Gareth’s hav­ing a ball with Bowles fundraiser

Hayes FM pre­sen­ter Hughie Dixon re­views the live band scene

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

IT is a sad fact that 1960s and 1970s foot­ball icons re­ceived all the ac­claim yet nowhere near the fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity of to­day’s heroes.

Even many of Eng­land’s World Cup win­ning squad of 1966 were soon out on the look­out for day jobs as the furore started to wane fol­low­ing their de­par­ture from the Mex­ico tour­na­ment in 1970. It must be said that the celebrity sport­ing gi­ants of to­day owe their lux­u­ri­ous lifestyles to the foun­da­tions laid by the in­spi­ra­tions of yes­ter­year.

One such god of the beau­ti­ful game is Stan Bowles. A hero of Queens Park Rangers who has ded­i­cated his life to foot­ball and is now fac­ing a dif­fi­cult and un­cer­tain fu­ture due to a re­cent di­ag­no­sis of Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

With a club ca­reer that spanned from 1967 to 1984 and tak­ing in Man City, Crewe Alexan­dra, Carlisle United, QPR, Not­ting­ham For­est, Ley­ton Ori­ent and Brent­ford on it’s way Stan Bowles scored 154 goals as well as goalscor­ing ap­pear­ances for the Eng­land side from 1974 to 1977.

This sad news has prompted ac­tion from the more re­cent QPR le­gend Gareth Ainsworth (now Wy­combe Wan­der­ers man­ager), who has de­cided to get his band The Cold Blooded Hearts to play a fundraiser gig this Sat­ur­day at the Crown and Treaty pub, in Ox­ford Road, Uxbridge (whose pro­pri­etors, in­ci­den­tally, are also life­long QPR fans).

Gareth and the band will be rip­ping their way through a blis­ter­ing set of cov­ers and a few orig­i­nals for an ea­ger crowd of footie and mu­sic fans. It is just £10 per ticket and all pro­ceeds go to Stan’s fam­ily to help pay for his care. Nip along to the Crown and Treaty pub any­time this week for your ticket. You may get lucky on the door on the night, but it is bet­ter to be safe than sorry. Hope­fully see you there. Don’t for­get there’s a whole wealth of punk, rock, indie and metal in aid of Macmil­lan can­cer sup­port nurses this Fri­day and Sat­ur­day at The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Club, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon. It is £3 en­try on ei­ther night.

Be sure to tune into my in­ter­ac­tive HayesFM ra­dio show ev­ery Tues­day at 9pm to hear live and orig­i­nal per­form­ers, plus more lo­cal live mu­sic news. You can find HayesFM on 91.8fm in Lon­don or global on www.hayesfm.org.uk.

n FUNDRAISER: Gareth Ainsworth (above) and Stan Bowles (right)

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