Tributes continue to flow in following the passing of one of Ballarat's favorite sons, Danny "Spud" Frawley.
Our community and the football world is in shock, disbelief and mourning following the news that "the boy from Bungaree", Danny Frawley, lost his life after a single car accident near Gordon yesterday afternoon (09/09/2019), just one day after his 56th birthday.
The Bungaree Football & Netball Club took to facebook to share their sadness and disbelief saying:
"The Bungaree Football & Netball Club and wider Bungaree community is devastated by the loss of club legend Danny Frawley. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family & friends of Danny in this difficult time.
Danny is Bungaree’s biggest ever export, starting his football journey with the club before moving on to a very successful playing, coaching and media career in the AFL. Danny’s legacy will forever live on at the Bungaree FNC with the Danny Frawley Pavilion being named in his honour in 2013.
The St.Kilda Football Club said the following about Danny on their website:
The St Kilda Football Club is heart-broken by the passing of club great Danny Frawley.
President Andrew Bassat said the club was still coming to terms with the news.
“We are incredibly saddened by Danny’s death,” he said.
“Our thoughts are with Anita, and daughters Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle, and we will do whatever we can to support them in the days, weeks and months ahead.
“He was a larger-than-life character, a generous and warm personality, and a favourite son who has left an indelible mark on St Kilda.
“Danny was an active member of our Past Players’ Committee and a much-loved champion to our thousands of supporters.
“We share our grief with them and we will endeavor to provide an opportunity for them to share their own personal tributes in the coming days.”
Danny's football career will go down in the annuls of history:
He played 240 senior games in red, white and black.
He held the title of longest-serving captain at St Kilda until recently, having led the Saints from 1987-1995 in 177 games.
He finished runner-up in the Trevor Barker Award in 1985 and third in 1987, before winning both the club best-and-fairest and All Australian honours in 1988.
Hailing from Bungaree in country Victoria, Frawley represented his state on 11 occasions and was immortalised in the St Kilda Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2007.
Following his playing career, he spent five years as senior coach of Richmond, before re-joining the Saints in an assistant coaching capacity from 2014-2018.
More recently, Danny held a commentry postion on AFL Nation via Crocmedia and of course he was the co-pilot on Fox Footy's "The Bounce" and was, till recently, a regular on 3BA's Bigshow joining PT on Friday's for the AFL Nation footy preview.
3BA Bigshow host PT spoke with Crocmedia's CEO Craig Hutchison about this devastating tragedy and loss.
Danny is survived by his wife Anita and daughters, Chelsea, Danielle, Keeley and mum Shirley.
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Crocmedia, last night released this statement following the passing of Danny.
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our great friend Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley.
The much-loved footy legend has been a cherished part of the Crocmedia and 1116 SEN families for many years and this news has rocked us all.
His daughter Chelsea Frawley also works with us and our heart-felt sympathy goes out to her, Anita, Danielle and Keeley.
The St Kilda legend and former Richmond coach was a larger-than-life identity in both football, the media and the community more broadly – especially his beloved regional town of Ballarat.
In recent years, Spud revealed his personal battle with mental health issues which inspired many as he bravely shared his fight across many media channels.
Pacific Star Network managing director Craig Hutchison said the community at large was devastated by the news.
“Danny was simply loved. A true Australian character; a brilliant entertainer; a selfless father, husband and friend.
“He epitomised the spirit of the St Kilda football club and his football legacy as a player, coach, administrator and media performer is enormous.
“But his sense of community and the way he inspired others will be forever remembered.
“Like the entire football world, and the broader Victorian community, we are stunned and shattered at this extraordinary loss.
“He was simply everyone’s mate.”