QPR fans demand benefit game for club legend Stan Bowles

PUBLISHED: 12:20 08 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:20 11 June 2016

QPR fans want a benefit game for club legend Stan Bowles

QPR fans want a benefit game for club legend Stan Bowles

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A petition has been started by QPR fans in the hope of granting club legend Stan Bowles a benefit match.

Bowles, who is widely regarded as the club’s best player of all time, missed out on having a testimonial at Loftus Road since he played for the Rs for less than 10 years.

However, needless to say his contribution at the club was huge, and now supporters want to help the 66-year-old, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

As the Times went to press, the petition, which will be sent to Rs co-chairman Tony Fernandes, had over 800 signatures.

QPR have been in regular contact with the Bowles family since his diagnosis, assisting in setting up a GoFundMe page to help with Stan’s day-to-day welfare, while also dedicating their home match against Rotherham United last August to the popular maverick.

A QPR fan involved in setting up the petition, but who wished to remain anonymous, told the Times: “It doesn’t make sense not to have a benefit match with full proceeds going towards Stan’s welfare.

“Where a club legend like Stan Bowles is concerned cost shouldn’t even come into it, we need to remember our roots and people like Stan typify the good things about QPR.

“While I appreciate the things the club have done for Stan so far, the simple truth is more needs to be done for this man, who will forever have a lasting legacy with this football club and that will never change.”

To sign the petition for Stan to be granted a benefit match at Loftus Road, click here.

You can also go to the GoFundMe page set up for Bowles, which has so far raised over £15,000.

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