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Aims & Objectives

1. To raise funds for and build a statue of Jack Leslie at Home Park where he played professionally for Plymouth Argyle.

2. To promote and share Jack’s story.

3. To celebrate diversity and combat racism.

WHO WAS JACK LESLIE?

Jack Leslie should have been England’s first black player but when the selectors discovered his heritage, his name would never appear on the team sheet.

Jack was an outstanding player who joined Plymouth Argyle from Barking in 1921 and scored 137 goals in a long and illustrious career which ended in 1934.

Leslie was named in the England national team to face Ireland in 1925 and was told by his manager that he’d been called up. But after this selection, his name mysteriously disappeared from the team sheet, seemingly because FA officials had come to look at him in person and discovered that he was black.

So, not only was Jack an incredible player for his club, but his is also a story of great national and historical significance. It’s also one that sadly still resonates as racist incidents in football and in wider society continue to this day.

THE BALLAD OF JACK LESLIE

The campaign was, in part, inspired by this storytelling song written by one of the founders. You can read about the campaign origins here and listen to and buy the song to support the fundraising effort…..

Facebook live raffle

Our Crowdfunder is reaching its climax – we’re very close to our £100K target and from 8-9pm Mon 10th August we’ll be on Facebook Live with Argyle Legend, Ronnie Mauge, comedian and Argyle fan, Josh Widdicombe and an amazing raffle – all the details are here.

PLUS A VERY SPECIAL GUEST WHO ALL FOOTBALL FANS AND SUPPORTERS WILL LOVE.

Please donate if you can and share our Crowdfunder page…

If you are a company or individual wishing to donate a significant amount then do get in touch as we have offers for sponsorship and recognition which we can discuss. Drop us an email.

Join Us

Who are we?

We are a group of like-minded football fans who feel passionately that the story of Jack Leslie should be more widely known. More about us here.

His former team, Plymouth Argyle, has now taken steps to honour Leslie, naming the new boardroom in the Mayflower Grandstand at Home Park after Jack. This has inspired us to keep his story alive, having been so sadly overlooked for many years.