Bridge scored the winning goal in the 88th minute to send Chelsea into the semi-finals and end an 18-game winless run against Arsenal. Bridge started the 2004–05 season playing regularly under new manager José Mourinho, but he picked up a serious ankle injury in an FA Cup tie against Newcastle United on 20 February 2005.This ended his season and also meant he missed the following weekend's League Cup Final.He told The Independent, "Brighton have been great to me.I just want to say a big thank you to the chairman and the fans.
Prior to the match, Bridge was involved in a highly publicised incident in which he refused to shake hands with Chelsea captain and former club and international teammate John Terry, who was at the time the subject of claims His position as left-back for Manchester City gradually faded with the arrival of two new left-backs.
Gus has revitalised my love for football after I was in the wilderness at Manchester City." In June 2013, Bridge signed a one-year contract with Reading, who had just been relegated to the Football League Championship.
Bridge chose Reading ahead of offers from Queens Park Rangers and Brighton, who wished to make his loan permanent.
In the League Cup fourth round tie against Burnley in the 2008–09 season, Bridge wore the captain's armband in the absence of John Terry and Frank Lampard, but the Blues lost on penalties.
Bridge was unveiled to the home fans that day at an FA Cup home tie against Nottingham Forest, and two weeks later made his debut for the club in a 1–0 win against Wigan Athletic in the league. For the 2009–10 season, Bridge switched to the number 3, which was previously worn by Michael Ball.