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Tony Franklin (Australian footballer)

Anthony 'Tony' Franklin (born 18 December 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1970s.

Originally from the Tasmanian club Penguin, Franklin played mostly as a ruckman and half forward in his two seasons at South Melbourne. His career was dogged by recurring hamstring injuries.[1]

He represented Tasmania at interstate football and won the Lefroy Medal for a performance against Victoria.

After leaving South Melbourne he spent some time in the VFA playing for Sandringham. Franklin rejoined the Swans as a coach, guiding the Reserves team to the 1980 VFL Reserves Grand Final, where they lost by 33 points to Geelong.[1] When the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, Franklin was appointed chairman of the match committee.[1]

When Ricky Quade resigned suddenly as South Melbourne's coach midway through the 1984 season, Franklin filled in as senior coach for a game against Collingwood which they lost by 31 points. He later served as their Chairman of Selectors.


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

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