John Hartson

Where is John Hartson now?

Former Welsh international striker John Hartson retired from playing in 2008 after problems with weight and fitness during his spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Scoring goals at every club he played for, he 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.

He also represented the Wales national team on 51 occasions, 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 and released a book which talks about his experiences  – Please Don’t Go: Big John’s Journey Back to Life

Having previously coached at Newport County on a part-time basis, Hartson joined the Welsh national team as part of Chris Coleman’s coaching staff in 2012 but left in November 2013 due to family and work commitments.

Hartson has now forged a career in the media and is 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 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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