Past and present Falkirk FC players and fans turn out on David Hagen funeral route

Team-mates and fans turned out at Falkirk FC to pay their final respects to David Hagen.

By David Oliver
Friday, 7th August 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Friday, 7th August 2020, 3:48 pm

The footballer died last month after a two-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

A private funeral was held at Falkirk crematorium today, but prior to the service the 47-year-old’s cortege visited several significant landmarks in the player’s local life.

It passed through his hometown of Bonnybridge and entered Falkirk on Camelon Road, then along Hope Street passing close to Brockville where he played for the Bairns – turning out almost 170 times in the navy blue.

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The player made one final visit to Falkirk FC where ALex Totten added a wreath. Picture: Michael Gillen.

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The route also took in one last visit to the football club, and stopped outside the front door of The Falkirk Stadium where fans had gathered and team-mates from the 1997 Scottish Cup final squad lined the street along with present Falkirk managers Lee Miller and David McCracken, chairman Gary Deans and captain Gary Miller.

The cortege was met with applause and paused while Hagen’s former manager, Alex Totten, placed a wreath inside the hearse on behalf of the club.

Former Rangers players Charlie Miller and Gary Bollan also turned out for the ex-Ger at The Falkirk Stadium.

Players and staff, past and present, turned out to pay their respects tpo the Bairns midfielder. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Hagen played locally for Grahamston Boys Club before progressing to Rangers where he starred in the first team under Walter Smith. He left Ibrox for Hearts and then transferred to Falkirk where he spent a large part of his playing career.

After Brockville he turned out for Livingston, Clyde, Peterhead and Bo’ness United and worked as a taxi driver locally after retiring from the game.

The route passed several special local places in the footballer's life. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Fans and friends turned out to pay their respects. Picture: Michael Gillen.
. David McCracken, Falkirk co-manager; Gary Miller, new Falkirk captain and Lee Miller, Falkirk co-manager were among those lining the route. Picture: Michael Gillen.