Terry Daniher was one of Essendon's greatest captains in history.

Aggressive, strong and versatile, he led by his actions and would hold down any position with aplomb.

Daniher arrived at Essendon from South Melbourne, where he played 19 games in 1976 and 1977 after stints at Ariah Park and Ungarie in New South Wales.

When he first joined Essendon, he established himself as a full-forward with great leading, strong marking and long, accurate kicking.

By 1982, he had become the 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 from the half-forward flank to premierships in both 1984 and 1985, also leading the Dons from full-forward to the 1981 and 1984 night premiership victories.

Daniher won Essendon's best and fairest in 1982, was runner-up in 1987 and third in 1983 and 1984. He played 71 consecutive games between 1981 and 1984.

Terry Daniher was always committed to the cause. (Photo: AFL Photos)

The dual premiership player was Essendon's top goalkicker in 1979 with 57 goals and in 1983 with 64. He was also second best in 1978 and 1984 and third in 1987.

Daniher was selected in the state side in 1979 and then in every year from 1983 to 1987, captaining the state team in 1985, 1986 and 1987.

He was also named in the All-Australian team in 1983, 1984 and 1985 - the latter as captain.

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Essendon legend Terry Daniher joined Megan Hustwaite and Rohan Connolly on The Essential Listen. Listen in full at essendonfc.com.au/essential-listen

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Career statistics

Played: 1978-92
Games: 294
Goals: 448
Premiership player: 1984, 1985
Grand Final appearances: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990
Finals games played: 20
Essendon captain: 1983-1988 (127 games )
Essendon best and fairest: 1982
Top-five Essendon best and fairest: 1982-1983, 1986-1989
Essendon leading goalkicker: 1979 (57 goals), 1983 (64 goals)
Career Brownlow votes: 69
All Australian: 1983, 1984, 1985 (captain), 1988
Victorian representative: 1979, 1983-1989 (captain in 1986 and 1987)
Night premiership appearances: 1981, 1984