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“.

"Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer"  David Acfield
"I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened though I don’t know into what religion yet."  David Beckham
"I’d love the person who taught Jose Mourinho English to taught me."  Steve Claridge
"He's carrying his left leg, which, to be honest, is his only leg."  Steve Coppell
"The lad got over-excited when he saw the whites of the goalposts's eyes."  Steve Coppell 
"I don't want to give Robbie Blake any praise, but he was superb."  Steve Cotterill 
"Germany are a very difficult team to play - they had eleven internationals out there today."  Steve Lomas 
"Some of their players are internationals; some play for their national team."  Steve McClaren 
"To be second with one game to go – you can’t ask for more."  Stuart McCall 
"I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel."  Stuart Pearce
"I have seen players sent off for far worse offences than that."  Alan Brazil 
"We didn't underestimate them - they were just a lot better than we thought.”  Bobby Robson