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Marvel falls silent to honour football’s ‘great mate’ Danny Frawley

Marvel Stadium fell silent on Saturday night to honour ‘Spud’ Frawley, with football titans past and present remembering one of the game’s most revered figures.

Marvel Stadium fell silent on Saturday night to honour Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley, as football titans past and present remembered one of the game’s most revered figures.

Frawley, who was suffering from depression and battling the effects of CTE, died when his car hit a tree at Millbrook, 20 kilometres east of Ballarat, on 9 September 2019, a day after his 56th birthday.

Garry Lyon, Tony Lockett and Stewart Loewe pause to remember Danny Frawley.

Garry Lyon, Tony Lockett and Stewart Loewe pause to remember Danny Frawley.Credit:Getty

He was the only person in the car.

Marvel, adorned with two banners at either end of the ground, one for Spud, and one for friend, teammate and confidant, Tony ‘Plugger’ Lockett, seemed lost for words and despondent as Spud was memorialised before Saturday’s blockbuster clash.

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“Danny’s just been an icon of our club,” Lockett said, “but even bigger than the club, he’s an icon in the overall industry.”

“Everyone loved Spud, and his message is very clear, and we need to now take that and get some real positive stuff happening.”

On Saturday Marvel was home to Frawley’s three great loves: his wife Anita and three daughters, his mates Garry Lyon, Stewart Loewe and Tony Lockett, and the footy.

Spuds Game: ‘Time 2 Talk’ initiative, a cooperative fundraising initiative between the St. Kilda Football Club and Movember, championed the simple but often forgotten message: don’t suffer in silence, talk to a mate.

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