Photo of David ColemanColemanballs have probably been around since man first learned to speak, but they get their name from David Coleman, pretty much the master of the art, both in what he said, and how often he said them.

They’re most closely – though not exclusively – associated with sport, and sports commentators. Perhaps it’s the speed at which things can happen which so often results in things being said that, if you had the time to think about it, you’d probably have phrased differently.

Nowadays pretty much any subject can become a sub-set of these by adding ‘-balls’ to the end of the subject, just like Watergate spawned a plethora of subjects, perceived to be a cover-up of one form or another, such as Diana-gate, Iraq-gate, etc.

Possibly the most well known Colemanball, and still one of my personal favourites, is a comment made on Pot Black, a televised snooker tournament.

“And for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green”Ted Lowe

Ted Lowe was almost as prolific as David Coleman when it came to making on-air gaffes. He once told viewers that one player, struggling to rest one leg on the edge of the table in order to reach a long shot, “is getting on a bit and is having trouble getting his leg over“.

"That would have been a goal if it wasn't saved."  Kevin Keegan
"The tide is very much in our court now."  Kevin Keegan
"Gary always weighed up his options, especially when he had no choice."  Kevin Keegan
"You can't do better than go away from home and get a draw."  Kevin Keegan
"They compare Steve McManaman to Steve Heighway and he's nothing like him, but I can see why - it's because he's a bit different."  Kevin Keegan
"Goalkeepers aren't born today until they're in their late twenties or thirties."  Kevin Keegan
"The ref was vertically 15 yards away."  Kevin Keegan
"The game has gone rather scrappy as both sides realise they could win this match or lose it."  Kevin Keegan
"Argentina are the second best team in the world and there is no higher praise that that."  Kevin Keegan
"If I had a blank piece of paper there'd be five names on it.”  Kevin Keegan
"We don't want our players to be monks. We want them to be better football players because a monk doesn't play football at this level."  Bobby Robson
"If you count your chickens before they have hatched, they won't lay an egg."  Bobby Robson