Roger Eli

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Roger Eli
Personal information
Full name Roger Eli[1]
Date of birth (1965-09-11) 11 September 1965 (age 56)
Place of birth Bradford, England
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
1981–1983 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Leeds United 2 (0)
1986–1987 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 (0)
1987 Cambridge United 0 (0)
1987–1988 Crewe Alexandra 27 (1)
1988 Pontefract Collieries ? (?)
1988 York City 4 (1)
1988–1989 Bury 2 (0)
1989 Northwich Victoria ? (?)
1989–1994 Burnley 99 (20)
1994–1995 Foshan ? (?)
1995 Scunthorpe United 2 (0)
1995 Partick Thistle 2 (0)
1995–1996 Bradford Park Avenue ? (?)
Total 156 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Roger Eli is a former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crewe Alexandra, York City, Bury, Burnley and Scunthorpe United.[2] Eli is best known for his time at Burnley where he was a key player for the Clarets in the Fourth Division Championship winning side of the 1991–1992 season.[3]


Roger Eli was born in Bradford in 1965 and began his football career at Leeds United in 1983.[2] Eli made two appearances for the Whites before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1986. Various moves followed before Eli finally settled at Burnley in 1989.

Burnley and cult status[edit]

Eli was tried in various positions but eventually established himself as a striker.[3] During the 1990 to 1991 season Eli made only 15 starts but scored 10 goals as Burnley reached the Fourth Division Play-offs but missed out on promotion. However, it was during the following season that Eli really established himself and became a cult hero at Turf Moor. During the 1991 to 1992 season Eli scored 17 goals, in league and cup competitions, and became a vital part of the Burnley team which won the fourth division title. After seven years in the lowest professional division in English football Burnley gained promotion.

Eli was known for his commitment and high work rate and the chant of 'Eli-Eli-Eli-Eli' was a regular one at Turf Moor as he turned in some top performances.[3] Possibly Eli's best goal was against Derby County in the FA Cup during the 1991 to 1992 season where he scored a diving header against Peter Shilton the former England goal keeper to earn the Clarets a draw and replay.


Eli's later career was beset by injuries and he did not make many further starts for Burnley after they gained promotion. He was eventually released in 1994 and moved to Scunthorpe where he made two appearances but injury forced his retirement from the game.[3]

Roger Eli is now a successful businessman and owns an office supply company which made a £1million turnover in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "Roger Eli". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Roger Eli". Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Roger Eli". Burnley official website. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ "small business/Exsoccer star nets profits". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 24 May 2009.