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