After a fourteen year football career spanning six clubs, Mark Bright retired in 1999.
The pinnacle of his football career was two FA Cup finals at the old Wembley Stadium. The first against Manchester United in 1990 and the second was three years later against Arsenal. Unfortunately Bright had to be content with two runner up medals.
Mark’s career started with his home town club Port Vale. After a successful first season he was sold to Leicester City where he formed a partnership and friendship with Gary Lineker. In 1986 he was transferred to South London’s Crystal Palace were he struck up a lethal combination with Ian Wright (with whom he later teamed up again at the BBC). He earned Division Two’s Golden Boot in the 1988 season with a tally of 24 goals.
“Brighty” was part of the side that gained promotion to Division One in 1989. He left in 1992 for Sheffield Wednesday where he appeared against Arsenal in both the FA Cup and League Cup finals in the same season.
A loan period at Millwall and a brief spell in Switzerland at FC Sion then saw Bright return to the UK to join his last club, Charlton Athletic.
He helped Charlton to gain promotion in one of the best play-off finals ever staged at the old Wembley stadium against Sunderland in 1998.
It was while at Charlton that Bright cut his teeth in the TV world. He appeared daily during the 1998 world cup finals as a pundit for the popular Channel 4 show ‘The Big Breakfast’.
Mark then joined the BBC as a reporter and match summariser and later went on to host his own Monday night football show on BBC Radio 5 live.
In 2001 Bright and Ian Wright got the old partnership back together to form the Wright & Bright show, for BBC Radio Five Live. Their Saturday morning show was a success on every level.
Mark’s other TV work included presenting a weekly football show called ‘Row Z’ for BBC TV, along with the Notting Hill Carnival live on BBC Choice with Edith Bowman. He now presents BBC London’s sports news on Fridays and has appeared on Match of The Day along side Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, as a pundit.
Mark’s other passions include riding his Harley Davidson motorbike and playing golf. He has a project helping a school in Gambia, West Africa. Perhaps his finest achievement came on the opening day of the New Wembley stadium in March 2007 when he wrote his name in the history books by becoming the stadiums very first goal scorer.