Stairway 13: The 1971 Ibrox Disaster Paperback – 1 May 2007
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The Ibrox disaster of 1971 still has the power to send shivers up and down footballing spines and not just in Scotland. Now the truth about the disaster that killed 66 people is finally on the record. Two of the game's best known researchers have unearthed the full story. In a new book about the disaster that followed a New Year Old Firm game, Paul Collier and Donald Taylor demolish the myth that crowds of supporters crashing into each other on Stairway 13 at the Rangers ground in Glasgow caused the tragic deaths. Until now, it was believed it was Rangers' last minute goal against Celtic which brought departing fans surging back up the stairs straight into the tide of others coming down Stairway 13 that caused the death of those 66 people. But it wasn't. The reality is that the stairway was too steep and too narrow. Stairway 13 just couldn't cope with the number of supporters pouring out. It just wasn't big enough. One man probably slipped. Others fell on top. The rest piled up behind. Most of the dead were found still standing in a row like un-collapsed dominoes. The force was so massive their lives had been literally squeezed out where they stood. They were totally helpless.In writing "Stairway 13", co-authors Paul Collier and Donald Taylor went back over all the evidence in meticulous detail. They interviewed survivors, police officers, players, football officials, journalists and photographers and medical staff at the hospitals as well as poring over the evidence from the original enquiry. The new book contains the very last words of footballing legend George Best who wrote the foreword just before his death in 2005. He says he hopes the work will stand as "a fitting tribute to those Rangers supporters who lost their lives that day supporting their team."
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Working on what was obviously a slim budget, Collier and Taylor still detail in a respectful way how the disaster was an accident waiting to happen, how previous serious incidents had occurred on the Stairway 13. The authors then go on to thoroughly debunk some of the myths that surround the disaster. They also do a fine job in detailing the aftermath of the 1971 tragedy and how it eventually paved the way for an impressive state-of-the-art ground. But the real strength of this book lies in the forensic way both authors have managed to track down so many people - players, fans, medical staff and emergency service personnel - who were there on that fateful day. The picture they paint is graphic, at times horrifying but always compelling reading. The haunting images may be painful to read but it's essential that people do read this book to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.
Reading this book makes one realise just how things have changed in society over the past forty years, and not just in terms of crowd safety. Taylor and Collier relate how in the era before mobile phones, the news of the tragedy took some time to radiate out from the locus.Read more ›
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factual, harrowing, compassionate, every rangers fan should have! takes you back to a different time a time when tragedy was dealt with in an all together different manner. Read morePublished on 18 May 2012 by alan its up to you!
This is a very worthwhile book and long overdue, in my opinion.
The build-up to the disaster, the unfolding tragedy itself and the aftermath are very well told in a... Read more