Sad To See You Leaving 2013: David Coleman

by Charlie_East_West on December 30, 2013


David Coleman was one of those doyens of broadcasters that opened up the world of sport to our living rooms. Men such as Coleman, Bill McClaren, Cliff Morgan, Peter O’Sullivan, Ted Lowe, Murray Walker, Dan Maskell, Sid Waddell and the last remaining giants – John Motson and Peter Alliss all became broadcasting legends through the rampant development of sports broadcasting rights over the past 50 years.

David Coleman was the governor. Many people have lampooned his “Colemanballs” gaffes, but I prefer to focus on his broadcasting genius. He was the sports broadcaster who could do it all. He was a multi sports commentator and also the studio anchorman. He mastered the commentary of the 100m sprint (generally regarded as the hardest commentary task in sport). He owned the phrase “1-0” in football. He kept it simple but effective, as he knew how to master the live broadcasting art of letting the actions speak louder than words.

His voice was a huge part of my childhood as I watched Grandstand, Sportsnight and a whole variety of major sporting events. Coleman was normally always there, in the background with a microphone, and with that glorious voice.

David Coleman 1926 – 2013. RIP. Quite remarkable.

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George_East December 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

And of course Question of Sport – he made you want to watch it, which is more than you can say for its later years after he left. He had the broadcasting skill of a Michael Parkinson or David Frost – dizzy heights indeed.


Charlie_East_West December 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Question of Sport was better in Coleman’s day because the contestants were better – they were either more interesting, more charismatic or just tired and emotional from the delights of the green room. Basically – sports men and women had more to say back then.

Those days were an innocent pre-PR and marketing era for Sport. It was better for it.


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