CCFPA Member and ex Wales international John Hartson is set to return to Coventry ’for talks’ again this month. John is booked to appear once more at Christ the King Club Westhill Rd, Coundon (Cov CV62AA) on Saturday November 23rd reminiscing about his life and career (after making a similar appearance earlier this month).
The former Coventry and Celtic striker began his 15-year professional career at Luton Town before moving to the Arsenal in 1995. Spells at West Ham, Wimbledon and then the Sky Blues (in 2001) followed. He moved back to Celtic from the City and spent a further five years at the Glasgow club where he won three Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cup winners medals and one Scottish League Cup winners medal. Overall, John won 51 Welsh caps and scored 14 international goals for his country.
Four years ago, at the age of thirty four, John was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Desperately ill (the cancer had spread to his brain and lungs) he had life-saving surgery and spent many weeks in intensive care. Thankfully he has made an almost miraculous recovery and now devotes a great deal of time to the charity set up in his name – the John Hartson Foundation which CCFPA has also supported in the past (most recently it was a beneficiary of the CCFPA Legends v Midland All Stars game at the Ricoh back in August 2013).
John now regularly appears in the media as a football pundit and does commentary work. He has become a very popular after dinner speaker and has many stories to tell from his time in football. If you want to see Big John at Christ the King this Saturday from 7.30pm, tickets for the talk, compered by our own Association Vice Chairman Billy Bell are priced at £20 which includes chicken and chips. For more information contact Paul on 07791144435 / firstname.lastname@example.org or ask behind the bar at CTK Club. We understand there are only a few places left and that after the event the big fight between Nottingham’s Carl Froch and George Groves will be shown on the big screens at CTK.