Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Frank Harley

Known as
Frank Harley

29 June 1895

14 December 1978 (aged 83)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 46d
Last game: 30y 75d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 20, 33, 16

Frank Harley

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
RichmondV/AFL1915-1917, 1919-1925114660.5853%0
Total1915-1917, 1919-1925114660.5853%0

AFL: 2,222nd player to appear, 2,001st most games played, 1,602nd most goals kickedRichmond: 151st player to appear, 121st most games played, 113th most goals kicked

Frank Harley joined Richmond from Leopold, with whom he played in a premiership team in 1913, and made his league debut in 1915. He would go on to be a key member of the Tigers' great post-world war one combinations, playing well in the 1919 grand final loss to Collingwood and in the premiership teams of 1920 and 1921. Capable of performing to a very high standard in a variety of positions he boasted great stamina, immense determination and was blessed with a touch of class. A Victorian interstate representative on three occasions his Richmond career comprised 114 VFL games between 1915 and 1917 and from 1919 to 1925.

After leaving the Tigers Harley played, mainly as a full forward, with Prahran in the VFA. In three seasons (1926-27, 1929) with the Two Blues he played 39 games and kicked 160 goals, including club list topping tallies of 72 in 1926 and 74 in 1927. 

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main;


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