Born on 24 December 1948 in Collyhurst, Manchester, Stan Bowles began his playing career at Manchester City.
After 3 years at Maine Road, Stan joined Bury before Ernie Tagg signed him for Crewe Alexandra. A successful season at Gresty Road led to a transfer to Carlisle Utd where he continued to catch the eye with some impressive displays for the Cumbrians.
Scoring 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Second Division club, a £112,000 move to Queens Park Rangers came next and Stan was handed the much coveted number 10 shirt, held previously by Rodney Marsh. Bowles spent 7 years at Loftus Road and was the talisman in the greatest ever QPR side that narrowly finished runners-up to Liverpool in the First Division in 1975-76.
Bowles’ breathtaking talent, self-confidence and charisma made him one of the great entertainers of the 1970s. Away from football, Stan was increasingly finding himself occupying the front pages of the tabloids just as much as the back with his antics off the field.
It was during his time at QPR that he was recognised on the international stage and Sir Alf Ramsey handed Bowles his debut in England’s goalless draw against Portugal on the 3 April 1974 in Lisbon. Bowles scored his only goal as an England player a month later when England defeated Wales 2-0 in Cardiff on the 11 May 1974. Overall he won 5 caps for the Three Lions and was picked by 3 different managers: Sir Alf Ramsey, Joe Mercer and Don Revie.
After 7 successful years at QPR, Bowles joined Brian Clough’s European conquering Nottingham Forest in December 1979. He made 19 appearances and scored twice before spells at Leyton Orient and later Brentford. Bowles retired from football in 1984.
Since hanging up his boots, Bowles has worked in the media as a pundit on Sky Sports and written columns for the national press.