Curcio, Francis Eduardo "Frank"

Clubs: Fitzroy

Italian Connection: paternal grandfather Italian-born


DOB: November 25, 1912 - DOD: November 11, 1988

Fitzroy Football Club (249 games, 17 goals 1932-36, 1938-43 & 1945-48; captain 1938-41); Fitzroy Team of The Century back pocket (named 2001); three-time Victorian representative

The first Fitzroy/Brisbane footballer to play 200 games, Curcio was a tough, hard ruckman recruited from the Christian Young Men’s Society.

A bass violinist, Curcio combined his musical talents with his football prowess, but stood out of the game in 1937 to concentrate on his musicianship. Ever-conscious of safeguarding his hands to work the strings of the bass violin, he once famously told North Melbourne’s Fred Fairweather, “Hit me as hard as you like, but don’t hurt my fingers”.

Regrettably the war cost Curcio a place in Fitzroy’s 1944 premiership team and three broken fingers sustained in a services match in 1945 effectively put paid to his musical career.

Curcio’s club games record stood for 23 years at Fitzroy until surpassed by the great Kevin Murray. No player in the history of the competition has won guernsey no.18 in more matches than Curcio.


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