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.

AFL

Tasmanian football landscape not as simple as it may seem

Footy in Tasmania

Martin Flanagan The AFL treats Tasmania pretty much as the British Colonial Office treated the colony of New South Wales during the 19th century.

A beer with Dummy puts sport in glorious perspective

Martin Flanagan Last week, at the Lighthouse writers’ festival in Airey’s Inlet, I was asked the best thing I had seen in sport.

AFL

The joy of the MCG, our cathedral of sport

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Martin Flanagan The story of the MCG, and all that it means to us, flows on like a river.

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Women coaching and playing football? It's a perfectly natural fit

Peta Searle.

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.

AFL

Seas run dry for the Colonel

Jubilant Hawks fans at Glenferrie Oval on Sunday.

Martin Flanagan The Colonel's attachment to the Hawthorn Football Club is an object of fascination to me.

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One-time Fitzroy stalwart now a Victory convert

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Martin Flanagan By AFL standards, the A-League crowds aren't big, but then Fitzroy rarely had big crowds.

Cut out the hype and maintain the atmosphere

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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.

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.

AFL

Coach out to break male dominance

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Martin Flanagan Australia's 50 best women footballers will play a curtain-raiser at the MCG on Saturday.

AFL

It's no longer child's play

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Bombers coach James Hird is clapped by fans at three quarter time during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Martin Flanagan As James Hird knows, life's a lot simpler when you're a kid.

Picken's a blue-collar Bulldog

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Martin Flanagan Billy Picken, father of the Western Bulldogs' Liam Picken, is one of the game's personalities.