In 2017, Len was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Since then, he has worked closely with the MND Association to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
In 2018, after revealing his diagnosis on BBC Radio Lancashire, two lifelong friends set up The Len Johnrose Trust to help Len achieved his goal to raise awareness, and to live as full a life as possible.
Len has been happily married to wife, Nadine , since 2001, and has three children – daughters Chanel and Elizabeth, and son Patrick.
Len’s football career started at Blackburn Rovers, where he signed schoolboy forms at the age of 14. After making his debut while still an apprentice, he signed his first professional contract, in 1988. He made over 40 appearances before he made the switch to Hartlepool United. Financial difficulties at the club meant that Len was sold less than 2 years later, to Bury FC. Success was soon to follow in the form of two successive promotions before a move to fellow North West club, Burnley saw him experience a 3rd promotion in 5 years.
After being transferred to Swansea City, Len scored the 3rd goal in a 4-2 victory against Hull city on the final day of the season, a result that maintained their league status and ultimately became the springboard to future successes.
Len finished his footballing career back at Burnley FC, having made 500 league and cup appearances, scoring 50 goals.
After retiring from football in 2004, Len worked as a fitness coach at Leeds United Football Club. He had a brief spell working at a children’s home before moving on to a local charity in Preston, helping cardiac patients.
Whilst playing football, Len completed a Sports Science degree, and went into further education during his spell at the charity; this time to qualify as a primary school teacher. After 6 successful years, he was forced to retire following his diagnosis of motor neurone disease.