Michael Bridges


Starting out at hometown club Sunderland his performances and natural ability alerted several Premier League sides. Leeds won the race and a £5 million move to Elland Road saw Bridges given the chance to play in Europe. In his first few years he scored goals for fun with Leeds at the height of their powers. Then in a Champions League game against Besiktas he was seriously injured and never fully recovered and his career came to a grinding halt. He played only 10 games for Leeds in the next four years. Spells at Newcastle, Sunderland, Hull City, Carlisle and several Australian clubs failed to reignite the spark that had fizzled out for Bridge. He finally hung up his boots in 2011.

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