Francis “Frank” “Spitzer” Spillane


BIRTH: 24 June 1903
Balmain South, NSW
DEATH: 30 October 1986 Burwood, NSW
DEATH: 30 October 1986
Burwood, NSW

OCCUPATION: Electrician, 1930; Engineer, 1936

RESIDENCE: Albert St Ashfield, 1930; Eccles St Ashfield, 1936


  • Christian Brothers Petersham RL
  • Petersham RL B Grade 1924
  • Wests RL First Grade 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1925, 1926, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933
  • Wests RL 3rd Grade 1927, 1931
  • Wests General Committee 1927
  • University RL 1934
  • NSW RL XIII v Queensland RL Firsts 1927
  • Metropolis RL v Country RL Firsts 1927
  • NSW RL Seconds v Queensland RL Firsts 1928
  • City RL Firsts v Country RL Firsts 1928, 1932
  • Wests RL Frank McMillan Testimonial 1937


Frank Spillane is the older brother of Wests player Jack Spillane and the grandfather of well known Sports Journalist Debbie Spillane.

His family lived  initially at Lewisham NSW,  where it was likely that Frank played junior football with the Petersham Club. By the mid 1920’s the family moved to Ashfield where Frank lived for most of his life. The Spillanes were very much involved in local community and sporting activities.

The playing group at Wests were always tight knit with many life-long associations. Frank was a groomsman at Harry Tisdale’s wedding in 1928. He maintained his connection with the Club after retiring from the game. He appeared in a Wests past players team for the Frank McMillan testimonial match in 1937.

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