Marcus Bignot

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Marcus Bignot
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Personal information
Full name Marcus Bignot
Date of birth (1974-08-22) 22 August 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Solihull Moors (Player/Manager)
Youth career
Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Telford United 149 (14)
1996–1997 Kidderminster Harriers 43 (1)
1997–2000 Crewe Alexandra 95 (0)
2000–2001 Bristol Rovers 26 (1)
2001–2002 Queens Park Rangers 44 (1)
2002–2004 Rushden & Diamonds 68 (2)
2004–2007 Queens Park Rangers 128 (0)
2007–2008 Millwall (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 Millwall 15 (0)
2009–2010 Oldham Athletic 0 (0)
2010 Kidderminster Harriers 5 (0)
2010 Brackley Town
2012– Solihull Moors 2 (0)
National team
1997 England C 1 (0)
Teams managed
1998–2005 Birmingham City Ladies
2011– Solihull Moors

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:06, 13 August 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:06, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Marcus Bignot (born 22 August 1974 in Birmingham, West Midlands) is an English former professional footballer who is manager of Solihull Moors.

Playing career[edit]

Bignot served his apprenticeship with Birmingham City but was released and joined Telford United before going to Kidderminster Harriers for a small fee in 1996.

While with Kidderminster, he was capped once for the England C squad in May 1997 against the Scottish Highland Football League at Cove Rangers ground (Highland League Club), in Aberdeen, and after 56 appearances moved on to Crewe Alexandra in August 1997 for £100,000. At Gresty Road he was the supporters' player of the season 97/98.

After falling into dispute with the club over his contract he joined Bristol Rovers on a free transfer in August 2000. At Bristol Rovers he played a key part in his team beating Premier League side Everton in the League Cup. It was Bignot's equaliser in the second leg that took the match to penalties, which Rovers subsequently won.[1] He had scored his first goal for the club in the previous round against Plymouth Argyle.[2] Bignot also scored a memorable goal in the league against rivals Bristol City after just 28 seconds, but could not prevent his team losing 3–2.[3] A change of management prompted a move to Queens Park Rangers in March 2001 to rejoin his old manager, Ian Holloway. He spent 18 months at Rushden & Diamonds before being sold back to QPR in March 2004;[4] a consequence of the financial meltdown at Rushden. He joined Millwall on loan in November 2007.[5] On 15 January 2008, Bignot was released by QPR, but rejoined Millwall on a permanent basis a few hours later.

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

Birmingham City Ladies[edit]

Bignot became manager of Birmingham City Ladies in 1998, and immediately revamped the entire youth structure at the club.[6] He continued his own playing career in the Football League while managing the side to promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division.[7] He left his post with Birmingham in the 2005 close season after the club ran into financial difficulties.[8]

For the 2011 FA WSL season Bignot returned to Birmingham Ladies as a Football Consultant.[9]

Solihull Moors[edit]

For the 2011–12 season Bignot was appointed as manager at Conference North side Solihull Moors.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bignot's younger brother Paul Bignot is also a professional footballer.[11]

In June 2013 Bignot married Arsenal Ladies and Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne.[12]





  1. ^ "Rovers dump Everton out on penalties". BBC. 27 September 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Plymouth 1–2 Bristol Rovers". BBC. 23 August 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bristol City 3–2 Bristol Rovers". BBC. 22 December 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bignot makes Rangers return". BBC Sport. 25 March 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Millwall sign QPR defender Bignot". BBC Sport. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Helen Barklam (30 May 1999). "Girls strike out for goal with inspired boss; His achievements have not gone unnoticed – Marcus was crowned Birmingham County FA Coach of the Year at the end of the season. Yet he isn't paid a penny – Marcus is just passionate about the game". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bignot beefs up Birmingham". The Fair Game. 15 January 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea hammer Birmingham Ladies". BBC Sport. 25 September 2005. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bignot fined for improper conduct". The Football Association. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bignot Handed Moors Post". Pitchero. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Blackpool sign Paul Bignot on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal's Emma nets herself a husband". Irish Independent (Ireland). 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot scoops monthly award". Solihull News. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bignot & Sammons Pick Up North Awards". The National League. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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