Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by Canabear in 50 years 1971/2021 Our clubs saddest day
On Dec. the 8th , one day after the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour , Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Nation and delivered his now famous "A Day that will Live in Infamy speech.
On the 2nd of January 1971 Rangers fans the World over suffered our very own Day that will live in Infamy.
I myself had attended my very first Old Firm game a few months before that at the ripe old age of 14 having lied about where i was going that day so instead of going to a Girl in my Class's birthday party i attended the League Cup Final and saw a young Derek Johnstone head home the winner that day.
So when the New Years game came around a few months later I bugged my late Father to let me go. "As long as you go on the supporters bus" was his answer and so off i went.
The only thing was i never went on the Supporters bus i , with a few friends , left Cumbernauld in the train and made our way to Ibrox that day.
I've never ever regretted telling a lie like i did that one to this very day.
The game itself wasn't really up to much , a back and forward affair , with the usual tensions and songs being sung. The one song i do remember the Rangers fans singing that day was The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen due to the fact that Aberdeen had beaten celtic the game before this one.
The Rangers end was jammed that day as well and the usual crowd sways were the norm. Fans of today can only watch TV coverage of terracing Football and wonder what it must have been like to stand and get caught up in those sways. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
celtic scored and we all thought that was that , and usually with it being so late in the game some fans would leave early to get a jump on the crowd spilling out after the game , but right from the kick-off Rangers moved down the left and a cross by Dave Smith was missed by Derek Johnstone and following up behind him was Colin Stein to ram the ball into the net.
The Rangers end exploded in joy , the final whistle blew , and so began our trek towards stairway 13 to catch the subway at Copland Rd. back into Buchanan St.
We got as far as the top of 13,,,,a few yards away from from Disaster and who knows what. I'll never ever forget to this day the look on the face of this one Rangers as he turned and was screaming for everyone to get back and waving his arms in the air. Gradually the rush of bodies subsided and we all kind of made our way back onto the terracing and over to stairway 19 singing and dancing without knowing of the carnage and devastation unfolding behind us on the stairs of 13.
We ended up walking back from Ibrox that day back into the City Centre and outside Central Station in bought a pink times which used to have last minute news flashes printed in the margin at the side of the paper in red ink and that is where i/we got our first clue that something had happened as it merely said 3 people killed at Ibrox.
We walked up to Queen Street Station and got the train back to Cumbernauld totally oblivious to what had happened. We did our usual and went for something to eat at the chip shop in Seafar , everyone who know's Cumbernauld at that time will know the old Chippy in Seafar , and as we were leaving this guy asked if we were at the game and we said yes. Only then did we learn of the death's of 66 Fans. Right away we were like we'd better get the fuck home as immediately we thought of our parents.
No cell phones in those days.
As my buddy and i headed home out of the cold misty fog that night we saw two shadows emerge. It was both our Mothers and you can only imagine the relief on their faces as they saw both of us walking towards them.
It was then that my Mother said to me you'd better go and find your father as he is away looking for me as each bus and train came in from Glasgow.
I've never been so scared in all my life as the lie i'd told earlier that day came well and truly back to haunt me and i'll never forget as i walked along the path towards the Town Centre and saw this figure emerge from the fog.
It was my Dad and i couldn't apologize enough to him but he was so happy to see me i think all the anger he had about the lie vanished in an instant.
My mates dad , who was at the game as well , was one of the ones who helped bring the dead and the injured down to the park behind the Rangers end goal. Now can you imagine what was going through his mind as he helped bring those bodies down and wondering if he'd find his son and/or sons friend in amongst them.
My Dad passed away two years ago at the age of 85 and even to this day i don't ever remember sitting down with him and having a conversation about that day , such was the trauma around it all.
As you can probably tell that day is etched in my memory forever , it is my Day of Infamy and many others , and it is a day we all should remember with the greatest of respect because no one should ever go to a game of Football and never go home.
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by jjbscotty12 in Transfer Rumours
Get 15-20m for him helps improve the squad and it will be better for his own career if he moves on.
We’ve also won nothing with him as our main striker and we won’t have to put up with the whole circus that surrounds him every season.
