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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Marking 40 Years of Stan Bowles and QPR! - Bowles Made His QPR Debut 40 Years Ago Today
FORTY YEARS AGO TODAY: STAN BOWLES MADE HIS QPR DEBUT!
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FORTY YEARS: September 16, 1972, STAN BOWLES MADE HIS QPR DEBUT
40 years ago today: 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 the #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 QPR had sold Rodney 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."...
"...[A]s luck would have it, I scored one and made another for Don Givens in my first game - against Nottingham Forest on September 16th, 1972. We won 3-0, and the fans seemed to take to my style of play; which, to them, was a bit like Rodney's"(Stan The Man, page 33)
Seven Years later, Bowles finally left QPR - ironically for Nottingham Forest (by then managed by Brian Clough).
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