A two-time Aggborough man, Marcus Bignot looks back on his time with Kidderminster Harriers
By Matty Paddock - 07/01/2017
Posted 1 year ago
There’s no doubting the value and prestige of the illustrious Youth Team set-up at Crewe Alexandra.
They’ve produced some of the country’s brightest stars and played host to many others, too. There are one or two stars, of course, that they can’t take the credit for.
It seems that defender Marcus Bignot is amongst them. Indeed, Bignot may have turned out more than 100 times for the Alex, but it’s some place closer to home that the 42 year-old credited for his footballing career, and that’s Kidderminster Harriers.
Purchased for £10,000 from Telford in 1996, Marcus featured in just one season for Harriers, but it was one packed with memories for both the club and the player.
Bignot later recalled how he first became a Harriers player, with the lure of a switch to Aggborough too much to ignore.
He explained: “I was with Birmingham as a youth player and got released and moved into the non-league scene with Telford, and really enjoyed my time there – that was definitely my apprenticeship.
“Kidderminster were the biggest club on the scene back then, and everybody wanted to play for them, and I was certainly no different, as soon as I heard the interest, I knew I wanted to move.”
One season at Aggborough it may well have been for Bignot, but with 50+ games to play, it was certainly eventful.
Harriers and Macclesfield Town battled all throughout 1996/97, and whilst Bignot and his team mates finished the season with a magnificent 85 points, it wasn’t enough to stop the Silkmen clinching the title, after they picked up just two defeats after the turn of the year.
“Every footballer wants to play – that’s what you train for, and I loved playing games for Kidderminster,” the former Birmingham trainee said.
“We went out there with such belief ahead of every game and it was a fantastic feeling to have.
“It looked like we’d had the league sewn up by Christmas, but all credit to Macclesfield; they put together a fantastic run. Any other time our form would have been enough to win us the league, but they were incredible after the New Year – no team will probably do what they did again.
“It was a huge disappointment for me not to win promotion, but it was a great season for the club, and that promotion was soon to come.”
Just like in years gone by, stars continue to be unearthed from the non-league scene.
The professional nature of the top tier of non-league football today, and its competitive nature mean’s that it’s only likely that this trend will continue to increase in the future.
Bignot added: “Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce, Les Ferdinand and loads of others – so many players came through the non-league scene and that shows how vital it is.
“I don’t even like to use the phrase ‘non-league’ now as most of the teams are full-time now, and it’s very professional, and I was very fortunate to have the manager, and the club I had at Kidderminster, and I’ll always look back on my time there as the turning point of my career.”
Some time after making those comments in a club interview, Marcus would actually have the chance to rekindle some of those affections as he re-signed for Harriers for a brief spell in 2010.
Moving into management, Bignot took the reins at Solihull Moors at the end of his playing days and went on to become boss at League 2 side Grimsby Town in 2016. As of October 2017 he was the man at the helm of National League side Chester.
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