It's hard to think of the St Kilda Football Club without Danny Frawley springing to mind. Two Saints figureheads say Spud will never be forgotten.
Tony Brown (former St Kilda player and current player development manager): As many have already said, it's difficult to sum up what Danny meant to his mates.
But last Monday night when about 20 past and current St Kilda players got together at the Newbay Hotel in Brighton, you could start to see just how big an impact he had. We worked out there were players from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s onwards all in the same room, sharing stories.
It was pretty special to have Robert Harvey, Nathan Burke, Stewie Loewe, David Grant, Brett Bowey, Gordon Fode, Nick Riewoldt, Nick Dal Santo, Leigh Montagna and then a group of our current players including captain Jarryn Geary there.
It was a night filled with stories about Frawley's time at the club, both as a captain and an assistant coach, as well as his off-field antics.
I'll never forget the lessons he taught me as a young player at the club.
I was lucky to have Danny as my captain for my first season, and was then privileged to receive his famous No.2 jumper at the end of that year.
I remember attending a press conference at the MCG where he presented it to me.
The property steward at the time wouldn't hand over the jumper initially which made me five minutes late.
Danny was interested in the excuse and said, "the No. 2 is never late to anything". It's always stayed with me.
While he was unbelievable at showing care for everyone, and having a laugh, he also instilled great values and standards in his teammates.Tony Brown
He was one of a kind and I miss my great mate dearly.
Matt Finnis, St Kilda Football Club CEO: It's often said that a football club is bigger than any individual, but it is the people, and not the bricks and mortar, that define the Saints.
Danny Frawley's credentials on the field cannot be questioned: 11 Victorian jumpers, a club best-and-fairest, All Australian honours and induction into the St Kilda Hall of Fame.
He captained the club in 177 games, the most ever until recently handing that title to Nick Riewoldt.
But his contribution to St Kilda stretches much further and is difficult to put into words. For our fans across the country, Danny represented the spirit of the Saints.
He was the larger-than-life presence that transcended eras, who wore his heart on his sleeve and always remained loyal to the red, white and black.
Not only was he a great ambassador to our fans, always taking time to make them feel special, but he also worked behind the scenes as part of our Past Players and Officials Committee.
His passion for his fellow players and desire to help them when things were tough was unsurpassed.
I have loved reading so many of the tributes that have poured into the club over the past few days to understand the impact he had on so many.
Prior to the most recent season, Danny worked as a part-time assistant coach with the club and spent considerable time helping the development of our young defenders.
I still remember vividly the day in 2018 when he rode his motorbike onto the ground during a training session just to lighten the mood. Danny was always thinking about how we can improve as a football club and deeply committed to doing whatever he could to make that happen. He has left an indelible mark on St Kilda, one that will never be forgotten.
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