Trundle: Show support for Lenny's charity match
Lee Trundle has urged the Jack Army to turn out in their numbers to support Lenny Johnrose when a charity game for the former Swans midfielder takes place on Sunday.
Trundle will be among a number of the club’s greats to feature as a Swansea City Legends XI takes on a Len Johnrose Trust Legends XI at Port Talbot Town FC (1.30pm, £5 entry).
A fixture between a team of Swansea Legends and their Burnley counterparts was held at Bamber Bridge in November, with Sunday’s game effectively being the return fixture.
Johnrose, who scored a crucial goal during the win over Hull which preserved Swansea's Football League status in 2003, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in March of 2017.
The games were arranged to raise awareness about MND, for which there is currently no cure, and to raise money for the Len Johnrose Trust, and Trundle hopes the South Wales fixture proves every much of as a success as last autumn’s.
“We had a great turn-out for Lenny in the game at Bamber Bridge and it was a nice occasion. We hope the Swansea fans will get themselves out to the game and support a great cause,” said Trundle.
“I’m sure they will all remember the role Lenny played in our history, scoring a goal in that crucial game against Hull to keep us in the Football League and I am sure they will want to come out and show their appreciation because Swans fans stick together and look out for each other in situations like this.
“You could see from the number of players who have turned out just how highly Lenny is thought of. We all travelled up there in November, and now they are coming down to South Wales. It’s a long way but they want to show their appreciation for the man Lenny is.”
After the game there will also be live music and an auction – which will include sports memorabilia – for supporters to enjoy.
Trundle played alongside Johnrose during the 2003-04 season, with the midfielder having initially joined the club on a non-contract basis at the tail-end of the previous campaign.
And the former Swans striker has nothing but good memories of playing alongside his ex-team-mate and warm recollections of his friendly personality.
“Lenny was a really good player but he is also a really nice guy,” said Trundle.
“He was a strong figure on the pitch, if he tackled someone then they knew about it, but he was a more gentle character off the field. He is soft-spoken and a really nice fellow.
“It tells you everything you need to know that he wants to try and do his best to help raise awareness of MND and getting the message out there.
“It’s about helping Lenny and his family, but he also wants to raise awareness and get more help and information out there for a condition that people maybe do not know so much about.”