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.
Below is the story in brief but if you want to find out more please read the JACK’S STORY page where there are several useful articles.
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 picked for 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 of the colour of his skin.
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.
Our sculptor, Andy Edwards, has almost finished the full size clay sculpture which will be cast in bronze before being erected on a stone plinth outside Home Park where Jack Leslie played for Plymouth Argyle in the 1920s and 30s.
The unveiling date will be announced as soon as the League One fixtures come out on 23rd June. We are aiming for late September / early October and will centre the event around an Argyle home game. Do look at our NEWS page for more information, pictures and a video of Jack’s granddaughters talking about the sculpture.
We are so grateful to everyone who has donated and supported the campaign but please do continue to donate if you can and share our CROWDFUNDER PAGE. Additional funds will be used for educational plans as we take the Jack Leslie story into schools and organisations, and a legacy pot for maintenance of the monument.
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.
The Jack Leslie CampaignHelp raise the funds to build a statue of Jack Leslie at Home Park