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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.

MARCUS Bignot Marcus Bignot (born 22 August, 1974) is an English professional footballer who plays for QPR, where he plays as a right-back. Bignot is currently in his second spell at the club, having rejoined the club from Rushden in 2004.  is a highly paid professional footballer.

But the 24-year-old defender, born and bred Born and Bred is a light-hearted British drama series that aired for four series on BBC One from 2002 to 2005. It was created by Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCrery. The cast was led by James Bolam and Michael French, who played a father and son who run a cottage hospital in  in Birmingham, isn't committed to flaunting his good looks and designer clothes off the field in trendy hotels, bars and clubs.

Marcus, who plays for First Division Crewe, devotes every spare moment to a non-league football Non-league football refers to football in England played at a level below that of the Premier League and The Football League. The term non-league was commonly used well before 1992 when the top football clubs in England all belonged to The Football League; all clubs who  club for girls. He is the Birmingham City Ladies manager.

So when his footballing comrades were celebrating the start of the close season and jetting off for lazy days in the sun, Marcus headed straight back to Birmingham.

The former Blues, Telford and Kidderminster player has to prepare the senior team for top-flight football in September.

Marcus has transformed the club, setting up several teams and a youth development structure.

He insists it will take five years for the new-look club to reap rewards.

But after just one season, Marcus has steered them to the Midland Combination league championship and into the Women's Premier League Women's Premier League may refer to:
  • FA Women's Premier League, a football league in England.
  • Women's Premier League, an ice hockey league in the England and Wales.

The footballer, backed by two other former professionals, ex-Blues player Mark Harrison and former Derby and Swansea man Michael Moore Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. , has turned the club around.

He took over last summer and during the six-week break he recruited and formed an under-12s team, an under-14s squad and a reserve team.

Marcus said: "As soon as I accepted the post I explained that changes had to be made. The club needed roots and there was nothing. The whole youth policy was a shambles.

"I have started a project based on an academy. As the girls get older they move up. Because it was only formed last summer it is going to take a few years to really see the effects.

"Each squad needs about 15 players but last May I discovered we had 28 under-12s players and most of them were moving to the older age group. That left us with three under-12s. I couldn't believe it.

"Michael and I spent weeks travelling around the region trying to attract new young players. Then we had to reduce the under-14s squad from 30 to 15.

"We spent the summer monitoring each girl's progress. There were a lot who didn't meet our standards so we had to let them go."

Not only did he lead the club to championship success, his newly formed under-12s finished runners-up in their league and the under-14s reached a cup final.

And his achievements have not gone unnoticed - Marcus was crowned Birmingham County FA Coach of the Year at the end of the season.

He is as committed to the Blues girls as he is to his playing career at Crewe.

Yet he isn't paid a penny - Marcus is just passionate about the game.

Marcus insists every player has a training kit and a ball so they can practise prac·tise  
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Variant of practice.

practis·er n.
, despite money being tight and officials are desperately looking for Looking for

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And the young girls get transport to and from training sessions and matches.

Marcus, once capped for England, has learned a lot from his former managers and is currently trying to forge closer links with Birmingham City FC.

He looks back fondly at his days with Kidderminster and the professional way manager Graham Allner Graham Allner is a retired British footballer and football manager.

He is most notable for his spell as manager of Kidderminster Harriers from 1983 until 1999.

Allner began his managerial career with AP Leamington, and led them to the Southern Premier League in 1983.
 ran the Nationwide Football Conference club.

"It is one of the best run clubs I have ever known. I learned a lot and it's probably rubbing rubbing,
v creating friction and heat by drawing the hands across the body at varying speeds, rhythms, and depths. Benefits include muscle elongation, tension release, and increased flexibility.
 off at Blues."

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Date:May 30, 1999
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