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Players Come Together For Lenny

Clubs legends play on to support ex-Claret Lenny Johnrose

6 November 2018

Playing favourites from Burnley and Swansea City will pull their boots on again on Sunday to support former team-mate Lenny Johnrose.

In March, 2017, Johnrose, 48, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease - a condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord and which currently has no cure.

And this weekend teams of legends from the Clarets and Swansea – two of Johnrose’s former clubs – will play each other at Bamber Bridge FC, near Preston, in aid of the Len Johnrose Trust and to help raise awareness of MND.

Burnley’s team is centred around their 1999/2000 promotion-winning squad, in which Johnrose was a key player in the middle of the pitch.

Stan Ternent, who led the team up to the Championship, will again manage the Burnley side, with long-serving defender Steve Davis donning the captain’s armband as he did for the promotion success.

Davis, (above) who has helped put together a stellar Burnley line-up, said: “The willingness of the lads to get here – from both teams – and support Lenny shows how highly he is thought of and how valued he was as a team-mate and friend.

“He is tackling this situation in typical Lenny style – head-on and not ducking anything.

“I hope as many people as possible can get to the game to make it a special day and, more importantly, support the Trust for Lenny and his family.”     

Preston-born Johnrose, a father of three who became a primary school teacher after retiring from football, spent three different spells at Turf Moor, as well as playing for Blackburn Rovers, Hartlepool United and Bury.

The tough-tackling midfielder spent just over a year with Swansea City but still earned a place in the history of the Welsh club.

Lenny Johnrose celebrates with Andy Cooke and Andy Payton, who are both set to play on Sunday

Having signed for the Swans in January, 2003 when they were bottom of the Football League, Johnrose helped the team managed by ex-Burnley favourite Brian Flynn avoid relegation on the final day of the season – scoring one of the goals in 4-2 win over Hull City.

And Swansea haven’t forgotten, with their team of legends travelling north in force to back the cause, with Flynn taking his part in the management set-up.

As well as playing in the game, several of the ex-Clarets have donated unique memorabilia from their playing careers to be auctioned in aid of the Trust.

Burnley Football Club has provided the home kits – as well as producing a special 16-page match-day programme – which will also be auctioned off after the game by the Burnley Former Players’ Association.

Kick-off at Bamber Bridge FC on Sunday, 11 November is at 1pm, with admission £10 adults and £5 children.


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