30th Anniversary

Wideopen Juniors 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner was a huge success.
About 170 friends of the club attended and clearly everyone had a great time (so much so that the bar ran out of Stella! )

John Hartson's after dinner speech entertained everyone and there were many laughs at his stories and absolute silence as he took the audience through his battle with cancer and what this taught him about his approach to life - John even managed to bring that to a conclusion with a sense of humour which was typical of his character, honesty and how down-to-earth he is, as well as being a great, genuine guy.

The following snippets were amongst the great stories John shared with everyone:
"Don't mess with Mark Hughes"
He told a story of young lad doing keepy-ups who said to Ryan Giggs he bet him he couldn't beat him, "Giggsy just burnt a £50 note and said 'I bet you can't do that though' "
"Gary Speed was a man's man and a legend"
Mike Ashley: "who lese would have spent £12 million on Jonjo Shelvey having been relegated to the Championship"
Mike Ashley - "Man Utd are £750 million in debt. Newcastle United don't owe anything"
John said the Mike Fawcett, Wideopen's Chairman, before he introduced him: "mention my biggest achievement in life was beating cancer"
"I would have loved to have played in front of the St. James' Park crowd"

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Above (L-to-R): President - John Stephenson; Chairman - Mick Fawcett; John Hartson; BBC Radio Newcastle's Matthew Raisbeck; Secretary - Dave Swan.

John Hartson is a former professional footballer who played for a number of teams throughout his career including Luton Town, Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon, Coventry, Celtic and West Brom. He won 51 international caps playing for Wales and scored 14 goals for them. He holds a record for the Wales Under 21 team by being one of only 4 people to have scored a hat-trick at that level.
John has gone on to work as a pundit having appeared on Setanta Sports, ITV's coverage of the FA Cup, Radio 5 Live's coverage of both the Premier League and Champions League games and more recently he joined BT Sport to provide analysis.
Having been through a frightening testicular cancer journey, John set up 'Grab Life by the Balls' where they have raised over £640,000 with a target of reaching £1 million.
Find out more about his Foundation by clicking the image to the left.