Tragedy strikes Daniher family

Daniher family (L-R Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris are said to be in mourning after the tragic death of their father. Picture: Hamish Blair

The father of former VFL and AFL stars Terry, Neale, Anthony and Chris and grandad of Essendon forward Joe is believed to have died on the family farm at Ungarie in rural NSW on Friday.

Mr Daniher, 90, who was a well known and respected member of his community.

The cause of death is not yet known but it is believed it was the result of an accident.

NSW Police today said a report would be prepared for the coroner following the death of a man at Ungarie.

“Emergency services were called to a home on Daniher Lane about 3.15pm after reports a 90 year old man had died,’’ a NSW Police spokeswoman said.

She said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Daniher had four sons and seven daughters with wife Edna and was instrumental in entrenching AFL in traditional rugby country in the Riverina.

He was a fine footballer in his own right, playing in a grand final for Ungarie in 1973 aged 44, alongside fresh faced son Terry, then 15.

But it was the tremendous talent of his four sons, who he helped steer to Essendon through candid chats with Kevin Sheedy at the family wheat and sheep farm, that helped put Ungarie on the map.

In one of football’s great stories, the Daniher brothers played a combined 752 matches including a famous game against St Kilda in 1990 when they all took the field together for the Bombers.

So great has the Daniher contribution been to Ungarie, near West Wyalong and a six and a half-hour drive from Melbourne, that a giant football 5m long and weighing about 800kg was unveiled in the town last year.

Its plaque reads: “Ungarie NSW, home of the Danihers.”

Essendon players will wear black arm bands in a mark of respect to Mr Daniher for its match against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, in line with family wishes.

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