Neale Daniher elevated to Legend status in Essendon’s Hall of Fame

Essendon have made Neale Daniher, a former skipper and inspirational advocate for those battling motor neurone disease, a club legend in an emotional evening at the Bombers’ Hall of Fame induction on Thursday night.

The 61-year-old was joined by his three brothers, Terry, Anthony and Chris – who all played for Essendon – on stage after a moving tribute from club president Paul Brasher.

The Daniher brothers celebrate (from left): Anthony, Chris, Neale and Terry.

The Daniher brothers celebrate (from left): Anthony, Chris, Neale and Terry.

Daniher was a rising star of the competition when Kevin Sheedy started as Essendon coach and was made club captain at the start of 1982 but did not play that season due to a knee injury which ruined his playing career.

He played just 16 more games for the club after 1981 returning for five games in 1985 and then 11 more games in 1989 and 1990, with the four brothers playing together in his final match with the club.

Club president Paul Brasher said that Daniher’s legacy at Essendon was hard to put into words.

“Your continued determination to live life to the fullest and face ‘the Beast’ of MND with your trademark humor and fierce courage is nothing short of inspiring,” Brasher said.

“And I would say the same of your family who are here tonight.

“I can’t properly convey how inspiring you are to many people in this room tonight, and quite frankly, the AFL world and to the broader Australian community.”

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