|Full name||Craig Easton|
|Date of birth||26 February 1979|
|Place of birth||Bellshill, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Central midfield|
|Current club||Swindon Town|
|1998–2001||Scotland under-21||22 (2)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Easton began his career with Dundee United, signing full-time terms at the start of the 1996-97 season and making two league appearances in his first season. In 1997-98, Easton was more of a first team regular, featuring in thirty-five matches, with notable firsts including playing in a UEFA Cup match and scoring his first goal in the League Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen. The following season, Easton continued to play in the majority of matches and repeated this trend over the next few seasons.
In 2003-04, Easton played fewer games, with manager Ian McCall - in his first full season as United manager - demoting his squad number from 7 to 18. In April 2004, McCall announced Easton's contract would be allowed to expire at the season's end, although Easton had made the same decision a few months earlier.
Livingston was to be Easton's new club with the midfielder joining the West Lothian club on a one-year deal in July, scoring on his début a month later. Although Easton played regularly during his season at Almondvale, his contract was not renewed.
Despite interest from Motherwell, moved to English side Leyton Orient on a two-year deal in July 2005. Six months after joining Orient, Easton scored the opening goal in the shock 2-1 FA Cup win over Premier League side Fulham when his "deflected shot looped high into the top corner". Three days afterwards, Easton reflected on his short time in England, saying the "new challenge" had "worked out". Easton went on to score on the final day of the season as Orient won promotion to League One.
|“||I would put that down as my greatest achievement and also my most enjoyable moment in football so far.||”|
—Easton after helping Leyton Orient beat Fulham in the FA Cup, BBC Sport website
Easton played the majority of games for Orient during the following season.
Easton refused a new contract with Orient to sign for Swindon Town in June 2007 on a two-year deal, reuniting him with manager Paul Sturrock who previously managed Easton whilst at Dundee United. Subsequent to Sturrock's departure in late 2007, Easton was reunited with another former Dundee United colleague when Maurice Malpas was appointed as Swindon manager. Easton was a regular fixture in Town's side throughout the season, making 40 league appearances and was named runner-up in the Player of the Year awards.
The following season was less of a success and Easton found himself in and out of the side being utilised in a number of different positions. With his two year deal set to expire at the end of the season Easton was one of only four players offered a contract extension. In June 2009 he signed a one year contract extension at the club.
After 31 July 2009
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||Scottish League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996-97||Dundee United||Scottish Premier Division||2||0||-||-||-||2||0|
|1998-99||Scottish Premier League||30||1||6||0||-||-||36||1|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2005-06||Leyton Orient||Football League Two||41||4||3||1||1||0||-||45||5|
|2006-07||Football League One||30||1||3||0||1||0||-||34||1|