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Tributes for SA Footy Legend Neil Kerley

 Neil Kerley fights for possession surrounded by Magpies supplied Port Adelaide FC

Tributes are pouring in for local football legend Neil Kerley who died in a car crash yesterday at the age of 88.

Just before 5.30pm on Wednesday 29 June, police and emergency services were called to Mallee Road after reports that a Toyota station wagon towing a trailer had left the road and crashed through a fence into a paddock.

Kerley was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle and died at the scene, just 4km away from his Walker Flat property.

The SA Hall of Fame inductee was a former state captain and coach who was involved at five SANFL clubs and won four premierships. 

Hundreds of his supporters have expressed sadness of his passing overnight, including many of our listeners who say he was a "true champion" and a "lovely man".

The Port Adelaide Football Club has issued a statement saying they are saddened by the man's sudden passing.

"Neil was always greatly respected as a fierce adversary of Port Adelaide as both a player and coach," the Port Adelaide Football Club statement reads.

"He promoted the game like no other and his pride for South Australian football was legendary. He was a giant of the game."

Premier Peter Malinauskas has also issued a statement saying Kerley "was a passionate and proud South Australian, the embodiment of state pride" and that "his character and courage made him a legend among the South Australian public".

Photo at top - Neil Kerley fights for possession surrounded by Magpies, supplied Port Adelaide FC