Saturday, 21 December 2013

RIP David Coleman

Another sad passing. the voice of sport for a generation, commentator David Coleman has died aged 87.

He worked at the forefront of BBC sport for a staggering 46 years, starting in 1954 and retiring in 2000 and presenting everything from Grandstand, Sports Scene, Sportsnight, Match of the Day, and Sports Review of the Year. Informative and informal, with an unmistakeable voice, his main events as a commentator was the athletics (he was a keen runner himself until injury stopped him competing in trials for the 1952 British Olympics team), but he also fronted 6 World Cups and 11 Olympic Games in his career, earning an Olympic award in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to the Olympic movement, the first broadcaster to achieve this. 

He was even pressed into service to front the BBC coverage of The Beatles arriving at London Airport in 1964

But for me, Coleman was A Question of Sport, the affable sports quiz he hosted for 18 years.

With QoS team captains Ian Botham and Bill Beamount

He's also fondly remembered for the inevitable gaffes a live broadcaster like him would make, with the magazine Private Eye devoting a whole column 'Colemanballs' in his name. The Telegraph posted 21 of the best in tribute today


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