Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Francis Vine

Known as
Frank 'Pop' Vine


1 October 1904

6 October 1960 (aged 56)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 8d
Last game: 29y 349d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 23

Frank 'Pop' Vine

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 3,239th player to appear, 2,294th most games played, 2,376th most goals kickedMelbourne: 444th player to appear, 152nd most games played, 182nd most goals kicked

Frank ‘Pop’ Vine made his VFL debut with Melbourne in the 1926 challenge final against Collingwood, and kicked a goal in the Fuchsias eventual 57 point win. He played as a follower, resting in defence, in that game, but went on to make his name as an authoritative, long-kicking, strong-marking centre half back. Particularly admired for his ability to take telling grabs even in the wet, Vine went on to play a total of 105 senior games and kick 41 goals for the Fuchsias in a nine-season VFL career. He also represented Victoria against South Australia in 1931.

Author - John Devaney


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