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Supporters

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.

FOOTBALL

Viv Anderson MBE: Famously, the first black player to win a senior England cap. We are honoured to have Viv support the campaign and speak so eloquently about Jack and his story.

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.

Troy Townsend: Head of Development, Kick It Out

Michael Johnson (Ex Birmingham City and 🇯🇲 international, current Derby County ambassador and 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 U21 coach)

ARGYLE:

Former Manager Ryan Lowe supported the campaign when interviewed on ITV, and current manager Stephen Schumacher supports us, he kindly contributed to our crowdfunder soon after our launch.

Coach Kevin Nancekivell has been a staunch supporter from the start.

Former Argyle Team Captain Gary Sawyer spoke for the team, backing the campaign -see his message here!

Former Argyle star Frank Nouble (pictured left) – spoke for the campaign on Sky Sports here

Argyle play-off final hero Ronnie Mauge is a key supporter, sending a message of support and joining us on a live-streamed facebook event.

Argyle legends supporting the campaign:

Steve Davey -250 games for Argyle (1966-74) scored 50!

Paul Barron – made 50 appearances as keeper for Pilgrims 1976-78 Jamie Mackie: Scotland international player, ex-Argyle and QPR legend. Steve Castle (currently manager of Royston FC) is also a supporter. 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) Cherno Samba (former player and author) supports the campaign, follows on twitter, and donated a shirt to our Christmas fundraiser. 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.

Cornish born Argyle player and Everton FA Cup scorer Mike Trebilcock supports the campaign, and will be one of the guests at the statue unveiling.

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

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 had positive messages and contributions from West Ham fans, and we have the support of fans group WHUISA (statement here) and the club itself has made a contribution to the campaign.

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. John recalls being subjected to racial abuse (monkey gestures and chanting) by Argyle fans at Home Park when playing for Burnley in a play-off semi final, a shameful reminder that the overt racism seen at football grounds in the 70s and 80s persisted into the 1990s.

BARKING FC

Jack Leslie played for Barking from where he was signed by Plymouth in 1921, and later returned there.

Barking FC are incredibly proud of their Jack Leslie connections, and were very early supporters of this campaign- see here. Barking invited the Campaign to the club, where they were presented with a bronze maquette of Jack Leslie by artist Andy Edwards, as described here.

LIVERPOOL FC – sent good wishes and donated a shirt signed by Trent Alexander-Arnold which we auctioned as part of our fund-raising.

DEVON CLUBS – Traditional rivalries were put aside as had support from the fans trusts at both Exeter and Torquay (https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/devon-supporters-unite-behind-the-campaign-to-build-a-statue-of-football-legend-jack-leslie/) and we have also been supported by Tavistock AFC https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/tavistock-afc-back-jack-leslie-campaign/

Celebrity Supporters

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 backs our campaign.

Corporate/Commercial

Kingsley Napley

Kingsley Napley A leading London law firm, who have generously supported the campaign at our launch (see this blog)

Shore Financial, Plymouth,

Shore Financial Planning have backed the Campaign, and Jon Treharne is on our committee

PLYMOUTH GIN DISTILLERY https://plymouthdistillery.com

PLYMOUTH

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the people of Plymouth. In addition to the numerous residents who supported the Crowdfunder, we have had support from Plymouth City Council and Plymouth MP Luke Pollard (see below), PAFC and the “Argyle family” (see above) and many more including: Plymouth Gin distillery, The Box, Plymouth Community Homes, and Plymouth University.

Plymouth University

The University of Plymouth have partnered with the Jack Leslie campaign! https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/about-us/university-structure/service-areas/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/race-and-racism/jack-leslie-campaign https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/about-us/university-structure/service-areas/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/race-and-racism/jack-leslie-campaign

Political support

Luke Pollard MP: Plymouth MP Luke backs the campaign, provided advice, and donated to 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.

Tory MPs: Maria Caulfield , MP for Lewes. Greg Hands MP: (and an Argyle Fan)

Plymouth City Council: made a contribution from it’s infrastructure levy. We have cross party-support on PCC and individual councillors (Labour & Conservative) have contributed. Plymouth Green Party have made a significant contribution.

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!” 😀

Linda Gilroy (previously MP for Plymouth) has been and remains a huge supporter, donating money and art-work, tweeting and offering help and advice.

Caroline Russell: Caroline is transport spokesperson for the Green Party, local councillor (Islington) and an elected Member of the London Assembly, and has generously backed the campaign.

Catherine West MP – (Haringey), Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North) and Emily Thornberry – (Islington South) are all backers. Margaret Hodge MP backs the campaign -as MP for Barking (Jack’s first club)

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, helped this campaign with a donation and auctioning items for additional funds.

The Argyle Fans Trust: The supporters’ group set up to help the club emerge from financial difficulties of 10 years ago 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 have been a hue help.

Senior Greens and the 50/50 Lottery have backed the campaign with a significant donation!

Artists and Writers

Leon Mann: Journalist/Filmmaker who co-founded the influential Football Black List was hugely helpful.

Bill Hern Historian with http://historycalroots.com/ and co-author of Football’s Black Pioneers has shared his research with and provided advice to the Campaign. 

Rob Bullencartoonist (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.

One of Rob’s iconic Jack Leslie images

James Curno has contributed numerous images, you can see how work on his Mayflower D7 website

Mayflower D7 has created numerous images for us used on twitter + Insta
Patrick Strode has created+donated images

Twitter Support

We have had support on twitter from many famous celebrities and footballers, including Gary Lineker, Dawn French, Sharon Davies and more. See here for detail of some of those expressions of support.