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.

Footy pearls - before Swine

Martin Flanagan Footy Town gets to the heart of our great game, bringing the characters and humour to life.

Who is Dane Swan?

Collingwood's Dane Swan

Martin Flanagan Approaching his 200th game, he is a decorated (in more ways than one) player who's had his share of controversies.

Culture not simply a word

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Martin Flanagan There's a lot of things in the world to get upset about, to take brave stands for and against.

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No normal mindset at Fremantle

Martin Flanagan Ross Lyon has created an 'abnormal' culture of hardness at the Dockers.

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Reaching new frontiers

Martin Flanagan This week, the AFL had a meeting of the players billed as its 'multicultural ambassadors'.

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Dons the love of Killer's life

Martin Flanagan I haven't reached John Kilby before he introduces himself and reaches for my hand, saying, ''John Kilby, Martin. The players call me 'Killer'.

A good man to fill a silence

Martin Flanagan Former Melbourne football manager Chris Connolly has been portrayed by some as a Machiavellian figure.

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A balanced approach to life and a game out of balance

Martin Flanagan Richmond's Daniel Jackson says he has never known what he wanted to do with his life.

Farewell a friend for life

Martin Flanagan Arthur Wilkinson, doorman for Melbourne for 50 years, was one of nature's gentleman.

Kick-to-kick in a rocket zone

Martin Flanagan This is an account of footy in a war zone written by Kevin Nafte, an Israeli member of the AFL Peace Team, to his Israeli and Palestinian teammates

Cut program inspired cultural unity

Leila Gurruwiwi

Martin Flanagan The ABC's decision to axe the Marngrook Footy Show is regrettable.

Stand up to AFL noise and shout it down

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Martin Flanagan The US-ification of Aussie rules is being imposed apace.

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Trying times with a team that wasn't very good

Martin Flanagan If tanking charges are proven, a grey issue will turn into one that's black and white.

Legend of Jonathan Brown

Martin Flanagan Not all great players are great personalities. The Brisbane Lions captain is both.

In the shadow of the rock

Martin Flanagan Mutitjulu football ground has one of the best backdrops, if not the best backdrop, in Australia.

Cut out the hype and maintain the atmosphere

Martin Flanagan In the minute before the ball was bounced on Saturday, I realised our game had changed significantly.

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A man's man and coach's coach

Martin Flanagan John Kennedy's actions on and off the field were backed by words of wisdom.

Born to lead

Hawks captain Luke Hodge.

Martin Flanagan A strong-minded kid has grown into one of the AFL's finest captains, a formidable competitor but a man still strongly bonded with his home town.

A new turn on Jurrah's journey

Liam Jurrah

Martin Flanagan Like that of Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira, the story of Liam Jurrah runs at two levels.

Sitting pretty for the run home

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Martin Flanagan The Tigers have more supporters who go to the footy dressed up and in costume than any other club.