Frank Johnson, Australian footballer, Died at 84


Frank Johnson was born on July 3, 1932, and died on July 9, 2016.

He was a former Australian rules footballer.

Johnson played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Port Melbourne in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).

He was a 185 cm ruckman, he started his senior career playing with Port Melbourne in the VFA in the 1950s.

Frank won a record five best and fairest awards at Port Melbourne, in an era where the team reached eight consecutive grand finals (winning only once).

Frank Johnson won the J. J. Liston Trophy for his efforts during the 1952 season and twice earned All-Australian selection: the first time was in the 1953 Adelaide Carnival where he was named in what was the inaugural All-Australian team, and he was selected as captain in the 1956 Perth Carnival team.

Frank Johnson was the only VFA player to be twice selected, and the only to be selected as captain, in the All-Australian team.

Following eight seasons with Port Melbourne, Johnson moved to the South Warrnambool Football Club in the Hampden Football League, where he was playing coach, in 1958 and 1959.

At the age of 29, in 1960 he joined VFL club in South Melbourne.

Frank Johnson had immediate success by winning the club’s best and fairest and finishing fourth in the Brownlow Medal count the following year.

He was largely acknowledged as one of the VFA’s all-time star players.

During 2007, Fran Johnson was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame; excluding players from the era before the VFL broke away from the VFA in 1897.

Frank was the first inductee ever to have his VFA career acknowledged in his Hall of Fame citation, and as of 2015 remains the only inductee who played the majority of his career in the VFA

Frank Johnson passed away at 84 years old.