It is important to acknowledge black history every month but we are always happy to present a range of activities for Black History Month each October, and 2023 was no different!
Last October (2022) was an incredibly busy but amazing month for the campaign which also included the statue unveiling. You can also read about our previous BHM presentations in 2020 here and in 2021 here! We do presentations al year round, and have worked with organisations such as the CPS, the GDC, a trades union, a leading law-firm, the Environment Agency and the University of Plymouth as well as commercial businesses. Commercial sponsors can be credited on our website, social media, and potentially added in perpetuity on the statue plinth. For further details contact Greg or Matt by email
REVIEW OF OCTOBER 2023:-
1 Presentation of Jack’s England Cap
Earlier this year the FA presented Jack Leslie’s family with a posthumous honorary cap at an England International at Wembley. This October Jack’s cap has made it’s way to Home Park where it has been presented to the club by Jack’s grand-daughters on permanent loan! Read about that here.
2 Publication of Jack Leslie book
The definitive biography of Jack, The Lion Who Never Roared, written by Campaign co-founder Matt Tiller, has now been released by Pitch Publishing (23rd October)
It can be ordered via our website.
3 Talks and presentations
1st October, The Box, Plymouth – Matt Tiller talked about Jack and the forthcoming book for Plymouth Community History Association.
2nd October – Campaign presentation with Argyle development teams at Home Park
6th October, Dawlish College – Campaign presentation for students during Assembly
8th October, 1100 -Launch of Jack Leslie Ltd. Edition artwork, Kaya Gallery (see (4) below)
8th October, 1400 Campaign visit to Liskeard Athletic WFC to see our sponsored player Tiana Campbell in action-read more here, or see (5) below)
9th October – Tavistock College- Campaign presentations in school assemblies for years 7 and 8
12th October – Campaign presentation to Langdon Academy, East Ham
16th October- Schools competition launched!
18 October -presentation to West Ham United academy/development team https://www.whufc.com/news/academy-football-celebrates-black-history-month
21st October: The Campaign visited West Brom to talk to fans about Jack’s story at the Championship fixture between WBAFC and PAFC (as part of our ongoing series at football clubs -details here ) Thanks to WBA for their engagement and hospitality!
24 October: Launch event for The Lion Who Never Roared at The Players Lounge, Home Park https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/the-lion-who-never-roared-launch/
29th October: At the London stadium as guests of West Ham United, talking about the campaign
4 Jack Leslie statue – limited edition framed print!
October saw the launch of a limited edition framed photograph of the Jack Leslie statue, in conjunction with esteemed local photographer Jonathan Ward and Kaya Galleries – more info here. (and as reported in Evening Herald here)
5. Player sponsorship
The campaign confirmed sponsorship of footballer Tiana Campbell!