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Garry Lyon delivers inspiring speech in tribute to Danny Frawley, St Kilda vs Melbourne

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AFL greats Garry Lyon, Stewart Loewe and Tony Lockett were involved in a moving tribute to the late St Kilda icon Danny Frawley, who tragically passed away in 2019.

With Frawley’s beloved Saints in action against Melbourne, the second round clash was named ‘Spud’s Match’ in honor of Frawley and was delayed for two minutes to allow for the tribute.

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Frawley’s wife Anita and her three daughters were also on hand, standing together at the dividing line as Lyon gave her inspirational speech.

Lyon, who was one of Frawley’s closest friends, addressed both teams and the crowd at Marvel Stadium with a moving speech ahead of the contest.

“Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers or watching TV at home, it’s time to talk,” he said.

“If there is a problem at home, if there is a problem, if you think there is something to say, we encourage you to speak up tonight. This is what Spud would have wanted you to do.

“If you didn’t know Danny Frawley like we did, he had his three great loves. He loved his family above all else, then he loved his buddies and he loved to compete.

“This time, right before the game started, was when he was at his best. He was standing next to his friends and he was looking at the guys standing on the other side of the line, and that’s what it was about.

“I thought about it before, and I was like, ‘What would be the message to Jack Steele and the boys’, (it would be) ‘don’t dare take a step back boys tonight.’ He’s going to watch.

“What would he say to Maxy (Gawn) and the Melbourne boys? Make sure you are worthy of the honor of being involved in this game tonight. That’s what it is about. Take care for your friends. “

The Frawley tribute match brought Lockett, his former St Kilda teammate and AFL record holder, to Melbourne to watch a game for the first time since the 2000 season.

“Like everyone here I loved this guy, he was just fantastic,” Lockett told Seven before the game.

“It’s just great that the AFL and the club have now put this game together and we really need to make the most of it for Danny’s sake.

“It’s hard (to describe Frawley) in a word or two, but I would say inspiring. Danny was an icon in our club, but even bigger than the club, he was an icon in the industry.

“I am very honored and privileged to be here. Danny was a great friend of mine and my heart goes out to Anita and the three girls.

One end of Marvel Stadium has also been named the Frawley End in honor of the late AFL legend.

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