Croydon born Leon is one of a growing number of sports people to have been brave enough to talk about the impact on their personal and professional lives with mental illness, in Leon’s case a battle with depression. In 2012 he published his autobiography ‘My Fight with Life‘ and since has talked about how he has faced his private demons in building a wide ranging football career with Palace, Fulham, Peterborough, Norwich, Charlton, Northampton, Luton and Corby as well as CCFC. From 2006-09 Leon contributed 12 strikes in just over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues and has come back a number of times to the Ricoh and the City since retiring from the game.
In recent years Leon has built a succesful career as a rookie professional boxer (aka ‘BigMcK’) and we have previously reported on his unbeaten run so far. He says that ‘I’ll potentially be in the ring on October 11th in York, I’ve built nice little fan base there and enjoy fighting in that environment. Then we will look at a fight in December and try to move towards taking a Masters title. I’m 36 so I haven’t really got time on my side but I’ll be going as far as I can until I feel like enough is enough’.
His latest article entitled ‘You Can Still Have Your Bad Days’is published on the ‘Column 10′ website, the brainchild of professional footballer and media personality Rohan Ricketts. It claims to combine ‘a whole host of content from a truly global connection of aspiring journalists and those more established in the industry’. Sky Blue fans should find this particular content of interest:-