David Cohen and Stan Bowles

David Cohen with Stan Bowles

David Cohen with Stan Bowles

One of our members of our Saracens Dementia Club (David Cohen now 88) was a Queens Park Rangers supporter in his middle teens. David used to attend their home games from 1940 to1944.  He still recalls the names of some of their players at that time and consequently still has a warm regard for QPR.

David’s wife has Dementia/Alzheimer’s and he read in the August edition of the National Alzheimer’s Newsletter that for Saturday’ s home game against Rotherham, QPR players were to wear shirts with the words Alzheimer’s Society on the fronts.  David therefore wanted to attend the match (22 August) because of the connection of his early days as a supporter of QPR, his wife’s illness, and the ex QPR player Stan Bowles.

QPR wanted to honour Stan Bowles, their most successful player ever, now aged 66, who has Alzheimer’s disease.  Stan Bowles attended the game and at half time he came on to the pitch, was introduced to the crowd via loudspeaker and they responded by giving him a standing ovation.  David and his son Anthony attended the game and were privileged to meet Stan Bowles personally.