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Francis Bourke

Card Collection
#16 1970 Scanlens
#33 1971 Kellogg's
#29 1971 Mobil
#13 1971 Scanlens (Poster)
#44 1972 Scanlens
#12 1973 Sunicrust
NNO 1974 Kellogg's (Sticker)
#42 1974 Scanlens
#109 1975 Scanlens
#103 1978 Scanlens
#120 1979 Scanlens
#27 1980 Scanlens
NNO 1981 Ardmona
#9 1981 Kellogg's
#69 1981 Scanlens
#435 1995 Select
#83 1996 Select - Hall Of Fame
#83 1996 Select - Hall Of Fame
Platinum

#TC8 1996 Select - Hall Of Fame
#TC8 1996 Select - Hall Of Fame
Platinum

#16 2001 WEG - '80 Premiers
#CC13 2004 Select - Ovation Case Card
#1 2005 WEG - '73 Premiers
#1 2005 WEG - '73 Premiers Gold

Playing Stats:
Position: Full Back

Played: 1967-81
Games: 302
Goals: 71
Captain: 1976-77
Coach: 1982-83


Player Honors:
Premierships: 1967, 1969,
1973-74, 1980

Best & Fairest: 1970
Interstate Games: 20
RFC Team Of the Century
AFL Team Of The Century
AFL Hall Of Fame Member
AFL Life Member
RFC Life Member

One of Richmonds greatest players, Bourke joined the Tigers from Nathalia and immediately made a name
for himself as a champion winger, However he later played mainly in defense and excelled at full-back and
half-back. Superbly courageous, Bourke once saw out a match even though he had a broken bone in his
leg. Bourke was told as a 14-year-old that he would have to give up football because doctors dectected a
murmur in
his heart. Bourke therefore defied all the odds to become one of the game's greatest champions.
his heart. Bourke therefore defied all the odds to become one of the game's greatest champions. He played
in the
1967, 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1980 Tiger premiership sides. Bourke was club captain in 1976 and '77
and was Tiger coach from 1982-83, taking Richmond to the 1982 grand final, only to lose to Carlton.
Bourke returned to Richmond in 1992 as chairman of selectors
.

J. Main, R. Holmesby,
The Encyclopidia of League Footballers Every AFL/VFL Player Since 1897
(Wilkinson Books 1992)