Frank Langley

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Frank Langley
Frank Langley (before 1906).jpg
Personal information
Full name Francis Ernest Langley
Date of birth 13 October 1882
Date of death 22 March 1946(1946-03-22) (aged 63)
Place of death Dandenong, Victoria
Original team(s) Caulfield Grammar
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1900–1906 Melbourne 89 (61)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1903–1904 Victoria
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1906.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Francis Ernest "Frank" Langley (13 October 1882 – 22 March 1946) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the early 1900s.

The son of Henry Archdall Langley, Anglican Bishop of Bendigo, Langley was one of 12 children. One of his elder brothers, Henry Thomas Langley, became Dean of Melbourne, while many of his other siblings took roles within the Anglican church and the education system.[1]

Langley was educated at Caulfield Grammar School,[2] and Trinity College, University of Melbourne where he earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree. After completing university he worked as a medical practitioner.

Langley could play many roles on the field but was primarily a hard running defender who on occasions was used on the ball. He was often rested up forward and his 17 goals in 1901 was enough to top Melbourne's goal kicking. The previous season he had been on the half forward flank in their premiership side.[3] In 1903 and 1904 he was good enough to represent Victoria at interstate football and in 1905 captained Melbourne for the year, with the club finishing last.

Langley died at his home in Dandenong in 1946.[4] He was survived by his wife Lillie and three children, Dorothy, Eric and Roy.[5]


  1. ^ Hansen, I. V. (2000). "Langley, Henry Thomas (1877–1968)". In Ritchie, John. Australian Dictionary of Biography. 15. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press. 
  2. ^ "CGS AFL Players". Caulfield Grammarians Football Club. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Main, Jim; Holmesby, Russell (1992). The Encyclopedia of League Footballers. Melbourne, Victoria: Wilkinson Books. p. 244. ISBN 1-86337-085-4.
  4. ^ "Obituary". The Advocate. 23 March 1946. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Family Notices". The Argus. 23 March 1946. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 

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