QPR Vs Nottingham Forest - Flashback: Stan Bowles QPR Debut Nov 27, 2019 8:27:48 GMT
Post by Macmoish on Nov 27, 2019 8:27:48 GMT
September 16, 1972
Stan Bowles made his debut at home to (pre-Brian Clough's) Nottingham Forest, September 16, 1972, two or three days after signing from Carlisle for a club-record 110,000 pounds.
Bowles, wearing from that very first game, HIS #10 shirt. Within an hour, he had made the first goal for Don Givens...and scored the second...as Gordon Jago's QPR won 3-0 (Andy McCulloch getting the third). And QPR, of course, went on to promotion.
Almost six months to the day since we had sold Rodneeee Marsh
QPR's team that day.
Clement Evans Hazell Watson -
Venables Francis Busby -
Givens Bowles Mcculloch -
From Bowles' autobiography "Stan The Man"
"I was 23 years old when I joined Queens Park Rangers in September 1972, for a then club record fee of 112,000 pounds...
"Rodney had made the No. 10 shirt his own, and, since he moved, no one wanted to tough the thing....The shirt thing didn't seem a big deal to me. I hadn't really heard of Rodney Marsh. So I just shrugged and said: "If no one wants it, I'll wear it."...
From Bushman Archives
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See Also: QPR Report: Bowles Joins QPR
Read more: qprreport.proboards.com/thread/6769#ixzz3YgD2Hu4i
From QPR Report Blog 2007
Stan Bowles Joins QPR
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Stan Bowles Joins QPR....Thirty-Five Years Ago
35 Years Ago, today (or tomorrow!): One of the truly momentous events/turning points in QPR History: Gordon Jago signed 24 year old "troublemaker" Ex-Manchester City, ex-Bury, Ex-Crewe, Stan Bowles, from Carlisle for 110,000 pounds: A QPR and Division Two record fee. [See Rothmans Football Year Book report, although date seems incorrect - Rothmans See AlsoBowles Photos - From prime footballer, to 'elder statesman'.
Some player signings are only in hindsight great (or terrible) signings; but with Bowles...Anyone who had seen Bowles playing for Carlisle at the mud-bath of Loftus Road a few months earlier (after we had sold Marsh): QPR won 3-0 but Bowles had been brilliant. Even without Bowles, QPR might well have grabbed promotion that season. But Bowles and QPR: Synonimous with flair.)
Bowles made his QPR debut -wearing THE #10 shirt, a few days later: September 16, 1972 - QPR won 3-0. Bowles made the first goal of Givens and scored the second (Andy McCulloch scored QPR's third).
QPR team that day:
Clement Evans Hazell Watson
Venables Francis Busby
Givens Bowles Mcculloch - Sub: Salvage
Suffice it to say that within weeks, fans were already calling Bowles THE greatest #10 (and the debate continues to this day). When a few months later, there were press rumours of Chairman Jim Gregory doing a swop: Bowles back to Manchester City in exchange for Rodney Marsh returning to QPR, fans were opposed. And after QPR's promotion, fans (and reportedly players) had no wish to see Marsh return to replace Bowles.
Bowles record in getting QPR back up..in helping to establish QPR in the First Division; in making QPR THE London team of the mid 1970s...our "Championship" season...and Bowles record scoring in the EUFA Cup competition the following season...His (pathetically few) five England Caps...His partnership with Gerry Francis et al...Great memories.
[Bowles played his last game for QPR in December 1979, against Wrexham (no longer wearing the #10 shirt). Tommy Docherty sold Bowles to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest]