Lenny Johnrose Wiki
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Who was Lenny Johnrose ?
LENNY JOHNROSE tragically passed away at the age of 52, five years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
The former defensive midfielder enjoyed a 16-year football career after rising through the ranks at Blackburn.
Lenny Johnrose has died at the age of 52 after a five-year battle with motor neurone disease.
He had his longest spell at Bury between 1993 and 1999 and had a pivotal year at Swansea, and is still adored by Swans fans.
His goal on the final day of the 2002–03 season against Hull was enough to ensure the club’s safety in the Football League and provided the springboard for their forays into the Premier League.
After his playing career ended in 2004, Johnrose retrained and went on to teach elementary school in the Northwest.
In 2017, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and the following year saw a charity match between the Swansea legends and Burnley finish 10-7.
Johnrose, a father of three, was married to his wife Nadine and revealed that his health had deteriorated in February this year.
He told Wales Online: “My voice clings to my life, and some of my words are really decipherable.
“Oh, and I need to hold my head up to talk, which may explain why Nadine keeps taking my neck brace off.
“The puddle of saliva in my mouth is under some sort of control, although there is still enough to make a cup of tea!
“The legs are still quite strong and I have rediscovered a slight movement in two fingers… And that seems to be it. So I am still strong.”
Tributes rained down on social media after his sad death.
Burnley wrote: “Our thoughts are with Len’s family and friends at this very sad time. You will always be a Claret Len.”
Hartlepool, another of his former clubs, added: “We encourage the fans to join us in a minute of applause during the 52nd minute of tomorrow’s game against Tranmere Rovers in thanks to Len Johnrose. A great man both inside and out. off the field”.
Johnrose was a brilliant advocate for research and awareness of motor neuron diseases.
He encouraged the football family to take part in the #IceFoot92 challenge, standing in a bucket of ice water for 92 seconds, to raise funds for the MND Association.The Len Johnrose Trust tweeted: “We are heartbroken to tell you that our leader, Len Johnrose, passed away this morning.
“Len was an incredibly proud husband and father. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”
A Swansea fan account added: “RIP Lenny, a true warrior and an amazing person. You were such a nice, kind and humble person. You will be sorely missed.”
“Thank you for the memories and thank you for being an inspiration. Our thoughts are with the entire Johnrose family.”
One commented: “For most of you, Len could have been a soccer idol.
“But for me it was so much more, he was the best teacher I’ve ever had and he really helped me become the person I am, he literally helped me learn right from wrong. My sincerest condolences to his family and those who knew him.”