Press release below from Rangers on commemoration plans:
Rangers Football Club and its supporters will commemorate those who tragically lost their lives in the 1971 Ibrox Disaster on the 40th anniversary in January.
A special memorial service for the families and friends will be held at Ibrox Stadium on Monday 3rd January at which 66 Rangers fans who died after the Old Firm derby in 1971 will be remembered.
The 40th anniversary will also be marked on the 2nd January, 2011 with a minute’s silence and other tributes at the Old Firm match at Ibrox. Final details will be confirmed in due course.
The Club has been in contact with relatives of those who lost their lives in the disaster and we fully appreciate the support and co-operation we have received from the SPL, Strathclyde Police and Celtic Football Club with regard to the arrangements to mark the anniversary. More details of the memorial service will be confirmed at a later date.
The SPL has confirmed today that the Old Firm derby will take place on Sunday 2nd January at 12.45pm and in accordance with the wishes of many families, the memorial service will be held on January 3.
John Greig, who captained Rangers in the 1971 derby, commented: “The terrible events of 2nd January, 1971 will never be forgotten. It was a horrific day for everyone who lost loved ones at the game and they will always be in our thoughts.”
Andy Kerr, President of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, said: “It is fitting that the Club marks the 40th anniversary with a dedicated memorial service for the friends and families in addition to the tributes at the Old Firm derby the day before, when I am certain every fan present will show their respect for those who were lost.”
Relatives of those who died who have not already been contacted by the Club and wish to attend the memorial service are asked to call Jim Hannah, Rangers Supporters Liaison Manager, on 0141-580 8670.