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“.

"I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."  Ron Atkinson
"Goals change games."  Ron Atkinson 
"Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw"  Ron Atkinson 
"He dribbles a lot and the opposition don't like it - you can see it all over their faces"  Ron Atkinson 
"That’s not the type of header you want to see your defender make, with his hand.”  Ron Atkinson 
"He must be lightning slow.”  Ron Atkinson 
"I would not say he (David Ginola) is the best left-winger in the Premiership, but there are none better."  Ron Atkinson 
"They (Swindon) are still finding that they are much happier when they have the ball than when the other side has it."  Ron Jones
"Every single seat is absolutely packed."  Ron Jones
"That was a continuance of what we have seen most of the season – that is, various clubs beating each other."  Ron Noades 
"They (Rosenborg) have won 66 games, and they've scored in all of them."  Brian Moore
"If we played like that every week, we wouldn't be so inconsistent."  Bryan Robson