Frank Bourke

Francis Michael "Frank" Bourke (3 February 1922 – 27 December 2011) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club in the Victorian Football League during the 1940s. He played one game during the 1943 season while on leave from the RAAF. After the war Bourke joined the club for the 1946 season playing in 9 games before a knee injury. He would come back to play in 1947 for 6 games before retirement. Frank Bourke is best known for being the start of the Tigers only three-generation family at the club being the father of Richmond Immortal Francis Bourke and grandfather of David Bourke.[2]

Frank Bourke
Personal information
Date of birth (1922-02-03)3 February 1922
Date of death 27 December 2011(2011-12-27) (aged 89)[1]
Original team(s) Nathalia (MFL)
Debut 21 August 1943, Richmond
vs. Melbourne, at Punt Road
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1943, 1946–1947 Richmond 16 (48)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1947.
Sources: AFL Tables,


  1. "Francis Michael Bourke". Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. Greenberg, Tony (4 January 2012) Farewell Frank Archived 9 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
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