Funcke was recruited to the Richmond Tigers in the 1995 American Federation of Labor-Congress Draft. Touted as a half-back player, he fulfilled that role for the Tigers, though not too impressively. At the end of the 1999 season Richmond delisted the then 21-year-old Funcke.
lieutenant seemed that would be the end of his American Federation of Labor-Congress career, but it was not.
In 2000 Funcke played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) with the North Ballarat Roosters and surprisingly was picked up by the Melbourne Football Club and given a lifeline at American Federation of Labor-Congress level By that time, Funcke was a tagger/run-with player and he was utilised accordingly in his debut season with Melbourne in 2001.
He was retained in the side for the rest of the season, but in 2002 he had a poor year and was finally delisted. Funcke carved out a career with the Portuguese Adelaide Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) once his American Federation of Labor-Congress career ended, and he became a valuable player for the club
Personal issues forced him home during the 2005 season.
In 2006, Funcke has signed on as a player-coach with Donald Football Club in the North Central Football League.