02 January, 2011

Ibrox Disaster: 2nd January 1971 remembered:

Today marked the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Stadium Disaster - where 66 fans (including an 8 year old boy) lost their lives in a stadium crush on Stairway 13 late in the New Year's Old Firm game of that year. It is believed that a child fell from its father's head, which caused a domino effect and a massive pile-up of bodies (as much as six feet high many reports claimed).
Rangers played Celtic at Ibrox today (where Celtic won 0-2) and both sets of players wore black armbands. Rangers released a commemarative jersey for the occasion and there was a one minute silence (pictured above) before today's game. Thankfully, the minute silence was impeccably observed. There will be a memorial for the dead in Glasgow, tomorrow, 3rd January.

Players represented Rangers at funerals(below)

The 1971 Ibrox Disaster led to a complete refurbishment of Ibrox Stadium (known as Ibrox Park back then) and it is now a top-of-the-range European stadium: awarded UEFA five-star status (now known as Category Four).

Ibrox (below): now a top European Stadium
2nd January 1971: ALWAYS REMEMBERED

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