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They called him ‘Spud’. Raised near the Victorian town of Ballarat, Danny Frawley was the son of seven generations of Irish potato farmers. And despite his incredible sporting career, that’s how he described himself: “a simple spud farmer from Bungaree that’s made his way up to the big smoke”.
To the rest of Australia, though, Frawley is legend of the AFL. A St Kilda hall of fame inductee. A five-year coach of Richmond. A vocal advocate for men’s mental health. A husband. A father of three.
Former AFL payer Jonathan Brown tearfully shares his memories of Danny Frawley.
On Monday, a day after his 56th birthday, Danny Frawley died in a single-vehicle crash in Millbrook, the cause of which is currently under police investigation. He was alone in the car at the time.
It’s a tragedy being deeply felt within the football community.
On Fox Footy program On The Couch last night, the panel shed tears as they remembered their colleague and friend.
Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown tearfully spoke about being a kid and watching Frawley host footy clinics in country Victoria, then having the honour of joining him in that mission as an adult.