Marc Bircham Personal information Full name Marc Stephen John Bircham Date of birth 11 May 1978 Place of birth Brent, England Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Playing position Defensive midfielder (retired) Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1996–2002 Millwall 104 (3) 2002–2007 Queens Park Rangers 152 (7) 2007–2009 Yeovil Town 16 (0) – Total 272 (10 ) National team‡ 1999–2004 Canada 17 (1) Teams managed 2009–present Queens Park Rangers Youth (Assistant Coach) 2009 Queens Park Rangers (Interim Coach) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 December 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 August 2006
Marc Stephen John Bircham (born May 11, 1978 in Wembley) is an English-born Canadian international retired defensive midfield footballer, who currently works as Youth Manager at Queens Park Rangers F.C.
London-born Bircham started his professional career at Millwall and after 6 seasons joined Queens Park Rangers where he became a crowd favourite. Bircham used to be known for his unusual hairstyle – a dyed blue and white streak down the centre of his hair from when he played for QPR and a red and white streak while playing for Canada. QPR fans sang a song to the tune of I love you baby: "We love you Bircham because you got blue hair, we love you Bircham because you're everywhere, we love you Bircham because you're Rangers through and through"
Bircham was eligible to play for Canada because one of his grandfathers was born in Winnipeg. He made his debut for Canada in an April 1999 friendly match against Northern Ireland in Belfast. He is the only player to have played for a country without actually visiting it when his first cap – as well as his first and only goal – came. He scored that goal only 8 minutes after coming on as a substitute for another player making his debut, Davide Xausa.
Bircham earned 17 caps for his adopted country, representing Canada in two FIFA World Cup qualification matches. His final international was a June 2004 World Cup qualification match against Belize.
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition 1 27 April 1999 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
After becoming a QPR youth coach at the start of the 2009–10 season, he was put in temporary charge with fellow Youth Coach Steve Gallen due to manager Jim Magilton's suspension on 9 December 2009.
Birchams wife Jadene, took part in reality television series WAGs Boutique on ITV2. They have four children; boys Sonny and Frankie, and girls; Layla-Rose and Dolly Lola-Belle They live in Hemel Hempstead
Currently also appears on Talksport
- ^ "Bircham Hangs Up His Boots". Ciderspace. 2008-01-03. http://www.ciderspace.co.uk/ASP/news/news.asp?NewsItemId=8431. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
- ^ "Bircham forced to hang up boots". BBC Sport. 2008-01-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/y/yeovil/7862812.stm.
- ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
- ^ "Duo in caretaker charge". Queen's Park Rangers. 2009-12-09. http://www.qpr.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10373~1900124,00.html.
- ^ "Manager Jim Magilton suspended by QPR". BBC News. 2009-12-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/8403668.stm.
- Marc Bircham career stats at Soccerbase
- Player profile – CanadaSoccer
- Career stats – National Football Teams
Canada squad – 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
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