John Hartson


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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111 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    Spot on. He did a few spots on Talk Sport last year too, and was all at once knowledgeable, honest and likeable. I met him once, in a nightclub, I was on a stag night and was probably the 400th person that night to slur an invite for a drink to him. Far from being the boorish pot-plant kicking lout that he was portrayed as at the time, he was friendly and polite, not just detached and wary but seemingly seeing the funny side of it all. I wish him a really speedy recovery.

  2. Martin says:

    I hope you give the cancer the same battle you gave opposition defenders when playing for us in 1999-2001 Big John.

  3. luton town fan says:

    john all football fans r think of u at this sad time.get well soon john

  4. Joanne Hall says:

    Hope you make a full recovery John, will be thinking of you

  5. gingerhammer says:

    Good article, just wish the rest of the media world took note. there quick to right him off!! As a west ham fan, growing up, the late nineties provided us with Mr Hartson and his “typical number 9″ style. I visited the training ground as an over excited kid in the summer holidays and what a top bloke, he took us inside as it was raining and gave us all autographed photos and answered questions as if it was no bother, when all the other players couldnt wait to get in there motors. Get well john, if you battle this like you did sol campbell that night against the spurs you will have no bother!

  6. Karen says:

    All the best John, thinking of you at this trying time. Keep battling!!
    West Bromwich Albion Fan

  7. mickeyCFC says:

    John all the thoughts of Celtic fans from Derry are with you.
    We all know your strong,
    You will win this battle
    God bless
    Get well soon we’re all thinking on you

  8. Carol wolves f(an) says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this time John if anyone can fight this horrible illnes you can
    God bless

  9. gers fan says:

    Loved to hate you when you played with the ‘tic but….hey… that only cos you were good !
    You can beat this. Good luck

  10. Jean W.B.A. fan says:

    All the best Big John, Good luck,you will beat this, like you beat up the opposition

  11. CFC Glos says:

    Legend to the sport! hope you make a full recovery

  12. CFC Glos says:

    also nice comment from gers fan. nice to put the rivalry aside and appreciate a great player

  13. Dave Fife Gers fan says:

    As a player you gave over 100%.I hope your recovery is the same.Good luck m8,all the best.

  14. HollowayHarry says:

    Even though Arsene got rid of him pretty sharpish, the fella has continued to praise us and indeed back us when the media world have been on our backs. The fella is a legend, and I have also had the pleasure of meeting him when he went to West Ham and he still had nothing but praise for The Arsenal. We are all thinking of you John.

  15. To John and his family

    My thoughts are with you .Keep fighting John.Best wishes from all Albion fans ,may the force be with you.

  16. Ingram (Celtic Fan) says:

    To John,

    Pure Celtic Legend who fought for the Green and White Hoops and won over some many Tic fans with his heart and RANGERS goals.

    Best of luck in your latest fight big man.

  17. JOE CELTIC FAN says:

    all the best big man YNWA.

  18. wishing big John a speedy recovery loved him when he played for the hammers.

  19. Alan says:

    John and Family

    Hey big man, the world needs guys like you, we will all fight this with you.

    football fan.

  20. Ann (Celtic Fan) says:

    Just arrived back from holiday to hear your awful news, have been praying for you since I heard. Keep your chin up John you can beat this. x

  21. Fighting Spirit says:

    Youll Never Walk Alone John . Stick in Big Man . Were all Praying for you

  22. Kay Wales/Cardiff Fan says:

    All of Wales has your back John “Cmon”
    God bless you and the family

  23. tony elson says:

    I was lucky enough to spend an hour on a train with john last april,HE was both polite and freindly,A very down to earth man.I just want to wish him a full recovery and say you can beat this john .tony maritime chef

  24. brian mcs says:

    You are a true gentle giant John,you have the strength and courage to beat this illness.You are in our hearts minds and prayers. God bless you.

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  26. mark williams says:

    big man you can beat this u are a fighter thinking of you….

    mark williams

  27. Phil Gooner says:

    You’ll make it through big John.
    Gooners are praying for you.

  28. Chris Cairns says:

    Get well soon big man the thoughts and prayers of my family and the whole Celtic family go out to you!!!

  29. Toots says:

    Get well soon ‘big bad john’ all celtic fans everywhere pray for your full recovery.Hail hail!

  30. Steve Roberts says:

    Keep fighting John, very best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Always remember you almost scoring against England, best save I ever saw live from Paul Robinson, it had to be from your header.
    Grimsby Town fan Steve

  31. Rhyso says:

    All the best John
    Legend of Welsh football

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  33. David Douglas says:

    Hope you Pull through, battle like you use to on the pitch come on John!

  34. Captain Slog says:

    The Big C does not respect boundaries or rules and certainly does not play a fair game or hand. My thoughts go out to John and his family at this time.
    I pray that you pull through and get to inspire others.

    Captain Slog star date 16/07/09

  35. william says:

    get well soon big man see you at paradise soon all our love and support at the celtic family

  36. Celtic fan says:

    Big man you can pull through this!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    The larrson and hartson partnership up front….unstoppable!

  37. lesley says:

    Praying for you and your family.
    If anyone can beat this John, you can!

  38. Pompey Chris says:

    Get well soon big man, my thought are with you and your family

  39. simon says:

    im a swansea man also met john in swansea, and a avid swansea city fan like john and also follow the gunners were john was at his best, i wish john my best wishes and luck to battle this horrid best wishes to his family.

  40. steve lang says:

    you can beat it john big strong lad come on fight it m8 ur not a quiter all my strength is with you god bless u

  41. DUNCAN says:

    Get well soon john you were a top footballer and equally a top bloke my thoughts are with you and your family wishing you a
    speedy recovery
    villa fan duncan

  42. shaun says:

    praying for you big feller,you were a fighter on the pitch and you can fight this.god bless.shaun portsmouth fc.

  43. Jonathan Bowden says:

    Such a sad story,And all happening so fast,As a Man City fan i never had the pleasure of having John play for us but i have always been an admirer of his,And i’m sure he will be remembered up at Celtic with the clubs legends of the past in years to come,Get well soon John

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  45. larry says:

    yep very sad news indeed, John is old school and a regular guy, I really hope he pulls through, it is nice to see the kind comments across the football divide

  46. celtic fan kilrea says:

    met u at celtic dinner in belfast 3 years ago gentle giant of a man wishing u all the best big man no u will beat it

  47. Ashley Burge says:

    Big John, a true legend of Welsh Football, I have no doubt you’ll pull through this, if anyone can beat this horrific illness then it’s you bigman.

    You’ve been an inspiration throughout your career, a true professional and a top bloke. Get well soon and we’ll be seeing that big frame on our screens once again very soon.

  48. Fiona says:

    You can get through this John!
    My thoughts and prayers r with you.
    You were amazing at celtic, just keep thinking about all the good times and, you’ll pull through this

  49. Sally Garside says:

    To All the Hartson Family

    Sending my love and prayers to you all at this difficult time, I used to work with brother James at Kennington, so my thoughts are very much with you now

  50. Hammer Always says:

    All the best, John. You can do it.

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