Born in Hertfordshire in 1985, Chris Eagles spent his formative years at Watford until he was tempted away by a move to Manchester United aged 14. Eagles made his Manchester United debut in 2003 in a League Cup game against Leeds United.
His footballing development was aided by several loan spells away from Old Trafford, taking in destinations such as Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen in Holland. In 2008 Eagles cut ties with Manchester United and was signed by Burnley manager Owen Coyle for a reported £1m on a three year deal. He was employed to play behind the central striker as well as in his usual wing position. He would thrive in his three seasons at Turf Moor, his most productive year being his last, which resulted in a return of 11 goals from 43 games.
He would accompany teammate Tyrone Mears to the Reebok Stadium in July 2011, again joining up with Coyle who was by now the manager at Bolton Wanderers. Eagles would be a frustrating figure to watch, combining moments of exquisite skill with quiet periods and time out of the team.
However he would be a key man in Bolton's promotion fight in 2012/13, scoring a career-high 12 goals as the Whites finished 7th. New manager Dougie Freedman promised to make him the focal point of his attack going into the new 2013/14 season.