​Everyone who has ever watched football is well aware of Peter Drury and the magic he spins with his words. The English football commentator is well known for his poetic commentary that he uses to sumptuously elaborate a goal with the perfect selection of vocabulary and rhyme.

Describing the beautiful game in all its glory and providing the narration to football’s most joyous moments, a commentator's task is to breathe extra life into the pictures screened, and Drury is a master at doing just that.

A former accountant, Drury is not just an excitable presence, he’s an intellectual one. Words like “febrile”, “capacious”, and “insuperable” sneak in alongside the screeched surnames of football stars. 

Drury’s voice is a marvel. At its calmest, it can sound quite friendly, but when a goal goes in (or even threatens to) he turns into an end-of-his-tether Dean of a University who arrived just a minute too late to find the science block has exploded.

But without further ado, here are some of our favourite Peter Drury commentary gems.

When he thought the Netherlands were through to the World Cup Final in 2014

While commentating during the penalty shoot-out between Argentina and Holland, Peter Drury had a minor premature exclamation after mistakenly thinking that Dirk Kuyt’s penalty had put Holland through to the World Cup Final. 

Instead, Holland still trailed as Kuyt’s spot-kick had merely made it 2-3 in the shoot-out – with Maxi Rodriguez’s subsequent penalty duly sending the Oranje chaps packing.

His tongue-twister as Africa scored the opening goal of the 2010 World Cup

South Africa hosted the inaugural edition of the World Cup on the African continent in 2010. Accompanied by the sounds of the vuvuzela, the hosts started the competition on the front foot.

With 58 minutes gone, winger Siphiwe Tshabalala ignited the tournament by firing South Africa ahead. It was a symbolic goal in a symbolic tournament, with Peter Drury’s commentary providing an iconic backdrop.

“Goal Bafana Bafana! Goal for South Africa! Goal for all Africa!”

On Michy Batshuayi's 94th minute winner against Atletico in the Champions League

Michy Batshuayi scored a 94th-minute winner as ​Chelsea snatched a dramatic victory against ​Atletico Madrid to maintain their 100 percent start in ​Champions League Group C. The Blues fell behind to a 40th-minute Antoine Griezmann penalty, but kept at it, and were rewarded when Alvaro Morata equalised with his fourth goal in five days. 

Batshuayi's winner came after missed opportunities for Cesc Fabregas and Morata as Chelsea became the first English team to win away at Atletico and condemn them to defeat in their first European game at their new stadium.

The magic of the FA Cup, ft. Peter Drury

AFC Wimbledon pulled off an incredible 4-2 win over ​West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup in January 2019. Wally Downes’s side cruised into an unimaginable three-nil lead before having to dig deep to fend off the Hammers' cavalry.

The Dons, bottom of the third tier of English football, fended off a ​Premier League team with a stellar team performance, and Peter Drury captured the fan's emotions brilliantly.


Messi's Solo Goal vs Real Madrid in the 2011 Champions League semi-final

​Barcelona were leading 1-0 and Lionel Messi produced one of the greatest Champions League goals of all time. He dribbled past the entire ​Real Madrid team and slotted home a brilliant goal, coolly past Iker Casillas.

And Drury's reaction to Messi's goal was epic, to say the least: "And here's Messi....away from 2, 3, 4....wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.... How good is he? A mere supernatural goal from Lionel Messi! He has wriggled and tiptoed his way to the gates of Wembley Stadium."

When Spain lost 3-4 on penalties to Russia during the 2018 World Cup

Spain were on the plane, having lost 4-3 on penalties under the Russian rain and in the din of Russian voices celebrating their impossible win Drury said:

“There are decibels and then there’s this,” referring to the noise: “There will be a party, a Russian party, this nation will dance on their Saturday night to Sochi!

"Spain on the plane, or Spain in the Russian rain

"You've heard of 'SharapOVA

"You've heard of 'KornokOVA

"Now, it's all OVER.

"Pique climbed high, Dzyuba climbed higher & Russia as a nation rose highest."

Last weekend's absolute gem when Scott McTominay scored the winner in the Manchester Derby

Scott McTominay’s incredible 40-yarder against ​Manchester City on Sunday left much of the football world speechless, but there was one man who captured the moment, beautifully.

​Manchester United’s 77th-minute substitute came on in the heat of the battle against Pep Guardiola’s side and sealed a famous 2-0 win with a long-range beauty in added-on time that raised the Old Trafford roof.

Drury's emotional words just before Aaron Ramsey left Arsenal for Juventus

It was Aaron Ramsey's last north London derby as an ​Arsenal player, and he scored the opening goal against the Gunners' archrivals ​Tottenham, much to the delight of Arsenal fans.

Better yet, he appeared to shout "this is my f***ing pitch" as he celebrated, in reference to the number of times he's scored at Wembley in the FA Cup and Community Shield, and the moment was only made sweeter with Peter Drury's heart-warming words.

Another Manchester Derby, and Wayne Rooney's bicycle kick, ft. some Drury magic

The scores were locked at 1-1, and with the title race heating up, Wayne Rooney stepped up to earn the Red Devils a massive three points that led them to the Premier League title in 2011. The Englishman crept in between Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany, and was found by a delightful Nani cross, which he did full justice to with a splendid bicycle kick.

Absolute GOLD from Drury as Manolas sealed an epic Roma comeback against Barcelona

Leading 4-1 from the first leg, Barcelona were cruising to the Champions League semi-finals.

Roma pulled one back in the first half of the return fixture, but even then their prospects seemed bleak – until in the 82nd minute, Kostas Manolas headed in from a corner to send Roma through on away goals.