Rest in Peace Bomber. Michael Bowers, former Brisbane Lions and Roar CEO and a great mate to countless, Rest in Peace.
Former Lions and Roar CEO Michael Bowers, who has died from cancer aged 57, has been remembered for his tireless contribution across all sports.
Marco Monteverde and Robert Craddock
January 26, 20216:10pm
Former Lions CEO Michael Bowers was lauded for the relentless passion which drove the club through their glory years after he lost a two-year battle with cancer this week.
Bowers died aged 57 on Monday after receiving a grim diagnosis a fortnight ago.
“Michael was an influential figure in a successful period for our Club,’’ Brisbane’s triple-premiership winning coach and director Leigh 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 replaced Andrew Ireland as Lions’ CEO following the club’s 2001 premiership, and was in charge for their 2002 and 2003 flags at the helm as the Club completed the three-peat with Grand Final victories over Collingwood in 2002 and 03.
Following a review of the Lions operations, Bowers left the Lions in October 2010.
He was soon headhunted by Football Federation Australia to work as a consultant to work for Brisbane Roar, and became the A-League club’s CEO in September 2011, replacing Eugenie Buckley.
A lover of all sports and a man of strong opinions who enjoyed an argument, Bowers left the Roar the following year following a restructure that resulted in Sean Dobson being appointed the club’s general manager.
Former Roar captain and triple-championship winner Matt Smith praised Bowers for his work as an administrator and the good relationship he had with the players.
“I’m devastated and saddened to hear the news of Michael’s passing,” Smith said.
“He was someone that played an integral part in the Roar’s successful championship history, and dealing with him on a very close basis with him as CEO, he steered the ship and gave the club a lot of stability and kept consistency with how the club was run.
“He ensured the first-team squad was an essential part of driving the club forward and always made sure we were looked after.”
Former Lions chairman Tony Kelly hailed Bowers for his contribution across many sports.
“I thought Michael was an incredibly hard-working CEO, he was very passionate about the Lions, he wore his heart on his sleeve and would take on a fight, even with the AFL, if he thought it would take the club forward,” Kelly said.
“He was a bull in that sense.
“He was a great sporting person, he was well known in cricket circles through his association with University Cricket club and was also an instrumental office bearer at the Indooroopilly Golf Club, so there are a lot of sporting types around the city who would be mourning his passing today.’’
Bowers is survived by his sons Mack, Campbell and Hamish, and his partner Emma.