Marcus Bignot

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Marcus Bignot
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Bignot playing for Queens Park Rangers in 2005
Personal information
Full name Marcus Bignot[1]
Date of birth (1974-08-22) 22 August 1974 (age 44)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Guiseley (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)
2007–2008Millwall (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 Millwall 15 (0)
2009–2010 Oldham Athletic 0 (0)
2010 Kidderminster Harriers 5 (0)
2010–2011 Brackley Town 2 (0)
2012–2016 Solihull Moors 2 (0)
Total 585 (19)
National team
1997 England C 1 (0)
Teams managed
1998–2005 Birmingham City Ladies
2011–2016 Solihull Moors
2016–2017 Grimsby Town
2017 Barrow (Interim Assistant Manager)
2017–2018 Chester
2018– Guiseley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marcus Bignot (born 22 August 1974) is an English former professional footballer and manager who is the co-manager at Guiseley of National League North with Russ O’Neil.

Bignot's playing career spanned nearly 20 years, primarily as a right back, but he has also been used in a midfield role. He began his career at Telford United in 1992 where he spent 4 years in the Football Conference there. He then joined Kidderminster Harriers, he was part of the team that won the Conference League Cup, also in the 1996–97 season the "Harriers" came runners-up in the Football Conference. First Division side Crewe Alexandra paid 100K for him in the summer of 1997, he went on to be the player of the year in the 1997–98 season. Contractual disputes ended with a switch to Second Division side Bristol Rovers taking him on a free transfer for the 2000–2001 season. Management change made way for a move to First Division side Queens Park Rangers in March 2001 under his previous manager. A successful 2-year spell at Rushden & Diamonds where he helped them gain promotion to the Second Division in the 2002–03 season as Champions. A move back to QPR in March 2004 where he helped them gain promotion to the Championship. Further spells at Millwall, Oldham Athletic before ending his playing career in 2012 at Solihull Moors.

A former England semi-pro international, he was capped in 1997 for the England C national football team.

Bignot enjoyed a successful 7 year management career, when he took over at Birmingham City Ladies from 1998, winning the Midland Combination League, AXA Northern Premier League and Runners-up of the FA Women's Premier League Cup. Bignot having managed Solihull Moors for 5 years, he got them promoted as champions of the National League North and the Birmingham Senior Cup champions in 2016, for the first time in their entire history.

Playing career[edit]

Bignot was born in Birmingham[1] and served his apprenticeship with Birmingham City.[citation needed] Having been released in 1992 by the club, he joined Telford United in the Football Conference league.[2] After three seasons, a switch to fellow Football Conference side Kidderminster Harriers for a small fee was made in 1996.[3] While with Kidderminster, the team finished the 1996–97 season as Runners-up in second place narrowly missing out on promotion by five points.[4] The team that year won the Conference League Cup, beating Macclesfield Town in the final.[5] Bignot made 56 appearances for the club in total.[citation needed]

He was capped once for the England C squad in May 1997 against the Scottish Highland Football League at Cove Rangers Allan Park ground, in Aberdeen.[citation needed]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

His performances didn't go unnoticed, Bignot moved on to newly promoted First Division side Crewe Alexandra in August 1997 for £100,000 – a record fee for Kidderminster Harriers at the time.[6][7] At Gresty Road he was the supporters' player of the season 1997–98.[citation needed] After falling into dispute in June 2000 with the club over his contract, Bignot was free to leave under the Bosman ruling.[8]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Bignot signed a two-year deal at Bristol Rovers in the Second Division on a free transfer in August 2000.[7][9][10] At Bristol Rovers he played a key part in his team beating Premier League side Everton in the League Cup.[11] It was Bignot's equaliser in the second leg that took the match to penalties, which Rovers subsequently won.[12] He had scored his first goal for the club in the previous round against Plymouth Argyle.[13] Bignot also scored a memorable goal in the league against rivals Bristol City after just 28 seconds, but he could not prevent his team losing 3–2.[14]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

