Subject: Colemanballs


A term coined by British magazine “Private Eye,” to describe verbal gaffes, errors or misuse of words and phrases spoken by British football (soccer) announcers, coaches or players – initially BBC broadcaster David Coleman and the suffix -balls, as in “to balls up” or make a mistake.

Bobby Robson must be thinking of throwing some fresh legs on.

English soccer commentator

And he missed the goal by literally a million miles.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

Whether that was a penalty or not, the referee thought otherwise.

English football player & commentator

Here's Brian Flynn. His official height is five feet five and he doesn't look much taller than that.

English soccer commentator

I'll never play at Wembley again, unless I play at Wembley again.

English football player & manager

Lorimer just turned on a sixpence, kept his head and buried it in the back of the net.

(1926 – ) English sports commentator

McCall is trying to thread a needle through a haystack there.

English football player & commentator

It really needed the blink of an eyelid, otherwise you would have missed it.

English football player

You can’t compare two players who are different because they’re not the same.

English football player & manager

He’ll be giving everything, but he hasn’t got everything to give.

Scottish football player

I never comment on referees and I’m not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.

English former football player & manager

The Germans only have one player under 22, and he’s 23!

English football player & manager

And there’s the unmistakable figure of Joe Mercer… or is it Lester Piggott.

British horse racing commentator

There’s Jermaine Defoe, checking the weather on his phone no doubt… he’s a lovely boy.

English football player, manager & sports commentator

Flo literally turned Taricco inside-out.

English football player

… and tonight we have the added ingredient of Kenny Dalglish not being here.

English football commentator

Gary Neville was palpable for the second goal.

English football player & announcer

Believe it or not, goals can change a game.

He should have felt he probably scored then.

English football player & analyst

Well, we got nine and you can’t score more than that.

British football commentator

This is a truly international field, no Britons involved.

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