• Craig Pead (born 15 September 1981) is an English former professional footballer. He announced his retirement from football on 21 May 2009, following his release from Brentford, and a knee injury.
Pead began his career at Coventry, where he made 42 league appearances, memorably scoring a spectacular goal against Wimbledon. His father remains at Coventry as kit-man.
Pead was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006-07 season. Pead was released by Walsall at the end of the 2006–07 season on 15 May 2007. He became Brentford manager Terry Butcher’s fourth summer signing on 2 July 2007 following a recommendation from former Brentford captain Michael Dobson. Pead was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the second year running at the end of the 2007–08 season.
Despite his awards, Craig Pead was made available for a free transfer by Brentford manager, Andy Scott at the conclusion of the 2007–08 season. However, Pead turned down a contract offer from Port Vale and decided to stay at Brentford for the final year of his contract. He retired at the end of the 2008–09 season due to an ongoing knee injury and now runs football coaching courses for children in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.
Date of birth 15 September 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Bromsgrove, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right full-back, Central midfield
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Coventry City 42 (2)
2004 Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
2005 Walsall (loan) 8 (0)
2005–2007 Walsall 80 (0)
2007–2009 Brentford 38 (0)
– Redditch United
Total 173 (2)