Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan It was Indigenous Round and Liam Jurrah and Ozzie Wonaeamirri turned out for the Kilcunda Bass Panthers.
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.
Martin Flanagan I once asked Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy where his fascination with Aboriginal Australia began.
Martin Flanagan Dyson Heppell, Essendon's 2014 best and fairest winner, is a confident, happy young man.
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.
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.
Martin Flanagan Luke Beveridge has worked with many AFL coaches, but he is very much a one-of-a-kind.
Martin Flanagan On Thursday, one of the legendary coaches of AFL history, Ron Barassi, tweeted his congratulations to Mick Malthouse. Said Barassi: "It takes something special to do it [coach] for over 30 years."
Martin Flanagan Twenty years ago, a racially offensive comment by Collingwood ruckman Damian Monkhorst to Essendon's Michael Long brought the matter of racial abuse in the game to a dramatic climax.
Martin Flanagan The Magpies have in their ranks the obvious larrikin of the 2015 Anzac Day centenary game.
Martin Flanagan An AFL captain doesn't have to be the best player in a team but he has to represent them in some elemental way.
Martin Flanagan I went to the footy with trepidation last Saturday. A couple of years ago, a Melbourne supporter said to me before the opening round, "I hope our season isn't over by half-time in the first...
Martin Flanagan If ever a club needed and deserved a vote of confidence then Melbourne did when Nathan Jones signed on for another five years last December.
Martin Flanagan Last week, Denise Millane gifted the ball her son held aloft at the end of the 1990 grand final back to the club. It's a wonder no one has carved a statue of Darren Millane at that moment.
Martin Flanagan Alan "Bull" Richardson, former Richmond player and father of "Richo", has died at the age of 74.
Martin Flanagan Jack Reilly, Australia's goalkeeper at the 1974 World Cup, is a tall, slim man who speaks in a soft Aberdeenshire accent. "I'm understood by most," he says.
Martin Flanagan Bob Murphy's a footballer, but he's a lot of other things besides.
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...