A Wonderful Insight Into the life of "John Hartson"
John needed no introduction to Pontardawe Golf Club, he's a local boy made good, whose sporting career and charity fund raising achievements are legendary in Wales and across the world. A true ambassador for football and life in general.
A packed clubhouse at Pontardawe Golf Club were truly entertained with a truthful, fascinating, warts and all account of John's glittering football career, along with an honest insight into his personal life outside the sport.
The mark of a great after dinner speaker is the order the audience keep and John absolutely mesmerised everyone with a colourful account of his life and you could hear a pin drop as members and guests listened intently to John's account of his life to date.
John spoke about his football career with passion, the highs, the lows, the serious stories and the funny stories, John didn't hide anything and told all.
As a youngster John represented Lonlas Boys' Club in Skewen, playing his first match aged six, he joined Luton Town's Youth Training Scheme at the age of sixteen.
John became British football’s most expensive teenager when he moved from Luton to Arsenal for £2.5 million. He made over 500 appearances for clubs such as , Luton, Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry, Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich, scoring over 200 goals along the way. John is one of only four players to score a hat-trick for the Welsh under 21's and was capped 51 times for Wales at senior level, scoring 14 international goals.
After successfully overcoming illness, John set up the "John Hartson Foundation" cancer charity to help raise money to support others affected by cancer. Men. Women. Children. Families. To say John is a fighter is an understatement. In 2013 Pontardawe Golf Club set up their first captains charity golf day to help Johns Foundation, it turned out to be huge fundraising success.
A quote about John by Gerraint Rowlands sums up our home grown hero.
"Johns life has come a long way from that wet and windy night in Luton and what a life it has been. High profile footballer, hell-raiser, gambling addict, the idol of football fans, family man, cancer survivor, charity organiser and fundraiser"
At the end of the evening John was subjected to a question and answer session, where he delighted the members with his truthful and often hilarious answers to some interesting questions.
It appears John enjoyed himself as much as the members and being a keen golfer, he has decided to become a member at Pontardawe Golf Club.
It was an absolute pleasure to be in John's company for the evening, another memorable night for Pontardawe Golf Club.
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