John Hartson

Where is John Hartson now?

Former Welsh international striker John Hartson retired from playing in 2008 after problems with weight and fitness whilst turning out for his last club West Bromwich Albion.

Scoring goals at every club he played for, Hartson had arguably the best years of his career up in Scotland with Celtic with whom he represented from 2001 to 2006.

During this period he was part of an extremely successful side which won the Scottish Premier League title on three occasions as well as the Scottish Cup twice and also the Scottish League Cup.

Hartson also won the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year Award and the Scottish Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2005 for his performances in the green and white hooped shirt.

Internationally, Hartson represented the Wales national team 51 times, scoring 14 goals.

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In 2009 Hartson was diagnosed with testicular cancer which had spread to his brain and lungs but after extensive chemotherapy and numerous operations he was given the all clear in 2013.

He has since set up his own foundation which aims to raise the awareness of testicular cancer.

In 2012, Hartson joined the Welsh national team as part of Chris Coleman’s coaching staff but left in November 2013 to concentrate on his media career and to spend more time with his family.

He also released a book in 2011 – Please Don’t Go: Big John’s Journey Back to Life

Having started a new career as a pundit for Setanta Sports, ITV and S4C after he retired from playing, Hartson is now a regular contributor on the BBC’s football programmes Football Focus and Final Score as well as working for BT Sport on their ‘Score’ programme

In 2018, Hartson was one of eight celebrities to perform the ‘Full Monty‘ live on ITV to raise awareness of testicular cancer and prostate cancer.

Follow John Hartson on Twitter @JohnHartson10

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John Hartson: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forArsenal, West Ham United, Wimbledon, Coventry City

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