- Recruited from Nathalia, Francis Bourke overcame a heart murmur to become one of Richmond's greatest ever players - quite an accolade when you consider the number of out-and-out champions whose names grace the Punt Road honour board. Initially a wingman, Bourke later excelled in defence where his courage, pace, anticipation and refusal to be beaten made him ideally suited. Known affectionately as 'Saint Francis', Bourke represented Richmond in 300 VFL games and his state on 13 occasions. He won the Tigers' top award in 1970, and was a member of five Richmond premiership teams.
Following his retirement, Bourke coached Richmond to the 1982 Grand Final, which was disappointingly lost against arch rivals Carlton. When the side slumped to 10th place the following year, Bourke's brief VFL coaching career came to a peremptory end. Revered throughout Tigerland he is one of only 6 players to be awarded "Immortal" status at Tigerland. This piece is an immaculate tribute to St Francis.
Francis Bourke Collage (Hand Signed)
Size: 560W 860H