Alex Totten has encouraged all Falkirk fans to head to the Falkirk Stadium this Sunday in support of former player, David Hagen.
The Bairns will join with Hearts in a combined XI against Rangers to raise money for David, who was sadly diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year.
Alex explained how the game came about: “I phoned Rangers to see if they’d send a team through and they were delighted to, then I phoned Hearts and Craig Levein was great about it, he was on the phone asking how many players I needed and such.
“Even the staff here at Falkirk have been great, like Ray McKinnon and Darren Taylor who were happy to take the game and organise it for David.”
David, who is 45, will be at the match on Sunday with his family.
Kick off was originally supposed to be at 1:00pm, but has been moved forward to 4:00pm so it doesn’t clash with the Rangers game earlier in the day.
Alex, who managed David during his second spell at the club continued:
“When I came to Falkirk, David was here as a player, and he was a great player for me, especially in the 1997 run to the Scottish Cup Final where he got some extremely important goals and assists.
“He was strong with his right foot and his left foot, and he was good in the air as well.
“He played 172 games and scored 20 goals, so he definitely played his part, but not only was he a good player but a good lad.”
All proceeds of the match will go to David’s continued care and support, alongside Motor Neurone Disease.
“It’s all volunteers, nobody’s taking money from the refereeing team to the turnstile operators,” said Alex.
“Hopefully there will be a good turnout of Falkirk, Rangers, and Hearts fans, just to try and raise as much money as possible for David and Motor Neurone Disease.”
David began his career at Rangers then had a stint at Hearts before joining the Bairns where he played over 100 games.
Alex added: “I see him once a week and it’s a great shame what’s happened to him.
“I saw him at a function Rangers had for him last week and he was doing alright, it was good to see around two hundred people there supporting him.
“We’re just trying to do our best for him, as he was a very good servant of the club and I think as many should come along as they can.”
The David Hagen Benefit Match will kick off at 16:00 this Sunday. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s and pay at the gate is available in the Main Stand.