Peter Drury shares day in life of football commentator at Carabao Cup final

  • Rob Swan

Peter Drury is probably football’s most loved commentator right now.

The 54-year-old Brit is hugely popular with a global audience thanks to his genuine passion for football combined with his beautiful use of the English language.

Drury is often described as a poet and has produced many classic lines during his 30-plus years in commentary.

Whenever Drury is on commentary duty for a big Premier League or Champions League match, he always delivers some gold.

But what does a typical match day look like for the respected commentator?

A day in the life of legendary commentator Peter Drury

Well, Drury filmed a day in his life, courtesy of Bleacher Report, around Sunday’s Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.

We see the incredible amount of research that he did prior to the game with a folder of handwritten notes.

He then makes his way to Wembley – after eventually remembering his car keys! – before taking his place in the gantry.

Drury then makes his way home after another day of vintage commentary before relaxing with a glass of red wine in the evening.

Watch the video here:

Not a bad life, eh?

Peter Drury’s outlook on football commentary is superb

As we’re eulogising about Drury, this fantastic interview with 90min partly explains why he’s so good at his job.

The man absolutely loves football and believes it’s his duty to be as excited as the fans in the crowd watching their very first live match.

“I love coming to football matches like thousands of others do,” he said.

“If you come out of a poor game, say at Old Trafford, 75,000 people have paid to be at that game. It’s Manchester United 0-0 Burnley, whatever.

“What you have to bear in mind, I think, is that the 75,000 crowd are actually on the edge of their seat because you know what it’s like to be a fan. We might score, they might score.

“It’s actually exciting even when it’s boring.”

He added: “Of that 75,000 crowd at Old Trafford, and you can do it proportionally everywhere, maybe 10,000 are there for the first time, or for a treat for their 10th birthday, because they’ve saved up for six months, because they’ve just come over from Hong Kong, to see Manchester United play for the one and only time in their life.

“I think it’s right when you’re privileged enough to be the one who is shouting the names to understand that.

“It’s all too easy when you’re in the media bubble to become cynical and blasé, but every game there are in that 30-40,000 crowd a lot of people who couldn’t wait for this day. And you’d be wrong to forget that.”

Very well said, Peter.

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