Painting tribute to Pools hero

Alan hands over the painting of Kenny
Alan hands over the painting of Kenny

THE widow of a Hartlepool United great has been presented with a painting of her husband as he is best remembered.

Artist Alan Scott spent a year working on the striking picture of Pools hero Ken Johnson who died late last year aged 80.

Kenny Johnson

Kenny Johnson

Hartlepool United fan Alan, who now lives out of town, met Ken after turning up at his Fens home for a chat.

He then got to work on the painting using a well-known photo of Ken in action for Pools as his inspiration.

Just over a year later he returned with the finished painting which he presented to Ken’s widow, Olwen.

Olwen, 77, said: “After meeting him, Alan rang Ken up and said he would like to do a painting of him.

“Then recently he knocked on the door with the finished painting in his hand. He knew Ken had passed away.

“It was a surprise to see him. I thought ‘how devoted can people be? It made me fill up’.

“It’s really admirable. Considering it has been done from a photograph it is really good.I think it’s a lovely painting.”

Ken remains one of Hartlepool United’s most popular stars, playing 413 games for his home town club.

After retiring in 1964 he ran a fish and chip shop in Catcote Road with Olwen and remained a familiar face at Victoria Park where he worked as a match day host in the club’s hospitality suites.