LONDON: Stan Bowles, the former England and Queens Park Rangers forward, has died at 75.

Bowles, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease since 2015, scored 97 goals in 315 appearances for QPR. He scored once in five appearances for England.

Daughter Tracey Bowles wrote on Facebook: “Sad to be writing this but dad has passed away. He was with all the family and went peacefully.”

Bowles started his professional career at Manchester City before playing for QPR, Nottingham Forest and Brentford, among others.

Bowles played for QPR from 1972 to 1979 and became known as one of English football’s celebrated entertainers and most charismatic figures.

A QPR statement said: “All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. May he rest in peace.”

Bowles started his career at Manchester City and had spells at Bury, Crewe and Carlisle before moving to QPR. He was a member of their side which finished as runners-up to Liverpool in the old First Division in 1975-76 and had a stand at Loftus Road named after him in 2022 – the Stanley Bowles Stand.

Bowles made his England debut away against Portugal in 1974, with his only international goal coming against Wales at Ninian Park in that same year.

He released an autobiography in 1996 in which he spoke about his life on and off the pitch, including gambling and drinking issues.

The English Football League said he was “a wonderful player, a maverick, an icon and a QPR legend”.

Gary Lineker, the Match of the Day presenter and former England striker, posted: “Sorry to hear that Stan Bowles has died. A delightful footballer and hugely charismatic man. Always loved watching him play. RIP Stan.”