At least 66 people were killed on Saturday (January 2) in the worst football crowd disaster ever seen in Britain.
GV Players march out onto pitch-PAN-crowd.
LV Players warm up
GV Stands after match (HOLD SOUND DOWN AT 34 FEET)
GV Police car outside stadium.
CU Man interviewed: SOF. (BRING SOUND UP AT 40 FEET)
CU Boy Survivor interviewed: SOF
SV Sir James Robertson & Lord Provost Sir Donald Liddle. (HOLD SOUND DOWN AT 104 FEET)
CU Sit James Robertson SOF. (BRING UP SOUND AT 109 FEET)
SEQ. 5: MAN: "There were more dead, when I got there were more dead people up there than injured people. Three or four occasions I tried to give artificial respiration and there was no avail. I must have been there 20 to half-an-hour, 20 to 30 minutes and the police asked me if I'd help them to take some of the dead bodies out of the ground.
QUESTION: "What was it like at the scene?"
MAN: "The scene was terrible it was like a picture from the last war, bodies were just all over the place."
QUESTION: "Was there anything that you could do?"
MAN: "Nothing, nothing. one who really needed treatment could have done this themselves but the rest were just dead, there was nothing that could be done for them at all."
SEQ. 6: BOY: "I was just going down the steps, we were walking down and firstly these people come down behind us. The more you moved the more you were just falling and we were getting crushed like mad. I could not breathe at all. There was an old fellow just across from me shouted 'I'm during'. I looked round just to try and see him, couldn't move my head at all. Just then I saw him fall, that was the last I was of that fellow. I was just ready for falling too when this policeman grabbed hold of me on the fancy side and pulled me over. That's all I can remember more or less."
QUESTION: "So you'd say the policeman saved your life.
BOY: "Oh aye. I owe my life to the Policeman. I would like to tell him 'thank you very much' also to the hospital tool."
SEQ. 8: SIR JAMES ROBERTSON: "The immediate task was to endeavour to extricate those poor people from the pile of human bodies that we saw there and the police worked magnificently, their coats off pulling them out at the back to relieve the pressure at the front, help with ambulance people and later with the fire people-and helped by members of the public."
INTERVIEWER: "I believe some of the players came across and the manages?"
LORD PROVOST: "Yes the players were involved the spectators were involved. Fortunately most of the spectators seem to have drifted away out of other exits and that gave us the room to work. There's no doubt they weren't hampered by the crowd in that respect. But as I say, many of them remained and were helping, well their friends obviously, their own friends in many cases.
Initials PAF/PN/CO/3.50 PAF/PN/CO/4.04
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Background: At least 66 people were killed on Saturday (January 2) in the worst football crowd disaster ever seen in Britain. It happened as more than 80,000 people were streaming out of Glasgow's Ibrox Park Stadium at the end of the annual New Year's match between Scotland's two greatest clubs: Celtic and Rangers. Survivors described the disaster as 'just like the war'.
Thousands of Rangers supporters streamed towards the exists when their local rivals Celtic scored with less than a minute to go in the match. Then a roar went up as Rangers scored an equalising goal 30 seconds later and those neat the exits scrambled back to see what had happened. They ran into people coming down and soon the crowd became a nightmare of trampled bodies.
The dead were laid out in rows on the pitch while the rescue operations went on, and later the stadium's gymnasium was taken over as a temporary morgue. Players and supporters helped the police, firemen and medical workers with the task of rescuing the injured.
People died as they were crushed against special crash barriers and when these gave way many more were suffocated in the mass of fallen bodies. The Queen has sent messages of sympathy and the British Prime Minister has ordered a full inquiry into the incident.
The rivalry between the two teams-- and supporters -- is intense and based largely on religious beliefs: Rangers being Protestant and Celtic, Roman Catholic. So high is the feeling between the two sets of supporters that they are allocated different sections of the ground. The disaster took place at the Ranger's supporters end. One hundred and eight people are injured, three of them critically. Two survivors of the disaster described the scenes:
Sir James Robertson, the Glasgow Police Chief, and the Lord Provost, Sir Donald Liddle, were interviewed on television about the incidents: