Peter Donald Drury (born 24 September 1967) is a British sports commentator who currently works for Sky Sports and NBC Sports in the United States as the lead commentator for its Premier League and EFL Cup coverages.

Peter Drury
Peter Donald Drury

(1967-09-24) 24 September 1967 (age 56)
Witham, England
EducationSt John's School, Leatherhead
Alma materUniversity of Hull[1]
OccupationFootball commentator


Known forSports commentary (Association football)

Drury was formerly with ITV Sport as its second-choice football commentator, a role he had held from 1998 to 2013. He went on to freelance for Premier League Productions on its international coverage of the Premier League until May 2022 but still does occasional commentaries for them. Drury previously freelanced for CBS Sports (US) on its English-language coverage of UEFA Champions League and the Europa League from 2020 to 2022, with Pitch International for the English-language world feed of the EFL Cup through 2022, with Amazon Prime Video for its Premier League coverage in the United Kingdom through the 2022–23 season, with BT Sport on coverage of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League through the 2022–23 season, for Gravity Media for the English-language world feed of the UEFA Europa League Final in 2023, and for Host Broadcast Services (HBS) for the English-language world feed of the men's FIFA World Cup in 2014, 2018 and 2022.

Early life edit

Peter Donald Drury was born on 24 September 1967 in Braintree, Essex, England.[2] His father was a Church of England vicar based in Kent.[citation needed] The first club he supported as a four-year-old was West Ham United, but he has since gone on to support different clubs, most notably Watford as he now lives in Hertfordshire. He went to St John's School, Leatherhead in Surrey.[3] While growing up, Drury's commentary idol was BBC Radio's Peter Jones, who Drury describes as having a "beautiful, authoritative, and poetic voice".[4] When he was 18 and he used to see Hull City matches, he was usually the first man at Boothferry Park a couple of hours before the other spectators came flooding in. He worked as an accountant for a period of one month after graduating from university. Before joining BBC Radio Leeds, he worked for sports journalism agency Hayter's.

Career edit

Beginnings with BBC Radio (1990–98) edit

In March 1990, Drury got a job with BBC Radio Leeds and he was there at a time when Leeds were champions of the Football League First Division in the 1991–92 season. His early works with Radio Leeds included matches involving Halifax Town, Bradford City and Huddersfield Town. He also commentated on both legs of Leeds United's UEFA Champions League first round tie with VfB Stuttgart in September 1992, in which after coming back from a 3–0 first-leg deficit to win 4–1, he remarked that their fans were 'proud as punch' of Howard Wilkinson's team and they were to be eliminated on away goals,[5] but it went into a play-off which they won 2–1 on 9 October. He soon moved to Five Live following its launch on 28 March 1994. His credits include the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final (alongside future ITV colleague Jon Champion) and UEFA Euro 96, where he covered Group D matches involving Portugal and Turkey. In 1997, he also commentated on The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup with 5 Live.

Televised commentary (1997–present) edit

Drury later moved on to Broadcasting House in London at the start of 1997–98 season where he covered matches for Match of the Day including Sheffield Wednesday vs Everton on Saturday 4 October 1997 at Hillsborough Stadium.[6]

He then joined ITV in February 1998 and his first match for the network was a replay of an FA Cup sixth round tie between Sheffield United and Coventry City on 17 March. After finishing 1–1 in both the original and replay matches, the Blades came out victorious, winning 3–1 on penalties. He was immediately selected to be part of the commentary team as their junior correspondent for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, replacing John Helm. During his 15 years with ITV, Drury commentated on four World Cups (1998–2010) and four European Championship tournaments (2000–2012). He also commentated on the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup / Europa League, ITV's 'The Premiership' (coverage of the English Premier League between 2001 and 2004) and the This is Football video game series, starting with 2 (2000). Other than football, he commentated on The Boat Race and Grand Slam of Darts, as well as snooker tournaments such as the short-lived Nations Cup and the inaugural Power Snooker tournament in 2010.[7]

