This is because Colman is the man credited with the inventing the dugout.
To say the guy was a football fanatic is an understatement; he was a visionary and it shouldn't be a surprise he eventually introduced what is now a staple of footy culture. He loved the game so much that to get around his strict parents' opposition to him playing, he changed his name from Cunningham to Colman, his gran's name, when registering with his local side.
A full-back, he played four times for Scotland between 1911 and 1913 and appeared more than 300 times for Aberdeen, but his career was interrupted by World War One like so many other footballers of the time.
When he returned from France he played for a few more years, though he had developed an interest in coaching and got a job as Dumbarton's player/coach in 1920. He combined this role with a summer coaching job in Norway and it's here where he first got the idea for the dugout.
Colman was brought back to Aberdeen in 1931 and, according to Richard Gordon's book 'tales from the dugout', he'd spend long hours focusing on players' movement and possession and as a result became obsessed with their footwork.
Remembering the coaches in Norway who stood in open-fronted huts sheltering from the weather, Colman simply brought that idea on.
"He ordered the Pittodrie ground staff to dig out a sunken sheltered area by the side of the pitch from which he believed he could better study players' movements, and assess how they were performing," Gordon explained.
Not only did it mean the many notes he was taking remained dry in the Aberdeen rain, he was also closer to the action.
Everton visited Pittodrie a few years later and liked the idea so much that they introduced dugouts at Goodison Park.
Remember, this was when the bench only consisted of the manager, coach and 'physio' aka the bloke with the bucket and sponge. Substitutes were permitted in the 1960s, which required more space and eventually there was a move away from the dugout being sunken and instead it was moved to pitch level.
But let's hear it for Donald Colman, whose invention allowed us to laugh at Ron Atkinson sitting in the wrong dugout, Mike Phelan making Fergie jump by popping a balloon and at Tim Sherwood putting a fan on the bench.
Donald Colman: 1878-1942