Troubador Finding a Way

Released: 28/11/2020

ISBN: 9781800460959

eISBN: 9781800467668

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Finding a Way


Finding A Way will appeal to football fans, describing as it does the delights of playing the sport professionally, and sharing with the reader the secrets of the dressing room – and midfielder Len Johnrose’s candid opinions of the players and managers who populated his glory years. Yet this is much more than a footballing memoir, and the title refers to more than sporting endeavour. The book – full of humour – will also appeal to those who are fascinated by the human spirit and how it can vault the most intimidating barriers to happiness. 

‘Finding a way’ has become Len’s mantra since his diagnosis with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2017, some years after his retirement from professional football, while he was working as a teacher and maintaining high standards of physical fitness through sport and gym. This cruel disease gradually removed all such activities from his life. Now it severely restricts his personal freedoms as his everyday movement became increasingly affected – the memoir was written using voice-recognition technology as Len can no longer control his hands.

It’s been a long journey for Len since he played for Blackburn Rovers, Hartlepool, Bury, Burnley, Swansea City and Preston North End. Yet this quietly admirable man has found a way to overcome the unexpected challenges he’s faced off the field, and that brings its own satisfaction.

A great read for any football fan, Lenny Johnrose tells it all, not just his life as a player in the mad world of pro football but as a human being getting on with life after football, and then battling his MND diagnosis with the same grit and determination he showed as player. The reader will laugh and shed a tear.
Highly recommended.

by Michael Brooks

A fantastic read from start to finish , couldn’t put it down

by Deborah jane

One of the most humbling but uplifting books I have read in a long time. Lennie has a way of creating a picture in your mind of all the different scenarios he is describing. A must read even if not a football fan. His optimistic outlook is a joy to share. His family and friends must be so proud and privileged to be a part of his story. Congratulations x

by Janet Battersby

What a book! Fantastic! Lens a true inspiration.

by Ash

Len Johnrose

Len Johnrose was a professional footballer, whose career spanned over 500 games for clubs including Blackburn Rovers, Hartlepool United, Burnley, Bury and Swansea. After retiring from football, he worked for a local charity before becoming a primary school teacher.

In 2017, he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life. There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age, but is more likely to affect people over 50. MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.

Len now works closely with the Motor Neurone Disease Association by trying to raise awareness of the condition and raise funds to ensure essential research continues to take place, whilst helping those with the condition to try to live as full a life as possible.

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