July 30, 2017 GetWestLondon - QPR 0-1 AFC Bournemouth: The best pictures of QPR players and fans saluting Stan Bowles. Just under 10,000 turned up for QPR's friendly defeat to pay tribute to Stan Bowles, who was at Loftus Road for what is expected to be the final time. The R's greatest ever player has been battling Alzheimer's Disease and has been cared for by his daughter Andria. (Read more)
July 30, 2017 Daily Mail - Daughter of QPR legend Stan Bowles describes her father's heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer’s as she reveals he can no longer speak and cannot remember her name (Read more)
July 28, 2017 Daily Mail - As Queens Park Rangers host friendly against Bournemouth for ailing legend Stan Bowles... now is the time to dig deep and help Stan The Man! (Read more)
July 25, 2017 SKY SPORTS - Stan, with his pals QPR defender Don Shanks, Leicester City FC maverick Frank Worthington and Chelsea FC star Alan Hudson in Rhyl before Saturday's QPR v Bournemouth Stan Bowles Tribute Match (a "must see" video, via Bowles Family Facebook page)
July 22, 2017 QPR Northamptonshire Supporters Group - A small video I've made on behalf of QPR Northamptonshire Supporters Group. If you are around this Saturday and you haven't bought a ticket then make sure you do ASAP. Please feel free to share this video (Ciaran Dowling).
video by Ciaran Dowling
July 22, 2017 'Stan Bowles was flamboyant and charismatic... now he doesn't know your name': Seventies icon is suffering from Alzheimer's and needs help to pay for his care - Don Shanks speaks fondly and emotionally about his best friend, Stan Bowles. Bowles was a Seventies football icon - a talented creative midfielder. He is now suffering from Alzheimer's and living with his daughter Andria 'All there is now is a bit of warmth in his heart and a look in his eye,' says Shanks. (read article)
July 22, 2017 BBC Radio LONDON - Robert Elms talks with Don Shanks about Stan Bowles and his many contributions to QPR, and the match on July 29th - Go to 1:09:05 (listen)
July 21, 2017 The Stan Bowles Benefit Match could be legend's last visit to QPR - so let's fill Loftus Road, says Don Shanks (Evening Standard) - Stan Bowles is among the finest players ever to wear the blue and white hoops of Queens Park Rangers, lighting up Loftus Road in the Seventies. His jinking runs and smooth skill dazzled defenders and in 1976 he helped QPR go within 14 minutes of winning the First Division. Four years ago, at the age of 64, Bowles was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Since then the unforgiving condition has steadily taken away his independence. He is now cared for by his daughter, Andria, in the part of Manchester where he grew up but a week tomorrow he will travel to London when QPR host Bournemouth at Loftus Road... (read article)
July 14, 2017 The Bowlescast - Part Two (West Twelve Media) - In the second part of our special Stan Bowles podcast, The Loftcast team in a collaboration with popular QPR fans podcast ‘Open All R’s’, look ahead to the Stan Bowles benefit match against Bournemouth. Joining the show this time out is Stan’s former teammate Gerry Francis, whilst we also hear from QPR manager Ian Holloway. There’s also the views of Andy Sinton as we edge ever closer to the big day.(listen)
July 14, 2017 The Bowlescast - Part One (West Twelve Media) - In the first of a two part special Open all R's team, in a collaboration with the official QPR podcast ‘The Loftcast’, look ahead to the Stan Bowles benefit match against Bournemouth as the R’s commemorate arguably its greatest ever player. Joining the show is Stan’s good friend and teammate Don Shanks, whilst we also hear from Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler. There’s also the views of Andy Sinton and we get the latest on the match from the organising committee... (listen)
July 2017 Stan Bowles Tribute - Queen's Park Rangers F.C. 1972 -1979
video by retroQPR
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June 8, 2017 THE QPR NO.10 FOUNDATION
Foundation launched to support former players, managers, and club personnel
QPR and QPR in the Community Trust are pleased to announce the official launch of The QPR No.10 Foundation.
