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Clarets Stars Shine For Lenny

Burnley and Swansea Legends wind back the clock for team-mate Lenny

12 November 2018

The Clarets’ class of 1999/2000 turned out in force to support former team-mate Lenny Johnrose.

Former Burnley midfielder Johnrose, 48, is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease, which was diagnosed in March, 2017.

And playing colleagues from Stan Ternent’s promotion-winning team re-formed as a Legends team to play Swansea City Legends at Bamber Bridge Football Club in aid of the Len Johnrose Trust.

A fantastic turn-out of supporters helped raise just under £10,000 for the Trust, with Swansea – another of Johnrose’s former clubs – running out 10-7 winners on a memorable afternoon.

Ternent and number-two Sam Ellis re-united to take charge of the Burnley side, which featured many of the players that helped Burnley secure promotion in 2000 and then establish themselves in the Championship.

And ex-Claret and former Swansea boss Brian Flynn, who signed Johnrose to help keep the Swans in the Football League in 2003, helped lead the Welsh side, which included star names Lee Trundle and Leon Britton.

“I was in the Burnley dressing room for half an hour and it zapped back 20 years and it’s like nothing has changed,” said Lenny.

“The lads have travelled the length and breadth of the country, which is fantastic, and the Swansea boys have come up from South Wales and all over the place.

“It really means a lot. It’s like we’ve never been away.

“The support I’ve had ever since I went public with the illness has been phenomenal. For those that turned up today, I appreciate each and every one of them.”

Future events are also being planned by the Trust and the Burnley Former Players Association, when items kindly donated by former team-mates and the current Clarets squad will be auctioned off.

Pupils from the class at Lowerhouse Junior School where Johnrose taught provided their support

A special package from the Legends’ match, including highlights and interviews, will be the included as part of Turf More on Clarets Player HD, which is free to subscribe to, later this month.  

Pictures: Clive Lawrence and Steve Lockyer


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