PETER DRURY BIO

Peter Drury, born on September 24, 1967, is a British sports commentator renowned for his work with Sky Sports and NBC Sports in the United States. He serves as the lead commentator for their coverage of the Premier League and EFL Cup, celebrated for his distinctive poetic commentary style, earning him recognition as one of the finest football commentators in history.

 PETER DRURY BIO
Peter Donald Drury

Previously, Drury held the position of second-choice football commentator at ITV Sport from 1998 to 2013. Following this, he worked as a freelancer for Premier League Productions, contributing to their international coverage of the Premier League until May 2022, and continues to provide occasional commentary for them.

His freelance work also included stints with CBS Sports (US) for their English-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League from 2020 to 2022, with Pitch International for the English-language world feed of the EFL Cup until 2022, and with Amazon Prime Video for their Premier League coverage in the United Kingdom until the 2022–23 season.

Furthermore, Drury collaborated with BT Sport for coverage of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League until the 2022–23 season, with Gravity Media for the English-language world feed of the UEFA Europa League Final in 2023, and with Host Broadcast Services (HBS) for the English-language world feed of the men’s FIFA World Cup in 2014, 2018, and 2022.

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EARLY LIFE OF PETER DRURY

Peter Donald Drury was born on September 24, 1967, in Braintree, Essex, England. His father served as a Church of England vicar in Kent. At the age of four, he initially supported West Ham United but later shifted allegiance to various clubs, particularly Watford, as he resides in Hertfordshire. Drury attended St John’s School in Leatherhead, Surrey. During his formative years, he admired BBC Radio’s Peter Jones for his eloquent and commanding commentary style. As a teenager, Drury often arrived early for Hull City matches at Boothferry Park. Following university graduation, he briefly worked as an accountant before embarking on a career in sports journalism, initially with Hayter’s agency before joining BBC Radio Leeds.

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Drury commenced his broadcasting career with BBC Radio Leeds in March 1990, coinciding with Leeds’ triumph in the Football League First Division during the 1991–92 season. His early assignments at Radio Leeds encompassed matches featuring Halifax Town, Bradford City, and Huddersfield Town. Notably, he provided commentary for both legs of Leeds United’s UEFA Champions League first-round encounter with VfB Stuttgart in September 1992. Despite Leeds’ remarkable comeback from a 3–0 deficit in the first leg to secure a 4–1 victory, Drury noted the fans’ pride in Howard Wilkinson’s team, though they were ultimately eliminated on away goals. However, they persevered through a playoff, emerging victorious with a 2–1 win on October 9. Subsequently, he transitioned to Five Live following its establishment on March 28, 1994. His portfolio includes coverage of the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, where he partnered with future ITV colleague Jon Champion, as well as UEFA Euro 96, during which he covered Group D matches featuring Portugal and Turkey. Additionally, in 1997, he lent his commentary skills to The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup while working with 5 Live.

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Drury made the transition to Broadcasting House in London at the start of the 1997–98 season, joining the Match of the Day team. One of his notable contributions was covering the Sheffield Wednesday vs Everton match on October 4, 1997, at Hillsborough Stadium.

In February 1998, Drury began his tenure at ITV, kicking off with the FA Cup sixth-round replay between Sheffield United and Coventry City on March 17. Following Sheffield United’s victory in a penalty shootout, Drury was swiftly appointed as the junior correspondent for ITV’s coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, filling in for John Helm. During his 15 years with ITV, Drury provided commentary for four FIFA World Cups (1998–2010) and four UEFA European Championships (2000–2012). He also covered UEFA Champions League matches, UEFA Cup/Europa League fixtures, and ITV’s ‘The Premiership’ (2001–2004). Apart from football, Drury lent his voice to events such as The Boat Race, Grand Slam of Darts, and various snooker tournaments, including the Nations Cup and the inaugural Power Snooker tournament in 2010.

Drury notably commentated on the 2014 FIFA World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium. In 2013, he joined BT Sport, providing commentary for Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Europa League matches. He also became the primary commentator for the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series in 2015, succeeding Jon Champion.

During the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, Drury commentated on matches for FIFA’s international feed and its YouTube channel, including the finals. He has been a fixture in Premier League coverage, often teamed up with co-commentator Jim Beglin since their early days at 5 Live. Drury signed with SuperSport in 2019 and joined CBS Sports (USA) for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage in August 2020.

After the conclusion of the 2021–22 season, Drury announced his departure from Premier League Productions on May 31, 2022. However, he confirmed his continuation as the lead play-by-play commentator for NBC Sports, succeeding Arlo White. Drury’s move to Sky Sports was announced on June 18, 2023, where he will cover one game per week on Sunday, Monday, or midweek, while still calling Saturday 12:30 p.m. ET games for NBC Sports.

Why is Peter Drury so famous?

Peter Drury is renowned for his distinctive and eloquent style of commentary. His commentary is characterized by its expressive and literary quality, with Drury often incorporating poetic phrases and expressions that set him apart from other commentators. Instead of using common language, he opts for more evocative terms, such as “in a trice,” which adds depth and richness to his commentary. This unique approach to broadcasting has garnered him widespread recognition and acclaim among sports fans and colleagues alike.

What happened to Peter Drury?

Legendary football commentator, Peter Drury, is leaving Premier League Productions for NBC Sports in America. Drury will be heading to America to replace Arlo White as the lead commentator for NBC’s coverage of the Premier League.

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