Bluey Adams

Frank Adams (12 June 1935 – 11 August 2019), known as Bluey Adams, was an Australian rules football player, who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) for the Melbourne Football Club.

Bluey Adams
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-06-12)12 June 1935
Date of death 11 August 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 84)
Debut 1953, Melbourne
vs. North Melbourne, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1953–1964 Melbourne 164 (180)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1964.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

His prime positions were in the forward pocket, where he was a regular, damaging goal-kicker, and as a rover and a wing-man, where he was able to use his great pace to advantage in the open spaces of the MCG. He was one of the fortunate few Melbourne players to be part of all six premierships the club gained during its ten 'golden years' from 1955 to 1964.

Adams was a national champion professional sprinter. Adams won the 1957, 75 yards/130 yards Gift double at Cobram then a week later won the Lilydale Gift [1] (130 yds) before running second in the 1957 Bendigo Thousand (130 yds).

After running second in the Maryborough Gift, Adams won the 1958 Ararat Gift off a handicap of 3 yards in 12.3 seconds. He rounded off the year winning the South Melbourne and 1958 Canberra Gifts[2].

In November 1958, Adams ran a superb time of 43.8 seconds for 400 yards on a wet grass track at South Melbourne,[3]

Adams won the 1959 Australian sprint title before losing the title in 1960 to Terry Clarke, before retiring from athletics at the age of 25.[4]

Adams died age 84 on 11 August 2019 from cancer.[5]


  1. Lilydale Gift – The Age 4 March 1957
  2. "1958 - Canberra Gift". Trove Newspapers. The Canberra Times Newspaper.
  4. Professional Athletics in Australia, Percy Mason, Rigby publishers (1985) page 113.
  5. Man behind game's 'most brutal collision' loses battle with cancer


  • Mason, Percy (1985). Professional Athletics in Australia. Adelaide: Rigby Publishers, p 113. ISBN 0-7270-2040-4

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