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Football League Division One - Stoke City v Queens Park Rangers

Bowles in possession for Queens Park Rangers against Stoke City

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Signed from Carlisle Utd for £112,000 in September 1972, Stan Bowles went on to write himself into Queens Park Rangers folklore by making over 300 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops in a seven year spell at Loftus Road.

Bowles played a pivotal role in helping Rangers secure promotion to the First Division, scoring 17 goals in 35 league appearances, in his debut season for the club in 1972-73. Rangers established themselves in the top flight over the course of the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons before mounting a challenge for the title in 1975-76.

QPR finished runners-up to Liverpool in the 1975-76 season, but Bowles’ mercurial talent had helped cement Dave Sexton’s side as the most entertaining of the era.

UEFA Cup football followed in 1976-77 and Bowles scored 11 goals in the competition to break the British goal scoring record, previously held by Denis Law.

His sublime skill and talent was recognised in a BBC poll in 2004, when Bowles was voted QPR’s all-time cult hero.

Years               Appearances      Goals
1972–1979       315                        97