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“.

"Ingrid Kristiansen then has smashed the world record, running the 5000 metres in 14:58.89. Truly amazing. Incidentally, this is a personal best for Ingrid Kristiansen."  David Coleman
"That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record"  David Coleman
"The Republic of China - back in the Olympic Games for the first time"  David Coleman
"If that had gone in, it would have been a goal."  David Coleman
"If that had gone in, it would have been a goal."  David Coleman
"For those of you watching who do not have television sets, live commentary is on Radio 2."  David Coleman 
"Don't tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let's just have another look at Italy's winning goal."  David Coleman 
"Forest have now lost six matches without winning."  David Coleman 
"I was a young lad when I was growing up."  David O’Leary
"Michael Owen is irreplaceable, but Sven has Emile Heskey, James Beattie, Wayne Rooney and Darius Vassell and whoever he picks can do the job."  David Platt 
"It's a lot harder to play football when you haven't got the ball."  Andy Gray
"Anyone who takes drugs should be hammered."  Andy Gray