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SportSaints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards

17:48  11 september  2019
17:48  11 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

Frawley's passion endeared him to all in footy

Frawley's passion endeared him to all in footy Danny Frawley was one of the game's most enduringly endearing characters. Few people within the AFL community knew more people, or were more known, than ???Spud'.

Tributes have poured in for AFL legend Danny Frawley , who died in a car crash in Millbrook, 20km east of Ballarat. Saints president Andrew Bassat said the club would always be there for Frawley ’ s family. “Danny will be remembered as one of St Kilda’ s greatest ever players and a dear friend to so

The club sacked him in 2004 and that was one of the reasons for the mental health problems that dogged Frawley over the last few years. Frawley resigned and took a spell out of the game, before returning to commentary roles and a part-time role as a defensive coach with his beloved Saints .

Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards © Getty Images Danny Frawley St Kilda have opened their best and fairest awards night with an emotional tribute to club and AFL great Danny Frawley.

Stewart Loewe, Robert Harvey, Nathan Burke and Michael Roberts have spoken lovingly of their former teammate, who died tragically on Monday in a car crash.

Roberts raised a toast to Frawley, who died the day after his 56th birthday, and there was also a video tribute.

Loewe and Harvey were choked with emotion as they gave their speeches.

"He was one of my best mates and he will always be my hero," Loewe said.

The Saints great added that when he was asked to speak about Frawley, he was still in shock and had to think about it.

Remembering Spud Frawley, a much-loved son of football

Remembering Spud Frawley, a much-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. The son of seven generations of Irish potato farmers from Bungaree outside Ballarat, he was the nephew of Des Tuddenham, the former Collingwood champion. © 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.

The footballing world is in mourning after St Kilda Hall of Famer and beloved Fox Footy commentator Danny Frawley died in a single-car accident east of

The footballing world is in mourning after St Kilda Hall of Famer and beloved Fox Footy commentator Danny Frawley died in a single-car accident east of

"What would Spud want? The answer was pretty obvious - put your suit on, roll up your sleeves and get the bloody job done. That's just who he was.

"(Former coach) Kenny Sheldon mentioned something yesterday that resonated .... he described 'Spud' as the glue that held everything together at St Kilda."

Loewe said Frawley had a profound influence on players such as himself and Harvey when they started at the Saints.

Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards © Getty Images Nathan Burke He also called on the current St Kilda players to emulate Frawley's passion and love for the club.

"Use tonight as the start rather than the end and remember ... that the big man will always be watching over us," Loewe said.

Harvey remembered that Chelsea, one of Frawley's three daughters, was a flower girl at his and Danielle's wedding more than two decades ago when she was three.

Danny Frawley: Football world mourns a fierce competitor and vulnerable soul

Danny Frawley: Football world mourns a fierce competitor and vulnerable soul Frawley had spoken candidly about his battle with mental health over many years. In recent weeks he confided in friends and family that his marriage was over and personal finances were under severe strain. His death comes as an immense shock to the football community. During a time of chronic instability at St Kilda, Frawley was a constant. © Sebastian Costanzo Frawley with daughter Keeley then aged three and a half in 2004. He led the club for a record 177 games and anchored the team from full back.

AFL : Danny Frawley is being remembered as a great friend and colleague after passing away in a Danny Frawley 's cherished photo with Elle McPherson.Source:Twitter. Danny Frawley never quite got Elle Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson was the St Kilda Football Club ' s No. 1 female member in

The AFL world is in mourning following the loss of Danny Frawley . The St Kilda legend tragically died in a car crash in regional Victoria. Join Nine News

"Outside of his much-beloved family, his clear next love was here, at this club," said Harvey, now an assistant coach at Collingwood.

Harvey remembered playing in Frawley's last AFL game and sadly thinking that football would not be the same without him as a teammate.

"Well unfortunately we're here again, but this is forever," Harvey said.

"When the old crew get together ... and we drink beers and tell stories about times past, it's just changed forever now.

"The guy who told most of the stories, he just won't be there.

"The guy who most of the stories were about, he just won't be there. It's a loss that just can't be fathomed, it's a loss that just can't be real."

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Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards
Saints mourn Frawley at club's AFL awards

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