Marc Bircham facts for kids
|Full name||Marc Stephen John Bircham|
|Date of birth||11 May 1978|
|Place of birth||Wembley, England|
|Playing position||Defender / Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Waterford (manager)|
|2002–2007||Queens Park Rangers||152||(7)|
|2009||Queens Park Rangers (caretaker)|
|2009–2014||Queens Park Rangers (coach)|
|2014–2015||Millwall (assistant manager)|
|2015||Chicago Fire (assistant manager)|
|2016||Arizona United (assistant coach)|
|2016–2018||Queens Park Rangers (first-team coach)|
|2020–2021||Bahamas (technical director)|
London-born Bircham started his professional career at Millwall and after 6 seasons joined Queens Park Rangers where he became a crowd favorite. 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."
In 2007, he moved to Yeovil Town. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Yeovil against Brentford in the Football League Trophy. After a series of ankle injuries in the 2008–09 season it was revealed that Bircham had quit football and is going to set up a youth coaching camp in Cyprus.
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.
|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.
On the 12th May 2021, Bircham was named manager of League of Ireland Premier Division side Waterford.
Bircham's wife, Jadene, took part in the reality television series WAGs Boutique on ITV2. The couple have four children; boys Sonny and Frankie, and girls Layla-Rose and Dolly Lola-Belle. They are currently separated.
He currently appears on Talksport.
As of 19th July 2021.
|Queens Park Rangers
with Steve Gallen)
|16 December 2009||17 December 2009||1||0||1||0||0%|
|Waterford||12 May 2021||Present||10||4||1||5||40%|
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