Danny Frawley

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Danny Frawley
Personal information
Nickname(s) Spud
Date of birth (1963-09-08) 8 September 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria
Original team(s) Bungaree FC
Height / weight 191cm / 95kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984–1995 St Kilda 240 (13)
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

Daniel Patrick Frawley (born 8 September 1963) is a former Australian rules footballer and football commentator with Fox Sports. He previously coached the Richmond Football Club between 2000 and 2004. He is the nephew of Collingwood player Des Tuddenham and the uncle of current Hawthorn Football Club player James Frawley. Frawley currently serves at the St Kilda Football Club as a specialist defence coach on a part-time basis.[1]

Football career[edit]

Recruited from Ballarat, after attending St Patrick's College, Ballarat, where he was a potato farmer which led to his nickname of Spud, Frawley initially played as a forward but soon became a renowned full-back. He was the longest serving captain of the St Kilda Football Club and enjoyed a career from 1984–1995. He was inducted into the Saints' hall of fame in 2007.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

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. In 2002, however, Richmond struggled and finished 14th. This continued in 2003 when, after a six wins and two losses 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.[3] 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.[4]

Since leaving coaching, Frawley has been a special comments man for Triple M.[5] 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Frawley is married to Anita Frawley, who was a host of the Fox Footy Channel's Living with Footballers show.[6] They have three daughters. His brother, Tony Frawley, is the CEO of AFL Northern Territory, the governing body of the Northern Territory Football League competition.


Frawley is a commentator for Fox Footy and is the co-host of Bounce with Jason Dunstall and Cameron Mooney, as well as a part of the Triple M Footy team on Saturday afternoons. He has also been involved with Channel 9.


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