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Mark Bridge


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  • Date Of Birth: 07/11/85
    Nation: Australia
    Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    Squad Number: 19
    Position: Wing Forward
    Secondary Positions: Forward
    Joined Wanderers: 29/06/12
    Contract Details: 2 year initial contract. Signed 3 year contract extension on 1 September 2013. Rejoined club 18/7/2017 on 2 year contract.
    Contract Finish: 2018/19
    Previous Club: Chiangrai United
    Wanderers Debut: 6th October 2012 vs Central Coast Mariners
    A-League Appearances: 121
    A-League Goals: 33
    ACL Appearances: 13
    ACL Goals: 4
    FFA Cup Appearances: 6
    FFA Cup Goals: 1
    Club World Cup Appearances: 1
    Club World Cup Goals: 0
    Total Appearances: 141
    Total Goals: 38
    Yearly Appearances & Goals: 2012/13: 27 (11), 2013/14: 29 (7), 2014/15: 30 (5), 2015/16: 26 (9), 2017/18: 24 (5), 2018/19: 5 (1)
    Individual Awards: Wanderers Club Golden Boot (11 goals in 2012/13), Wanderers Club Player Of The Year (2012/13), A-League All Star (2012/13).
    Team Honours: A-League Premiership Winner (2012/13), Asian Champions League Winner (2014).
    Highlight: Scored the first ever Wanderers A-League goal against Brisbane Roar in Round 4, Season 2012/13 on 27/10/2012. He also scored the first Wanderers A-League goal at their home ground against Melbourne Heart in Round 5 on 2/11/2012.
    Highlight: Scored the first ever Wanderers hat-trick against Adelaide United in Round 12, Season 2012/13 on 21/12/2012.
    Highlight: Played his 126th game and scored, for the Wanderers against Brisbane Roar in Round 14 of Season 2017/18, making him the highest capped Wanderers player at that point.
    Description: Mark Bridge revitalised his career after being used sparingly in his final years at Sydney FC with his consistency at the highest level stopping him from achieving his potential. After a season under Tony Popovic Bridge gained a new sense of professionalism, winning the club golden boot award in 2012/13 and earning a 3 year extension to his contract. He left the club for a lucrative contract in Thailand, but returned to Australia shortly after, re-joining the Wanderers on a 2 year contract. In 2017/18 Bridge finished the 2nd highest scorer but his 5 goal output had a minimal impact on the Wanderers fortunes and he began to look off the pace at the end of the season. He was injured for almost the entire 2018/19 season and subsequently retired from professional football.
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I reckon benching him would be the wrong move. To me he seemed to start the season a yard or so off the pace. It looked like a fitness issue to be honest but he's not shirking the workload and I see him improving every match.

I agree with you about the fitness thing. Last year he totally banned the booze. Maybe he has the odd beer these days. That can be the difference.

 

 

He probably enjoyed the off season a little, as long as there is improvement who can begrudge him ....... is going to be a long season.

 

Purely guess work of course.

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It irritates me when people say (not on this thread, just in general) 'We attack down the right mostly cause Bridge sucks'. Clearly Bridge is at his best when Hersi/Polenz/Shinji gets behind the defense on the right and he could cut back to the edge of the box. He must have scored 5 or 6 goals last year from the exact middle of the edge of the box from balls on the right. However this year, the cut back crosses are coming but it's not Bridge on the end of them, more likely La Rocca or Mooy. He's more often towards the far post, and how many times has a cross gone there that he hasn't been in position for. IMO that's not his game, and I'm wondering whether he's doing it because other teams are onto the play now, or maybe because Juric has movement in the box that Dino couldn't really match and he's forced wider. I dunno, but he's not looking at all comfortable in those situations

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It irritates me when people say (not on this thread, just in general) 'We attack down the right mostly cause Bridge sucks'. Clearly Bridge is at his best when Hersi/Polenz/Shinji gets behind the defense on the right and he could cut back to the edge of the box. He must have scored 5 or 6 goals last year from the exact middle of the edge of the box from balls on the right. However this year, the cut back crosses are coming but it's not Bridge on the end of them, more likely La Rocca or Mooy. He's more often towards the far post, and how many times has a cross gone there that he hasn't been in position for. IMO that's not his game, and I'm wondering whether he's doing it because other teams are onto the play now, or maybe because Juric has movement in the box that Dino couldn't really match and he's forced wider. I dunno, but he's not looking at all comfortable in those situations

 

There was a definite lack of positional awareness in the Wellington game that was noticeably better in the games against ESFC Adelaide, plus his work rate was up in defence and attack. Having said that he is undoubtedly not as important to the Wanderers going forward now that Juric and arguably Santalab gives the team more strike power in the centre-right, plus there is less emphasis on someone holding up the ball like Dino used to. For my 2 cents he's about 80% there at the moment in terms of fitness and adaptation to the varied systems in the new team structure, and it'll be interesting to see how he (hopefully) improves over the next few weeks. 

