Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 23

HITC Sport's run-down of the Owls' greatest ever players continues with Mark Bright.

David Hirst may be widely regarded as Sheffield Wednesday's greatest Premier League-era striker, but the record books assert otherwise.

Mark Bright was the Owls' top scorer for three seasons running in the early 1990s, and with 49 league strikes since the '92 re-brand, he can undisputedly lay claim to the above accolade - with Hirst's injuries of course playing their part.

But Wednesdayites would have expected no less of a striker who'd banged them in for Crystal Palace at a strike rate of not quite one in two.

While at Selhurst Park, Bright finished as the Eagles' top scorer in three out of six seasons, alternating with Ian Wright. But after Palace dropped from third in 1990-91 to tenth in 1991-92, Bright moved to Hillsborough in a part-exchange deal involving Paul Williams.

Wednesday, ironically, were the country's third best team at the time, and come the spring, they were Wembley bound with Bright in tow.

First came the FA Cup's all-Sheffield semi-final between the Owls and United, in which Bright's extra-time goal was the difference following a prolonged spell of Blades resistance.

Two weeks later, Bright and co. were there again for a League Cup final date with Arsenal, which they lost 2-1. But that wasn't the end of it, with a rematch scheduled for the following month in the FA Cup.

The Gunners needed two attempts to see off their opponents, but condemned Bright to a second final defeat in a replay - by an all-too-familiar 2-1 scoreline.

Despite scoring 13 times during the 1995-96 campaign, Bright fell out of favour under David Pleat and was loaned to Millwall the following season, before joining Alan Curbishley's Charlton Athletic in 1997, via Swiss side FC Sion.

It'll be a while until his tally of 49 Premier League goals for Wednesday is beaten.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1992-1997

Appearances: 172

Goals: 65

Other clubs: Leek Town, Port Vale, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Millwall, FC Sion, Charlton Athletic.

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