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Rangers hold memorial service for the 66 victims of Ibrox Disaster

Rangers have remembered the victims of the Ibrox Disaster with a special memorial service at Ibrox Stadium this morning.

On January 2nd, 1971, 66 Rangers fans perished following a crush on Stairway 13 after a 1-1 draw in the annual New Year’s Old Firm match with fierce rivals Celtic.

It is a moment which has left a tragic mark on the history of Rangers Football Club and every year the club and the nation stand still to remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Rangers directors gathered at the stadium to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the Ibrox Disaster with club legend John Greig laying a wreath in their honour.

Fans also gathered to pay their respects before a two-minute silence was observed to remember the 66 souls who lost their lives that day.

Premier League giants Liverpool – themselves having suffered from the pain of Hillborough and the 96 lives lost in April 1989 – also took to Twitter to tell Rangers they were thinking of the club.

Last year – to commemorate 50 years since the Ibrox Disaster – Rangers released a special documentary looking into the events of that day.

Always Remembered – Rangers never forgets victims of the Ibrox Disaster

In Rangers’ storied history – long associated with victory, trophies and good times – there is no moment that stands out more painfully than the events of January 2nd 1971.

To this day, the impact of the crush on Stairway 13 is felt in the corridors of the club and it is a moment which is painfully etched into Rangers history.

As fans left the stadium crash barriers gave way and fans were crushed and suffocated, resulting in the great loss of 66 lives.

From nine-year-old Nigel Pickup to the five lads from Markinch, Peter Easton, Martin Paton, Mason Phillips, Brian Todd and Douglas Morrison, and the 60 other Rangers fans who went to Ibrox and never returned, the Gers take this day to remember those who we lost.

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The tragedy would result in the rebuilding and modernisation of Ibrox Stadium with the stadium of today a lasting Rangers tribute to the victims of the Disaster.

The statue of John Greig at the stadium was also built as a memorial to those who lost their lives on January 2nd, 1971.

In memory of Absent Friends

Bryan Todd, Robert McAdam, Peter Wright, John Gardiner, Richard Bark, William Thomson Summerhill, George Adams, John Neill, James Trainer, Richard Douglas Morrison, James Whyte Rae, David Douglas McGee, Robert Colquhoun Mulholland, David Ronald Paton, George McFarlane Irwin, Ian Frew, John Crawford, Brian Hutchison, Duncan McIsaac McBrearty, Charles John Griffiths Livingstone, Adam Henderson, Richard McLeay, David Cummings Duff, David Fraser McPherson, Robert Lockerbie Rae, Robert Campbell Grant, John McNeil McLeay, David Anderson, John Buchanan, John McInnes Semple, John Jeffrey, Robert Maxwell, Matthew Reid, Alexander McIntyre, Peter Gilchrist Farries, Thomas Melville, John James McGovern, George Wilson, Robert Charles Cairns, Hugh McGregor Addie, James Yuille Mair, Margaret Oliver Ferguson, Robert Turner Carrigan, George Alexander Smith, Walter Robert Raeburn, Andrew Jackson Lindsay, Charles Dougan, William Mason Philip, Russell Morgan, Peter Gordon Easton, George Crockett Findlay, Charles Stirling, Thomas Dickson, James Graham Gray, Thomas McRobbie, Ian Scott Hunter, Nigel Patrick Pickup, Russell Malcolm, Alexander Paterson Orr, Thomas Walker Stirling, James William Sibbald, Frankie Dover, Walter Shields, Thomas Grant, William Duncan Shaw, Donald Robert Sutherland.

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