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John Hartson

Former Footballer and Cancer Survivor

John Hartson is a former professional footballer who played as a striker from 1992 until 2008 notably in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the Premier League for Arsenal and West Ham United. He was then the Wales national team forwards coach until November 2013. John made 400 club appearances, scoring 167 goals. Then he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which had spread to his brain and lungs. Surgery and more than 60 rounds of chemotherapy saved his life. John now helps raise awareness about early detection, alongside his role as Assistant Coach to Wales and Match Of The Day punditry.

"A successful footballer and highly inspiring motivational speaker"

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In detail

John started his professional football career with Luton Town before moving to Arsenal, then on to West Ham and Wimbledon. His most successful time was with Celtic when he scored 88 goals in just 146 appearances and cemented his reputation as a fan favourite. Shortly after leaving Celtic, John retired from playing.

What he offers you

In his presentations John speaks about his career on and off the pitch mixing stories of how he conquered cancer with riveting stories of his life in football.

How he presents

John's motivational presentations and after dinner speeches engage and inspire audiences at a wide range of events.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Football
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • After Dinner

Books and publications

  • 2012
    John Hartson's Celtic Dream Team
  • 2011
    Please Don't Go: Big John's Journey Back to Life (2nd edition)
  • 2006
    The Autobiography

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