The team were playing in the annual home internationals in May and in his autobiography, Bowles explains he hatched his cunning plan around the time of the Wales game.
Contracted to boot manufacturer Gola, the QPR man was paid an extra £200 every time he played for his country - a sales rep simply turned up at the team hotel with a briefcase full of cash for certain players.
“As an incentive, you used to get an extra fifty quid if a picture of you in Gola t-shirt appeared in the paper, so I was always keen for a bit of that,” he wrote.
So what was the man supposed to do when someone from Adidas visited and began touting for business? Apparently they were offering players £250.
He agreed to wear their boots, of course. “Christmas has come early, thinks me,” he said.
But then came time for the match and when asked by his team-mates what he was going to do, he said: “For £450, I’ll wear one boot on each foot!
“Nobody knew what I had done until a few days later, but it obviously didn’t go down too well when they found out.”
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