Sheffield Wednesday legend Mark Bright on 'genius' Chris Waddle and his biggest regret from his time at the club

“You’re just happy to be wearing the same shirt as him,” Mark Bright told The Star when discussing who he described as the best player he ever shared a changing room with, “there were afternoons when he was playing a different sport to the rest of us.”

By Alex Miller
Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 5:00 pm

That player, of course, was his Owls teammate and England international Chris Waddle, who was part of the Wednesday team together with Bright that reached both domestic cup finals in 1993.

“When people ask me who the best player I ever played with I say it’s simple; it’s Chris Waddle,” he said.

“When I signed for Sheffield Wednesday he was the best player in the Premier League. No doubt in my mind.

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“We played at Wembley four times in a few months. We had some good players, I hope I was one of them, but Chris Waddle was just made to play at Wembley.

“There were so many times in that period that Waddle would do something and you just feel like clapping.

“You see special moments.”

In the likes of Waddle, Bright, John Sheridan and David Hirst the Owls had as much firepower as any in the land, the forward said, and looking back he says his biggest regret is two-fold; that they didn’t win a trophy, and that they finished as low as seventh that season.

Sheffield Wednesday icons Mark Bright and Chris Waddle share an amorous moment after their 1993 FA Cup semi-final win over Steel City rivals Sheffield United.

He said: “We were really unlucky not to win something.

“You don’t know what’s happening while you’re doing it, do you? But we were writing history.

“We had a great team, there’s no other way to put it. With the people that we had, and the attitude that we had, we had everything.

“We finished seventh while resting a few towards the end of the season to make sure we were fresh for the cup final.

“Finishing seventh, people assume that’s where we should have finished, but we were better than that.

“If you finish seventh in the Premier League now it’s like ‘glory glory’, but we were miles better than seventh.”

My Story: From Foster Care to Footballer by Mark Bright is published by Constable and is available now in hardback, £20.