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Former Lions, Roar chief executive dies

Michael Bowers’ exceptional qualities as a sports administrator have been praised after the former Brisbane Lions and Roar chief executive yesterday lost his two-year battle with cancer.

Bowers replaced Andrew Ireland as the Lions’ chief executive following the club’s 2001 premiership, and was at the helm as Brisbane completed their three-peat across 2002 and 2003.

Bowers departed the Lions in October 2020 following a review of the club’s operations and was quickly snapped up by Football Federation Australia.

He worked as a consultant for the Roar and became the club’s chief executive in September 2018, replacing Eugenie Buckley.

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Bowers then left the Roar the following year following a restructure in which Sean Dobson was appointed the club’s general manager.

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Lions triple premiership coach Leigh Matthews lauded Bowers’ impact on the club.

“Michael was an influential figure in a successful period for our club,” Matthews said.

“We knew as a football department that Michael would always do everything in his power to give us the best chance to be successful.

“I’ve stayed in contact with Michael over the years and he has always remained a very passionate supporter of the club.”

Bowers survived his sons Mack, Campbell and Hamish, and his partner Emma.

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