Falkirk pledge prize draw profits to MND Scotland in memory of David Hagen

All Falkirk FC profits from this week’s 50-50 draw will be donated to MND Scotland charity, the club has announced, in memory of former player David Hagen.

By David Oliver
Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 9:19 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 9:20 pm
Alex Totten and David Hagen. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Alex Totten and David Hagen. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The weekly draw, made after each re-run Falkirk game on Saturday afternoons during lockdown, has raised between £1400 and over £2000 in recent months for both prize winners and the club with proceeds split between both.

However after the death last Friday of David Hagen, who played 170 times for the Bairns, the club has pledged their portion of this weekend’s fund will be donated to the charity.

The 47-year-old had been suffering from motor neurone disease for more than two years when he died last week.

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The news was welcomed by fans across the football spectrum and at the charity, with Rangers supporters and fans of other clubs moving to buy tickets for this weekend’s special draw.

Hagen also played for Rangers, Hearts, Clyde, Peterhead and Livingston before finishing his career at Bo’ness United. He began his football career at Grahamston Boys Club.

After football he worked as a driving instructor and taxi driver.

His death was met with tributes from across football including his former clubs and managers Alex Totten, Walter Smith and team-mates such as Jamie McGowan, Steven Pressley and Gary Locke.

His funeral will be held next Friday with the cortege passing The Falkirk Stadium.

Rangers Former Players Benevolent Fund Dinner, hosting a fundraiser for former Rangers and Falkirk player David Hagen Beancross Restaurant, October 2018. Picture: Alan Murray.
David Hagen and Brian Hamilton at Hearts