Vin Carmichael, Tom Ryan, Bill Morrissey, another Brothers player to be selected for state and country during these years was R Clinker Birt. Rugby Union was re-introduced in Queensland in 1929 and Brothers returned to the QRU in 1930 and they secured their first trophy in the senior competition since the recommencement of competition with a 13 -6 victory over University in the final of the mid-season Tom Welsby Cup in 1945. Brothers went on that year to contest the final but went down to none other than arch rivals University. It was the start of a period for the club. Brothers become the first club in Brisbane to have their own ground at Crosby Park, the original arrangement began with the QRU as lease holder in 1949 but Brothers took over the lease in their own right in 1951. Prior to the move the players would train under lights at the local public New Farm Park, the success of the late forties and early 1950s was not repeated for more than a decade, except for a premiership win in 1959. Following the 1959 premiership win things reached possibly the lowest point ever for the club, the year 1963 saw the club struggle to field a competitive team but things began to turn around in 1964 with Premierships in 1966 &1968. The 70s marked the start of a golden era for the club as A Grade premierships continued in 1971,73,74,1975,1978. This gave the club 10 premierships in a 14-year period from 1971 to 1984, the resurgence of Brothers in this period contributed greatly to the Queensland Rugby revival. Brothers only other success in the 1980s came in 1987, the Premiership successes had been missing from the club since 1987, and the first and only grand final appearance in the 90s came in a loss to rivals University in the 1990 Grand Final. In 2005 the club celebrated its Centenary and the year after a long 16 years absence reached the Grand Final
Image: Brothers rugby club logo
Pat Murphy, Jimmy Flynn (2nd row 2nd from right), M J McMahon, R McManus, Hugh Flynn (Back row 3rd from right), Vin Carmichael, Tom Ryan, Bill Morrissey and Joe Russell (seated front).