Drury commentated on the 2014 FIFA World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina on 13 July 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium. In 2013, he joined BT Sport for their coverage of the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.[8] In 2015, Drury replaced Jon Champion as the primary commentator in the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series, starting with Pro Evolution Soccer 2016,[9] having also narrated Sony's This Is Football series earlier.[10] During the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he commentated on matches for FIFA's international feed and its YouTube channel, including the final between France and Croatia. He has covered most of the Premier League matches alongside co-commentator Jim Beglin, whom he has worked with since 1995 including his early work with 5 live. Drury insists that viewers normally tune in to watch the match and not because of both of them.[4] He signed with SuperSport in 2019.[11] Drury joined CBS Sports (USA) for its UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage in August 2020, as the second-choice play-by-play commentator (behind former ITV colleague Clive Tyldesley).[12]

On 31 May 2022, following the conclusion of the 2021–22 season, Drury announced that he had left Premier League Productions, but he would continue to commentate on the Premier League into next season after joining NBC Sports, replacing Arlo White (who was then signed by LIV Golf) as their lead play-by-play commentator.[13] His position was confirmed on 6 July 2022.[13][14][15]

On 18 June 2023, it was announced that Drury would join Sky Sports, doing one game a week on Sunday, Monday, or midweek.[16] He will continue calling games for NBC Sports for Saturday 12:30 p.m. ET games.[17][18][19]

Style edit

Drury has been famed for his expressive and literary style of commentary.[20] He is known for his poetic style of commentary, often using phrases such as "in a trice" instead of common language.[21]

References edit

  1. ^ "Peter Drury, University". 11 April 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Peter Drury". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 April 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter Drury".
  4. ^ a b "Peter Drury Football Commentator". Tifo Football. 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ "West Yorkshire Sport Daily - 100 YEARS OF LEEDS UNITED - BBC Sounds". BBC Sounds. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Sheffield Wed vs Everton 1997/98". Premier league. 4 October 1997.
  7. ^ Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui 2010 Power Snooker Final, retrieved 13 January 2024
  8. ^ "Peter Drury". NBC Sports Pressbox. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  9. ^ Garcia, Francisco (11 June 2016). "We Dropped Into the Commentary Recording for 'Pro Evolution Soccer 2017'". Vice. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  10. ^ Sam Drury (17 September 2012). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Peter Drury Talks Commentary". Liverpool Word. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Peter Drury is the face of SuperSport's new football season". SUPERSPORT. 10 July 2019.
  12. ^ "CBS Sports Announces Match Analysts and Reporters for 2019-20 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Tournaments". 6 August 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  13. ^ a b Deitsch, Richard. "Drury to replace White as NBC's lead EPL voice: Sources". The Athletic. Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  14. ^ Lucia, Joe (6 July 2022). "NBC officially announces hiring of Peter Drury as lead Premier League play-by-play broadcaster". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  15. ^ "Peter Drury joins NBC Sports as lead Premier League play-by-play commentator". NBC Sports Pressbox. 6 July 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2022.
  16. ^ Media, P. A. (18 June 2023). "Peter Drury joins Sky Sports to cover Premier League in place of Martin Tyler". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 June 2023.
  17. ^ Keeley, Sean (28 June 2023). "Report: Jon Champion joining NBC's Premier League coverage, will continue calling matches for ESPN". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 28 June 2023.
  18. ^ "JON CHAMPION JOINS NBC SPORTS AS PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-BY-PLAY COMMENTATOR". NBC Sports Pressbox. 11 July 2023. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Jon Champion named lead NBC play-by-play voice for Premier League". Pro Soccer Wire. 11 July 2023. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  20. ^ "Liverpool 4-0 Man Utd: Peter Drury's epic commentary on Salah, Mane & Diaz's goals". GiveMeSport. 20 April 2022. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  21. ^ "10 things you should know about poetic World Cup commentator Peter Drury". Nairobi News. 2 July 2018.

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