Bombers legend dies in truck crash

Sportal August 23, 2012, 6:01 pm
Merv Neagle

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The AFL community is in mourning after Essendon legend Merv Neagle was killed in a truck crash in New South Wales on Thursday morning.

Neagle, who was senior coach of Hume Football League club Walla, died when the B-double truck he was driving flipped at Tharbogang, north of country town Griffith.

The 54-year-old father of five lost control of the vehicle at around 10.20am and was pronounced dead by ambulance members at the scene.

Neagle, recruited from Wimmera Football League club Dimboola, was a member of the Bombers' 1984 premiership team during his 147 games for the club before moving to the Sydney Swans where he played 56 games.

Premiership team-mate and captain Terry Daniher said Windy Hill was in a state of shock.

"It's certainly a sad day and our condolences go out to the family on what is a very tough day for them," he said.

"All his close mates and his team-mates at the Essendon Football Club are shocked to hear the sad news.

"He was a terrific hard running player on the wing for us, who gave us his all and had the tenacity to run all day without a spell.

"He was a great mate who loved a beer and loved to be around his team-mates.

"He was just a good bloke."

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  1. the8thdwf05:45am Friday 24th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I remember the 84 GF against the Hawks. Merv deserved a medallion as he was a great player for the Bombers. R.I.P Merv.

  2. Garry of Prahran01:21am Friday 24th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So shocked to hear of the passing of my dear friend Merv Neagle by accident, not only was he a terrific footballer but a terrific person loved by all at Essendon and the Sydney Swans. Merv was a cheeky guy who loved a lot of fun with his team mates and friends and we will all miss him so much, but as an on baller he was second to none you were in my team of the century. RIP Merv

  3. Jeffrey07:56pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    RIP to a very fine player and respected person in the AFL community

  4. Sean Michael07:43pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    R.I.P Merv. You were an amazing person who loved his footy, well known and respected will be dearly missed. a shame that god only takes the best.

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  5. Carol07:26pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    R.I.P. Merv You were the best