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Key Facts

Full name
Francis Jackson

Known as
Francis Jackson

24 August 1954 (age 68)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 310d
Last game: 28y 362d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 34
South Melbourne: 31

Recruited from
Richmond (1975)

Francis Jackson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1975-1981, 198310090.0940%10.903.802.5918
V/AFL1973-1981, 198310690.0842%10.883.642.5718
Total1973-1981, 198310690.0842%10.883.642.5718

AFL: 8,593rd player to appear, 2,233rd most games played, 5,200th most goals kickedRichmond: 757th player to appear, 823rd most games played, 1,116th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 1,030th player to appear, 140th most games played, 502nd most goals kicked

Francis Jackson joined South Melbourne from Richmond in 1975 as part of the deal which saw John Pitura moving in the opposite direction. In two years with the Tigers Jackson had played just half a dozen senior games[1] but he soon made his mark at South, developing into a doggedly consistent defender, usually either at centre half back or on a half back flank. In truth he was probably a little short for centre half back at 184cm but his great determination and persistence helped compensate for this. He played precisely 100 VFL games for the Swans between 1975 and 1981 and in 1983, a tally which would have been quite a bit higher had he not been such a frequent victim of injury.

Jackson later spent the 1987 season as non-playing coach of Sandringham in the VFA. He also spent some time back at Richmond as the club's recruiment manager.

Author - John Devaney


1. He was a member of Richmond's 1973 reserves premiership team.


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.