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Martin Flanagan and Bob Murphy in Conversation
For this special post-AFL Grand Final episode, join the double-act of Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy and acclaimed sportswriter Martin Flanagan for a discussion of writing and football – recorded mid-season 2015, covering topics such as racism, pressure on players to be role models, the Americanisation of the game, the upcoming Women's League, and the ways in which storytelling holds teams together. As Murphy has observed, there’s only a metre between their perspectives on the game. One is on the fence, the other is on the field.
Bob Murphy played for the Western Bulldogs from 2000 to 2017, and was their captain from 2015 to 2017. In 2015, Murphy was named Captain of the Year at the AFLPA Awards, and was also captain of the All-Australian team – the first player ever to collect both honours in the same season. The following year, the Bulldogs won their first premiership in 62 years.
Off the field, Bob has written regularly for the Age. His first book, Murphy’s Lore, was published in 2015.
Martin Flanagan is one of Australia’s most respected sports journalists. He was a regular AFL columnist for the Age for many years, and is the author of over a dozen books – most recently The Short Long Book and On Listening – and A Wink From the Universe, about the Western Bulldogs’ remarkable 2016 premiership win.
Martin was born in Tasmania in 1955 and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1975. He lives in Melbourne.