Celtic FC 1970/71

Scotland XI 2 Rangers/Celtic Select 1


Ibrox Disaster Appeal Match

Match programme

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Opponents: Scotland XI vs Rangers/Celtic Select
Competition: Disaster Appeal Match
Date: 27/01/1971
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow
Score: 2-1
Scorers: Archie Gemmill 10, Peter Lorimer 84 (scotland XI) - George Best (Rangers/Celtic Select)
Referee: W. Anderson (East Kilbride)
Attendance: 81,405
Comments: This match was played in aid of the Lord Provost's disaster fund. The fund was set up to help the relatives of the fans that were killed at the end of the Rangers v Celtic match on 2nd of January 1971. A barrier broke on a stairwell after fans had fallen on their way down the stairs and others had fallen over them. Sixty six people were killed and more than 200 injured in a terrible crush. Full story here.

Rangers manager Willie Waddell said "This was a Rangers commitment, but we were not left on our own. Celtic rallied to our side immediately. Bobby Charlton personnified the willingness of his fellow footballers when he said "I'm thrilled to be asked. Just tell me when you want me and where."

Celtic manager Jock Stein said "I would like to think there could be no greater silent memorial to the disaster victims than the joining together of the fans here at Hampden tonight to tumble the barriers which have besmirched Scottish football so often in the past."

The Rangers/Celtic Select was captained by John Greig and included Bobby Charlton and George Best of Manchester United, Peter Bonetti of Chelsea, Jardine, Smith, Henderson, Johnston, McCloy and Conn of Rangers and Celtic were represented by Murdoch, McNeill, Johnstone, Brogan and Hood.

The Scotland XI was taken from Jim Cruikshank (Hearts), Pat Stanton (Hibernian), Joe Harper and Bobby Clark (Aberdeen), John O'Hare and Archie Gemmill (Derby County), Bobby Moncur (Newcastle), Charlie Cooke (Chelsea), Tommy McLean (kilmarnock), Peter Lorimer (Leeds United), Tommy Gemmell and Davie Hay (Celtic), and Ron McKinnon, Colin Stein and Sandy Jardine (Rangers).


This YouTube video was made to mark the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster.