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

When the Bombers were great

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Brendon Goddard of the Bombers celebrates a goal looks ahead 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 Essendon stalwart invokes the passion that once helped his now-embattled club soar.

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Bombers away as Hird's men hit afterburners

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Martin Flanagan Essendon is switched on and dangerous under the guidance of James Hird.

AFL

Dal can take Roos north

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Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.

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.

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Dons the love of Killer's life

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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'.

Survival of the fittest

Martin Flanagan In a game that's more rough and tumble than ever, it takes something special for a player to stand out.

Memo Dees: listen to Mick, surprise us all

Martin Flanagan Mick Malthouse wants Melbourne to love the game again - not a bad idea.

On a prayer and a punt

Pride of place: Nathan Lovett-Murray (left) and Paddy Ryder: When they first went to Wadeye, footy meant turning up 
with mates for a kick. There were lots of fights.

Martin Flanagan Football is bringing fresh hope to a town that had suffered in a world of pain.

Indigenous footballers win $15m academy

Martin Flanagan Michael Long adds his voice to those calling for the AFL to appoint an indigenous commissioner.

Football's a community at the Top End

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Martin Flanagan When the Tiwi Bombers play the Nightcliff Tigers in the NTFL grand final it will be great footy.