Craig Burley

Inside Biography

Craig Burley is a Scottish former professional football player turned analyst and television pundit. He has played for Chelsea and Derby County in the Premier League and Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. Since retiring in 2004, he has been a contributor to ESPN and BT Sport.   

How Old is Craig Burley? What is his Height?

Craig Burley was born Craig William Burley on September 24, 1971, in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland. As of August 2020, he is 48 years old and stands at 6 feet 12 inch (1.84 meters).


Football Career

Craig Burley started his professional football career for the professional football league, Chelsea, in 1989. He played his first match with Chelsea against Nottingham Forest in April 1991. He made his English Premier League debut in December 2012 in an away win against Tottenham Hotspur.

Craig Burley playing for Chelsea FC SOURCE: Daily Star 

He continued playing for Chelsea and represented the team during the 1994 FA Cup Final -- ultimately losing to Manchester United. Chelsea fared better against Manchester United at the 1996 FA Cup semi-finals and Burley a s sisted in David Beckham's winning goal against the opposition. Chelsea went on to win the 1996–97 FA Cup albeit with Burley sitting out in the finals.

Burley was sold to the Celtic Football Club in July 1997 and played two seasons with them, scoring 20. He was transferred to Derby County in December 1999 and played four seasons with The Rams.

He mostly floundered during his time with the Dundee Football Club (2003), the Preston North End Football Club (2004); finally ending his career with Walsall Football Club at the end of the 2004 season.

Burley played on the Scotland U-21 National Team beginning in 1992 before being moved to its senior division. He made his international debut in 1995 against Estonia in October 1995. He represented Scotland during the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship and in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. In the latter, Burley scored the equalizing goal against Norway which to this day remains the only goal scored by a Scottish football player in a major tournament.     

Post-Football Career 

Post-retirement, Burley became a football pundit and had gigs at ESPN UK, Setanta Sports, Absolute Radio, BT Sport, and BBC Radio 5 Live. During his time with ESPN UK, Burley was the lead co-commentator on Scottish football games and the fill-in commentator on Premier League broadcasts. In addition, he was a contributor to ITV Sport and was the co-commentator during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.       

Craig Burley on ESPN's ESPN FC SOURCE: World Soccer Talk

Since 2013, he works as a football pundit at ESPN and currently works as the studio analyst on ESPN's daily football studio show ESPN FC. 

Father of Three with Wife Sheryl 

As of this writing, Craig Burley is married to his wife Sheryl Burley. They are parents to three children. Since taking his job at ESPN in 2013, Burley moved to Connecticut, USA, where he resides with his family.    

by shrijan, 17 Aug, 2020

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