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Disaster Victims Remembered


RANGERS remembered the victims of the 1971 Ibrox Disaster this morning with a short service at the statue of John Greig outside the Bill Struth Main Stand.

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the day 66 Light Blues supporters died when there was a crush on Stairway 13 at the ground after a city derby with Celtic.

It was the biggest single loss of life at the stadium after 25 people perished there at a Scotland-England international in 1902 and two more were killed in a 1961 accident.

And while 2012 was the most turbulent year in the club’s history, what happened more than four decades ago stands as the most traumatic event in Gers’ existence.

The Disaster was something which affected very many families at the time and which continues to impact on them to this day.

Fans across the country and beyond have done a lot in recent times to ensure those who passed on in 1971 are never forgotten through various tributes and memorials.

The club itself also does what it can to remember the victims who died after cheering their team in the 1-1 draw.

Reverend Stuart McQuarrie conducted the annual service on Edmiston Drive, which lasted around 15 minutes.

Fans’ liaison officer Jim Hannah and chief executive Charles Green both read passages before chairman Malcolm Murray laid a wreath at the foot of the statue.

Reverend McQuarrie then talked of his hope Sandy Jardine can continue making good progress in his fight against cancer.

He also spoke about former club director Hugh Adam, who died on Saturday, and the role he played in shaping Ibrox into the modern, all-seated stadium it is at present.

Everyone at Rangers Football Club sends their condolences and sympathies to the Adam family at this difficult time.

A two-minute silence was observed before Reverend McQuarrie brought the simple service to a close.

Also present were manager Ally McCoist, former boss and director Walter Smith and head of football administration Andrew Dickson.

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