Jonathan Brown had neighbours to tahnk for saving his Lions memorabilia.
Jonathan Brown had neighbours to tahnk for saving his Lions memorabilia. Scott Barbour

Lions star Brown lucky not to lose all his memorabilia in floods

BRISBANE Lions champion Jonathan Brown has revealed he lost some of the memorabilia from his glittering career in the Queensland floods.

Brown played in three premierships with the Lions - 2001, 2002, 2003 - across 256 games in a stellar career.

The champion forward flew back to Queensland on Friday to see the damage at his property, with his shed taking the brunt of it.

On inspection he realised some of his possessions were missing.

"I got up there to have a look at the damage and it's bloody carnage. When I walked in I thought 'gee the clean up is going to be unbelievable'," he explained.

"One of the first things I went for, I thought 'no I've left all the memorabilia from my whole career there'. So premiership jumpers, milestone game boots.

"It doesn't mean anything to anyone else but it's sentimental value and I thought it would be good for the kids.

"(They were) sitting in a removal box, probably should have been out on display or at least had them framed up.

"So that's gone. I was a bit flat about that."

But Brown's fortunes were about to change when he decided to go for a walk.

"I got about 500 metres down the creek and the first thing I saw was a lifting platform from my gym ... that was in a tree," Brown said.

"I got a little bit further down, first jumper (found). First jumper I saw was 2001 premiership jumper. We beat the Bombers.

"I walked about a kilometre and no luck with anything else."

Just when the Brisbane star thought all hope was lost, Jason Mooney a former Geelong and Sydney Swans player who lives nearby and another neighbour came through with the goods.

"He (Mooney) turns up with about eight jumpers," Brown said on Nova's Chrissy, Sam and Browny.

"He's found the '02 jumper, the Pies (we beat).

"I had a tear in my eye almost.

"Last night I get the call from my father-in-law. He goes: 'there was a bit of a mail drop, there was a plastic bag left on our front door last night from a property about 2km down the creek'

"Found the third one."