Dave Bright

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Dave Bright
Personal information
Full name David John Bright
Date of birth (1949-11-29) 29 November 1949 (age 67)
Place of birth England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Manurewa AFC
Papatoetoe AFC
National team
1979–1982 New Zealand 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David "Dave" John Bright (born 29 November 1949 in England) was an association football player who represented New Zealand gaining 8 A-international caps from 1979 to 1982.[1]

Born in England, Bright emigrated to New Zealand in 1975 and made his first appearance for the All Whites in 1979 in a friendly against Norwich City[2] and his first official match on 29 June 1979 in a 6–0 win over Fiji.[3]

He was a member of the All Whites squad at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, where they lost to Scotland, USSR and Brazil.[2]

Bright retired from international football after the World Cup, but returned to New Zealand to continue to play National League for Manurewa and, later, Papatoetoe, before turning his hand to coaching.[2]

His son Kris Bright also represented New Zealand at international level.[4]


  1. ^ "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "NZ 1982 World Cup". New Zealand Football. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. ^ "A-International Lineups". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Smith, Tony (31 August 2013). "Kris Bright's perseverance finally gets rewarded". Stuff.co.nz. 

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