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View Croydon Sunset's Profile Croydon Sunset Flag London 16 Nov 19 8.42am Send a Private Message to Croydon Sunset Add Croydon Sunset as a friend

Good write up in the guardian of Mark Bright’s book.
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View samprior's Profile samprior Flag Hamburg 16 Nov 19 8.55am Send a Private Message to samprior Add samprior as a friend

The interview with him on Palace TV the other day where he's talking about his book and his childhood is very interesting. Certainly did well to come out the other side of his tough start in life and like he says luckily he was blessed with some great sporting ability.

 

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View Gary St.Andrews's Profile Gary St.Andrews Flag Kenley 16 Nov 19 9.27pm Send a Private Message to Gary St.Andrews Add Gary St.Andrews as a friend

Will definitely read this, this will be interesting to see how this compares to Ian Wright’s book released many years ago. For me Mark has been the best target man to wear the Palace shirt.

A proper centre forward who mixed it with central defenders and opposition goal keepers alike. If anyone that was at the Palace v Man City game where he had a one on one with the City goalkeeper at the time, Nixon. A 50/50 where they both wanted the ball it was top draw.

Mark Bright yeah Palace legend...

 

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View zico murphy's Profile zico murphy Flag woking 16 Nov 19 10.05pm Send a Private Message to zico murphy Add zico murphy as a friend

Originally posted by Croydon Sunset

Good write up in the guardian of Mark Bright’s book.
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I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend a was read. I always admired Mark Bright for his high standards and professionalism but hadn’t appreciated he’d also had such a tough start in life. The book also reminded me of how good a manager Steve Coppell was. Amongst other things the vision Coppell had when plucking a nobody Bright from Leicester reserves to team up with the nobody of non league Ian Wright was quite literally genius and changed the course of our history.

 

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View uncleneal's Profile uncleneal Flag Croydon 18 Nov 19 7.01pm Send a Private Message to uncleneal Add uncleneal as a friend

Originally posted by Gary St.Andrews

Will definitely read this, this will be interesting to see how this compares to Ian Wright’s book released many years ago. For me Mark has been the best target man to wear the Palace shirt.

A proper centre forward who mixed it with central defenders and opposition goal keepers alike. If anyone that was at the Palace v Man City game where he had a one on one with the City goalkeeper at the time, Nixon. A 50/50 where they both wanted the ball it was top draw.

Mark Bright yeah Palace legend...


Was in the City end for that game. Nixon lost it and punched Brighty conceding a penalty and getting sent off.

Brilliant game which we won 3-1 and. Paul Stewart missed a pen for them.

Very lively outside

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 18 Nov 19 7.45pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

I seemed to remember that Everton away was always a tasty game for Wright and Bright and some of the other lads. Everton were probably the last team in the old Division 1 to sign a black player so our lads got plenty of abuse when they went oop north.

Still we got our own back in the ZDS cup final which got a bit physical, payback.....

 


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View auk's Profile auk Flag 28 Dec 19 9.31am Send a Private Message to auk Add auk as a friend

Among numerous tales about his playing days at Palace, some of the most entertaining involve his friendship with team-mate Andy Gray.

On one occasion. Bright was appalled that,just hours before an important match, Gray (unbeknown to manager Steve Coppell) had happily scoffed down a Big Mac, French fries and a milkshake.

Bright told him he would never be able to run around for 90 minutes and should be ashamed.

Come the match, Gray played a blinder and scored a spectacular goal.

Recalls Bright: "As he ran back to the goalline after getting everyone's congratulations, he looked across at me, tapped his stomach with this right hand and mouthed 'Macky D' to me with a wide grin.

Other anecdotes in this absorbing book include a road rage incident when he and a couple team-mates found themselves confronted by a dangerously aggressive motorist armed with a gun plus a fascinating encounter with a faith-healer who apparently 'cured' his hamstring injury less than 24 hours after having treated it.

During his lively career, Bright also had spells with Port Vale, Leicester, Wednesday and Charlton, hut his happiest times were obviously at Palace.

That is why today he is director of the club's under-23s and regularly to be seen in the Selhurst stand on matchdays alongside club chairman and co-owner Steve Parish (both of them invariably looking extremely anxious).

My Story is a really generous-spirited and inspiring autobiography by a player who overcame many obstacles (including racist abuse) both to fulfil his potential and to achieve his ambitions.

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