The Foundation, which is a charitable (restricted) fund managed by QPR in the Community Trust, raises funds through generating public awareness and the hosting of special events.
All monies raised will further the Foundation’s charitable objectives, to provide medical assistance, physical and pastoral care, and other requirements of former players, managers, and club personnel.
The Stan Bowles benefit match, which will see QPR play host to Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly at Loftus Road on Saturday 29th July, will be the first event linked directly with the Foundation.
As it is a charity, any qualifying donations made by UK taxpayers to The QPR No.10 Foundation will be eligible for Gift Aid, boosting the true value of the gift to the Foundation by 25%.
QPR CEO Lee Hoos explained: "I'm extremely pleased we've got this Foundation in place."
"What pleases me most is that it's been a real collective effort to get this over the line, not just from staff at the club, but also QPR supporters, who have lent their support over the last few months."
"It will look after Stan, it will look after people after Stan – it's a legacy that will keep on giving and giving and giving over the years to come."
QPR Club Ambassador Andy Sinton added: "This is a great vehicle for fans to help their former players. That's what football – and this football club in particular – is all about."
"The club and our supporters coming together on this shows what a great family club QPR is."
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June 1, 2017: PITCHWORKS ON COURSE (QPR Official Website)
Groundsman Dave Butler says everything is on course for the arrival of Bournemouth in July when QPR will celebrate the impact of Stan Bowles at Loftus Road ... (read article)
May 26, 2017 Why the Stan Bowles commemorative match is a fitting honour for a footballing legend (getwestlondon) - Stan Bowles, regarded by many as the club's greatest ever player, is to be the focal point as the Hoops round up their pre-season campaign against Premier League side Bournemouth on July 29. (read article)
May 25, 2017: BOURNEMOUTH FRIENDLY TO COMMEMORATE STAN
Cherries pre-season fixture confirmed for July 29th (QPR Official Website)
THE R's will play host to Premier League side Bournemouth in pre-season friendly action on Saturday 29th July, on a day when the club will commemorate Stan Bowles' contribution to QPR.
The fixture, which will kick-off at 3.00pm at Loftus Road, will form part of the club's ongoing celebrations of our former players, in the wake of a successful first year for The Forever R's Club, our ex-players' association that was formed earlier this season.
Bowles - who is suffering with Alzheimer's - will be in attendance at the match, as Ian Holloway's men go through their final preparations ahead of the Hoops' Sky Bet Championship season-opener the following week.
Tickets for the fixture, which will go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 12th June, will be priced £12 adults / seniors and £6 under-18's.
QPR's net proceeds from all ticket sales will go towards a newly-launched ex-players' foundation, of which Stan will be the first recipient.
The foundation, which will officially launch ahead of the pre-season fixture, is a charitable organisation that raises funds through public awareness and special events.
The monies raised by the foundation will go towards the medical assistance, physical and pastoral care, and other requirements of Stan, and over time other former QPR personnel, including managers, players and staff.
As it is a charity, monies raised via the ex-players' foundation will be exempt from VAT and will also be eligible for Gift Aid.
(...) In the meantime, supporters can donate towards the Stan Bowles Go Fund Me account by clicking HERE. www.gofundme.com/StanBowles.
In addition, supporters wishing to keep abreast of all Stan related updates, and to register interest in purchasing tickets or taking up sponsorship opportunities, should visit www.justforstan.com.
