Saturday, 2 January 2010

Looking Back - Sixty-Six Die In Scottish Football Disaster

On this day in 1971, sixty-six football supporters were killed following a match between Old Firm rivals 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.
(Pictured above right: where the tragedy happened as fans left the stadium.)
Initial reports suggested 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.
Everyone was struggling to get out, suffocating - it was essentially a fight for survival
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 ground.
"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 the tragedy.
Alick Buchanan-Smith, Scottish minister for Home Affairs, has called for an immediate inquiry into the disaster.
A public inquiry later discounted the initial version of events which suggested fans had been attempting to go back up the stairway.
It is now believed the crush was caused simply by the downward force of so many supporters leaving at the same time.
The momentum of the crowd meant that once people started to fall, there was no way of holding the mass of bodies back.
The disaster remains the worst in the history of Scottish football and is surpassed only by the Hillsborough tragedy in British football.

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Why Do We Say That?

This is derived from the honey month. It was an old tradition that newly weds drank mead (which is made from honey) for a month after the wedding.

In the Middle Ages and Tudor times rents were sometimes paid in peppercorns because pepper was so expensive. Peppercorns wee actually used as a form of currency. They were given as bribes or as part of a brides dowry.

This is something bought without checking it first. A poke was a bag. If you bought a pig in a poke it might turn out the 'pig' was actually a puppy or a cat.

This comes from Romans 13:1 when Paul says 'the powers that be are ordained of God'.

This has nothing to do with Scotland. Scot is an old word for payment so if you went scot free you went without paying.

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Thought For Today

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
Immanuel Kant