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. Tony Ross Celtic Fan says:

    To John and his Family,
    Big Man,Battle this like you Battled for the Celtic..Your strong’ve got a chance..! Thoughs and prayers with you & your family. see you soon big Man, You’ll Never Walk Alone John x

  2. kevan hendren says:

    your in our harts your in our souls big john , if ever anybody was up to the fight its you big john, all the celtic family all over the world are united in prayer for you , god bless you big man a true timalloy

  3. I met the big man in Belfast City Airport back in 2004. He was so down-to-earth and was very happy to stand and chat for a while. Needless to say, I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s plight.

    I wish you all the very best in your fight against this, John. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers, big man.

  4. Frank says:

    John on behalf of all celtic fans here in Derry and indeed the 32 counties of Ireland i wish to extend our sincere best wishes to you at this very difficult time,we hope and pray that you make a full recovery. keep the celtic fighting spirit alive john and never ever give up. god bless ya big man!

  5. terry says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with you big man from all at barnsley fc

  6. Jim says:

    Im a Rangers fan, but that means nothing in relation to what John is going through. He was an exciting footballer to watch, a pain in the butt to read his columns in the papers, and annoying to listen to on the TV but thats probably what he was trying to achieve. I wish him all the best in his recovery, and Im absolutely certain he will beat this terrible disease which he has done nothing to deserve!!! Come on John, keep yer heid doon and you will be fine big man !

  7. Wazza T Ossett says:

    Keep battling John..Top player Top bloke…Pure warrior

  8. rab celtic fc number1 says:

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

  9. big admirer says:

    thinking of big john and his family at this very difficult time. com’on big boy xx

  10. Derrick Scholey says:

    Sheffield Wednesday fan
    You gave everything on the field. Pray that you have the strength to win this battle.

  11. tony says:

    hi big lad . i also had testicular cancer that spread to my lungs and heading for my brain . iam still here 8 years later and not a lump in sight . you will be ok . i found great faith in st jude . please pray to him and you WILL be ok . good luck for the feture it will be a long one

  12. AFCWoody says:

    Good luck to you John. You’re big enough and strong enough (and you’ve got love enough from folk around ya) to see this off. Take care x

  13. Andy g says:

    Thanks for all the memories as a legendary hoops striker,we have had many imposters over the years who think they are above the fans but you have always treated us with respect,along with the goals in vigo and anfield and the many against rangers you have raised the standard as a footballer and a man! Thankyou and looking forward to you fulfilling your ambitions in the future after you bully this illness like you did with defences all over europe and send it off in defeat big man! YNWA BBJ

  14. well wisher k/k says:

    God bless and give you strength-
    Your not walking alone..

  15. rancidbhoy says:

    good luck big man i know you will fight this and beat it Y.N.W.A every decent football fan out there is 100% behind you and a big thanks for that goal in liverpool had such a great night that night

  16. Duncan says:


    I am a ‘true blue’ and have searched high and low to leave a message. Fight a brave fight and pull through to the other side for the sake of your young family. All the very best JH – although you had me cursing in frustration as a Rangers supporter, those times belong in the past as I wish you well. God Speed.

  17. Lee E. LTFC says:

    Good luck john my thoughts
    are with you and your family

  18. J & L Mason says:

    All the best BBJ. You can do this, we are all praying for you.

  19. Andy Gee says:

    As a Celtic fan it was devastating to hear of Big John’s illness. Hope he gets well in the future.

  20. lee spurs fan says:

    Thoughts with you and your family fight it all the way you can beat it.

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  22. Bigsean2343 says:

    John you never let your head down when you played for the hoops. You always gave it your all 110%. This might be your biggest battle yet but you can win it. Thinking of you and your family and you are in my prayers.Go on John you can do it.

  23. Gibbo & Family (LTFC) says:

    Good Luck to you John and your family. Our thoughts are with you all

  24. Mark says:

    My thoughts are with John and his family, best of luck in your battle against this. Everyone is wishing you a speedy recovery.

  25. Rangers Al says:

    Good luck big man, keep fighting and I wish you and your family the best. Great player and good TV pundit.

