The Jack Leslie Campaign were invited to attend Barking FC on 3rd January 2022 at a pre-match event to celebrate Jack Leslie’s Barking roots. In the clubhouse, the Campaign was able to share with Barking fans the Jack Leslie story, with an emphasis on his incredible exploits for and with Barking FC 100 years ago! (see note 1 below)
The Campaign then presented Barking FC with a bronze statuette, created by artist Andy Edwards, who has been commissioned to create the Jack Leslie statue at Home Park, Plymouth.
The maquette was an early design to illustrate a potential pose rather than the final version, and is thus a unique gift for Barking, who were early supporters of the Crowd-funded statue campaign.
Barking FC are proud of their Jack Leslie connection. Chairman Rob O’Brien said : “we are delighted to continue our partnership work with the Jack Leslie Campaign, and share their aim of telling Jack’s story, which began here in Barking. We are equally proud of our ongoing role in celebrating diversity -Barking Football Club is a club rooted in the local community, welcoming to all”
1 Spoiler alert- Jack was part of a cup-winning Barking team that competed in London and Essex, but also played overseas.
2 Local media coverage here: https://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/barking-fc-backs-jack-leslie-statue-campaign-3385612
3 Barking FC and the Jack Leslie Campaign started our partnership in July last year, see https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/barking-fc-partners-the-jack-leslie-campaign/ and Barking have supported the campaign’s crowdfunded statue campaign. Barking FC, as with all significant sponsors, will have their name on the supporters list on the plinth of the final statue, and Barking FC will be invited to the unveiling. It is not too late to get in touch for individuals or companies to also have their names added.
4 Follow us on twitter! @jacklesliecamp and @barkingfc
5 For media questions on the campaign contact here https://jackleslie.co.uk/faqs/
6 The Club and Campaign would like to see a commemorative cup game between Barking and Plymouth Argyle for the “Jack Leslie Cup”, and are looking for a business or company to sponsor that event -get in touch if interested!