While Frank Seymour (1907-1987) never made his mark in the VFL, that competition’s loss was Northcote Football Club’s gain. After six games with Carlton in 1927 and ’28, Seymour crossed to Northcote where he established himself as the club’s greatest ever player in the club’s golden era. From 1928 to 1939, Seymour topped the club’s goal kicking 11 times, this despite a brief return to the VFL with Fitzroy in 1935. In addition he was the VFA’s leading goal kicker three times, kicking over 100 goals in those seasons.
With Seymour at full forward, Northcote enjoyed a period of great success on the field. They won their first Premiership in 1929, and followed that with two runners-up finishes and four more Premierships by 1936. Northcote rounded out the decade with a couple more finals appearances before Seymour retired in 1939 and the club began a slow decline into mediocrity.
Noted for his strong marking and accurate kicking, Frank Seymour was also considered the VFA’s humble champion. He was known for trying to deflect attention away from his impressive goal kicking feats, and on to the efforts of his teammates. He was also an impeccably fair player, who won great respect from teammates and around the Association for his style of play.
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