MAR­CUS BIGNOT FACT­FILE

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Born: Birm­ing­ham, 1974 (age 42) Play­ing Ca­reer: A right-back, Bignot was re­leased by Birm­ing­ham at 18 and sub­se­quently spent four years at Con­fer­ence side Telford, scor­ing 14 goals in 149 games. A sea­son at Kid­der­min­ster then yielded the Con­fer­ence Cup be­fore a club-record £100,000 switch to First Divi­sion Crewe in 1997. He made 95 ap­pear­ances for the Alex and won the sup­port­ers’ player of the year award in his first sea­son. After sin­gle-sea­son stays at Bris­tol Rovers and QPR, both un­der Ian Hol­loway, Bignot joined Rush­den & Di­a­monds in 2002 and won the Third Divi­sion ti­tle in the first of his two cam­paigns at Nene Park. He re­turned to QPR in March 2004 and, as cap­tain, led the Hoops to pro­mo­tion to the Championship. He re­mained at Lof­tus Road for four years, tak­ing his to­tal ap­pear­ances for the club to 172. After in­jury-hit spells at Mill­wall, Old­ham and Kiddy, Bignot re­tired in 2010. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Named coach of Birm­ing­ham Ladies in 1998, Bignot spent seven years with the Blues, win­ning the Mid­land Com­bi­na­tion and the North­ern Pre­mier League. He was also named Birm­ing­ham FA’s coach of the year in 1998. Bignot left in 2005 and resur­faced as man­ager of Na­tional League North side Soli­hull Moors in 2011. Around this time, he was also re-hired by Birm­ing­ham Ladies as an ad­viser ahead of the new WSL. The Moors won the Na­tional League North in 2016. After a solid start in Non-League’s top flight, Bignot was named Grimsby boss in Novem­ber.

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