He was speaking at a sportsman's dinner held by Hollinwood Football Club, at the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel in Oldham.
My role was to take photos of guests with John, and to provide prints for them to take home with them on the night. I also had the opportunity to listen to John's talk, as he shared something of his life as a footballer, and his personal life.
Apart from some very funny stories from his life in the professional football world, involving other players and managers, John also shared a fair bit about his battle with cancer, which hit him aged 33. It is inspiring to see how his experiences have caused him to see where the real priorities lie in life, and to change his outlook on what really matters.
It was also refreshing to hear him recall his admiration for his father, and the way he is with his family, even travelling home after the event to make sure he had time with them before another busy day the following day.
I enjoyed the evening and left feeling that I had met a really nice guy, with a story to tell, and a heart to inspire and encourage people. And all that while I was working!
For more of how John is raising awareness of testicular cancer with the John Hartson Foundation, please click HERE.
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The set-up for the photos:
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