RANGERS are to commemorate the 1961 Ibrox disaster at the Old Firm match on Sunday, September 18 which falls almost 50 years to the day that Tommy Thomson and George Nelson lost their lives.
The families of the two men will be special guests of the club at the derby fixture. On the morning of the game a short wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the John Greig Statue and black armbands will be worn during the game.
Tommy, 29, from Gourock and George, just 22, from Penilee in Glasgow were caught up in an horrific crush at the end of the Rangers-Celtic match on September 16, 1961, which had finished 2-2, and died on the stairway as they tried to leave the Copland Road end of the ground.
Witnesses said two men fell and as others tried to stop them being trampled upon a terrible crush developed and a barrier gave way and a fence to the right collapsed.
Supporters were swept off their feet. An official of the St Andrews Ambulance Association said at the time that it was like a solid mass of people plunging down the stairway.
Around 30 ambulances took the injured to the Victoria Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital and many were detained over the weekend.
Over 50 people were hurt but, worst of all, Tommy Thomson and George Nelson lost their lives.
The 1961 disaster will also be recognised every January at the nearest home match to January 2 which is the anniversary of the 1971 tragedy when 66 people died on Stairway 13. Two wreaths will be laid in remembrance.