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Mark Bright




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Mark Bright’s move to south London in ’86 saw him form one of the most prolific striker partnerships of that era with Ian Wright, who had joined the club just over a year earlier.

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Bright claimed the Golden Boot in 1987/88 for his 24 goals in Division Two and earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year. He was an ever-present in the following campaign, adding 20 more to his Palace tally as the club gained its place in the top flight.

That promotion came via the play-offs, with Bright’s goal in the semi-final helping the Eagles progress to a two-legged final against Blackburn - a game Palace won 4-3 after extra time.

The Division One season which followed saw Bright win the fans’ Player of the Season award, scoring 12 league goals. The fan favourite also scored in the 4-3 FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool, with Palace progressing to the memorable 3-3 final against Manchester United.

Bright left in September, 1992, but not before his final full season with the club in 1991/92 saw him play in every game and net 17 goals in the process.

READ NOW: Bright recounts 1990 FA Cup conversation with Ian Wright's mother

Signed from Leicester City, 13/11/86
Debut v Ipswich Town (a) 15/11/1986
Manager at Palace Steve Coppell
Appearances 286
Goals 113