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 elation of hitting and exceeding our £100,000 target within the six week crowdfunder period has subsided (just a little, mind!) and we are now making plans to turn your generosity into a fitting memorial to Jack Leslie.
But, while our total has passed £136,000 we do still welcome donations. Our initial target was the minimum needed to make a statue happen, now we want to ensure the best memorial possible, plus an educational and maintenance legacy. You can read more information on plans moving forward. We are so grateful to you all.
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