‘Truly epitomises the Demon spirit’: Neale Daniher enters Melbourne’s hall of fame

Melbourne have elevated Neale Daniher to the club’s hall of fame.

Daniher’s elevation on Friday night was driven by not only his years coaching the Demons between 1998-2007, but also his battle with motor neurone disease and his work to raise over $63 million towards MND research.

He is the first addition to the Demons’ hall of fame since 2017.

Melbourne president Kate Roffey reflected on the remarkable efforts of the club’s 50th inductee.

“The board is absolutely delighted to be welcoming Neale into the Melbourne Football Club hall of fame,” Roffey said.

“Neale had a significant impact across his 167 games as senior coach throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, and he continues to inspire all those within our club, from our players, coaches and staff to our members and supporters.

Neale Daniher has been elevated into Melbourne’s hall of fame.Credit:Getty Images

“He truly epitomises the Demon spirit. Neale’s leadership, resilience and positive attitude, particularly in the eight years since being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, is remarkable.

“He has not taken a backwards step in his fight against ‘The Beast’ and is an inspiration to many in the wider community.

“Our club is a better place because of Neale Daniher, and we are incredibly lucky to call him a proud Melbourne person.

“We congratulate and thank Neale, along with his wife Jan and their children Lauren, Luke, Bec and Ben, for all that have given to our club.”

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