The ‘teddy boy’ Half-back
Whilst playing for Salford Boys, Colman’s skill and interesting style of play caught the attentions of Matt Busby and Jimmy Murphy. The youngster signed for the Reds in 1952, handing his £10 signing on fee to his grandad, and immediately settled into the side, captaining United to triumph in 1955’s FA Youth Cup final.
Later that year, Colman made his first team debut, and despite time away during National Service, he would only miss 10 League matches between then and his death in 1958. A crowd-pleaser, Colman played the game with the jauntiest of swaggers and the small, creative footballer earned the nickname ‘snake hips’ from his swerving style of play which confounded opponents.
Away from the pitch, Colman loved music. Despite Matt Busby’s attempts to talk him out of it, Colman adopted the ‘teddy boy’ style of drainpipe trousers, velvet collared jackets, crepe-soled shoes and a quiff, and could often be found in local dance halls; performing the role of ‘social secretary’ for the rest of the team.
He would rarely let those he met know that he was a footballer, preferring to claim that he worked at Trafford Park. Frequently late for practice despite his proximity to the ground, his tardiness became a joke with his teammates and trainers. It was following a dressing down from Roger Byrne about his ‘wild’, party - going lifestyle, that Colman met Marjorie, who he courted until his death at Munich.