Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Sad loss of icon Coleman sours festive period

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The Christmas period is upon us and it’s a busy period for sport with rugby, football and horse racing staging matches or meetings.

It was sad to hear that an icon of British sport in David Coleman passed away after a short illness.

I can remember Saturday afternoons with Grandstand and a question of sport with Ian Botham and Bill Beaumont pulling Coleman’s leg.

He was a font of knowledge on all sports, had a well mimicked voice by impersonators and his own Spitting Image puppet.

Throw in his famous mistakes called Coleman Balls and that just added to his legendary status in the sporting arena.

Graeme Swann announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate affect.

It would appear that three operations on his elbow have taken their toll and his figures during the tour would indicate that he has made a timely decision to retire as his powers appeared on the wain.

Famous for getting a wicket in his first over of a Test, he was no doubt the number one off-spinner in the world for the last five years and a more than handy late order hitter let’s say rather than a batter.

However comments attributed to him should remain in the domain of the dressing room but should not deflect his contribution to England’s rise in cricketing terms.

Just a couple of Christmas presents to give out .

An invisibility cloak for Vincent Tan to take him in and out of the Cardiff City ground.

A stick of rock for Luis Suarez as he’s got more front than Scarborough after signing a 200k a week contract.

Buckaroo for the England cricket team, let’s hope they show more fight In the last two Tests.

Finally I would like to say a merry Christmas to everybody. Hope you enjoy the column .


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“ I did a cracking job last year but cooking Christmas dinner was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done.”

Ben Foster (pictured above)