Sky football commentators Richard Keys and Andy Gray have
found themselves in the centre of a media storm after their unguarded comments
disparaging women match officials at the weekend.
Keys and Gray have both been forced to apologise for the
offence they caused - but thankfully, commentary blunders usually cause more
laughter than anger.
So to put things in perspective, we take a look at some of
the funniest commentary gaffes of all time.
Got a favourite gaffe we haven't listed? Then leave it in
the comments box below.
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1. "For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs
are playing in yellow" - Legendary football commentator John Motson, just after kick-off in a
league match back in 1977.
2. "Marseille needed to score first, and that never
looked likely once Liverpool had taken the lead" - David Pleat lights up Champions League commentary in his own
3. "They're the second best team in the world, and
there's no higher praise than that" - Kevin
Keegan (pictured) discussing the skills of Argentina.
4. "You can't do better than go away from home and get
a draw" - Kevin Keegan, again.
5. "In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken
leg" - King Kev once again.
6. "The 33 or 34-year-olds will be 36 or 37 by the time the next World Cup comes around, if they're not careful" - you guessed it... okay, we'll stop with the Keegan quotes now.
7. "The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey" - Brian Johnston's immortal gaffe on BBC
radio's Test Match Special when Michael Holding of the West Indies was bowling
to Peter Willey of England in a Test match at The Oval in 1976. There has been
some debate about whether Johnston actually uttered the famous words - but
co-commentator Henry Blofeld insisted that he did, and that's good enough for
8. "Ah, what a happy gesture, the wife of the Cambridge
president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew" - Harry Carpenter (pictured right) raises eyebrows with his comments after the end of
the Oxford v Cambridge boat race.
9. "Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis's misses every
chance he gets" - Eurosport snooker commentator Mike
Hallet during an earlier career stint with Sky.
10. "There is nothing wrong with the car - except that
it's on fire" - Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker, who could have filled this feature single-handed.
11. "And Michael Schumacher is actually in a very good
position. He is in last place." - Murray Walker does it again.
12. "I saw him kick the bucket over there which suggests he's not going to be able to continue" - one of many wonderful career gaffes from football pundit turned FA bigwig Trevor Brooking discussing a frustrated player taking out his feelings on a pail of water by the side of the pitch.
13. "Moses Kiptanui, the 19-year-old Kenyan who turned
20 a few weeks ago" - the late David
Coleman with just one of the many quotes that inspired Private Eye's
14. "Fred Davis, the doyen of snooker. Now 67 years of
age and too old to get his leg over, prefers to use his left hand" - Snooker
commentator 'Whispering' Ted Lowe.
Just as well he only whispered it!
15. "Hamburg are the European champions!" - ITV footballer commentator Brian Moore immediately after the final whistle of the 1980 European Cup final... which Nottingham Forest (pictured, left) had just won 1-0.
16. "I'm not going to pick out anyone in particular, but Jay Jay Okocha should not be captain of a football club" - Rodney Marsh refuses to be drawn on what he thinks of the former Bolton skipper.
17. "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother
and father" - American gymnastics gold medallist Paul Hamm makes sure he doesn't miss anyone out when thanking
people at the 2004 Olympics.
18. "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to
break the habit of a lifetime for that prat" - one of Ron Atkinson's on-air gaffes, made with the full knowledge that the
microphone was switched on.
19. "This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her
mother" - horse racing commentator Ted
20. "It's not over yet" - the then 73-year-old Peter Alliss gets all confused after
watching Phil Mickelson (pictured, right) roll in the winning putt at the 2004 Masters. Except
that it was all over - and so is this article.