Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.

Does Australian sport have a great commentator?

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. 

Gifted Flower a much-loved artist of football

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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...

Time catches up with Robbie Flower

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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.  

Hawthorn's maestro Luke Hodge can be rated alongside Leigh Matthews

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Martin Flanagan Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.

Grand final the story of Buddy v Clarkson

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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.

As fans and dogs invade Waverley Park, loudest cheers are saved for Cyril

Cyril Rioli.

Martin Flanagan A brown-and-yellow stream flows one more time towards Waverley Park.

Port experience should be thrown out to sea

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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.

David Koch, Port Adelaide from the pram, finds joy in the growth of the club he loves

David Koch finds joy in what he loves.

Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.

The passing of a grassroots champion

Ruth Brain: An authentic hero of football.

Martin Flanagan The Mininera and District Football League held its medal count on Monday night in the Lake Bolac Town Hall.

The serious side of The Marngrook Footy Show's Gilbert McAdam

<em>The Marngrook Footy Show</em> co-host Gilbert McAdam.

Martin Flanagan Gilbert McAdam, co-host of The Marngrook Footy Show, has a funny way with language.

Brian Dixon's mission to take Australian rules to the world

Ireland captain Mick Finn and Papua New Guinea skipper John James with the International Cup ahead of Saturday's final.

Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.

Where the Cats are always the premier team

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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.

A salute to Lewis Roberts-Thomson

Lewis Roberts-Thomson announced his retirement from the AFL on Thursday.

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...

AFL

Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

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Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.

Lift home goes a long way in the land of one by one

Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.

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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

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Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever. 

World sport codes battle in the same lounge room

Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.

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A grand old sporting theatre morphs into thunderous cauldron

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Martin Flanagan Adelaide Oval is now a place for screams not dreams.

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Pride, passion and a culture of inclusion prevail in footy's new heartland

Martin Flanagan Last Saturday, I arrived at Pritcher Park in Alphington to see the AFL Inclusion Cup (for people with intellectual disabilities) and beheld the solid figure of Ali Faraj.

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Jonathan Brown, a true character of the game

Jonathan Brown lies on the ground injured during the round 17 game against the Cats in 2011.

Martin Flanagan Over the past decade, when people have declared that there are no characters in footy any more, I’ve thought, “Well, you can’t have met Jonathan Brown”.