Picture behind the story, #17 Disaster in Glasgow!

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Birdseye view of Wastwater with Great Gable under cloud

Wastwater, Cumbria

17. Disaster in Glasgow!

Great Gable, the iconic perfect mountain shaped peak at the head of Wasdale, I’d been up this mountain many times growing up in the area and had brought my “bride to be” to my home for a day out! It was 2nd January, 1971, all,the surrounding peaks covered in snow and ice, not a day for “ordinary hikers”, but a beautiful day for relatively experienced mountaineers.

On the summit of Great Gable, looking down to Wastwater January 1971

Great Gable summit, January 1971

Beautiful that is, until we got back down to our car around 5pm and sat horrified listening to the sports news that 66 people had died at a football match in Glasgow where we were still postgraduate students at the University of Strathclyde. We had friends who were regular supporters of Rangers or Celtic, had they attended, were they there today, all questions that raced through our minds. No mobile phones in those days and it was several days later we found them all to be safe and well. It’s one of those days like Kennedy’s assassination, we all knew where we were on that day!


“The 1971 Ibrox disaster was a crush among the crowd at an Old Firm football game, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries. It happened on 2 January 1971 in an exit stairway at Ibrox Park (now Ibrox Stadium) in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the worst British football disaster until the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield, England, in 1989.”

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2 replies

  1. How awful and a terrible way to end such a lovely day. Pleased to hear your friends were OK.

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  2. I had forgotten about the Ibrox disaster!

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