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“.

"It’s understandable that people are keeping one eye on the pot and another up the chimney."  Kevin Keegan
"It’s understandable that people are keeping one eye on the pot and another up the chimney."  Kevin Keegan
"I can take the pressure off the clock ticking on the wall."  Kevin Keegan
"At this level, if five or six players don't turn up, you'll get beat."  Kevin Keegan
"People will say that was typical City, which really annoys me. But that’s typical City I suppose."  Kevin Keegan
"I came to Nantes two years ago and it's much the same today, except that it's completely different"  Kevin Keegan
"I’m not trying to make excuses for David Seaman but I think the lights may have been a problem.”  Kevin Keegan
"Even though two and two might look like four, it could be three or five."  Kevin Keegan
"Nicolas Anelka left Arsenal for £23million and they built a training ground on him."  Kevin Keegan   
"In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken leg."  Kevin Keegan 
"Football's like a big market place and people go to the market every day to buy their vegetables."  Bobby Robson
"If you don't score you are not going to win a match."  Bobby Robson