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SportRemembering Spud Frawley, a much-loved son of football

13:40  09 september  2019
13:40  09 september  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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He was only ever Spud.

Danny Frawley was a potato farmer's son who became a legend of the St Kilda Football Club and a loved son of football.

He was a player, coach, football administrator, commentator, analyst and jester. He was as happy taking the game seriously as he was making light of it, and himself.

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Frawley , nicknamed Spud because he grew up on a potato farm, leaves behind his wife Anita and three The St Kilda Football Club is heart-broken by the passing of club great Danny Frawley . "Danny was an active member of our Past Players' Committee and a much - loved champion to our

The son of seven generations of Irish potato farmers from Bungaree outside Ballarat, he was the nephew of Des Tuddenham, the former Collingwood champion.

Remembering Spud Frawley, a much-loved son of football© Allsport Heart on his sleeve: Frawley celebrates a Richmond win in 2000.

Frawley went to St Patrick's College in Ballarat, but it was at sport that he excelled, not academics.

He began his football career as a forward, but found his place as a tough, strong, hard-running key defender.

The much-loved No.2 played 240 games for St Kilda across 12 seasons, including nine as captain. He won the club's best and fairest in 1988 and played 11 games for Victoria in State of Origin.

These numbers do not define him as a player. In that, he was perhaps better defined by his efforts on one of the greatest players ever – Gary Ablett snr.

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“He is loved , and we love him, so much . We are so proud what Danny was able to do with his footy.” At Richmond, current CEO chief executive Brendon Gale played under Frawley who coached the club from 2000 to 2004. Gale agreed with Sheldon that Frawley , with help from Anita, created a wonderful

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Ablett and his former teammate Tony Lockett were the most explosive players Frawley played on. It was with his friend and teammate Lockett that Frawley shared his strongest football memory, the drought-breaking second elimination final against Geelong in 1991.

Remembering Spud Frawley, a much-loved son of football© Ray Kennedy Ted Whitten, supported by his son (left) and Frawley (right), waves to the MCG crowd at the 1995 State of Origin clash.

"For two lads from the bush who grew up together to lead the side out for the club's first final in 18 years is something I'll never forget," Frawley said at the time.

When he retired from playing, Frawley reflected on his career to this newspaper and said he rated Jason Dunstall – the man he would go on to forge a media partnership with in a light-hearted TV show, Fox Footy's The Bounce, and on Triple M radio – as his most difficult opponent.

After football, Frawley became an assistant coach to Tony Shaw at Collingwood, before becoming senior coach at Richmond from 2000 to 2004.

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He coached as he played, honestly and with his heart on his sleeve. He had success as a coach at Richmond, in his first years narrowly missing the finals – finishing ninth – and in his second season he took the Tigers to a preliminary final against Brisbane, who would go on to win the flag.

They lost that day, but it proved to be the best Richmond effort in finals for more than a decade, until their drought-breaking premiership in 2017.

After that high-water mark of 2001, the Tigers slumped and two years later fell to 16th, then bottom of the ladder, and won the wooden spoon.

A passionate man leading a passionate club led to conflict at times. Frawley reacted to one idiotic Richmond fan who spat at him.

In a more volatile – and pathetic – time in Richmond's history, one member notably hired a truck to dump chicken manure at the doorstep of the club at Punt Rd. Frawley announced mid-season that he would resign at the end of the year and in a move he later regretted, he coached out the 2004 season while Richmond interviewed and then announced his replacement, Terry Wallace.

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Danny Frawley (right) was loved for more than just being a great footballer in his day. He was everything that makes football clubs great to be a A St Kilda fan places flowers at St Kilda Saints Football Club this week. There has been an outpouring of emotion over the death of Saints legend

After Richmond, he moved into media roles and in 2008 returned to coaching in a part-time role working at Hawthorn – a club his nephew James, nicknamed Chip after his uncle Spud, would later play in a premiership with.

For several years, Frawley served in football administration as chief executive of the AFL Coaches Association and returned to coaching part-time with St Kilda as a specialist defensive coach at the end of 2014.

A big personality, he embraced the State Of Origin concept and in June 2006 coached a winning Victorian State of Origin side in the E.J. Whitten Legends match.

Frawley famously took football legend Ted Whitten around the Victorian rooms before the 1995 State of Origin clash at the MCG, to greet the players one by one, where they all said hello and hugged Whitten. On an emotional day, Whitten, who was almost blind, was also driven around the MCG with the support of his son, to the appreciation of a 60,000-strong crowd. It was to be Whitten's final lap, as he passed away from prostate cancer just months later.

Frawley said of that day: "I'll never forget him whispering in my ear before he left. He just said, 'Look, I really appreciate what you've done for me today. I'll never forget it.' It was one of those days you're glad you're around, and one of the reasons you play footy."

Frawley was married to Anita and had three daughters, Danielle, Chelsea and Keeley.

In recent years Frawley spoke about the depression that had consumed him for periods of his life and the nervous breakdown he suffered in 2014.

Sunday was his 56th birthday.

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Danny 'Spud' Frawley has been remembered by family and friends as a 'loving husband and father' who threw himself into life, inspiring so many along the way .The St Kilda captain, Richmond coach, potato farmer, trots owner and media personality was honoured at a private service today held at the Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin, with hundreds in attendance. His number two jersey sat prominently on stage. © AAP Jason Dunstall (right) and Garry Lyon (second from right) arrives for a memorial for Danny Frawley at Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin.

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