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Wayne Bridge

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

05/08/1980

Signed

07/06/2013

Country

England

The Southampton-born lad joined the Saints Academy as a trainee in 1996, strangely he made his reserve team debut as a striker against Portsmouth in 1997, turning professional a year later.

He made a name for himself on the south coast, appearing 151 times in the league, obtaining the vote for Player of the Season in 2000/01.

His first senior goal came the term before, netting with a powerful free-kick in the final match of the season against Wimbledon.

He stayed with the Saints just long enough to see the team in to their new stadium before moving as part of a £7 million jump to Chelsea in 2003.

Originally a starter under Jose Mourinho, the arrival of Ashley Cole, as well as a few injuries meant that after six seasons with the Blues, Bridge left the Bridge, moving to Man City under manager Mark Hughes.

The story at Manchester was similar to his one at Chelsea, again Bridge found himself a regular in the first season, starting 31 times across the league and cups.

His experience was questioned and the arrival of two new left-backs, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy meant that in order to play as a regular, a move was needed.

Spells on loan to Sunderland, West Ham and Brighton were to follow, but eventually Bridge signed on a permanent basic for the Royals in June 2013.   

Two World Cups, one European Championship, a Premier League title, a winning FA Cup and League Cup finalist – Wayne Bridge’s experience is undoubted.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins was hopeful that the left-back, named in the Championship Team of the Year after a season on loan at Brighton, at 33-years-old, would still have plenty to offer a team trying to seal promotion back to the Premier League.

His Madejski Stadium debut came on the opening day of the campaign in our 2-1 win against Ipswich. After losing his place in the team to Ireland international Steven Kelly, Bridge retired from the game when his contract expired at the end of that season, aged 33.

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