THOUSANDS of people gathered yesterday at the home of Rangers FC to remember the darkest chapter in Scottish footballing history.
IN A sporting arena where passion usually takes the form of the crowd's roar, it was a moment incomparable for its emotional power. Ibrox, the home of Rangers FC, fell silent yesterday to commemorate those supporters lost in Scottish football's most sombre hour.
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Thousands gathered at Ibrox stadium today to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster which killed 66 people.
Forty years on, and the pain for the relatives of the 66 Ibrox Disaster victims is as fresh as it was in 1971. Then, as now, Glasgow laid aside the most poisonous of football rivalries to bring comfort to the grieving families. Both before Sunday's Old Firm match and at yesterday's memorial service, the commemoration of that dreadful day was moving, appropriate and as well- observed as could have been expected.
Even amid the sound and the fury some silence was allowed its place. A silent minute lasting 82 seconds to be precise, disturbed only by a few coughs and the whirr of the rotor blades of a passing helicopter, as the 66 men, boys and one woman who lost their lives at Ibrox 40 years ago were honoured.
The following is an extract from The Scotsman of Monday 4 January, 1971, reporting the tragic impact the disaster had on the small Fife town of Markinch.
RANGERS and Celtic fans put their bitter rivalry to one side yesterday as they remembered the victims of one of Scottish football's darkest days.
FEW recent national disasters are etched deeper in the Scottish psyche than the tragedy at Ibrox, in January 1971, when Rangers and Celtic played their traditional New Year fixture.
FAMILIES of the victims of the Ibrox disaster are considering legal action against the Scottish Secretary after secret documents revealed the government had ruled out stadium improvements six months before the accident killed 66 fans.
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