A change of management prompted a move to First Division side Queens Park Rangers in March 2001 to rejoin his old manager, Ian Holloway.[citation needed] Bignot scored his first goal for QPR in the 2–1 away defeat to Burnley, Peter Crouch chipping the ball into the box sub Andy Thomson to head down into the path of Bignot who shot home from close range after skillfully controlling the ball.[15][16] Bignot turned down a new contract at QPR at the end of the 2001–02 season, Holloway stating this was due to QPR working on a reduced wage structure and only offering him 50 per cent of what he earned that year.[17]

Rushden & Diamonds[edit]

Bignot signed for Rushden & Diamonds in the Third Division on a short-term deal at the start of 2002–03 season, however, having played on the opening day of the season at Swansea City, three days later he sustained a medial knee ligaments only 11 minutes into his home debut against Torquay United.[18] He returned to training in the second week in September and extended his stay at Nene Park for another month.[19] He extended his stay by agreeing a new month's contract in November having taken over the right-back slot for the past couple of games.[20] He turned down a move to an unnamed Second Division side and signed an 18-month contract with Rushden & Diamonds.[21] Bignot played a key role to keep Diamonds in the third division’s automatic promotion places, completing the last 16 games since October and earned the official Diamonds player of the month award for his impressive form in December 2002.[22] In April 2003, his side beat Carlisle 1–2 at Brunton Park, having set up one of the goals to seal promotion.[23] A month later his team were crowned champions of the Third Division in the 2002–03 season.[24]

Return to Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Due to a consequence of the financial meltdown at Rushden & Diamonds, Bignot was sold back to QPR in March 2004.[25] QPR finished the 2003–04 season in second place, Bignot being part of the team that clinched promotion to the Championship.[26] He captained a cash-strapped QPR to Championship survival in his final season.[3] Bignot was released in January 2008 after his contract had expired.[27]


Having joined Millwall on loan in November 2007.[28] Bignot was allowed to stay at Millwall for a further two months following an injury crisis at the club.[29] On 15 January 2008, Bignot was released by QPR, however, he rejoined Millwall on a permanent basis just a few hours later an 18-month contract.[30] He was drafted in by Millwall to help them avoid the drop into League Two.[31] Having successfully helped the club avoid relegation, his playing time was limited at the start of the 2008–09 season due to a knee injury.[32] He was part of the squad that eventually lost 3–2 in the 2009 Football League One play-off Final against Scunthorpe.[33]

On 1 February 2010, he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, and rejoined Conference side Kidderminster Harriers on a non contract basis until the end of the season on 17 February 2010.[34] He was released in May 2010, Bignot had a trial at Conference North club Gainsborough Trinity in July 2010.[35] Later that month, he joined Southern League Premier side Brackley Town on 30 July 2010.[citation needed] His time at Brackley was limited to just five games, having mainly been on the subs bench.[36][37]

International career[edit]

Whilst at Kidderminster Harriers, Bignot played once for the England semi-pro (now England C) Team in May 1997, against the Scottish Highland Football League at Cove Rangers, the Highland Football League Team whose Allan Park ground is six miles south of Aberdeen, his side won 5–0 that Saturday afternoon, with Strikers Barry Hayles, Lee Hughes, and Goalkeeper Billy Stewart in the England team, all three players who subsequently went on to play at high levels in the English Football League.[citation needed]

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

Birmingham City Ladies[edit]

Bignot at the age of 24 became manager of Birmingham City Ladies in 1998, and immediately revamped the entire youth structure at the club.[38] He continued his own playing career in the Football League while managing the side in the newly created Midland Combination League and in their first season won the league, gaining automatic promotion into the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division in 2002. Also in 2001–02 Bignots team upset Doncaster Belles 4–3 in the FA Women's Premier League Cup semi-final.[39] Having reached the final at Adams Park, Wycombe, Birmingham were thrashed 7–1 by full-time professional Fulham Ladies.[40] After two seasons, Bignot clinched promotion to the top flight of women's football, joining the FA Women's Premier League National Division.[41] He left his post with Birmingham in the 2005 close season after the club ran into financial difficulties.[42]