MoodyBlue1872 liked a post in a topic by Blue Viking in If Gerrard left would you be
I voted: I dont want him to leave: WHY ?
Well, it will only make matters worse, trying to find another manager as well and trying to and hopefully find a new team that will stop this 10 in a row shite.
When we beat the scumbags - we all saw Gerrard's reactions.... he wants to win so badly and bring home the silver ware - but the team he is working with right now- do not have the same ambition as this man.
I know that we will not be winning anything this year and we won nothing last year under him - but it will be worth the wait.
As long as he gets the losers out the door and bring in footballers who want to win and play for the badge - then I will give him another chance - but if he still has this team next year - then I am afraid it's time up for the Liverpool legend....
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by BillyG91 in If Gerrard left would you be
I think he will be a great manager some day. We just need to ask ourselves if we want to keep backing him until he learns and gets more experience.
If we get rid of him now then we'll be worse off. Can't think of anyone to bring in. Either way a new manager or not we need a big clear out in summer.
The players are mostly to blame. Get them all to fuck and bring in players who actually want to play for the club and not just for the money.
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by gmcf in If Gerrard left would you be
I'm sticking with him .
Two seasons ago we were getting pumped 4-0 and 5-0 to c....c and , getting put out of Europe by a part time team from Luxembourg .
Now , weve often outplayed them on a head to head basis , we're punching above our weight in Europe against some CL level clubs , should have won our first trophy , and until recently had a very real chance of winning a league against a team with far better financial resources than we have .
That to me is real progress , and though the wheels have come off these last couple of months , im not prepared to throw it away just yet . Had Pep Guardiola been sitting in the wings to take over I might , but hes not , and the chances are it would be some average Joe that would take up the reigns . And that's what you call a gamble, going by our previous 4/5 managers.
Sure it's not perfect, but this was never going to be a quick fix . I think we all realise we need harder types of players suited to scottish football and I thought it reassuring that in SGs last interview he seemed to acknowledge that .
Now that he knows who's got the bottle for a battle , I'd give him next season , another transfer window to implement those changes , and take it from there.
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by Ger_onimo in BREAKING: SPFL chief Neil Doncaster warns coronavirus outbreak could threaten entire league season
Hopefully most of the clubs go bust and we’ve no choice but to fuck off to another league
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by The Ibrox Derry in *****Official Rangers v Hamilton Match Thread*****
I'm finished with this mob, they can all go and take a flying fuck to themselves.
They have knew for 45 minutes that the filth are getting beat, and have done absolutely fuck all about it.
Something has seriously broken down between management and the players.
We,are not being told the full truth.
These cunts are not trying a leg.
I've had it with them all. Fuck this.
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by STEVEH in Where's Alfredo?
Get rid. He has dragged the club's good name through the mud with his on field antics, and now he is taking the piss out us by going AWOL. Start to negotiate his sale with clubs NOW so that he goes early in the transfer window for as much money as possible, and we line up deals for replacements straight away.
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by hammer93 in Probably the worst I've felt as a fan .......... and I'm in my 70's
Seriously, this guy deserves more respect than he gets in here.....any man of an age that has seen the greats to the dross should be listened to....far to many whipped snappers who think they know better
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by The Widow's Son in Probably the worst I've felt as a fan .......... and I'm in my 70's
Not much to say. I've seen some dire times through the years (decades?) but this is probably the worst. Maybe the fans are too good for this club - we cheer home and away, spent hard-earned cash to follow, follow over great distances, pass on the mission to our children and grandchildren, remain loyal and staunch in the lean times, sing our song in a thousand cities, fly the flag in a nation that despises us. And our return??
Blue Viking liked a post in a topic by psb07158 in There's no recovering from this
Psychologically, that dressing room has a loser's mentality. The big players in the team continue to fail to turn up when the game turns into a battle. Gerrard continues to fail to turn up when the game turns into a battle, not having a clue how to change things or what to do.
Technically there's absolutely no question these players are good enough but unfortunately mentally they're absolutely nowhere near it. Teams know they can get at us and our players go into their shells and stop taking responsibility and passing the buck on to others
We're utterly fucked and there's no chance we are stopping 10 next year, we simply do not have the budget to make wholesale changes to this team to find players who might not be as good but have the right attitude and mentality.