Craig Easton Player Profile


  • Full Name: Craig Easton
  • Born: February 26th, 1979 (Bellshill)
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Signed: January 1st, 1995
  • First Manager: Ivan Golac
  • Career Totals: 259 appearances, 17 goals
  • Also Played For: Dunfermline Athletic, Leyton Orient, Livingston, Southend United, Swindon Town, Torquay United


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
2003-04 12 (12) 24 0 2 0 10 (12) 0 2 0
2002-03 39 (2) 41 1 9 0 35 (1) 1 4 (1) 0
2001-02 40 (3) 43 5 4 0 33 (3) 3 7 2
2000-01 33 (6) 39 6 6 2 28 (6) 5 5 1
1999-00 27 (11) 38 2 4 1 22 (10) 1 5 (1) 1
1998-99 35 (2) 37 1 2 0 28 (2) 1 7 0
1997-98 22 (13) 35 2 3 0 20 (9) 1 2 (4) 1
1996-97 1 (1) 2 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 - -
Totals: 209 (50) 17 177 (44) 12 32 (6) 5

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
May 16th, 2004 16/05/04 SPL vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
May 1st, 2004 01/05/04 SPL vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 2
Apr 17th, 2004 17/04/04 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 1
Apr 11th, 2004 11/04/04 SPL vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 2
Jan 10th, 2004 10/01/04 3rd Round vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
Mar 1st, 2003 01/03/03 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0
May 12th, 2002 12/05/02 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 2
Feb 23rd, 2002 23/02/02 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 2
Dec 15th, 2001 15/12/01 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1
Oct 27th, 2001 27/10/01 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Mar 1st, 2003 01/03/03 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (38')
May 12th, 2002 12/05/02 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A) 2 - 2 (84')
Feb 23rd, 2002 23/02/02 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 2 (24')
Dec 15th, 2001 15/12/01 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 1 (30')
Oct 27th, 2001 27/10/01 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1 (23')
Sep 25th, 2001 25/09/01 2nd Round vs. Dumbarton (H) 3 - 0 (34')
May 12th, 2001 12/05/01 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A) 3 - 2 (81')
Feb 17th, 2001 17/02/01 4th Round vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 0 (38')
Jan 31st, 2001 31/01/01 SPL vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 2 (46')
Jan 2nd, 2001 02/01/01 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0 (55')
Nov 25th, 2000 25/11/00 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 2 (43')
Sep 23rd, 2000 23/09/00 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 5 (63') p
Dec 1st, 1999 01/12/99 Quarter Final vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 2 (42')
Aug 15th, 1999 15/08/99 SPL vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 1 (12')
Nov 28th, 1998 28/11/98 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 0 (56')
Nov 9th, 1997 09/11/97 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 5 - 0 (87')
Oct 15th, 1997 15/10/97 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 3 - 1 (53')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 177 (44) 12 30 2
SC 19 (1) 2 0 0
LC 13 (4) 3 1 1
UEFA - (1) 0 0 0
Totals: 209 (50) 17

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


The Scotland schools, Under-16 and youth international midfielder developed through United's youth programme and was playing in the reserves by the 1995-96 season. Experiencing first team action during a pre-season tour of Denmark in July 1996, Craig made his competitive debut as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Aberdeen in January 1997, aged seventeen.

After being part of the United team that won the Youth League in 1996-97, he made the breakthrough into the starting eleven during the 1997-98 season, making a UEFA Cup appearance as a substitute in the home leg against CE Principat. He scored his first goal for the Club in the League Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Tynecastle – five of his 17 goals during his United career would come against the Pittodrie side. He collected a League Cup runners-up medal after the final against Celtic at Ibrox Stadium in November.

Craig remained a regular in the United first team line-up for six years and was a fixture in the Scotland Under-21 side, eventually becoming the fourth most capped player at that level. He scored his most memorable goal for United in a 2-1 win over Celtic at Tannadice in August 1999 and was an important member of the side that escaped relegation at the end of the 2000-01 season, scoring the equaliser in the vital 3-2 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park in the second last game of the season, as United came back from two goals down. By 2004 Craig had moved into the top 30 list of player appearances for the Club, but under new manager Ian McCall he featured less frequently throughout that season, and at the end of the campaign he left United when his contract expired.

He joined Livingston on a one-year deal in July 2004 and scored the goal which secured the West Lothian clubs SPL status whilst sending Dundee down to the First Division. Craig moved to Leyton Orient in July 2005, helping the League two side defeat Premiership Fulham in the FA Cup and win promotion to League One. In June 2007 he was reunited with former United manager Paul Sturrock at Swindon Town, where he spent three seasons before following Sturrock to Southend United. He then had short spells with Dunfermline Athletic, Torquay United and Raith Rovers, where he was appointed head coach of the development team. He made a return to Tannadice for a spell as reserve team manager in June 2018.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.

Squad Numbers


11

Season:
1998-99

7

Season:
1999-00

7

Season:
2000-01

7

Season:
2001-02

7

Season:
2002-03

18

Season:
2003-04





Debut (as sub)

January 1st, 1997
Dundee United 4 - 0 Aberdeen

League (Premier Division)

Full Debut

May 3rd, 1997
Dundee United 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


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