Bridge with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
|Full name||Mark Robert Bridge|
|Date of birth||7 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Striker / Left Wing|
|Western Sydney Wanderers|
|2009||→ Tianjin Teda (loan)||2||(0)|
|2012–||Western Sydney Wanderers||47||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bridge joined Newcastle from Parramatta Power in 2005 during the inaugural A-League season. Although it took some time for Bridge to find his feet he was the Jets best player during his second season (2006/07) at the club scoring 8 goals during the season.
As his contract had expired at the Jets, Bridge subsequently left the team and was unveiled as a Sydney FC player on 3 March 2008 alongside Simon Colosimo and John Aloisi. He scored his first goal for Sydney in their 5-2 demolition of Perth at the SFS.
On 11 February 2009, Bridge arrived Kunming, Yunnan province, China, meet with Tianjin TEDA. He signed a four-month loan deal for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda FC during the offseason with Sydney FC. However, Tianjin's failure to qualify from the group stage of AFC Champions League meant that he had made the last appearance for the club and would return to Sydney FC at the end of May.
He became the first player to score in two A-League Grand finals with his headed goal against Melbourne Victory in the 09-10 edition, which Sydney went on to win on penalties
Bridge scored the third goal in the 3-2 victory of Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, during the 2011 Champions League keeping Sydney's chances of progressing through to the next round alive.
Bridge was sent from the field after being given a red card in the opening game of the 2011–12 A-League season against Melbourne Victory, following an altercation in which Bridge struck Victory player Rodrigo Vargas in the throat. The match would finish 0-0.
Bridge asked for and received a mutual termination of his Sydney FC contract on 1 June 2012.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
On 27 October 2012 Bridge scored the first ever A-League goal for the Western Sydney Wanderers, against Brisbane Roar in the Wanderers fourth game of their inaugural season.
Mark Bridge has played for the Australian U-20 Squad where he made 9 appearances and scored 9 goals. He is currently a member of Australia U-23 national team. He was also called up to Australia senior squad for their Asian Cup qualifiers, in a match against Kuwait on 16 August. He was hoping to be included in the Australia senior squad for the Asian Cup games against Qatar, China and Iraq, but was not selected.
Bridge made his senior international debut against Singapore in a friendly match on March 2008.
Bridge was selected for the 2008 Australian Olympic squad.
|Newcastle Jets total||50||13||7||6||2||2||0||0||0||56||15||9|
|Sydney FC total||80||17||10||3||1||0||5||0||1||88||18||11|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2012-13||27||11||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||27||11||3|
|Western Sydney total||47||15||3||0||0||0||2||1||0||49||16||3|
With Sydney FC:
With Newcastle Jets:
- Ritson, John (24 February 2008). "Jets 1 - Mariners 0: Minute by Minute". AU FourFourTwo. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
- Star trio unveiled for Sydney FC Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2008
- Asian door opens for Bridge
- "Comeback Kings Sydney Seal Vital Win". Australian FourFourTwo. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Thrilling Big Blue Ends Goalless". FourFourTwo Australia. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.