The Ibrox Disaster

Published on Wednesday 4th August, 2010 by Celtic Trust

We should remember with dignity the tragedy that befell the Rangers fans that awful day

The following article by Vincent Doherty has been amended because the author felt that the deleted sentences were detracting from the main thrust of what he was trying to say. As chance would have it the New Year Glasgow Derby at Ibrox is scheduled to take place on the 40th anniversary of what has become known as the Ibrox disaster. Jock Stein was amongst those who attended to the dead and dying on the day and the whole of Glasgow came to a standstill on the day of the funerals. The death toll was truly horrendous, mainly working class men and boys and one women. Five of the victims primary school friends from a small village in Fife. It was an awful time for the families of those who died and were injured. For whatever reason as far as I know, there has never been any significant campaign of which I am aware to compensate the families of those who died for their terrible loss. For some such anniversaries are occasions of great sadness, and now as the 40th Anniversary approaches the old wounds will be reopened. Celtic supporters should observe with dignity and respect any commemorative events which may be organised on the day. In fairness there is unlikely to be any equivocation amongst the Celtic support with regard to this issue. However I think we should be proactive in ensuring that we remember appropriately and with respect the families and surviving relatives of those who died should it be in the form of a minute’s silence or any other form of tribute to the those who lost their lives on the day. Such an event could have happened anywhere at the time, I remember how tightly packed stadiums like Hampden, Ibrox and Celtic Park in those days. The reason why we should commemorate the dead of Ibrox is very simple. It is the right thing to do, it is what we should expect from decent human beings anywhere in the world. We should remember with dignity the terrible tragedy that befell the Rangers fans that awful day the 2nd of January 1971, the day of the Ibrox disaster.


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