Player Profile – Mark Bright

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of player and fan profiles on the blog.

Mark Bright

Mark was kind enough to kick things off by answering the best questions posed by the Twitter followers of @TheEaglesBeak. May I begin by thanking Mark very much for his time.

It was Steve Coppell that signed Mark for Palace from Leicester City in November 1986. A snip of a transfer fee at £75,000 he went on to form a formidable striking partnership with Ian Wright. In his Palace career spanning almost seven years he scored 92 goals in 227 appearances before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday in September 1992 in a deal that brought striker Paul Williams to the club …

TEB; It is no secret that you follow Palace closely with more than a passing interest so where do you hope to see the club in five or ten year’s time?
MB; It’s hard to say, we are a yo-yo club, hopefully if (when) we get up we can stay up like Fulham and get some consistency going, so hopefully the EPL …
TEB; Who was the most underrated Palace player that you played with?

MB; Phil ‘Fizzer’ Barber. He could and would play anywhere, either wing, up front or in midfield. Never complained, a proper team player …
TEB; Who did you room with on away trips and did you have a choice?

MB; Once I roomed with Wrighty that was it. We roomed together all the time, plotting and thinking our way around the next day’s opponents …
TEB; If you could have your time again now, which team would you ideally like to play for & why?

MB; I would do it all the same, but Don Howe told me he tried to buy Ian and me but the Arsenal board wouldn’t allow it. That could have been interesting …
TEB; If you were stuck on a desert island and you could choose three songs to have on your iPod, what would they be?

MB; Sounds of Blackness – Optimistic, Ashford & Simpson – Its seems to hang on, John Legend – Save Room …
TEB; What was the best game you played in for Palace and why?

MB; Swindon Town at home in the 1989 play-off game. The crowd were amazing that night. Or the FA Cup semi-final in 1990, an incredible day …
TEB; Who was your favourite coach to work with at Palace?

MB; Toughie, Ian Evans, he was there when it came together and we clicked as a team, he gave us the hairdryer at Brighton away one time when we were losing at half time, every player got some …
TEB; Can you remember the best atmosphere that you have experienced at Selhurst Park?

MB; Blackburn Rovers at home and Swindon Town at home, both in 1989 the play-offs. Proof that the crowd are always the 12th man …
TEB; Will you be continuing your work with the Palace Academy or is it a temporary gig?

MB; I hope to continue coaching the strikers 10-16yr olds at the academy …
TEB; Who was your footballing hero and which modern day footballer do you admire?

MB; Footballing hero, you won’t have heard of him. George Fryer, player for The Galley, and Kidsgrove athletic. My hero. I llove watching Jack Wilshire …
TEB; And finally, I have to end with a seasonal question so if you could have anything in the world, what would you want for Christmas?

MB; There is nothing I desire, health, and a good time over Christmas …
Since retiring from football, Mark has made a successful career working in the media on both BBC TV and BBC Radio but also coaches at the Palace Academy. He can be found on Facebook; Twitter; @Mark__Bright

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