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.

North Melbourne-Bulldogs match a game to rekindle football faith

Martin Flanagan Sometimes you need a reminder of why you care about football.

Barracking for football's magic moments

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Martin Flanagan Ned hasn't got a team yet. He's three months old. I'm Ned's grandfather. His father, the Colonel, is a Hawthorn fanatic.

Time for a real discussion about Tasmanian football

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Martin Flanagan The person the AFL Commission should be talking to in Hobart on Friday is an authentic Tasmanian football voice like Thane Brady.

An open letter to AFL boss Gil McLachlan: show Tassie some respect

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Martin Flanagan  The AFL has to start talking to the people in Tasmania who are the blood and sinew of the game.

Eagles v Dogs: Clash of two football philosophies one to savour

Even the young Bulldogs, the skinny kids, play to the utterly audacious plan Luke Beveridge (above) brought to the club less than a year ago.

Martin Flanagan Two philosophies of the game were on display last weekend.

Footy's just dandy at Sandy

An experience: Trevor Barker Beach Oval where there’s coastal scrub outside the fence and a wind coming in off the bay.

Martin Flanagan We're going to the footy at Sandy. That's what people with a fondness for Sandringham call it.

Making a stand for Adam Goodes

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Martin Flanagan Nelson Mandela said sport has more power than governments when it comes to changing attitudes and no one in sport speaks louder than the players.

Fellow players can help end the booing of Adam Goodes

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Martin Flanagan The people who can arrest the booing of Adam Goodes are his fellow AFL players.

Big bird from the west can wreck Hawks' three-peat dream

Martin Flanagan The team to watch right now is West Coast. Hawthorn may look to have the premiership in its grasp, but if there's one team that can stage an upset in September I fancy it's West Coast.

AFL's corporatisation woven into Collingwood superfan's raw life story

Martin Flanagan Of all the words to be written about AFL football this year, none may prove more telling than those in Joffa Corfe's newly released autobiography, Isn't That Life?. 

How 'Gil from LA' fell in love with Australian football – and the Dockers

American Fremantle fan Gil Griffin enjoyed all manner of hospitality during his visit to Western Australia.

Martin Flanagan He's known to listeners of Perth radio station 6PR, which he rings after every Dockers' home game, as "Gil from LA".

Blues show pure intent: what a difference a month makes

Patrick Cripps and Nick Graham.

Martin Flanagan Last Tuesday week, I met a Carlton supporter called Judy Mullen. I said the Blues looked like they'd lost their spirit as a club. She was forthright in saying she didn't agree.

Viv Kerr knew how to juggle: mother of nine, cattle breeder, art collector and Carlton's No. 1 female ticket-holder

Viv Kerr, Carlton’s No. 1 female ticket-holder.

Martin Flanagan Carlton's No. 1 female ticket-holder Viv Kerr epitomises a life well lived.

Liam Jurrah, and friend, on the prowl with the Kilcunda Bass Panthers

Liam Jurrah and Ozzie Wonaeamirri line up for Kilcunda Bass.

Martin Flanagan It was Indigenous Round and Liam Jurrah and Ozzie Wonaeamirri turned out for the Kilcunda Bass Panthers.

Adam Goodes' war dance must provoke conversation, not confrontation

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Martin Flanagan It seems everyone saw what Adam Goodes did at the SCG during the indigenous round. And now everyone has an opinion on it.

The man who sparked Kevin Sheedy's fascination with Aboriginal Australia

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Martin Flanagan I once asked Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy where his fascination with Aboriginal Australia began.

Dyson Heppell at home among Indigenous Australians

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Martin Flanagan Dyson Heppell, Essendon's 2014 best and fairest winner, is a confident, happy young man.

The legend of Deb Lee

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Martin Flanagan Parkstone Avenue, Pascoe Vale. Two telegraph poles 30 metres apart, each about two metres from a front fence. Between the telegraph pole and the front fence was a goal.

AFL marketing fiction of its own making, with flashing lights

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Martin Flanagan The AFL is on the nose a bit right now.  The mood of AFL matches is being dictated ever more by sound effects and advertising designed to get you subliminally. Voices of protest are being heard.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is full of surprises

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Martin Flanagan Luke Beveridge has worked with many AFL coaches, but he is very much a one-of-a-kind.