After being in the first group of intakes in the AIS for football Frank Farina began his professional career in the Australian National Soccer League with Canberra City in 1983. The following season he moved to Sydney City followed by Marconi Stallions. The collection does not include any cards, sticker or programmes from his 1st stint in the National Soccer League.
Prior to the new millennium the Socceroos were more likely to play international matches against club teams from other countries rather than national teams. The Farnia collection commences with the World Soccer Series 1984 tournament programme where Frank made his International B Debut against Nottingham Forest and later played against Glasgow Rangers, Juventas and Iraklis. In November 1984 Farina was part of a one month tour of China and Europe. He made his full international against the Chinese national team but the collection does not include a programme or ticket from this match. From the English part of the tour there are programmes, including squad pen pics and teamsheets from B international matches against Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Glasgow Rangers and Aston Villa. The collection also includes the programme from the final 1996 World Cup Qualifying match against Scotland in Melbourne where Australia played out a gallant draw and Farina came on in the 75th minute.
For the next World Cup & Olympics qualifying campaign Frank Farina became a permanent member of the Socceroos team and starting line-up. Included in the collection is the tournament programme from the South Korean Invitational Presidents Cup. Frank Farina played in the final against the host nation South Korea which unfortunately they lost on penalties. In 1988 Australia hosted a Bicentennial Gold Cup Tournament against Argentina, Brazil & South Arabia where they defeated the World Champions Argentina 4-1 but lost the final to Brazil. Also included in the collection is two postcards from the 1988 Seoul Olympics where Frank Farina played in a historical win over Yugoslavia although there some conjecture as to whether it was a full international.
Individual items featuring Frank Farina do not appear in the collection until 1990 after he had transferred to Club Brugge in the Belgium 1st Division. His time at Club Brugge was probably his most successful in Europe. The collection includes three portrait stickers, a squad sticker and an official club postcard from the 1990-91 season. It also includes a Club Brugge teamsheet from their Champions League Match against AC Milan. For the 1991-92 season Frank Farina transferred to the new promoted AS Bari in Italian Serie A. He became the first Socceroo to play in Serie A and the collection includes two cards (one which is featured right) and two stickers from that season.