Frank Davis

Image DOB: 25 August 1944

Debut: Round 13, 1964 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 1973 against North Melbourne at Waverley

From: Oakleigh YCW

Number: 40 1964, 6 1965-1973

Premiership Player - 1964
Captain - 1970 - 1972
Best and Fairest - 1970
150 Heroes selection
Victoria state player - 1971
Night Series winner - 1971
Life Member - 1973
Under 19's Best and Fairest - 1963

Games: 168
Goals: 2
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

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Most games in jumper 6

Davis graduated from the Fourths and Under 19s to debut in 1964. He played just six games for the year, but broke into the side in Round 17 and held his spot through the finals series, playing in the Grand Final win when Brian Leahy was injured.

He ran second in the Reserves Best and Fairest in his rookie season despite missing six games for senior duty, and started his career with a bang by kicking a goal with his first kick but then didn't manage another for eight years. Instead of a goal sneak he turned into a reliable defender off the half-back flank or in the back pocket.

Appointed captain in 1970, Davis won the Best and Fairest that year. He was unlucky not to earn state selection that year but in a 1971 where he ran third in the "Bluey" he won a Big V jersey.

In 1973 he lost the captaincy to Stan Alves and played 18 more games that year before retiring from senior football.


Only game as coach: Round 8, 1979 vs Hawthorn at Princes Park


After coaching Oakleigh YCW in 1967 while still a player, Davis' first engagement after his VFL career ended was with North Gambier in 1974. He then moved to Berwick in 1976 before returning to the Demons as Reserves coach in 1977 and Under 19s coach in 1978.

Davis served as an assistant to Carl Ditterich in 1979. He acted as caretaker during pre-season until Ditterich won his clearance from St Kilda, and is credited as senior coach for the Round 8, 1979 match where Ditterich was suspended and not allowed to enter the field during breaks.

Coached Frankston in 1980 but was sacked midway through the season after three wins in 10 games. Later coached the Hawthorn Under 19s. He was Hawthorn's country development officer from 1982 to 1985 and recruiting manager between 1986 and 1995. At the end of 1995 he was sacked from his job with Hawthorn and won a settlement after claiming unfair dismissal. In 1988 he was assistant coach of the Victorian state side.

From 2005 to 2009 Davis worked as a part time recruiting officer with Melbourne.

1964 610
1965 1800
1966 1300
1967 1704
1968 1600
1969 1601
1970 2203
1971 2102
1972 2104
1973 1810

Goal with their first kick

Inside Football 10/07/1980 shows him as Reserves/Under 19s coach for all of 1977 to 1979.

Age - 31/01/1973
Age - 21/06/1974
Age - 28/09/1976
Age - 12/01/1979
Age - 24/05/1979
Inside Football - 08/05/1980
Inside Football - 03/07/1980
Inside Football - 10/07/1980
Age - 14/12/1988
Age - 17/12/1995

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