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Danny Frawley
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Frawley at a pre-season match in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Patrick Frawley
Nickname(s) Spud
Date of birth (1963-09-08)8 September 1963
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Date of death 9 September 2019(2019-09-09) (aged 56)
Place of death Millbrook, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Bungaree
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Position(s) Full back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984–1995 St Kilda 240 (13)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1987–1994 Victoria 11
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2000–2004 Richmond 113 (45–68–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights

Club

  • St Kilda best and fairest 1988
  • St Kilda captain 1987–1995

Representative

  • All-Australian 1988
  • St Kilda Football Club Hall of Fame Inductee 2006
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel (Danny) Patrick Frawley (8 September 1963 – 9 September 2019) was an Australian rules football player, coach, administrator, commentator and media personality. He captained the St Kilda Football Club for nine seasons over his 240-game playing career from 1984 to 1995, was the club's best and fairest winner in 1988 and was named in the All-Australian team the same year. Frawley coached Richmond for five seasons from 2000 to 2005, including to a preliminary final in 2001. He later was chief executive of the AFL Coaches Association. As a media personality, Frawley contributed as special commentator for Nine Network, Triple M, 1116 SEN and Fox Footy; he was also co-host of the Fox Footy program Bounce.

Football career

Frawley was recruited from Ballarat after attending St Patrick's College, Ballarat. He worked as a potato farmer in Bungaree, which led to his nickname of "Spud". He initially played as a forward but soon became a renowned full-back. He captained the St Kilda Football Club for nine seasons over his 240-game playing career from 1984 to 1995, was the club's best and fairest winner in 1988 and was named in the All-Australian team the same year. He was the longest serving captain of the St Kilda Football Club. He was inducted into the Saints' hall of fame in 2007.

Coaching career

Frawley became the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club in 2000. In his first year, Richmond just missed out of the finals by finishing ninth. In 2001, he took the Tigers into the finals where, in the preliminary finals, they were eliminated by the Brisbane Lions, who were the eventual premiers. Under Frawley, the club moved to fourth on the ladder and their first preliminary final since 1995. In 2002, however, Richmond struggled and finished 14th. This continued in 2003 when, after six wins and two losses to start to the season, they lost 13 of their next 14 matches. and finished 13th.

Richmond kept struggling and finished 16th (the "wooden spoon" position) in 2004. Midway through the season, Frawley announced that he would resign at the end of the season. Richmond lost their last 14 matches of the season. In 2008 and 2009, Frawley worked at Hawthorn as a part-time coach. He rejoined St Kilda as a back-line and key-position coach in November 2014.

After leaving coaching, Frawley was a special commentator for Triple M. In June 2006, he coached a winning Victorian state of origin side in the E. J. Whitten Legends Match and became the chief executive of the AFL Coaches Association. Later, and until 2018, Frawley was a part-time specialist defence coach at the St Kilda Football Club.

As commentator

Frawley was a commentator for Fox Footy and was a co-host of Bounce with Jason Dunstall and Cameron Mooney, as well as a part of the 1116 SEN Footy team on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. He was also involved with the Nine Network and Triple M as a commentator.

Personal life and death

Frawley was nicknamed Spud, as he grew up on a potato farm at Bungaree, 15 kilometres east of Ballarat, and had spent his early days as a potato farmer. He was married to Anita Frawley, who was a host of the Fox Footy Channel's Living with Footballers show. They had three daughters. His brother, Tony Frawley, was the CEO of AFL Northern Territory for 10 years up until 2015, the governing body of the Northern Territory Football League competition.

He was the nephew of Collingwood player Des Tuddenham and the uncle of current Hawthorn Football Club player James Frawley.

On 9 September 2019, a day after his 56th birthday, Frawley died in a car crash in Millbrook, Victoria. The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 pm, when his car left the road and struck a tree on Old Melbourne Road between Ryans and Chapmans Roads. He was the only person in the car at the time and died at the scene of the crash.

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