Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan Aurora Stadium was called York Park when I was a kid. Tasmania beat the Big V there in 1960 and they were still talking about it decades later.
Martin Flanagan What the worst players don’t do in a match matters as much as what the great players do.
Martin Flanagan Micheal O Muircheartaigh is a legend of Irish sport. Partly, it’s his voice. The man who called Gaelic football and hurling on radio and television for 62 years has a gentle accent you could...
Martin Flanagan On June 11 1947, from a villa in Florence, the bohemian Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote to the legend of English cricket commentary, John Arlott.
Martin Flanagan He was the skinny kid from Murrumbeena with thick glasses who debuted for Melbourne as a 17-year-old schoolboy and had to pay his way into the ground because the gatekeeper wouldn’t believe he...
Martin Flanagan Once there was this position called the wing. Wingmen don't exist any more, having been merged into the collective we call the midfield.
Martin Flanagan Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.
Martin Flanagan Not all grand finals are grand. Some never quite make it to that other plane where serious reputations are made and legends are found. But this year's is a chance to go.
Martin Flanagan A brown-and-yellow stream flows one more time towards Waverley Park.
Martin Flanagan Once upon a time in this country, a game was born. It was influenced by games from other places but it was also unlike them.
Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.
Martin Flanagan The Mininera and District Football League held its medal count on Monday night in the Lake Bolac Town Hall.
Martin Flanagan Gilbert McAdam, co-host of The Marngrook Footy Show, has a funny way with language.
Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.
Martin Flanagan Denis Napthine moans and groans at the footy like an old ship at sea. He moves about in his seat. At the same time, he’s on for a chat.
Martin Flanagan Farewell Lewis Roberts-Thomson, I salute you as a player. So gangly and awkward to begin with, you were as brave as they come and, if one measure of a footballer is getting up for big matches, you...
Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.
Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.
Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever.
Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.