|Date of birth||14 September 1943|
|Original team(s)||Neerim-Neerim South|
|Height||179 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1973.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Bourke started his career in the forwardline, topping Melbourne's goalkicking with 48 goals in his debut season. Most of his subsequent games were spent in defence with the occasional stints up forward. He was a premiership player with Melbourne in 1964 and was a regular Victorian representative at interstate football.