Neil Kerley Car Accident- How did Neil Kerley die ( Update 2022) : Know More

The 88-year-old football star from South Australia, Neil “Knuckles” Kerley, passed away in a car accident.

Kerley’s car is thought to have been carrying a trailer when it went through a fence and into a pasture on Mallee Road in the Murraylands.

How Accident happened?

Approximately 100 kilometres north of Adelaide, close to the small Murray River hamlet of Walker Flat, the accident happened just before 5.30 p.m., according to a statement from the South Australian police.

Police and emergency services were called to Mallee Road just before 5.30 p.m. today after hearing reports that a car pulling a trailer had veered off the road and smashed through a fence into a farm.

About Neil Kerley

Before joining West Adelaide in 1952, Kerley started playing football in the late 1940s with Barmera in the Riverland Football League.

The Barmera-Monash Football Club expressed its and the larger Barmera community’s “devastation” upon Neil Kerley’s loss.

He was a versatile player who, over the course of three decades as a player and coach, led three clubs to four South Australian National Football League championships. Additionally, he participated in 32 games for South Australia.

After his coaching career came to an end, Kerley worked as a boundary rider for Channel Seven’s AFL broadcasts in the 1990s and was a selector for the AFL’s All-Australian team up until his passing.

He established a fearsome reputation as a player and subsequently had an amazing career as a senior coach over more than 600 games. He played his first league game as a teenager for Westies in the early 1950s. He was the driving force behind the reputation of SA football and its players on the national scene while guiding the Croweaters for 10 different years of state football.

Kerley participated in 32 representative games in addition to 276 games with West Adelaide, South Adelaide, and Glenelg.

He led South Australia in state matches from 1967 to 1984 and coached five SANFL clubs, winning four premierships in the process.

Tributes  by Near and Dear Ones

Vardy Magic

So sad to hear of the passing of a genuine SA footy icon. Neil Kerley was an old-school hard man who represented our state on the field, in the coaches box & in the media with great aplomb. Tough but had a sense of humour. Tragic news.


NEIL KERLEY – The King. Very few gave so much – in so many places – to South Australian and Australian football. The throne will never see another Neil Kerley.

Glenelg FC

The Glenelg Football Club is shocked and absolutely devastated to hear that Tiger legend Neil Kerley passed away late this afternoon.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the entire SA Football community during this time of mourning.

“South Australia has lost an icon [and] Australia has lost a football hero,” the premier Peter Malinauskas stated this morning.

In a statement, he added that Donald Neil Kerley AM “made a major impact to not only SA footy but Australian football, on and off the field.”

He was the epitome of South Australian pride—passionate and proud.

Because of his bravery and character, he became legendary among South Australians.

He was a formidable opponent on the field, a motivating coach, and a brilliant representative of football, particularly State of Origin.


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