Page 1, 8th January 1971

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Page 1, 8th January 1971 — Requiem Mass for Ibrox victims

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Organisations: celtic f.c., The Rangers
Locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh


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Requiem Mass for Ibrox victims

By a Special Correspondent LASGOW'S "divided community" of the Orange and Green has united in grief as a result of Saturday's disaster, in which 66 people died and more than 100 were injured at a Rangers-Celtic match at Ibrox Stadium.

Hundreds of people were locked outside of a Requiem Mass said for the victims by Archbishop James Scanlan at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Clyde Street, Glasgow, on Tuesday.

The Mass was attended by senior officials and players of both Rangers and Celtic football clubs, by the Lord Provost, Sir Donald Liddle and by Sir James Robertson, the City's Chief Constable,

The lessons were read by Mr, Bob Crampsey. a sports commentator on Scottish television and by Jim Craig, Celtic's international, who played in Saturday's game.

On leaving the Cathedral, Archbishop Scanlan stopped to console Mr. John Lawrence, Rangers' chairman. Rangers' manager, Mr. Willie Waddell and his assistant, Mr. Willie Thornton also spoke to the Archbishop.

Celtic assistant manager Sean Fallon, who was accompanied by the team boss, Jock Stein, had earlier taken part in the Offertory Procession with Mr. William Dunn, chairman of Clyde F.C. and Mr. David McPartand, manager of Partick F.C. The Celtic chairman, Sir Robert Kelly, has been ill recently.

Pope Paul sent a telegram to Archbishop Scanlan through Cardinal Vast, the Vatican Secretary of State, which said: "Learning with deepest distress of the disaster which has plunged Glasgow into mourning, the Holy Father, through Your Grace, expresses his sincerest sympathy with the families of all the victims."

Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray, Archbishop of St. Andrew's and Edinburgh, in a telegram to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, expressed his deepest sympathy.

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