May 25, 2017 AFC Bournemouth announce pre-season match away at QPR (AFC Bournemouth Official Website) (read article)
April 21, 2017 QPR and Bees fans to collect for Bowles fund - "Fans of both clubs will collect money outside Griffin Park in aid of Stan Bowles ahead of Saturday’s derby between QPR and Brentford. Rangers legend Bowles, who saw out his career at Brentford, has Alzheimer’s disease. Money collected will go to the Stan Bowles Alzheimer’s Fund, which was set up in 2015 following his diagnosis." (West London Sport) (read article)
April 12, 2017: Club and committee provide update... Fixture selected, weekend of July 29th/30th 2017 (QPR Official Website) - QPR can confirm that our home pre-season friendly fixture at Loftus Road this summer will commemorate Stan Bowles' contribution to the club. Over the last few months, CEO Lee Hoos and other staff members at QPR have been working in conjunction with a newly-formed committee to finalise plans to pay tribute to our legendary former player, who is suffering with Alzheimer’s. Following consultation with the committee and dialogue with the Bowles family, this fixture - scheduled to be played on the weekend of July 29th/30th 2017 - will form part of the club's ongoing celebrations of our former players, in the wake of a successful first year for The Forever R's Club, our ex-players association that was formed earlier this season. Further details, including confirmation of our opponents for this fixture, will be announced in due course.
Supporters can donate towards the Stan Bowles Go Fund Me account by CLICKING HERE https://www.gofundme.com/stanbowles. In addition, supporters wishing to keep abreast of all Stan related updates, should visit www.justforstan.com. (read article)
March 8, 2017 - An afternoon with Stan Bowles: "The twinkle is still there but the memories are gone. The brilliant former QPR player is suffering from Alzheimer’s, with friends and family pushing for a testimonial year at the club where he dazzled in the 1970s..." (The Guardian) (read article)
March 8, 2017 - Stan Bowles, Queens Park Rangers’ greatest ever player, one of the game’s great playboys in grip of Alzheimer’s: "Phil Thomas takes a look at the brilliant, crowd-pleasing star of the 1970s, who is heart-breakingly in the grip of Alzheimer’s..." (The Sun) (read article)
September 22, 2016 - Stan Bowles' charisma and guile made him QPR's masterly maverick, but this is one battle he cannot win: (The Telegraph) (read article)
May 16, 2016 "It’s hard but Dad’s not a burden… we’ve grown closer": Daughter of England footie legend Stan Bowles on dealing with her father’s dementia - "Family of ‘70s hero reveal the trauma in the long fight against Alzheimer’s" (The Sun) (read article)
December 28, 2015 - He was the maverick who lit up the seventies. Now Stan Bowles is facing Alzheimer’s the same way — with a smile and a pint - "George Caulkin meets Stan Bowles, the loveable rogue voted Queens Park Rangers’ greatest player, and his eldest daughter, Andrea, who cares for him after the diagnosis of his condition..." (The Times) (read article)
August 24, 2015 - Stan Bowles Day at QPR: On a very emotional day at Loftus Road, the QPR fans showed their support for Stan Bowles - and how!
video by Queens Park Rangers FC
August 9, 2015 - An Evening with Stan the Man – Interview by Paul Davidson - "I was, back in November 2001, lucky enough to spend an evening with QPR legend and ex-England international, Stan Bowles, my all-time sporting hero. During the course of our conversation, after I had almost flattened him rushing in to the pub where we had arranged to meet, I asked him about his time at the club and what he is doing now etc. It went something like this..." (Independent R's) (read article)
July 27, 2015 - QPR to Wear Special Charity Shirts on Stan Bowles Day - "Club to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Society when QPR play host to Rotherham United on Saturday 22nd August..." (@QPRFC) (read article)
June 22, 2015 - Stan Bowles, the QPR legend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's aged 66, was a lovable scamp and gifted football maverick - "Stan Bowles has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his family confirmed / Bowles was voted QPR's greatest ever player by supporters / He played in an era which would accommodate scallywags if they were blessed with divine talent..." (Daily Mail) (read article)
June 20, 2015 - Stan Bowles: Former England player diagnosed with Alzheimer's - "Former England and QPR forward Stan Bowles has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Bowles, 66, played more than 560 professional games in English football, and was capped five times by England. He played over 300 games for QPR and was voted their greatest ever player..." (BBC Sport) (read article)
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