On 6 July 2012, it was confirmed that Bridge would join Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.Bridge played 37 league games for Brighton, scoring three goals and helping them reach fourth place in the league to qualify for the play-offs.
His strong early season form, however, was not enough to hold down the left-back position, with Mourinho preferring Ashley Cole in most games.Following Cole's injury in the 3–0 Premier League win against Blackburn Rovers early in 2007, Bridge became Chelsea's natural choice for left-back.Nab Frankie's dress now for £115 by clicking (right) or shop our alternatives below!From Tularose to Missguided to Boohoo, we've got a cute printed mini dress to suit every style and budget. Speaking to the confession camera, he added: 'I think it's always been up there with me and Frankie really.Bridge was rewarded by being voted the Southampton Player of the Year for the 2000–01 season.
Bridge's temperament and consistency, together with a high level of fitness, enabled him to continue to play every match until 18 January 2003 when he limped off with an injury in a 1–0 defeat to Liverpool. His finest moment came in the Champions League quarter-final against Arsenal in 2003–04.In the 1999–2000 season, he made 15 starts (plus four substitute appearances) scoring his first senior goal, with a powerful free-kick over the wall, in the final match of the season on against Wimbledon, as a result of which Wimbledon were relegated to Division 1 after 14 years in the top flight.In the 2000–01 season, Bridge was an ever-present at left-back as Saints finished their final season at The Dell in tenth place in the Premier League table.Chelsea went on to win the Premier League in his absence but Bridge had already made enough appearances (15) to receive a winners' medal.and Bridge faced a challenge to get back into the side when he recovered from the injury that kept him out of the team in the latter stages of the 2004–05 campaign.Bridge's main competition for the Chelsea left back position then came from fellow England international left back Ashley Cole.