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“.

"Michael Owen to Newcastle is the biggest transfer of the season so far - and it will be until there's a bigger one."  Jim White
"He's caused the Chelsea defence no amount of problems."  Jimmy Armfield
"John Bond has brought in a young left-sided midfield player, who I guess will play on the left side of midfield."  Jimmy Armfield 
"All the cul-de-sacs are closed for Scotland."  Joe Jordan
"The problem at Wimbledon seems to be that the club has suffered a loss of complacency."  Joe Kinnear
"I can count on the fingers of one hand ten games where we’ve caused our own downfall."  Joe Kinnear 
"I don't want to compare Bowditch to Matt Le Tissier, but the way he scored his goal was similar to Matt."  Joe Royle
"I don’t blame individuals, I blame myself.”  Joe Royle 
"If Glenn Hoddle had been any other nationality, he would have had 70 or 80 caps for England."  John Barnes 
"Doncaster will hit Villa with fire and broomstick."  John Gregory
"Celtic manager Davie Hay still has a fresh pair of legs up his sleeve"  John Greig
"Football’s not like an electric light – you can’t just flick the button and change from slow to quick."  John Greig