Fans of Rangers and Liverpool unite to remember Hillsborough victims of stadium tragedies

25 November 2010 05:00

A NEW chapter in the growing friendship between fans of Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers is due to begin tomorrow night.

A flag symbolising the fellowship will be officially unveiled at the New Derry Social Club on Mere Lane, Liverpool.

The two clubs are united in tragic circumstances - fans of both teams have died in disasters at stadiums.

On January 2, 1971, 66 Rangers fans died at the Ibrox stadium in Glasgow when the barriers on a staircase gave way.

And the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Reds fans lost their lives at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on April 15, 1989, is one of the darkest days in Merseyside's history.

John McGivern, a taxi driver from Old Swan, is one of the main organisers behind the attempt to forge links between the two sets of fans.

Scot John has lived in Liverpool for seven years but been a regular visitor for 30 years with his Scouse wife.

He said: 'As football fans of clubs who've experienced tragedies like Hillsborough and Ibrox we want to show that we think of each other.

'Last month we had a football match and some of the Scottish lads came down and we were able to meet and talk about how our clubs and fellow fans can share a bond.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo