Frank Kelly (footballer)

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Frank Kelly
Frank Kelly (before 1936).jpg
Personal information
Full name Frank James Kelly
Date of birth (1910-12-23)23 December 1910
Date of death 6 July 1982(1982-07-06) (aged 71)
Original team(s) Collingwood Juniors
Height / weight 170 cm / 71 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1930–31, 1933 Collingwood 034 0(8)
1934–36 Melbourne 031 0(1)
1937–39 Essendon 030 0(7)
1942–44 St Kilda 021 (28)
Total 116 (44)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1944.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Frank James Kelly (23 December 1910 – 6 July 1982) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Kelly played his junior football with Collingwood and was promoted to their seniors in 1930. Despite playing the Preliminary Final, Kelly was omitted from the Collingwood team which won the 1930 VFL Grand Final. He spent the 1932 season at Beechworth before returning to Collingwood for one final year. Used on the wing or as a centreman, Kelly crossed to Melbourne in 1934 for three seasons and then Essendon for another three.

He captain-coached Port Melbourne to the Victorian Football Association (VFA) premiership in 1940 and remained in that role the following year. In 1942 he returned to the VFL and joined his fourth club, St Kilda, for whom he kicked 21 goals that year and would captain in the 1944 season. Kelly later played at Yallourn North as captain-coach.


  • Frank Kelly's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.