John Hartson

Date of birth05 April 1975
Place of birthNeath
NationalityWelsh
Weight92 kg
Height1.85 m
PositionForward

An aggressive centre-forward, Arsenal paid a British record fee for a teenager of £2.5million to bring the big Welshman from Luton Town.

John worked very hard at Wimbledon at the start of 2000-01 and was appointed club captain.

He scored regularly for the Dons throughout the campaign but it came as no real surprise when he finally agreed a move to struggling Coventry City in the New Year.

He had a goal controversially disallowed on his debut for the Sky Blues against West Ham United and a penalty decision turned down late in the game but did enough to show that he had lost none of his aggression and power.

His attitude and commitment provided an immediate boost to the whole team and they lost only one of his first six games as he contributed some wonderful headed goals and brought the best out of his colleague Craig Bellamy.

He had a storming game at Manchester United where he scored two goals and generally gave Wes Brown the run around, but none of this was enough to keep Coventry in the Premiership.

A big bustling centre-forward capable of upsetting any defence, he has a fine shot in either foot and is also very effective in the air.

He continued to represent Wales scoring twice to earn a draw in Armenia in March 2001 and also netting in the 1-1 draw with the Ukraine.

John joined West Bromwich Albion in June 2006 with a two-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Luton Town 19 Dec 1992 13 Jan 1995
Arsenal 13 Jan 1995 14 Feb 1997
West Ham United 14 Feb 1997 15 Jan 1999
Wimbledon 15 Jan 1999 08 Feb 2001
Coventry City 08 Feb 2001 02 Aug 2001
Celtic 02 Aug 2001 26 Jun 2006
West Bromwich Albion 26 Jun 2006 30 Jan 2008
Norwich City 12 Oct 2007 08 Nov 2007 L

