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Played for both: Queens Park Rangers

27 October 2016

We look back at five players who have represented both us and Rangers

Marcus Bean: Appearances (goals): Brentford 168 (15); Queens Park Rangers 76 (2)

The box to box midfielder began his career in W12 and was an integral part of Rangers' promotion during the 2003/04 season, making 31 league appearances. However, he found life in the Championship a tougher proposition making just 17 starts in two seasons before a move to League One Blackpool in 2006. After two years by the seaside, Andy Scott brought Marcus back down south in July 2008. Marcus' first season couldn't have gone much better as he scored nine goals in 44 league games as Scott's side romped to the League Two title. Marcus netted the winning goals against Chesterfield United, AFC Bournemouth, Bury, and Barnet as his nine strikes all came in unbeaten Bees matches on their way to the title. He continued to be a regular at the heart of The Bees midfield making at least 30 league appearances in each of the next three seasons as stability in League One was achieved. Marcus' form at Griffin Park also saw him pick up his first Jamaican cap in 2011 before he departed for Colchester United and more recently Wycombe Wanderers.

Stan Bowles: Appearances (goals): Brentford 96 (17); Queens Park Rangers 315 (97)

A mercurial midfielder who made five England appearances during his seven years at Loftus Road, Stan was voted Rangers' greatest ever player in a 2004 fans' poll. Stan moved to W12 in 1972 after spells with Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra, and Carlisle United. His impact was instant, netting 17 goals in 35 league games as Rangers won promotion to Division One. Stan's goals continued to flow, hitting double figures in each of the next three seasons as QPR finished eighth, 11th, and second. Rangers fortunes waned after that high water mark in 1976 and Stan left three years later to join Leyton Orient and then Brentford in 1981. He stepped into a midfield including Terry Hurlock and Chris Kamara and his performances that season saw him pick up the Supporters' Player of the Year Award as The Bees finished eighth. The following season he contributed another ten goals but again Brentford missed out on promotion before his retirement in early 1984.

George Francis: Appearances (goals): Brentford 260 (124); Queens Park Rangers 3 (3)

Second on The Bees' all-time goalscoring list George spent seven seasons at Griffin Park in the 1950s and 1960s. Together with his other 'Terrible Twin', Jim Towers, the duo found the net 299 times terrorising opposing defences up and down the country. Born in Acton, George joined The Bees in 1953 and found the net ten times in his first two seasons. It was in 1956 that George really hit the headlines, scoring 23 league goals and he following that up by netting 70 league goals over the next three seasons as Brentford finished second, third, and sixth. George scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Rangers in October 1960 before leaving for Loftus Road a year later. After just six months in W12 George returned to Brentford but couldn’t prevent relegation in 1962 despite scoring 14 goals in 32 games.

Andy Sinton: Appearances (goals): Brentford 182 (34); Queens Park Rangers 190 (25)

Hugely popular with both sets of fans, Andy didn't miss a league game in more than three years at Griffin Park. Joining as a 19-year-old, Andy became the first Brentford player ever to score a penalty on his debut and went on to make 149 consecutive league appearances in red and white. He also played in every round of the run to the FA Cup Quarter Final in 1989, scoring in the first round win over Halesowen Town. Later that season, Andy moved the four miles down the Uxbridge Road to QPR. In his four full seasons at Loftus Road Andy never made less than 40 appearances for The R's as they finished 11th, 12th, 11th, and fifth in the top flight. While at Loftus Road he gained 12 England caps under Graham Taylor before spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Jim Towers: Appearances (goals): Brentford 282 (163); Queens Park Rangers 28 (15)

The Bees' all-time top goalscorer, Jim made a scoring debut against Shrewsbury Town in August 1954 and never looked back. The striker broke the 20 goal barrier in five of his seven seasons at Griffin Park and fell just one goal short of breaking our all-time scoring record during the 1958/59 season, finding the net 37 times in 50 games. His 163 goals for the club puts him nearly 40 goals clear at the top of the scoring charts. With the abolition of the salary cap in 1961, Jim was controversially sold to QPR, alongside George Francis, and he broke Brentford hearts by scoring his first Rangers' goal against The Bees in a 3-0 win. Jim scored 15 goals in his only season at Loftus Road before finishing off his career with Millwall, Gillingham, and Aldershot. In 2014 Jim was voted The Bees' greatest ever-player in a Football League 125th anniversary poll.

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