Craig Burley

After Dinner & Event Speaker (in association with SpeakOut!)


Craig Burley was born in Inverness. He signed his first professional football contract in 1989 for Chelsea Football Club. In nearly eight years at Stamford Bridge he made 111 first team starts.

His reputation grew steadily and Craig soon broke into the Scotland Under-21 squad, making 7 appearances.


In 1995, whilst still at Chelsea, Craig made his international debut in Hiroshima where the Scots drew

0-0 against Japan.

He went on to make 20 senior international appearances whilst at Chelsea before attracting the attention of Glasgow giants, Celtic FC.

Celtic paid 2.5 million pounds for Craig prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, where his outstanding performances led to him being awarded the Scottish Player of the Year trophy in his first season. The two years he spent at Parkhead saw Craig in prolific form, where he developed a great partnership in midfield with fellow internationalist, Paul Lambert.

He scored a total of 28 goals in 90 games during a spell that saw him play in the UEFA Cup and in the Qualifying rounds of the Champions League. Celtic won the League (for the first time in a decade) and Scottish League Cup during his first season with the Bhoys.

Derby County paid 3 million pounds for Craig just before the end of 1999. He was appointed club captain before the start of the 2001-2002 campaign, however injury problems prevented him playing for over a year. Craig also played his first international that season, having been out of the team for 18 months it was to be the last of his 46 senior international appearances, as Scotland lost 2-0 against Austria.

Released by Derby at the end of the season, Craig returned north of the border and signed for Dundee until he retired from full time football. Craig Burley has found a new career as a TV soccer pundit with the media company Setanta and also appears regularly on other radio and TV networks.

Craig is an excellent after dinner speaker working with many of the top names on the sporting dinner circuit such as Gordon Smith and Craig Brown.

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