  26. hayski says:

    Hope you get well soon John. I almost feel obliged to mention I’m a Rangers fan to add some weight to my comment, but just as a human being, all alegiances aside, you seem a decent gentleman and I hope you beat this.

  27. michael kelly says:

    big john!! hope you get well soon big man,great memories of you at celtic park and thanks for taking the time to come to the newlodge rd, belfast, to the kids youth club. when i say “time”, it was in your own time, thinkin about others and not yourself, the type of guy you are, thanks again johnny.

  28. Liz B says:

    Get well soon John. Thinking of you and your family every day and just know you have the fight in you to beat this thing.

  29. CCFC 4 Eva says:

    John, as my name states i’m a Bluebird through and through!! But football rivalries go out of the window at this time, you were as proud a Welshman as could have been, and i loved watching in the red of Wales!! C’mon big man you can get through this!!

    Cardiff City fan

  30. TINA CFC says:


  31. swoop says:

    john hartson,you,ll never walk alone,even here in rotterdam [netherlands] we want to give you some support good luck mate,from swoop a feyenoordsupporter

  32. rabbie CFC says:

    god bless u big man we know u can beat this evil ,like stubbs did our prayers are with u and your family good luck future i know it will be a long one.(y n w a )

  33. alan wylie says:

    thinking about you big man ave lit a candle every nite and hope to blow it out soon when a now you will be ok

  34. Emma Dickins says:

    Thinking and praying for John at this terrible time. He always showed a strength of character when playing football and hopefully this will carry on with this battle!

  35. Catherine says:

    get well sOon big man hail hail !! lOve catherine xXx

  36. bill logan says:

    John I first saw you as a YTS boy at Luton when you were known as Shaggy and played on the wing, all those years later I saw you play for my beloved Celic, hope you fight this battle as you fought and succeeded in being a top footballer

  37. All the best big John in your fight against this terrible disease.It will be a long hard battle but if anyone can do it i am sure you can for the sake of your lovely family.

    Thoughts and prayers of all my family are with you.

  38. Huw Davies says:

    Paid a becso John bach. Ro’n i’n 34 oed, yn dad i 3 o blant a cael “testicular cancer”. Snap! Dim lot o wallt chwaith! Fi’n 51 nawr. Nid yw’r tumor (na’r gwallt) wedi tyfi nol!
    Diolch am y goliau a’r hwyl.

  39. bongo livi punk says:

    bbj you were f..king great that goal u scored liverpool …… and i love the pool all the best and god bless

  40. Julie Mackeddie says:

    All the best John to you and your family, God speed a happy and long recovery and many thanks to all the Rangers supporters for their good wishes, we should all stick together at this hard times. We are praying for you and your family. Hail Hail xxx

  41. joseph doyle says:

    As a life long Celtic fan I have seen many great players and Big John was one of them who fought so many great battle,s for us now its time to fight another and with the prayers and thoughts of us all I hope and pray you will win this battle. God Bless.

  42. Gooner Girl says:

    John, so sad to hear of your illness, and praying for you on the long road ahead. Very best wishes and God’s blessings on you and your family.

  43. wee courtney smart CFC says:

    hope u get better soon love to you and all your family

  44. liz b (c f c ) says:

    praying for you and your family at this hard time john your a big strong gui and i know you can beats god bless big man

  45. liz b (c f c ) says:

    praying for you and your family at this hard time john your a big strong gui and i know you can beats god bless big man

  46. Kev CFC says:

    all the best bigman we all know you can do it, youll never walk alone

  47. MADSTOFFA says:

    I wish you all the best in your recovery. Because that is what the next few months will be. You are fighter an i am sure you will attack this in the same vain as you did in your football career. Let me just say as a Leeds United fan that i hope all football fans are praying for a true gent.

  48. mike cheadle man city says:

    i really hope you can win this battle like you won so many against big centre halfs !!

  49. gerry nelson says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery big man. The thunderbolt against Liverpool is one goal I’ll never forget.

  50. Moggie says:

    you can fight this big man the same way you fought and beat all those centre halves over the years……. and its great to see messages from rivals such as the bluebirds and gers… something like this brings it all into perspective.

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