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It irritates me when people say (not on this thread, just in general) 'We attack down the right mostly cause Bridge sucks'. Clearly Bridge is at his best when Hersi/Polenz/Shinji gets behind the defense on the right and he could cut back to the edge of the box. He must have scored 5 or 6 goals last year from the exact middle of the edge of the box from balls on the right. However this year, the cut back crosses are coming but it's not Bridge on the end of them, more likely La Rocca or Mooy. He's more often towards the far post, and how many times has a cross gone there that he hasn't been in position for. IMO that's not his game, and I'm wondering whether he's doing it because other teams are onto the play now, or maybe because Juric has movement in the box that Dino couldn't really match and he's forced wider. I dunno, but he's not looking at all comfortable in those situations

 

nobodys saying he sucks just that he needs to keep improving

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Think I read in the paper on Sunday that Bridge himself said he was sick the whole of the week before the Heart game and only trained the Thursday. He was surprised that he was even included in the squad that travelled down to Heart and then play, so not dropped per se.

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I was at the Phoenix match and heard for the first time Bridge getting his own chant, was this the first time it has been done at home?

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I was at the Phoenix match and heard for the first time Bridge getting his own chant, was this the first time it has been done at home?

AFAIK it's a new initiative. It's not specific to Bridge but for every goal scorer, just a small chant to show our appreciation.

 

It was only done for Bridge because he was the only one who scored that night.

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I was at the Phoenix match and heard for the first time Bridge getting his own chant, was this the first time it has been done at home?

AFAIK it's a new initiative. It's not specific to Bridge but for every goal scorer, just a small chant to show our appreciation.

 

It was only done for Bridge because he was the only one who scored that night.

 

Gee the amount of Dino chants last year he must have scored heaps.... :ninja:​ 

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Needs to be benched, or even made as a sub, like Haliti is and Juric was today....

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Yeah is off quite badly. Popa has given him enough games to try and find some form it's not happening. Sure he will come good but tonight was his worst game in a Wanderers shirt. Countless mistimed passes and butchered our best chance of the night. Oh well Bridgey work hard but surely can't play on Wednesday.

 

To his credit played his 3rd game in a week. So credit for that.

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Yeah is off quite badly. Popa has given him enough games to try and find some form it's not happening. Sure he will come good but tonight was his worst game in a Wanderers shirt. Countless mistimed passes and butchered our best chance of the night. Oh well Bridgey work hard but surely can't play on Wednesday.

 

To his credit played his 3rd game in a week. So credit for that.

This!!

 

Time for Popa to put Santa or Labi on the left flank from the start if Tomi is fit, and bench Bridge. Without that second ball feed he had last season MB has fallen far and hard in terms of quality.

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Remind me of the Mark Bridge at Sydney FC. Needs a spell on the bench.

 

He needs something. This is becoming unbearable.

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things have been great but its not due to a lack of effort, as long as he is still in a wanderers jersey i will support him but he had a very poor game last night

 

on the plus side he did have a chance he butchered but to give him credit he did anticipate that the pass would get there and got in a great position but the 2nd touch was horrible

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What a great goal from the head last night!

I think he has picked up his game in the past few matches

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What a great goal from the head last night!

I think he has picked up his game in the past few matches

 

He was horrible in the first half last night. Touch of an elephant, terrible passing and positioning. But then after that goal, all of a sudden seemed to be guiding the team. Don't know what happened (confidence, understanding) but was great to see. 

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He hasn't been the best this year and never actually hit momentum, but I really loved that header last night. Pure class, killer instinct.

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I think this is a popa mind games with everyone here...

 

He has been left out of the squad but on the channel nein news it said that he trained today and being left out if the squad doesn't mean he will miss the final!

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Bridgey got married in the offseason.

 

Congratulations!!

 

How are we only finding out about this now?!

 

Are there any pics from the wedding??? #GirlyPost 

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Bridgey got married in the offseason.

 

Congratulations!!

How are we only finding out about this now?!

 

Are there any pics from the wedding??? #GirlyPost

Just saw in a video on the app called "a day in the life of Mark Bridge"

 

(The actual video was just following him around at the launch today + just him being generally awkward in front of the camera.)

 

But yeah, he was showing off his ring and gave the jeweller a plug.

Would love to see some snaps. I love weddings!

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