THE Faifley community will come together on Saturday to pay tribute to three local men who lost their lives in the 1971 Ibrox disaster.

George Adams, Charles Dougan and John Gardiner will be remembered in a plaque, which will be fitted at the site of the former Doublet Bar.

The pub, which was on Milldam Road, was the location from where the local Rangers supporters’ bus would leave for matches.

Children and adults are set to gather at the Father and Son Statue at 11.15am, while Reverend Gregor McIntyre of Faifley Parish Church will say some words in remembrance.

Councillor Jim Finn is among those who will be in attendance at the event and he praised the community for rallying round to organise an important tribute.

He told the Post: “I think it’s a good idea. They’re not forgotten. A guy across the road from me, when I stayed on Faifley Road, was killed in the Ibrox disaster. I was only young at the time.

“These things have got to be remembered. They were human beings. It didn’t matter whether they supported Rangers or Celtic, or what religion they were, they were out on a Saturday enjoying a game of football and tragedy happened.

“They were innocent people. It’s got to be remembered. It says a lot about the Faifley community because they’re not all Rangers supporters. They’re pulling together to remember these things.”

The project to leave the permanent tribute left to the men was taken on by Faifley Community Council, after it had been suggested by a group of friends.

And now the three men from Faifley, who have their names etched on a memorial at the Ibrox Stadium, will be remembered at home.

The tragedy, which took place on January 2, 1971, saw 66 people lose their lives in a crush at the end of a match with Celtic and another 200 people suffer injuries.

It happened at Stairwell 13, an exit stairway at Rangers’ stadium, then known as Ibrox Park, and was considered one of the worst British football tragedies until the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield in 1989.

After the unveiling of the memorial plaque, those in attendance have been invited to Skypoint on Lennox Drive for an Easter Egg Hunt from 12pm to 2pm.