Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan Popular sports like NRL and AFL are actively becoming less violent, in part because they have a changing audience, in part because they are being pursued by ever more vengeful litigants.
Martin Flanagan The US-ification of Aussie rules is being imposed apace.
Martin Flanagan Footy's two games now. One's played on the field, the other's played in the media.
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 The Mininera and District Football League held its medal count on Monday night in the Lake Bolac Town Hall.
Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.
Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.
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...
Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever.
Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.
Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.
Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.
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.
Martin Flanagan Jeremy Howe is the best Tasmanian player of his kind since the generation of Brent Crosswell, Johnny Greening and Royce Hart. The electrifying kind.
Martin Flanagan Michael Long is a person who can speak from a depth that transcends race and goes straight to the issue of human decency.
Martin Flanagan So who do you believe? Gary Ayres or people who don't even put their names to their opinions? What Peta Searle deserves from here is a fair go.
Martin Flanagan Tyson Goldsack has a friendly face and an unusually attentive manner. People at Collingwood say Goldy is always the same – friendly, polite, attentive.