|The tragedy happened as fans left
|1971: Sixty-six die in Scottish football
Sixty-six football supporters have been killed following a clash between
Celtic and Rangers at the Ibrox Park stadium in Glasgow.
The disaster occurred when crush barriers collapsed as thousands of fans made
their way out of the stadium.
Initial reports suggest the tragedy, which happened on stairway 13 of the
stadium, was caused when hundreds of Rangers fans began leaving the match early
believing Celtic had won.
Jimmy Johnstone had scored for Celtic with just a minute to go, but Colin
Stein scored an equalising goal for Rangers during injury time causing a huge
roar to erupt inside the stadium.
According to eye-witnesses, fans attempting to get back up the stairs after
hearing the roar, collided head-on with those coming down the stairs.
Rescuers, who were on the scene within minutes, tried to force their way
through the crowds, but their efforts were mostly in vain. One man who managed
to struggle out of the crush, described the scene.
"I was making my way out of the stadium down the stairs when suddenly
everything seemed to stop," he said.
"The lads at the back just kept coming forward down the stairs.
"I went down with the rest of the crowd, being pushed and pulled onto the
"Everyone was struggling to get out, suffocating - it was essentially a fight
for survival. After 10 or 15 minutes I was dragged out by a policeman and
brought to hospital by ambulance."
Eighteen-year-old Margaret Ferguson was the only female fan to be killed in
Alick Buchanan-Smith, Scottish minister for Home Affairs, has called for an
immediate inquiry into the