Francis Vine

Image DOB: 1 October 1904
Died: 6 October 1960

Debut: Grand Final 1926 against Collingwood at MCG
Last Game: Round 18, 1934 against Footscray at MCG

From: Old Melburnians

Number: 23 1926-1934

Premiership Player - 1926
Captain - 1932 - 1933
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1945
Victorian state representative - 1931

Games: 105
Goals: 41
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Nicknamed "Pop", Vine was one of the few players in history to debut in a Grand Final side. He had been scheduled to make his debut in the Round 18, 1926 match against Hawthorn, but didn't line up and instead was called up to the Grand Final a few weeks later on just a day's notice as a replacement for Bob Corbett.

He got an early goal in the Grand Final, the Redlegs won their first premiership since 1900 and 'Pop' rarely let his side down after that, becoming a reliable centre half-back who was an excellent high mark even in wet weather. He represented Victoria against South Australia in 1931, and missed two other interstate trips through illness.

His next four years were injury interrupted - including three weeks missed during 1931 with the after effects of a burn to his leg - but when available Vine was a first choice player. After playing 18 games in 1932 he was named captain the next year but had another injury riddled season and relinquished the job for 1934. Vine played fifteen games in his last season before retiring early in 1935 due to a knee injury he'd suffered the previous year.

After his career ended Vine stayed involved with the club by hiring many of the younger players - including Norm Smith in at his business. It was in Pop Vine's factory that a young Jack Mueller lost two fingers in a machine accident - an injury which didn't stop him being one of the best forwards of the era.

In 1999 he was named in the Melbourne Grammar Team of the Century.

1926 110
1927 13150
1928 15100
1929 1140
1930 930
1931 1420
1932 1817
1933 920
1934 1535

Some sources say Vine was captain in 1932 and show Warne-Smith as "non playing coach". He came out of retirement after the first month of the season but was not 'captain'.

Last game of the season debuts

Football Record R18 1926
Argus - 14/05/1930
Herald - 03/07/1931
Sporting Globe - 15/09/1934

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