QPR to Wear Alzheimer's Society Shirts on Stan Bowles Day
Shirts to be signed and auctioned off at gala event later in year
QPR stars will wear special shirts on Saturday in honour of one of their most iconic players, who was recently diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s.
Stan Bowles spent seven years with the Rs from 1972-1977 and is widely regarded as one of the most gifted characters in football.
When the Hoops play host to Rotherham United at Loftus Road on Saturday August 22, designated as Stan Bowles Day, the team will wear special shirts bearing the Alzheimer’s Society logo.
Stan's daughter Tracy says: " This is a fantastic gesture and we are extremely grateful to everyone at the club. As a family, we're all really looking forward to the day – and Stan is too."
Each match-worn shirt will be signed by its respective player, and auctioned off at a 1975/76 gala night event to be held later this year.
Stan Bowles Day also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the day Rangers won 5-1 at reigning Division One champions Derby County, where Stan scored a hat-trick.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at the Alzheimer's Society, said: " It’s fantastic that PR is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society to help people with dementia live well.
" By holding a Stan Bowles Day and putting the Alzheimer’s Society logo on their players' shirts, the club will make a big difference for Stan and his family and raise awareness about a condition which affects so many people."
For more information about Alzheimer’s, visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk
Stan's family say they have been overwhelmed by "beautiful" messages of support for Stan since posting news of his condition on Facebook earlier this summer.
Stanley was a member of the what is generally acknowledged to be QPR's best ever team and finished his career at Brentford in 1984. He was capped five times for England.
The Manchester born striker, now aged 66, was one of the most talented and colourful footballers of the seventies
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