QPR honour Bowles on legend’s final visit to Loftus Road

Stan Bowles was given a hero’s reception at his benefit match at Loftus Road, where QPR lost 1-0 to Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly.

The iconic former Rangers number 10, who has Alzheimer’s disease and was making what his family say will be his final visit to the ground he spectacularly graced in the 1970s, was cheered by the 9,000 crowd as he led the teams out along with his former team-mates Gerry Francis and Don Shanks.

His name was also sung loudly during a standing ovation in the 10th minute and when he walked around the pitch at half-time.

Jordan Ibe got the game’s only goal, scoring from close range four minutes before the interval.

Earlier, QPR strikers Matt Smith and Conor Washington both send shots wide.

In the second half, R’s keeper Alex Smithies produced a fine save to deny Lys Mousset and Yeni Ngbakoto almost equalised when he hit the post with a last-minute free-kick.

QPR (3-5-2): Smithies; Perch (Goss 70), Onuoha, Lynch (Furlong 45); Wszolek (Petrasso 67), Scowen (Borysiuk 57), Luongo, Freeman (Ngbakoto 57), Robinson (Manning 57); Washington (Sylla 57), Smith (Mackie 57).