Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
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 Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.
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 Denis Napthine moans and groans at the footy like an old ship at sea. He moves about in his seat. At the same time, he’s on for a chat.
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 There's a lot more to Nathan Jones than you see on the football field. It's not a mask he wears out there; it's a blanket mental attitude.
Martin Flanagan Last week, at the Lighthouse writers’ festival in Airey’s Inlet, I was asked the best thing I had seen in sport.
Martin Flanagan The story of the MCG, and all that it means to us, flows on like a river.
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.
Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.
Martin Flanagan If the emerging Western Bulldogs follow their coach's teachings, they will be built on solid foundations.
Martin Flanagan Why is Hawthorn so good? The story starts with John Kennedy, the prophet who guided his tribe from the football wilderness to the land of premiership glory.
Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.
Martin Flanagan The Colonel's attachment to the Hawthorn Football Club is an object of fascination to me.
Martin Flanagan Having sung the praises of the Indigenous All-Stars in the Irish media, I was more than a bit surprised by what I saw telecast from Ireland last Sunday morning.
Martin Flanagan By AFL standards, the A-League crowds aren't big, but then Fitzroy rarely had big crowds.
Martin Flanagan The US-ification of Aussie rules is being imposed apace.
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'.