Frank Loughran was born in Belfast in 1931 and quickly showed an aptitude for the game. Despite approaches from English professional clubs, Loughran migrated to Australia in 1954 where he joined Melbourne club Moreland. He was selected in the Victorian team the following year. Loughran represented Australia 38 times, including the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He scored 22 goals for Australia and added another 20 in 25 matches for Victoria.