General Football & David Coleman himself



: The art of letting the words come out before the brain is engaged, made famous by David Coleman but with very able disciples in Kevin Keegan, Bobby Robson, Ron Atkinson, Terry Venables....in fact it seems endemic amongst the football fraternity.

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"Without being too harsh on David, he cost us the match."
Ian Wright

"They didn't change positions, they just moved the players around."
Terry Venables

"They (Swindon) are still finding that they are much happier when they have the ball than when the other side has it."
Ron Jones

"He's caused the Chelsea defence no amount of problems."
Jimmy Armfield

"Barnsley have started off the way they mean to begin."
Chris Kamara

"That was only a yard away from being an inch-perfect pass."
Murdo MacLeod

"Bolton have won just three of their last two games".
Ian Abrahams

“Martin Jol has put his hands on his heads.”
Ray Parlour

“I don’t want Rooney to leave these shores but if he does, I think he’ll go abroad.”
Ian Wright

“They were numerically outnumbered.”
Garry Birtles

“The game is not over until it is.”
Dwight Yorke

"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

"I can learn as much from Darius Vassell as he can from me - but he can learn more"
Andrew Cole

"I’d like to have seen Tony Morley left on as a down-and-out winger."
Jimmy Armfield

“I spent four indifferent years at Goodison, but they were great years.”
Martin Hodge


David Coleman

Tribute has to be paid the man who started Colemanballs, the man who they are named after, the one and only David Coleman. For nearly 50 years from 1954 he was a sports presenter and commentator for the BBC and during that time for most of us David Coleman meant sport. He had plenty to say - he covered eleven Olympics and seven World Cups - and sometimes what he said probably wasn't exactly what he thought...and so started Colemanballs. There are some who would prefer to call them Commentatorballs but I will give credit but credit is due - to the one and only David Coleman. Here are some of his more famous utterances....

"That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

"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."

"He's 31 this year - last year he was 30."

"He just can't believe what's not happening to him."

"In a moment we hope to see the pole vault over the satellite."

"He is accelerating all the time. The last lap was run in 64 seconds and the one before that in 62."

"For those of you watching who do not have television sets, live commentary is on Radio 2."

"The late start is due to the time."

"It's gold or nothing...and it's nothing. He comes away with the silver medal."

"There is Brendan Foster, by himself with 20,000 people."

"Forest have now lost six matches without winning."

"He's even smaller in real life than he is on the track."

"The front wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel."

"And here's Moses Kiptanui - the 19-year-old Kenyan who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

"This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

 "If that had gone in, it would have been a goal."

 "This evening is a very different evening from the morning we had this morning."

"He's seven seconds ahead and that's a good question."

 "I think there is no doubt, she'll probably qualify for the final."

 "I have the feeling she (Manuela Machado) is an athlete who likes to get away from the opposition."

 "Nobody has ever won the title twice before. He (Roger Black) has already done that."

"He's got his hands on his knees and holds his head in despair."

"Both of the Villa scorers - Withe and Mortimer - were born in Liverpool as was the Villa manager Ron Saunders who was born in Birkenhead."

"We had already beaten them 4-0 and 7-0 earlier this season, so we knew we were in for a really tough game today."

Barry Ferguson

"We had two shots saved off the line by the post."
Craig Brown

"Some of their players are internationals; some play for their national team."
Steve McClaren

"Not to win is guttering."
Mark Noble

“It’s 0-0 here. No goals.”
Adrian Chiles

"He’s unpleased about that.”
Mark Bright

"He’s one of the greatest players in the world, if not one of the greatest anywhere."
Sky Andrew

"I never make predictions and I never will.”
Paul Gascoigne, making a prediction!

"I never make forecasts but whoever wins that game will win the final.”
Ken Bates doing a Gascoigne

"Bristol Rovers were 4-0 up at half time, with four goals in the first half."
Tony Adamson

"That's a yellow card for Cazoria. So the next time he's involved in Europe, he won't be."
RTE commentator George Hamilton




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