Frank Maher (footballer)
|Date of birth||22 September 1895|
|Place of birth||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Date of death||7 November 1976(aged 81)|
|Debut||11 June 1921, Essendon
v. Carlton, at East Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Height/Weight||167.5cm (5'6") 70 kg|
|Representative team honours|
130 (72-55-3)56 (32-23-1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1928 season.
Maher served in the army in World War I from 1916 to 1919, and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry for his actions in France on 19 May 1918. He only began playing football when serving overseas with the AIF. On his return to Australia, he started playing football with two clubs, Shepparton and Lilydale.
Recruited from Lilydale Football Club, he played his first game for Essendon in 1921 at the advanced age of 25, playing against Carlton at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11 June 1921. He went on to play 137 games with Essendon Football Club from 1921 to 1928; and 118 of those games were played consecutively. He was part of the Premiership Team in 1923 (first rover, kicking 2 goals), 1924 (forward flank, kicking four goals in the three matches)
He represented Victoria on nine occasions in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927 (captain), and 1928 (captain). He was nominated for the Brownlow Medal in 1925, coming in third place with four votes.
Maher was captain-coach of Essendon in 1927; whilst his application to coach Essendon in 1928 was rejected, he captained Essendon in that year. After leaving Essendon, he went on to coach at Oakleigh in the VFA. He also coached the Fitzroy Football Club and the Carlton Football Club. From 1958 and 1968 he was president of Essendon's past players and officials association.
- "Frank Maher - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- In those days, there was only a single vote available in any one game. The 1925 winner, St Kilda's Colin Watson won the medal with 9 votes (i.e., best on the ground on nine occasions) having played in only 15 matches.
- Fiddian, Marc: Devils at Play. A History of the Oakleigh Football Club, Pakenham Gazette, Pakenham 1982
- Frank Maher's statistics from AFL Tables
- Blueseum Biography: Frank Maher, coach and war hero
- Full Points Footy Biography: Frank Maher
- Champions of Essendon Profile: Frank Maher