Marc Bircham grew up supporting QPR, but it was at London rivals Millwall where the versatile midfielder began his professional career. Bircham graduated from the youth ranks at The Lions and spent 8 years in all at The New Den, making over 100 league appearances in his 6 senior seasons at the club between 1996-2002. He helped them gain promotion to Division One in 2001 and the Semi Finals of the Division One play-offs in his final year at the club.
(Marc Bircham is pictured above in typical all action style playing for the QPR Home team in our 2010 game at Loftus Road)
With his contract running out and Millwall forced to make financial cutbacks, Bircham - who was at the time The Lions’ longest serving player - was allowed to leave, and despite reported interest from Premiership clubs, made the dream move across town to join his boyhood heroes QPR. At the time the club had recently come out of administration and were languishing in Division Two, but within 2 years the club were back in Division One and Bircham was well on his way to cult status with the Loftus Road faithful. Bircham’s all action style and habit of dying his hair blue and white certainly helped and the fans recognised him as one of their own. Unfortunately towards the end of his 5 year spell at the club a number of injuries started to take their toll and those, coupled with a change in management at the club, saw Bircham released in 2007. In all he made over 150 appearances for the R’s, scoring 7 goals.
After considering a move to Toronto, Bircham signed for Yeovil Town, however after a series of ankle injuries he was forced to retire at the age of 30 after less than 2 seasons with the club.
Bircham also gained the distinction of playing International football with Canada, who he was eligible to play for due to his Winnipeg born grandfather. He made 17 appearances in all and gained the unusual distinction of making his debut (and scoring!) for his country in a friendly against Northern Ireland, despite never having set foot in Canada before!
Since retiring from the game Marc has spoken about following his wife Jadene (a former model and TV star) into the media and has already made appearances on the radio with talkSPORT. However since 2009 he has been involved directly in day to day football again with his beloved QPR, as a Youth team coach at the club.
We were delighted to learn in October 2010 that Marc had agreed to sign up to be our 1st ever QPR Club Ambassador. Marc proudly donned the blue and white hoops to play for the Home team in our matches in 2009 and 2010 and his enthusiasm and approachable manner made him an instant hit with our fans. We’re honoured to have such a hero with the fans as our Ambassador and look forward to his support for many years to come.