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A politics graduate from Hull University, Peter began his career as a journalist with Hayters sports agency before joining BBC Radio Leeds in 1990 as a football and cricket commentator, presenter and reporter.
Three years later, he moved to BBC Network Radio Sport. There, he worked for BBC Radio Five Live on a variety of sports, including golf (three Open Championships and two Ryder Cups), tennis, swimming and the University Boat Race. However it was Drury's work on football that made his name. He initially began as one of Five Live's team of reporters on their Saturday Sport On Five programme.
However, following the departure of Rob Hawthorne to Sky Sports, Drury stepped up to the roster, and over the next three seasons was a highly regarded member of Five Live's commentary team, a team which included Alan Green, Mike Ingham, and his future ITV colleague Jon Champion.
During this time, Drury was highly proflic, commentating on many matches both domestically, and abroad. Among his credits was the 1996 Champions League Final, the Division One Play-Off Finals of 1996 and 1997, and Euro 96.
In the middle of season 1997-1998, Drury joined ITV Sport. His first match for the network was a dramatic FA Cup Quarter Final replay at Bramall Lane between Sheffield Utd and Coventry, a match Utd won on penalties. Since then, Drury has held down a high-profile position as ITV's number two commentator to Clive Tyldesley. He has commentated at four FIFA World Cup Tournaments in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010, and four European Championships in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. In addition Drury has covered scores of matches, many of them 'live', ranging from the Premiership, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup, to the League Cup and the Football League. He has regularly covered the Championship Play-Off Final for ITV, and has also commentated on League Cup Finals, and more recently, the UEFA Cup Final. Drury commentated on his first major international final for ITV Sport at Euro 2008, although this was only for a highlights programme as only the BBC showed the match live.
Drury has also contributed to ITV's coverage of snooker and darts, and since 2005 has been the commentator on ITV's coverage of The Boat Race. He has also written for The Independent newspaper and several sporting publications, as well as being the voice of the Sony PlayStation game 'This is Football'. Drury can also be heard commentating on live Premier League games for TWI around the world in places like Australia, every weekend, as well as Champions League games on ITV.
Peter lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their three children, playing cricket regularly for Berkhamsted CC; notably their 4th team.
He commentates on ESPN, usually providing coverage of Serie A.
- "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Peter Drury Talks Commentary". Retrieved 14 January 2013.