Clyde pay tribute to former star David Hagen

David Hagen spent three years with ClydeDavid Hagen spent three years with Clyde
David Hagen spent three years with Clyde
Clyde have paid tribute to former player David Hagen who lost his battle against MotorNeurone Disease last week at the age of 47.

Hagen, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2018, made 99 appearances for the Bully Wee between 2001 and 2004.

He began his career with Rangers, with who he won seven Scotland und21 caps, and then had spells with Hearts, Falkirk and Livingston before moving to Clyde in September 2001, making his debut in a 3-0 win over Ross County at Broadwood.

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In his second season with with the club, 2002-03, - a campaign in which Clyde came agonisingly close to gaining promotion to the Premier League - Hagen was an ever-present from September onwards, making 34 appearances and scoring four goals in total.

But possibly David’s most famous goal for Clyde was his first for the club, in a match against Raith Rovers at Broadwood in September 2001.

Clyde kicked off and David got the ball on the left touchline, advanced, cut inside and then sent a cracking shot into the net.

The goal was timed at just 16 seconds and was the fastest goal scored at Broadwood at the time.

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After leaving Clyde he spent two seasons at Peterhead before finishing his career in the junior ranks with Bo’ness United.

Clyde chairman John Taylor said: “David was a key member of the squad that almost made history when we missed out on promotion to the Premier League on the last day of the season by Inverness Caley Thistle.

“He was a talented professional who made a significant contribution to The Bully Wee during his time at Broadwood.

“The condolences of all at the club go to David’s family at this extremely difficult and sad time.”

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With Falkirk Hagen played in the 1997 Scottish Cup final against Kilmarnock, which Killie won 1-0, and scored the only goals as the Bairns beat Queen of the South to win the Challenge Cup the same year.

He was also part of the famous Scottish youth side who reached the World Cup Final against Saudi Arabia in 1989.

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