Lenny Johnrose

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Lenny Johnrose
Personal information
Full name Leonard Johnrose
Date of birth (1969-11-29) 29 November 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Preston, England
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Blackburn Rovers 42 (11)
1992 Preston North End (loan) 3 (1)
1992–1993 Hartlepool United 66 (11)
1993–1999 Bury 188 (20)
1999–2002 Burnley 71 (4)
2002 Burnley 6 (0)
2002–2003 Bury 6 (0)
2003–2004 Swansea City 40 (3)
2004 Burnley 7 (0)
Total 430 (50)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Leonard Johnrose is an English former professional footballer who during his career played for several clubs including Burnley, Bury and Swansea City. He was a defensive midfielder.

Playing career

He began his career at Blackburn Rovers as a young trainee, and also spent time on loan at Preston North End. During these spells he impressed to a level where he was signed for £50,000 by Hartlepool United.[1] He went on to make over fifty appearances for the 'Pool, scoring eleven goals in the process. At the end of his contract, he was signed by Bury manager Stan Ternent who wanted to add some toughness to his central midfield.

Johnrose was a central character in Bury's rapid rise to the First Division. Ternent saw the midfielder as so important to his sides that he paid £225,000 to take Johnrose with him to his new club, Burnley.[2] At the end of the 2002–03 season he was released on a free transfer, but resigned for the club four months on a week-to-week basis. Later he re-signed for another of his old clubs, Bury. After three months he again moved, this time to Swansea City.[3]

Johnrose helped Swansea City avoid relegation from the Third Division out of the Football League, scoring three crucial goals that season. Two goals in one week in March helped earn an away draw at Kidderminster and a home victory against Oxford. His final, and most crucial goal in a Swansea shirt, came on the final Saturday of the 2002–2003 season. Swansea City had to equal or better Exeter's result against Southend in their game at the Vetch Field versus Hull City in order to preserve their league status. Johnrose poked home from close range from a Roberto Martinez free-kick early in the second half to put the Swans 3–2 and send a packed Vetch Field into raptures. The Swans won 4–2 and preserved their league status at the expense of Exeter.

In the summer of 2003, Johnrose was offered a 12-month contract with Swansea, and started the 2003–2004 season in the unfamiliar role of centre half. After recovering from a hamstring injury, Johnrose briefly became captain and reverted to his more familiar defensive central midfield role. Around Christmas 2003, a further 12-month contract extension at the end of that season was discussed, but when manager Brian Flynn left the club by mutual consent in March 2004, Johnrose had his contract paid up and left the Swans within two days.[4]

Johnrose signed for Burnley for a third time on transfer deadline day (March 2004).[5] He helped 'the Clarets' avoid relegation from the First Division.[citation needed]

Retirement and personal life

After retiring, Johnrose became a teacher.[6] In March 2017, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.[7]


  • Hugman, Barry (2005). The PFA Premier and Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press.


  1. ^ "Former Hartlepool United star Lenny Johnrose fights motor neurone disease". www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Lenny Johnrose feels Burnley FC have closed the gap". www.burnleyexpress.net.
  3. ^ "Players of the past | Swansea". www.swanseacity.com.
  4. ^ "Johnrose leaves Vetch". 24 March 2004 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Third spell for Johnrose". Sky Sports.
  6. ^ "Len Johnrose: Motor neurone disease diagnosis reaction 'overwhelming'". 17 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Len Johnrose: 'I'm not afraid of dying' – ex-player on living with motor neurone disease". Bbc.co.uk. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

External links

  • Lenny Johnrose at Soccerbase
  • "Johnrose: Derby day is so special". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  • "Johnrose leaves Vetch". News.bbc.co.uk. 24 March 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
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