Anthony Daniher

Anthony Joseph Daniher (born 21 January 1963) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the South Melbourne/Sydney and Essendon Football Clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Anthony's brothers, Terry, Neale and Chris, also played for Essendon in the AFL. Anthony is currently the owner of Danihers Facility Management, a facility management business with offices in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Father of Joe and Darcy Daniher,

Anthony Daniher
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-01-21) 21 January 1963
Place of birth West Wyalong, New South Wales
Original team(s) Ungarie (NRFNL)
Turvey Park
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Full Back
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1981–1986 Sydney 115 (62)
1987–1994 Essendon 118 (18)
Total 233 (80)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Career highlights


  • All-Australian 1991
  • New South Wales representative (4 games)
  • NSW/ACT representative (1 game)

Sydney Football Club

Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life and childhood

Anthony was born the fourth child of James "Jim" Daniher and Edna Daniher (née Erwin) on 21 January 1963 at West Wyalong Base Hospital. Anthony attended St Joseph's Catholic School, Ungarie for his primary education before going to Ungarie Central School until he finished year ten, after which he went to TAFE in Wagga Wagga.

It was during his childhood that Anthony showed his love for sport, namely Australian rules football, playing in the Northern Riverina Football League (NRFL) on Saturdays while playing rugby league at school carnivals. It was during his time in the NRFL that Anthony won several best & fairest awards before he moved to Wagga Wagga for TAFE, where he would play for Turvey Park in the South West District Football League. It was in 1980 that both the South Melbourne and Essendon Football Clubs approached Anthony for his signature. Anthony eventually decided to play for South Melbourne, who were in the process of relocating to Sydney at the time.

VFL/AFL career

From 1981-1994 Anthony played for South Melbourne/Sydney and Essendon in the VFL/AFL, playing 233 games and playing in the 1990 Grand Final with Essendon, which they lost to Collingwood. He also made history alongside his brothers when they became the first quartet of brothers to play for the same team in a State of Origin match and in a home-and-away game. It was after the 1994 season that Anthony retired.

Retirement and beyond

It was during his footy career that Anthony, Terry and Chris formed Daniher Property Services, a cleaning company based in Melbourne. After Terry and Chris left the business, Anthony became the owner of the company, now named Danihers Facility Management.

Anthony's son, Joe, was picked up by Essendon in 2012 under the father-son rule and made his debut for the Bombers on Friday 7 June 2013.[1]

See also

Further reading

  • Daniher, Terry Neale Daniher, Anthony Daniher and Chris Daniher. The Danihers: The Story of Football's Favourite Family. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2009. ISBN 1-74175-651-0


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