Camelon Juniors mourn passing of cup winner Derek 'Dodger' Haston

Camelon Juniors and villagers there are mourning former player and manager Derek Haston after his sudden death last week at the age of 60.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 4:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th June 2021, 11:33 am
The Falkirk Herald coverage of Camelon Juniors beating Whitburn Juniors 2-1 in the Final of the Scottish Junior Cup, May 21 1995. Derek 'Dodger' Hatson - second row, third from left

Haston, affectionately known as Dodger, was a key part of the Mariners squad that lifted the OVD Scottish Junior Cup in 1995, the first time the trophy had ever been brought back to Carmuirs Park, and was recognised as a club legend.

A 2-0 win over Whitburn in the final at Motherwell’s Fir Park is still looked back on as one of the greatest days in the history of the club.

Unfortunately for left-back Haston, his game was ended early in the second half due to injury, but the Mariners were still able to get the job done on the day.

Thousands of supporters welcomed back the triumphant team as the trophy was paraded around the village.

Camelon would go on to cap off a great season by securing a league and cup double when they beat Whitburn in the final day of the league season.

The next year the Mariners would go on to reach the final once again, with Haston scoring the winning spot kick in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Pollock in Paisley.

However, they could not replicate the achievement of the previous year and were beaten by Typort in the 1996 final.

Haston, a lorry driver by trade, would go on to have a short spell as manager of Camelon between 1999 and 2000.

He was a former pupil of Falkirk High School and remained local, living in Tamfourhill.

He is survived by wife Kay, daughter Vicky and grandson Finn.