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We tried to match Grandstand, fronted by nice, good Eamonn Andrews."I'll blow you out of the water," David told Eamonn. Coleman did 60 Grandstands a year for 10 years, then almost as many Matches of the Day - invariably intoning "Wonn-Nil" for the opening score.
His most epic journalistic hour, or rather hours, came with his prolonged and sombre vigil, working off just one distant fixed camera, after the 1972 Munich Olympics murders. Coleman was the only one who could tell you that that win had put Arsenal on top of division one on goal average, or that was East Fife's first score draw in 19 consecutive games.
While they were scouring London for the shy hero, who was lying low in Clement Freud's Royal Court restaurant in Sloane Square, they filled in time with an interview by the fresh-faced Coleman of the golfer Roberto de Vicenzo.
Coleman was up and running and when, in 1958, Dimmock launched Saturday Grandstand he introduced the first one himself and then handed over to Coleman "who's 20 times better at it than me".
The man is simply a legend." Ron Atkinson (football manager, TV pundit and Guardian columnist) "I never worked with David on Match of the Day but I've always had the greatest admiration for him.
I remember the very early days when he was working for something called Sports Special.
His last two-year contract with the BBC expires at midnight tomorrow.
The old boy may not necessarily have wanted it renewed, of course, but still the cold, curt statement issued by the BBC a few days ago - accompanied by no remote eulogy, all-hail or hosanna - was as witheringly cruel as it was significant.
He didn't flap and I imagine he was a pretty uncomfortable guy to work with, because his standards were high and his temper was pretty short. Recently I have formed a good relationship with John Motson and Barry Davies, but I think with David he set an agenda where there was no great friendship.
I did find it very uncomfortable but I still respected him greatly." Bill Beaumont (team captain on A Question of Sport) "He set the standards.
But not one BBC news bulletin of sight or sound - not even Radio 5 Live at three in the morning - thought to mention the fact, even as a throwaway filler.
Yet in that very same week every single BBC news bulletin, it seemed, was going to town on the announcement - with a year's notice, for heaven's sake - of ITV's motormouth Murray Walker stepping down.
And over the 12 or 13 years on the programme the only thing that changed was that his parting got wider and his sweaters got worse." Stuart Storey (former Olympic hurdler and athletics co-commentator since 1974) "David always said he would give up everything to be an Olympian like the rest of us in the commentary box; well, he was. When I entered the BBC I was fortunate because I learned the profession from him. He had everything: a great ability to read a situation really well.