As well as being one of the greatest sports commentators David Coleman, who has died at the age of 87, also coined the much-loved gaffes and non-sequiturs which came to be known as Colemanballs. Here are some of the best
Some of David Coleman’s best Colemanballs:
“That’s the fastest time ever run – but it’s not as fast as the world record.”
“A truly international field, no Britons involved.”
Manchester United’s landscape - and that of British football - changed forever just after 9am on Wednesday, 8 May 2013.
This was when the domestic game’s towering figure called time on the successes, trials and tribulations of 26 years at Old Trafford. Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson announced his retirement.
The 71-year-old Scot, with a stand bearing his name and a statue on the concourse outside, will take charge of his final game at the self-styled Theatre of Dreams when United face Swansea City on Sunday.
It was an announcement that came as a seismic shock to football’s system, coming so soon after a series of bullish statements from Ferguson hinting at exactly the opposite of walking away.
How swiftly the scenery has been moved at Old Trafford. It was only in March, as Ferguson prepared to face Real Madrid in the Champions League, that he wrote these words in his programme notes:
"This is what it is all about - a packed Old Trafford, the floodlights on, the pitch glistening and two of the greatest and most romantic clubs in the game about to do battle.
Ferguson’s career in football
1974: Ends a playing career that took in Queen’s Park, St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Rangers, Falkirk & Ayr United.
June 1978: After managerial spells with East Stirlingshire & St Mirren, appointed at Aberdeen and goes on to win three Scottish titles, four Scottish cups, one League Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup.
November 1986: Appointed Manchester United manager.
May 1990: Lee Martin scores winner in FA Cup final replay against Crystal Palace - first silverware of Ferguson’s reign.
May 1993: Wins first English league title, ending 26-year wait for United to be champions.
May 1999: Two late goals against Bayern Munich win Champions League to complete an unprecedented treble.
May 2009: Manchester United equal Liverpool’s record 18 domestic league titles, surpassing the mark in 2010-11.
"People ask me why I don’t retire after so many years in the game, but how could anyone with an ounce of passion for football in their soul voluntarily walk away from the opportunity to be involved in this kind of occasion?"