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1994-95 Arsenal Premier League 14
1
7
5
1
1994-95 Arsenal UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 4
1
1
1994-95 Arsenal UEFA Super Cup 2
1995-96 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1995-96 Arsenal League Cup 1
2
1
1995-96 Arsenal Premier League 15
4
4
3
1996-97 Arsenal FA Cup 1
1
1
1
1996-97 Arsenal League Cup 1
2
1996-97 Arsenal Premier League 14
5
3
9
1
1996-97 Arsenal UEFA Cup 2
1996-97 West Ham United Premier League 11
5
3
1997-98 West Ham United FA Cup 5
3
1997-98 West Ham United League Cup 5
6
1
1997-98 West Ham United Premier League 32
15
3
2
1998-99 West Ham United FA Cup 2
1998-99 West Ham United League Cup 1
1998-99 West Ham United Premier League 16
1
4
3
1998-99 Wimbledon Premier League 12
2
2
2
1999-00 Wimbledon FA Cup 1
1999-00 Wimbledon League Cup 3
1999-00 Wimbledon Premier League 15
1
9
3
2
2000-01 Coventry City Premier League 12
6
4
2000-01 Wimbledon League Cup 4
2
1
2000-01 Wimbledon League Division 1 19
8
1
1
2001-02 Celtic Scottish FA Cup 4
2
1
1
2001-02 Celtic Scottish League Cup 3
3
2001-02 Celtic Scottish Premier League 26
5
19
5
2001-02 Celtic UEFA Champions League 1
2
2001-02 Celtic UEFA Cup 1
1
1
2002-03 Celtic Scottish League Cup 2
2
2002-03 Celtic Scottish Premier League 10
9
13
1
2002-03 Celtic UEFA Champions League
1
2002-03 Celtic UEFA Cup 6
2
2
2
2003-04 Celtic UEFA Champions League 4
1
1
2004-05 Celtic Scottish Premier League 38
25
5
2004-05 Celtic UEFA Champions League 6
1
2
2006-07 West Bromwich Albion FA Cup 1
1
1
2006-07 West Bromwich Albion League Championship 14
7
5
4
2006-07 West Bromwich Albion League Cup 1
1
2007-08 Norwich City League Championship 2
2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
14 Jan 1995 Arsenal v Everton D 1-1 Premier League
21 Jan 1995 Coventry City v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
24 Jan 1995 Arsenal v Southampton D 1-1 Premier League
01 Feb 1995 Arsenal v AC Milan D 0-0 UEFA Super Cup Final 1st leg
04 Feb 1995 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
08 Feb 1995 AC Milan v Arsenal L 2-0
Agg: 2-0
UEFA Super Cup Final 2nd leg
11 Feb 1995 Arsenal v Leicester City D 1-1 Premier League
02 Mar 1995 Arsenal v Auxerre D 1-1 ECW Cup Quarter-final 1st leg
08 Mar 1995 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
16 Mar 1995 Auxerre v Arsenal W 0-1
Agg: 1-2
ECW Cup Quarter-final 2nd leg
19 Mar 1995 Newcastle United v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
01 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Norwich City W 5-1 Premier League
06 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Sampdoria W 3-2 ECW Cup Semi-final 1st leg
08 Apr 1995 Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
12 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Liverpool L 0-1 Premier League
15 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Ipswich Town W 4-1 Premier League
17 Apr 1995 Aston Villa v Arsenal W 0-4 Premier League
20 Apr 1995 Sampdoria v Arsenal L 3-2
Agg: 5-5 (3-2)
ECW Cup Semi-final 2nd leg
29 Apr 1995 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur D 1-1 Premier League
04 May 1995 Arsenal v Wimbledon D 0-0 Premier League
10 May 1995 Real Zaragoza v Arsenal L 2-1 UEFA European Cup Winners Cup Final
14 May 1995 Chelsea v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
03 Oct 1995 Arsenal v Hartlepool United W 5-0
Agg: 8-0
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
24 Oct 1995 Barnsley v Arsenal W 0-3 League Cup 3rd round
04 Nov 1995 Arsenal v Manchester United W 1-0 Premier League
18 Nov 1995 Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
21 Nov 1995 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 4-2 Premier League
26 Nov 1995 Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers D 0-0 Premier League
29 Nov 1995 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-1 League Cup 4th round
02 Dec 1995 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
09 Dec 1995 Southampton v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
16 Dec 1995 Arsenal v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
23 Dec 1995 Liverpool v Arsenal L 3-1 Premier League
06 Jan 1996 Arsenal v Sheffield United D 1-1 FA Cup 3rd round
24 Feb 1996 West Ham United v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
02 Mar 1996 Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
05 Mar 1996 Arsenal v Manchester City W 3-1 Premier League
16 Mar 1996 Wimbledon v Arsenal W 0-3 Premier League
20 Mar 1996 Manchester United v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
23 Mar 1996 Arsenal v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
06 Apr 1996 Arsenal v Leeds United W 2-1 Premier League
08 Apr 1996 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
27 Apr 1996 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
01 May 1996 Arsenal v Liverpool D 0-0 Premier League
05 May 1996 Arsenal v Bolton Wanderers W 2-1 Premier League
17 Aug 1996 Arsenal v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League
19 Aug 1996 Liverpool v Arsenal L 2-0 Premier League
24 Aug 1996 Leicester City v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
04 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Chelsea D 3-3 Premier League
07 Sep 1996 Aston Villa v Arsenal D 2-2 Premier League
10 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Borussia Mönchengladbach L 2-3 UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg
16 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 4-1 Premier League
21 Sep 1996 Middlesbrough v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
25 Sep 1996 Borussia Mönchengladbach v Arsenal L 3-2
Agg: 6-4
UEFA Cup 1st round 2nd leg
28 Sep 1996 Arsenal v Sunderland W 2-0 Premier League
12 Oct 1996 Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal W 0-2 Premier League
19 Oct 1996 Arsenal v Coventry City D 0-0 Premier League
23 Oct 1996 Stoke City v Arsenal D 1-1 League Cup 3rd round
13 Nov 1996 Arsenal v Stoke City W 5-2 League Cup 3rd round replay
24 Nov 1996 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur W 3-1 Premier League
27 Nov 1996 Liverpool v Arsenal L 4-2 League Cup 4th round
30 Nov 1996 Newcastle United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
04 Dec 1996 Arsenal v Southampton W 3-1 Premier League
