1: How did you get spotted as a youngster?
Well, I was spotted by a man called Ceryl Beach from Merthyr
when I was 10 years old playing for Lonlas Football club in
2: Who was your role model as a kid?
: Being a Liverpool fan and being Welsh Ian Rush was my
favourite, but I also looked up to players like Mark Hughes
and Ceri Dixon.
3: What was you're proudest moment of your Welsh Career?
Thereís a couple, especially the Italy game were we beat the
2-1 ,And not the away game. Also on my debut against Scotland
were I scored my first International Goal , that was really
special. Not to forget the Finland game which kick started our
4: What are your favourite hobbies besides football?
Having a family I like spending my time with them and I also
like to play some golf , and not to mention going down the pub
for a drink with my mates (John smiles).
5: Is playing international football much tougher than playing
at club level?
Totally different, itís a different pressure. I've got a
different system with Wales. The role I play for Wales which
is playing upfront on my own is tough. (hartson says that Mark
Hughes is changing the system for the game against Serbia tomorrow
6: Who are the toughest defenders you have played against?
Thereís a few, but all the defenders at the top level are
tough, but I would have to say Tony Adams, Gary pallister and
Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro were very good.
7: Who is the best Striker you have played alongside?
Well henrik larsson is phenomenal, Di canio was one of them.
And I managed to play a couple of games for Wales alongside
Mark Hughes up front and he was class.
8: What's the best team youíve played for?
I would have to say Celtic. And Arsenal were good.
9: What club would you like to end your career at?
One place were I would want to is down at the vetch. My whole
family and friends are Swansea fans and I was brought up
around that area. I can remember being in the north bank when
I was about 13 and it was tremendous.
10: What do you think about the future of Welsh Football?
I donít know really, I donít know what's coming through at
the moment at U17 level up to the U21ís. the Under 21ís
have wan 1 match in what, about 30 games?. You will have to
ask these guys about that (John points to Malcolm Allen and
Jason perry next to him). But we will see in the next month
what the future will be, obviously with the qualifiers.
11: What is your biggest low in your career?
I would have to say, I was about to sign for Rangers when I
failed a medical because of a knee injury, But Martin O'Neill
said he will sign me whatever happens. And since then I
havenít missed a training session in what, 2 years, my knee
is great know.
12: What is running through your mind when the national
anthem is played at the Millennium stadium?
Well your childhood comes into mind and everything you wanted
to be, I cant just cry because that would be embarrassing(
13: What's it like playing in the Champions league?
Same as International level really, its very demanding and your
playing against the best teams and players in the world.
14: Before a Wales game, what is the atmosphere like in the
dressing room? And is Mark Hughes patriotic whilst giving his
No not really, Mark Is quiet and just acts professionally,
eddie the assistant talks more than him. The boys are always
trying to get themselves fired up and I always go around
getting everybody in the spirit.
15: being that you supported Liverpool as a kid and then
Knocking them out of the Uefa cup, did that make you feel bad
No, its didnít really bother me, it is something I will
never forget. Because we went there and nobody gave us a
chance so it was a memorable moment to beating them.
16: What was your feelings when you missed the Uefa cup
I was down but I thought to myself Iíve got so much to look
forward to with Wales and Celtic.
17: What got you started in football in the first place?
Well it was my father, he played a very good standard of
football in the Welsh premier league so when I was 6 I started
18: What did Buffon say to you when you squared up to him in
the Italy away game?
(laughs) Well it was nothing really, he pushed bellamy I think
so I went up to him, but it was nothing, and the fans loved.
19: At the away Italy game did you notice the trouble that was
Well no not really but I notice the way it was all set out and
that anybody could throw stuff over the top. I only realised
how bad it was until read the reports.
20: Does Mark Hughes concentrate more on the opponents?
Yes he does a lot actually, we always go through videos of our
next opponent to see what style they play and for tactical
reasons. Martin up in Celtic doesnít concentrate on the