|Written by Warren|
|Monday, 28 July 2008|
Name: Christopher Mark Eagles
D.O.B: November 19th 1985
Place of Birth: Hemel Hempsted
Previous Clubs: Manchester United, Watford (Loan), Sheffield Wednesday (Loan), NEC Nijmegen (Loan), Burnley, Bolton
Fee: Undisclosed (said to be in the regin of 1.25million).
Signed by Owen Coyle
Last Game for Burnley:
Claret Stats: 105(26) Appearances 24 Goals
Claret Honours: 2009 Championship Play-Off winner
Chris born in Hemel Hempstead, London, joined local team Watford, but his promise like so many other youngsters alerted the big boys, Manchester United signed a then 14 year old into their youth academy, a deal that would later see Chris go back down south on loan, with striker Danny Webber signing for Watford as part of the deal, as compensation.
At Manchester United his first team chances were limited; in 2003 he made two appearances both from the bench replacing England International Kieran Richardson, and Portuguese winger Ronaldo. Watford the place he started his career, would take him on loan, in January 2005 he went on to make 13 appearances netting once, by the start of the 2005/06 season again saw Eagles on the move, this time Yorkshire and Sheffield Wednesday where 25 games and 3 goals in his 5 month spell there which ended in December 2005, but in January almost a year after he first went to Vicarage Road, he went back, winning Watford’s Goal of the season award in the process for his Beckham like strike from the half way line against Brighton.
He left London for the second time opting to force his way into Alex Ferguson’s all conquering team, but Alex had other ideas sending Chris to NEC Nijmegen in Holland, Chris spent 3 months in Holland before returning to United, where on March 13th 2007 he scored his first league goal of his Manchester United career which started as a young 14 year old apprentice.
With all the transfer gossip around Burnley at the moment, Chris Eagles has let none of it affect his attitude to play well and win games, he scored 2 goals in 4 games in Manchester United’s tour of Africa, a goal against South African team, Kaiser Chiefs, and a goal against Portsmouth in Nigeria.
The once dubbed “New David Beckham”, Eagles was the catalyst for which Burnley gained promotion in 2008/09, with 41 League starts scoring seven goals.
Eagles has the ability to take the ball seventy yards at speed, a true outlet for Burnley, and one of the reasons Burnley made that late successful push towards the Premiership.
Eagles won admirers by the bucket load as he appeared in 34 of the 36 top flight games, scoring twice. When Burnley were relegated in 2010, most fans expected to see the last of possible the best wide man at Turf Moor since the days of Trevor Steven, but with just 12 months left on his contract, Chris broke the trend and stayed loyal to Burnley, signing another 12 month contract keeping him at Burnley till the summer 2012.
Chris Eagles took the 2010/11 season by storm winning well over half of the Man of the Match awards, up until the January Transfer window, where most Burnley fans where watching Sky Sport News hoping that there was no news of Chris departing for pastures new.
In June 2011 Chris did leave for pastures new, when he and Tyrone Mears joined former boss Owen Coyle at Bolton for a fee of £3Mil for the pair.
Chris Eagles was a pleasue to watch and will be in many a all time eleven.
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