Terry Daniher was an extremely committed and determined Australian rules footballer who saw great success in his long illustrious career with the South Melbourne and Essendon Football Clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Terry also had the unique opportunity to play with his brothers, Neale, Anthony and Chris, for Essendon in the AFL.

Aggressive, strong and versatile, Daniher led by his actions and would dominate in all positions across the ground. He became a versatile adaptable player who could perform equally well in attack or defence.

In 1983, Daniher became Essendon captain – a position in which he inspired all. He led the Bombers to two premierships in 1984 and 1985 and was Essendon’s Best and Fairest in 1982. He was Essendon’s lead goal kicker for 1979 and 1983 and is also a part of the club’s Team of the Century as a half-forward flank.

Terry Daniher was also the member of the All-Australian team for three years between 1983 and 1988. In 1985, Terry Daniher was made the captain of the All-Australian team. This is one of the highest honours an Aussie rules footballer can receive.

In 1983, he won the Leigh Matthews Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player by the Australian Football League Players Association. Terry Daniher was a Victorian representative for 11 games and scored 12 goals. In addition, he was a New South Wales representative for four games and scored six goals. Lastly, because of his numerous contributions to the game, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Playing Career

1976 – 1977 South Melbourne, 1978 – 1992 Essendon





Playing Honours

  • FL Premiership: 1984, 1985
  • VFLPA MVP (Leigh Matthews Trophy): 1983
  • 3x All-Australian Team: 1983, 1985, 1988
  • All-Australian Team Captain: 1985
  • Essendon Best & Fairest: 1982
  • 2x Essendon leading Goal Kicker: 1979, 1983
  • Essendon Captain: 1983-1988
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • Essendon Team of the Century: (Half Forward Flank)

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