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WATCH PREMIER LEAGUE STRIKER JOHN HARTSON SPEAK AT OUR PIRELLI STADIUM SPORTING DINNER

15 March 2019

FORMER Celtic, Arsenal and Wales striker John Hartson is set to appear at the Pirelli Stadium - and you can be there to see one of the Premier League's greatest strikers in person!

Our Sporting Dinner with John Hartson is not to be missed as one of Wales' most prolific strikers shares his story - from scoring in European finals to battling testicular cancer.

Tickets can be purchased right now and bookings are being taken over the phone - call 01283 565938. Or you can download a booking form right here and email it back to hospitality@burtonalbionfc.co.uk!

Beginning his career at Luton Town, Hartson netted 11 times in 54 games for The Hatters before signing for Arsenal, as one of George Graham's final signings before leaving Highbury, for £2.5million - a-then British record for a teenager.

Having broken into the Gunners' first team in the 1994/95 season, Hartson netted his first top-flight goal in a 1-0 win away at Coventry City. He also netted in the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup final against Zaragoza - only for that strike to be overshadowed by the famous "Nayim goal" from the half-way line.

Hartson would join West Ham United in 1997 - unveiled alongside fellow new striker Paul Kitson - before moving to Wimbledon two years later for a £7.5million fee.

After a brief spell at Coventry City, the Welsh striker joined Celtic in August 2001 and over the next five years, won three Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup, and having scored 14 times in 51 games for his country was named Welsh Footballer of the Year in 1998, 2001 and 2003.

In 2009, Hartson was diagnosed with testicular cancer and told it had spread to his brain and lungs. Treatment was ultimately successful and Hartson now works, alongside his media duties for BT Sport and BBC Five Live, as an ambassador for The John Hartson Foundation, which aims to spread awareness of testicular cancer and raise money for those affected by it.

Our thanks to West Bromwich Albion FC for footage of Hartson.

Music: Waster by Bandit - check out Bandit on Facebook right here


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