The Jack Leslie Family: Jack’s daughter Evelyn, granddaughters Lesley, Lyn and Gillian, his great-nieces Kelly, Kerry, Lucy and the Gillick (nee Leslie) family are all delighted Jack is finally getting the recognition he deserves, and great-nephew George Connett sits on our advisory committee.
Plymouth Argyle!: Pioneers in signing Jack in 1921. PAFC named their new boardroom after Jack in 2019, this campaign will build on that and leave a lasting legacy for the club and beyond.Simon & Jane Hallett: Plymouth Argyle chairman and his wife Jane are passionate about fighting racism and keeping Jack’s story alive, and have generously supported this campaign.
Sir Trevor Brooking: The West Ham legend and FA Cup hero who also won 47 caps for England remembers Jack from his time in the boot room. They got on really well although Jack never told anyone he had been a player himself! Sir Trevor was a guest at our live-streamed facebook event when the Crowdfunder Appeal hit our initial target.
Bobby Barnes: former player (and, like Jack Leslie, a prolific goal-scorer!) at West Ham and several other clubs. He is Deputy Chief Executive of the PFA.
Brendon Batson OBE -Brendon is a special adviser to the FA and Trustee of the PFA. Born in Grenada, he moved to England with his family aged nine, and went on to became a pioneer for black footballers in England. As a schoolboy he signed for Arsenal, the 1st black player to play for the Gunners’ first team, then in 1978 joining WBA along with Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham. He features in 100greatblackBritons.com.
Ty Gooden: Former professional footballer for the likes of Arsenal, Gillingham, Wycombe & Swindon who now scouts for Arsenal.
Iffy Onuora: a former professional footballer and Scotland International player, who is now a PFA Coach and Equalities Officer and a Trustee of Kick it Out. He is on our advisory committee and assists with media enquiries.
Michael Johnson (Ex Birmingham City and 🇯🇲 international, current Derby County ambassador and 🏴 U21 coach)
Coach Kevin Nancekivell has been a staunch supporter from the start.
Argyle star Frank Nouble (pictured left) – spoke for the campaign on Sky Sports here
Argyle legends Steve Davey -250 games for Argyle (1966-74) scored 50!
Paul Barron – made 50 appearances as keeper for Pilgrims 1976-78
David Friio says in this tweet Just a few words to let you know that I fully back the @JackLeslieCamp. The color of our skin must not in ANY way interfere in ANY decisions whatsoever!!! (Check out David’s narrated film for PAFC which also features Jack Leslie here)
Also expressing support via Argyle Legends are Adrian Burrows, Chris Harrison, Aiden Maher, John Peddelty (Argyle+Ipswich) and Norman Piper, as well as Terry Austin (Ipswich, Argyle and Mansfield) “He certainly was an Argyle ‘LEGEND’ a statue a fitting memorial to him” John Peddelty.
Donating signed shirts to our Christmas fundraiser were Guy Branston, Joel Grant and Paul Connolly, and Luke McCormick donated signed gloves!
WEST HAM Clyde Best – was one of the first black players in 1st division football in England, scored 47 goals as a striker 1968 -1976, supports our campaign having heard about us in his home in Bermuda! (full story here!)
David Cross West Ham legend,225 appearances 99 goals. David remembers Jack from the West Ham boot-room in the early 80s – he still has the boots!
Carlton Cole supports the campaign! Carlton made over 250 appearances for the Hammers, made 19 England U21 appearances (scoring 6 goals),made his debut for the England national team in 2009 ,and is now a coach.
We have approached the club for a donation, and already have the support of WHUISA (statement here)
BURNLEY: Roger Eli: key player in the Burnley side that won the 4th div. championship of the 1991–1992 season, now a successful businessman, and another Burnley legend John Francis , now a UEFA A licence coach
Josh Widdicombe: the comedian and Last Leg star is a lifelong Plymouth Argyle fan. Check out his brilliant tour of the club. Josh appeared on our live-streamed facebook event, and has also spoken about Jack on a West Ham podcast.
Michael Spicer: Comedian, writer & actor, famous for his Room Next Door creation is originally from Barking, where Jack began his football career.
Arabella Weir: Brilliant comedy actor & writer
Jamie Lawson: Ivor Novello Award Winning singer-songwriter is from Plymouth and supports our campaign.
Shore Financial, Plymouth,
Luke Pollard MP: Plymouth MP Luke backs the campaign, has provided advice, and donated to the crowdfunder.
Jo Stevens MP: Jo is a member (and former chair) of the “Show Racism The Red Card” All Party Parliamentary Group. See her statement here.
Caroline Lucas MP. Caroline is Green (Green army!) Party MP for Brighton.
Plymouth City Council: made a contribution from it’s infrastructure levy. We have cross party-support on PCC, including Council Leader Tudor Evans who has been helpful, and individual councillors (Labour+Conservative) have contributed (see crowdfunder page) Cllr Chaz Singh has expressed support
Baroness Hussein-Ece: Meral is a member of the House of Lords, and the Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman for Equalities. Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE (Lib Dem) is also an official campaign supporter, and reminds us to “keep smiling!” 😀
The “Green Army” (Argyle family)
PASALB: Plymouth Argyle Supporters Association London Branch is behind the campaign and have made a significant donation. PASOTI: Plymouth Argyle Supporters On The Internet a long established popular club forum, which has helped this campaign with a donation and auctioning items for additional funds. The Green Taverners: a key part of the club with its Fansfest and fundraising activities have promised to put on a fundraising event for the Campaign once lockdown restrictions end.
The Argyle Fans Trust: The supporters’ group set up to help the club emerge from financial difficulties of 10 years ago has backed the campaign, together with rival Fans Trusts from Exeter and Torquay! (See here)
The Argyle Archive is a fantastic resource run by volunteers and packed with information and memorabilia relating to the Pilgrims rich history.
Senior Greens have backed the campaign with a significant donation!
Artists and Writers
Rob Bullen – cartoonist (familiar to readers of Private eye) @robbybullen) is a key supporter, has himself contributed, and donated pieces of his work as rewards to those contributing to the Crowdfunder appeal.
James Curnow has contributed numerous images, you can see how work on his Mayflower D7 website
We have had support on twitter from many famous celebrities and footballers, including Gary Lineker, Dawn French, Sharon Davies and more!
See here for further detail of some of those early expressions of support.