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50 years 1971/2021 Our clubs saddest day


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Thought it would be good idea to start a thread. For everyone to post some comments, in memory of this sad day . So with inspiration from Tannerall , here it is . Was hoping that maybe the Mods,

Best regards to @eejay the dj for starting this thread.  Will be interesting to see how our fans and our club choose to respect  this important anniversary, one   that will forever play  a core p

That day still haunts me. I usually went up on the Denny RSC bus but that day my mate and I drove through. We went in Stairway 13 as usual but for some unknown reason left by the side of the Main

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Very chilling reading all these recollections and memories of that day. I'm in my late 20's so have only ever heard stories and saw photographs of the tragedy. Those poor fans who went to the football and never came home will always be remembered by the Rangers family. God bless them and all the families affected by the Ibrox disaster. RIP. 

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8 hours ago, Thornliebanktrueblue said:

What age were we all and where were we that fateful day. I was 9. In grans house in Thornliebank listening to radio. 

Very same story as yourself mate, wasnt allowed to go to the game. So listened to it with my dad (I think) on the radio. I lived in Kinning Park at the time, went to Ibrox Primary, the school across from the stadium. I'm from a massive, Rangers supporting family, trying to find out if they were OK was near impossible. I couldn't sleep for days thinking about the poor Rangers supporters who lost their lives 😔

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On 25/11/2020 at 10:12, Thornliebanktrueblue said:

What age were we all and where were we that fateful day. I was 9. In grans house in Thornliebank listening to radio. 

I'll never forget, I was 14, we'd lived in Australia for a few years, we were sailing back to Scotland, had just come through a storm in the Caribbean when the news came through.

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Only 31 so was not around during this tragic time but the paranoia my Granda had for me going on the supporters bus and attending games due this disaster was frightening. 

No supporters deserve to go to a game to not return home. 

Hope the club do something special to remember them. 

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15 hours ago, TheJacketRFC said:

Only 31 so was not around during this tragic time but the paranoia my Granda had for me going on the supporters bus and attending games due this disaster was frightening. 

No supporters deserve to go to a game to not return home. 

Hope the club do something special to remember them. 

I thought the club had something special planned mate . It seems all very quiet on that front at this moment .

Hopefully we will have something announced soon 

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On 10/12/2020 at 08:09, eejay the dj said:

I thought the club had something special planned mate . It seems all very quiet on that front at this moment .

Hopefully we will have something announced soon 

Hopefully they can find a good balance between the private respect and the public respect. Many folk will have their own memories and thoughts.

An occasion that will always be close to the hearts of the good folk of Glasgow and beyond. It was the worst day imaginable, but the response of the city as a whole on that day and subsequent days was immense.

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I was really young when it happened. As I've mentioned before I lived in Kinning Park at the time. The memory of hearing the ambulance sirens heading towards Ibrox still haunts me to this day.

Whenever i was with my dad our conversation was ALWAYS about the Rangers, right up to the day before he died, but we always found it difficult to speak about what happened on that terrible day in 1971, it was just too painful. It still is and always will be. 

Really nice touch by @eejay the dj starting this thread. Interesting and sad hearing about my fellow Rangers supporters memories of that fateful day 😔

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3 hours ago, colwot said:

There were about a dozen of us from the supporters bus, halfway up the terracing, behind the goal at the Rangers end. When celtic scored, three of my mates from school said to me, "We're going to head up to the top of the terracing and watch the end of the game from there". I said I'd wait with the rest of the lads until the end of the game. 16 years old and that may have been
the best decision of my life!

After the final whistle I got separated from the rest of the lads on the way up to the top of the terracing. I remember getting to the top of Stairway 13 and the crowd had almost stopped moving. There was an old boy, stood on top of a pie stall, shouting for people to get back. I climbed over a fence and went down the grass verge beside the stairs. I remember it being steep, slippy, and with a bit of a drop at the bottom.

I got back to the bus and the convenor made a head count - 3 missing. It was my schoolmates who left us after the celtic goal. I said to the convenor that they probably left the ground before us. He gave them another 10 minutes and then the bus left.

On the bus, we knew nothing about the disaster. The bus may have had a radio, but the reception was always very crackly while the engine was running, so the radio would not have been on. Someone said that there were some broken barriers but didn't know anything else.

Arriving home, unusually there were several people, including my father, waiting to meet the bus. My dad asked me about the accident. I said I'd heard there were some barriers broken. My dad said "There's 13 people dead". All evening there were News Flashes after every programme on the TV, and with each, the death toll had risen.

It wasn't until I got to school on the Monday that I learned that the 3, lads that were missing from the bus, were OK. They had been caught in the crush on the stairway, and had been taken to hospital, but had all survived. In those days, being involved in a National Disaster was no excuse for a day off school!

I don't get to Ibrox very often nowadays, as I don't live in Scotland, but when I do I always take a moment at the two memorials.

Thank you for posting your memories, @colwot, there are few left who experienced the tragedy directly. 

For my own part, I was too young to go to an old firm game, but my dad and uncle made the choice to go down the PRW after the final whistle, oblivious to the tragedy rather than taking their more usual route of Stairway 13 then the Copland Road subway  to Merkland Street, to buy a fish supper then have a few to many pints and whiskies in Partick before heading back home to Knightswood. IWe did not know they were safe till they arrived back at 9.30 that night, as they left the pubs early as the news filtered through.No mobile phones in those days.  I often wonder if that choice was made due to congestion on the other side of the terrace up to Stairway 13. I'll never know now. And the real truth of what happened will probably remain unknown. 

 

I do not know what the club will do, as mentioned before they will hopefully get the balance between private grief and public grief correct. 

I notice there are hints of a new memorial, and think this would be the best gesture. 

The current memorial of arguably our most famous player and captain which bears the names of those who died is of course a remarkable tribute, but I am sure all of us, including Mr Greig himself would like to see a suitable memorial dedicated solely to those who died or were injured, and their relatives and friends.  This in my opinion would be the best thing we should aim for, and hopefully a nice wee title win could also be dedicated not only to those who haven't seen a league trophy win yet, but also to those who's chance of seeing another trophy win were so taken so sadly from them. 

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This Jan 2 will be an Old Firm game like no other.

There will be a lot of heavy hearts from older bears. My father and uncle were at the game in the main stand. I was at home as an 8 yr old listening to the updates on my dad's transistor radio. I remember that radio for all the paint drippings on it.

Such a sad day, not just in football but in Scottish history.

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