07 Dec 1996 Arsenal v Derby County D 2-2 Premier League
21 Dec 1996 Nottingham Forest v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
01 Jan 1997 Arsenal v Middlesbrough W 2-0 Premier League
04 Jan 1997 Arsenal v Sunderland D 1-1 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 1997 Sunderland v Arsenal L 1-0 Premier League
29 Jan 1997 West Ham United v Arsenal W 1-2 Premier League
01 Feb 1997 Leeds United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
04 Feb 1997 Arsenal v Leeds United L 0-1 FA Cup 4th round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Wales UEFA Under-18 2
1993-94 Wales UEFA Under-21 2
3
1994-95 Wales UEFA European Championship 1
2
1994-95 Wales UEFA Under-21 3
1
1
1995-96 Wales International Friendly 1
1995-96 Wales UEFA European Championship
1
1995-96 Wales UEFA Under-21 2
3
1
1996-97 Wales FIFA World Cup 1
2
1996-97 Wales International Friendly 2
1
1996-97 Wales UEFA Under-21 2
3
1997-98 Wales FIFA World Cup 1
1997-98 Wales International Friendly 3
1
1998-99 Wales UEFA European Championship 1
2
1999-00 Wales UEFA European Championship
1
2000-01 Wales FIFA World Cup 6
3
1
2001-02 Wales FIFA World Cup 2
1
2001-02 Wales International Friendly 3
1
2002-03 Wales International Friendly 2
1
2002-03 Wales UEFA European Championship 4
3
1
2003-04 Wales UEFA European Championship 5
1
2004-05 Wales FIFA World Cup 4
1
2
1
2004-05 Wales International Friendly 1
1
2005-06 Wales FIFA World Cup 3
2005-06 Wales International Friendly 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
23 Sep 1992 Wales v Israel D 0-0 UEFA Under-18 Group 10
07 Oct 1992 Wales v Netherlands L 0-1 UEFA Under-18 Group 10
13 Oct 1993 Wales v Cyprus W 6-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 4
16 Nov 1993 Wales v Romania L 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 4
11 Oct 1994 Moldova v Wales L 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
15 Nov 1994 Georgia v Wales W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 7
13 Dec 1994 Wales v Bulgaria D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 7
29 Mar 1995 Bulgaria v Wales L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
26 Apr 1995 Germany v Wales D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
07 Jun 1995 Wales v Georgia L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 7
06 Sep 1995 Wales v Moldova W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 7
10 Oct 1995 Wales v Germany L 1-5 UEFA Under-21 Group 7
24 Apr 1996 Switzerland v Wales L 2-0 International Friendly
01 Jun 1996 San Marino v Wales W 0-3 UEFA U21 Group 6
30 Aug 1996 Wales v San Marino W 4-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
04 Oct 1996 Wales v Netherlands L 0-2 UEFA U21 Group 7
09 Nov 1996 Netherlands v Wales L 7-1 FIFA World Cup Group 7
14 Dec 1996 Wales v Turkey D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 7
11 Feb 1997 Wales v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 1997 Wales v Belgium L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 7
27 May 1997 Scotland v Wales W 0-1 International Friendly
11 Oct 1997 Belgium v Wales L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Group 7
25 Mar 1998 Wales v Jamaica D 0-0 International Friendly
03 Jun 1998 Malta v Wales W 0-3 International Friendly
06 Jun 1998 Tunisia v Wales L 4-0 International Friendly
31 Mar 1999 Switzerland v Wales L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
05 Jun 1999 Italy v Wales L 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
09 Jun 1999 Wales v Denmark L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
09 Oct 1999 Wales v Switzerland L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
07 Oct 2000 Wales v Norway D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
11 Oct 2000 Poland v Wales D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
24 Mar 2001 Armenia v Wales D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
28 Mar 2001 Wales v Ukraine D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
02 Jun 2001 Wales v Poland L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
06 Jun 2001 Ukraine v Wales D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
05 Sep 2001 Norway v Wales L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
06 Oct 2001 Wales v Belarus W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
13 Feb 2002 Wales v Argentina D 1-1 International Friendly
27 Mar 2002 Wales v Czech Republic D 0-0 International Friendly
14 May 2002 Wales v Germany W 1-0 International Friendly
21 Aug 2002 Croatia v Wales D 1-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Finland v Wales W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
16 Oct 2002 Wales v Italy W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 9
20 Nov 2002 Azerbaijan v Wales W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 9
12 Feb 2003 Wales v Bosnia and Herzegovina D 2-2 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Wales v Azerbaijan W 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
06 Sep 2003 Italy v Wales L 4-0 UEFA European Championship Group 9
10 Sep 2003 Wales v Finland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 9
11 Oct 2003 Wales v Serbia and Montenegro L 2-3 UEFA European Championship Group 9
15 Nov 2003 Russia v Wales D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Play-off 1st leg
19 Nov 2003 Wales v Russia L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
18 Aug 2004 Latvia v Wales W 0-2 International Friendly
04 Sep 2004 Azerbaijan v Wales D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
08 Sep 2004 Wales v Northern Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
09 Oct 2004 England v Wales L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
13 Oct 2004 Wales v Poland L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
26 Mar 2005 Wales v Austria L 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
17 Aug 2005 Wales v Slovenia D 0-0 International Friendly
03 Sep 2005 Wales v England L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
08 Oct 2005 Northern Ireland v Wales W 2-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
12 Oct 2005 Wales v Azerbaijan W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 6
16 Nov 2005 Cyprus v Wales L 1-0 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.