Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Frank Gumbleton

Known as
Frank Gumbleton

6 March 1951 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 29d
Last game: 28y 165d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 38, 30

Frank Gumbleton

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1970-1979147190.1349%

AFL: 8,221st player to appear, 1,370th most games played, 3,782nd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 623rd player to appear, 67th most games played, 262nd most goals kicked

Originally from Ganmain, North Melbourne defender Frank Gumbleton was typically referred to during his career with terms like 'dependable', 'reliable' and 'honest'. However, he also boasted a fair amount of skill, and was an important player for the 'Roos during arguably the club's greatest era. His 147 VFL games between 1970 and 1979 included the Grand Finals of 1975 (won), 1976 (lost), and 1977 (both the drawn game, and North's win in the replay). Gumbleton lined up in the back pocket in all these matches, as he did in the winning championship of Australia decider against Norwood in Adelaide in 1975.

Author - John Devaney


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