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Born: 2 January 1984
Where: Hammersmith, London
Joined Wycombe: January 2015 - Free from Colchester United|
Wycombe Debut: Wycombe 1 York City 0 - 10 Jan 2015 - League 2
First Goal: Wycombe 4 Carlisle 3 - 3 Feb 2018 - League 2
Final Wycombe game: Wycombe 1 Fleetwood 0 - 4 May 2019 - League 1
Released 8 May 2019
Career summary at Wycombe.
128 appearances - 3 goals
Signed by Gareth Ainsworth for Wanderers on 9th Jauuary 2015 on an 18 month contract following his release from Colchester United. Had spent the previous month on loan at fellow League Two side Portsmouth, scoring one goal in six appearances, but opted to join Wycombe where he renewed his aquaintance with Gareth Ainsworth, who he played with during his time with QPR.
Speaking at the time of the deal in January 2015, Ainsworth said: "I’m really pleased that Marcus wanted to join us. I know him well from my QPR days and I’ve watched his career progress ever since. He’s always played at a higher level and he’ll add another dimension to the midfield. He’s been doing really well on loan at Portsmouth - he wins headers, he wins tackles and he’s a great lad who will fit right in to the culture we’ve got here."
In June 2016 signed a one year extension to his deal with Wanderers. Ainsworth commented at the time: "We knew what we were getting when we signed Marcus and he’s certainly lived up to that in the 18 months he’s been with us. He’s an excellent ball-winner, he gives us absolutely everything when he’s on the pitch and he knows the game inside out, so his experience at higher levels has been invaluable, particularly working with the younger lads like Luke O’Nien and Danny Rowe."
Signed a further one year extension to his contract with Wanderers in July 2017 (running until June 2018) and went on to enjoy a 2017/18 season where he scored his first Wycombe goal in remarkable circumstances. On 3rd February 2018, with Wanderers losing 3-2 at home to Carlisle United with 93 minutes on the clock, it appeared that Paris Cowan-Hall's late equaliser had salvaged a point for Gareth Ainsworth side. However, in the sixth minute of stoppage time a Matt Bloomfield ball into the box fell to Bean on the edge of the box, who rifled the ball into the back of the Valley End for his first goal in more than a 100 appearances. Commenting on the goal, Bean said: "I can't remember too much about it. I remember being by the corner flag after scoring and then running half the length of the pitch. What I do remember is I was going to be called back but Adam [El-Abd] said for me to go up to the edge of the box and that is came out to me and I volleyed it and can't even remember it hitting the back of the net. It was a really special moment and I couldn't have done it with a better bunch of boys. With everything we won't through in that game, we deserved it. It is definitely one of my career highlights, if not, the highlight of my career."
Remarkably, Bean scored again in the following week's 1-1 draw at Exeter City - earning a crucial point against fellow promotion chasers - and come the end of the season it was Wanderers, along with Bean who were celebrating promotion to League One. On the final game of the 2017/18 season (home to Stevenage), Bean was substituted in the 57th minute in what appeared to be a farewell gesture to the fans. However, on 26th June 2018 a new one year deal was announced, with Gareth Ainsworth commenting: "I know Beany is a cult hero with the fans for his goal against Carlisle, but he offers so much to the team. He’s a battler, he breaks things up and he has loads of experience at League One level which will be important for us." Bean added: "I'm delighted to have put pen to paper on my new contract at the club. Another year doing what I love, with great teammates, at a great club."
Used a squad player during the 2018/19 campaign in League 1 but enjoyed scoring another rare goal (in the 3-2 home defeat to Portsmouth in April 2019) before being released at the end of the season after making 128 appearances in four and a half years at Adams Park.
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