Lenny Johnrose

Last updated : 14 May 2013 By Tony Scholes

Date and Place of Birth

29th November 1969 - PRESTON


Transfers to and from Burnley

from BURY - 12th February 1999 (£225,000)

released - 1st June 2004 (after three spells with club)


First and Last Burnley Games

READING (h) - 13th February 1999


SUNDERLAND (h) - 9th May 2004


Other Clubs







Burnley Career Stats


Season League FA Cup League Cup Others Total
  apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls apps gls
1998/99 9(3) 1 - - - - - - 9(3) 1
1999/2000 28(7) 2 0(1) - 2 - 1 - 31(8) 2
2000/01 9(10) 1 1(1) 1 - - - - 10(11) 2
2001/02 0(6) - - - - - - - 0(6) -
2002/03 5(1) - - - - - - - 5(1) -
2003/04 4(3) - - - - - - - 4(3) -
Total 55(30) 4 1(2) 1 2 - 1 - 59(32) 5


Profile by Tony Scholes


I don't think I can remember any player who was released by Burnley as many times as Lenny Johnrose, but the Preston born midfielder kept bouncing back before ending his Burnley career at the end of the 2003/04 season.

Johnrose first joined Burnley in February 1999 when Stan Ternent paid his former club Bury £225,000 for him, bringing an end to a five year association with the Shakers having been signed by their former manager Mike Walsh.

He started his career with our closest rivals Blackburn Rovers. He played over forty games for them and also enjoyed a loan spell at his home town club Preston before joining Hartlepool in a £50,000 transfer in 1992.

Such was his form in the north east that he was quickly snapped up by Bury when the chance came. He was very much part of their climb under Ternent at Gigg Lane, winning back to back promotions in 1996 and 1997.

When Ternent came to Burnley he brought in a number of his Bury playes during his first year in charge and Johnrose was one of an influx of players early in 1999 as we started to rebuild the squad.

He played his part in securing our place in the now League One after a late unbeaten run and started over half of the games in the following season as we clinched promotion. He was a tough, uncompromising midfielder who got himself sent off in only his second Burnley game. But in all fairness he didn't often find himself going into the referee's notebook.

Once promoted he found it difficult to earn himself a place in the side. In the 2000/01 season he started just nine league games but in the following season he failed to start a single game and made only six substitute appearances and so it was no surprise when he was released in May 2002.

With the collapse of ITV Digital we'd been unable to strengthen the squad in the summer, but it still came as something of a surprise when, just two games into the new season, Johnrose was signed again on a short term deal.

He played six games in a two month stay and by the time he left we'd finally got the season underway with some points after losing the first four games. He signed for Bury in October but by January had joined Brian Flynn at Swansea.

The Swans were facing a battle to stay in the Football League and on the last day of the season played Hull City at the Vetch Field. Yes, just over five years ago Swansea v Hull was being played in League Two.

It was 2-2 at half time with both Swansea goals having come from the spot, but it was Johnrose who put them in front early in the second half as they went on to win 4-2. He'd played on a non-contract basis but had done enough to earn himself a new deal and signed for a full season.

Such was his form in the 2003/04 season that they were already looking at offering him an extension. However, Flynn was sacked in March and immediately Johnrose had his contract terminated after suggesting that they only wanted Welsh players.

That alerted Stan Ternent who was fighting a relegation battle in the Championship with the Clarets, and incredibly Johnrose returned to Turf Moor for the remainder of the season. He didn't feature in either of the first two games following his signing, but then played in each of the remaining seven games.

He started four of them and came on as a sub three times, but there's no doubt that the stand out performance was in the game against Franchise. Against the already relegated club he turned in one of his best ever performances in a Claret & Blue shirt.

That finally did signal the end of his Burnley career, and also his professional playing career, at the age of 34, and he pursued a career in sports science.

During his time at Burnley he was popular with the Burnley crowd and there's no doubt that he played a major role in us getting out of the lower divisions with that promotion in 2000.