For the 2011 FA WSL season Bignot returned to Birmingham Ladies as a Football Consultant.[43]

Solihull Moors[edit]

Bignot initially joined Conference North club Solihull Moors as assistant manager towards the end of the 2010–11 season, however, on 27 June 2011 for the 2011–12 season Bignot was appointed as manager following the resignation of Micky Moore.[44]

Bignots team won an impressive 60% of their games during the 2015–16 season.[3] This clinched the National League North title and secured promotion in that season with three games still left to play, it was the very first time Solihull Moors had reached National League level in their history.[45] In May 2016, Bignot reached the final and won the Birmingham Senior Cup with Solihull Moors also for the first time in their history, they beat Birmingham City 1–2 at St Andrew's stadium.[46]

Bignot made his National League managerial debut with the club on 6 August 2016, Solihull Moors beating last seasons National League South champions Sutton United 3–1 at their Gander Green Lane stadium in the opening game of the 2016–17 season.[47] Solihull Moors season started reasonably well with his team winning three of their first five games.[48][49] On 5 November 2015, in the FA Cup First Round, Bignots side came up against League Two opposition in the form of Yeovil Town away, they beat the odds and drew 2–2 having been two goals down to earn a replay.[50]

During his time at Solihull Moors, the setup consisted of just a first team and an under-18 team; within 5 years, his additional role as director of football enhanced the structure of the club, creating 30-odd youth and junior teams, reserves, an academy and a disability section, as well as three girls teams and a ladies team, forming a community interest club within the surrounding areas of Solihull.[3]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Bignot's managerial and coaching progression and ability as director of football hadn't gone unnoticed, a statement was issued by Solihull Moors on 2 November 2016, the board of League Two club Grimsby Town had made an official legal approach to them and had granted permission for Bignot to speak to Grimsby about their vacant managerial position.[51][52] On 7 November 2016, Marcus Bignot was officially announced as the new Grimsby Town manager, along with the appointment of Micky Moore as his assistant.[53][54]

Bignot made his full Grimsby Town managerial debut on 9 November 2016, in the EFL Trophy, losing 4–2 at home to Sheffield United.[55] Bignot made his league managerial debut with Grimsby Town on 12 November 2016 at home against Barnet, drawing 2–2.[56] Bignot's first league win came the next week, when Grimsby played first-place Plymouth Argyle, winning 0–3;[57] the performance lead to Bignot winning the English Football League team manager of the week.[58]

On 10 April 2017, Bignot was dismissed by Grimsby, along with Michael Moore and Gary Whild.[59]

Barrow (interim assistant manager)[edit]

On 5 September 2017, Bignot was appointed interim assistant manager of National League side Barrow to assist caretaker manager Micky Moore, following the resignation of manager Paul Cox.[60]


On 20 September 2017, Bignot was appointed as manager of National League club Chester.[61] At the end of March 2018, the board confirmed that his contract would not be renewed for the following season.[62] Once relegation was confirmed, they "[saw] little value in him remaining in the position", and he left the club on 11 April 2018.[63]

Guiseley AFC[edit]

On 15 May became co-manager of Guiseley of National League North. Following their relegation from the National League The other co-manager is former Alfreton Town manager Russ O'Neill. [64]

Personal life[edit]

Marcus has been a fan of Birmingham City football club since boyhood, having been brought up supporting them.[3] Bignot's younger brother Paul Bignot is also a professional footballer.[65]

In June 2013 Bignot married Arsenal Ladies and Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne.[66]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 10 April 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Solihull Moors 28 June 2011 7 November 2016 249 100 60 89 040.2 [67]
Grimsby Town 7 November 2016 10 April 2017[59] 27 9 7 11 033.3 [67]
Chester 20 September 2017 11 April 2018[63] 35 6 9 20 017.1 [68]
Guiseley 15 May 2018 Present 0 0 0 0 !
Total 311 115 76 120 037.0



Kidderminster Harriers

Rushden & Diamonds

Queens Park Rangers



Birmingham City Ladies

Solihull Moors



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