The Jack Leslie Statue

by The Jack Leslie Campaign in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom


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Jack Leslie should have been England's first black footballer in 1925. Let's build a statue to be proud of. MORE:

by The Jack Leslie Campaign in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 11th August 2020 we'd raised £135,500 with 1907 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target


Additional funding will be used to enhance the statue itself - a bigger budget will give us a bigger statue and ensure the plinth is of the highest quality. It will also help us develop educational material to accompany the monument itself and beyond. It will create a stunning focal point for the public and help to secure its long term maintenance. 

YOU DID IT... !!!

We passed our initial minimum £100,000 target!  The statue of Jack Leslie will happen. As you can see we are still fundraising, to deliver our aims and objectives and the best possible statue.

Since then we've continued to receive huge interest, especially with October being Black History Month when Sky Sports filmed this fantastic piece...

Why Jack Leslie Deserves a Statue...

1585661887_czo_f6ywcaaxlml.jpgNearly 100 years ago Jack Leslie should have been pulling on an England football shirt and making history. But he was denied because of his race. It’s time for us all to right that wrong and recognise this remarkable player’s achievements with a statue. A memorial to someone who deserves a public monument.                                                

Jack's Story 

(Read for the full story and more about his life)

Jack Leslie’s re1593507389_jack_header_pic.jpegputation as a goal creator and scorer for Plymouth Argyle spread across the country and he was picked to play for England against Ireland in 1925. Jack was told by his manager and it was reported in the local and national press. He was elated. But within days Jack’s name had disappeared from the team sheet and the incident was brushed under the carpet. One national reporter towards the end of Jack’s career said, “Had he been white he would have been a certain English international.

Jack scored 137 goals in 401 appearances for Argyle from 1921-34 and became club captain, leading the team to a cup victory against Manchester United. There is no statue outside Home Park, Plymouth’s ground. What better way to celebrate this pioneering sportsman and create a focal point for home and visiting fans alike? Please join us in building a statue that creates a legacy to Jack’s memory and reminds us that racism has no place in sport or society.


We have been overwhelmed by the support of the footballing community led by Plymouth Argyle; the club backs this monument to a true club legend who should also have won national fame. The FA has given its full support as an official sponsor, acknowledging the importance of recognising Jack Leslie's story. Alongside them, members of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association) and FSA (Football Supporters Association) are key supporters and have been instrumental in pushing this forward.

Most importantly, Jack’s family welcome this wholeheartedly. His granddaughter, Lyn, says, 'My sisters, Lesley, Gill and I remember Jack as a wonderful grandad who looked after us and told us funny stories. We and the wider family are delighted that he is now being recognised for the sporting achievements he was so modest about.’ 

Jack's Legacy

Jack L1593507360_jack_-_great_v_old_pic.jpgeslie was well loved in Plymouth and the wider football community. In his later years he was a boot boy at West Ham... shining the leathers of World Cup winners. He received a standing ovation when he returned to Plymouth in the sixties but in the years to follow Jack's story faded into history. Now, there is renewed impetus to recognise him. Argyle has named its new boardroom after Jack and we are determined to create a memorial so all fans know of Jack Leslie's accomplishments and that he should have been capped by his country.

What Will The Statue Look Like And Where Will It Stand?

We have received several exciting and impressive proposals but are calling for artists to get in touch before the end of 2020 and register interest. Full details here:

The aim is for an imposing, landmark bronze full body statue of Jack in his prime on a stone plinth. 

It will stand outside Home Park – we have begun very positive discussions with Plymouth Argyle on the location and will update you all on this once we are able to make an announcement.

Who are we?

We are a group of committed football fans whose aim is to share their passion for Jack's story in Plymouth and nationwide and create a fitting legacy at last. Please support our campaign with a donation. You can find out more about The Jack Leslie Campaign, its aims, the team and its supporters here:

We had some great rewards including fantastic pieces of artwork by Argyle fan and Private Eye cartoonist, Rob Bullen, which were on offer as limited edition, signed prints (we hope to put more up for sale in future)...


And, finally... some video treats!

We caught up with the legend that is Viv Anderson, the first black footballer to play for the full, senior England international side in 1978. It was a real honour to talk to him about Jack Leslie...

And, here's the brilliant zoom chat we had with West Ham legend, Clyde Best, Jack's granddaughters and some key supporters. Clyde was the club's only black player at the time, but Jack Leslie cared for his boots.... 


This project offered rewards

£100 or more

The Unveiling

A priority place at the unveiling of the statue and a Rob Bullen print of your choice.

£10 or more

Shout Out

A social media shout out and listed on our contributors page at

£40 or more

Ltd. Edition Rob Bullen Jack Leslie England Print

Signed Limited Edition A4 Print of Rob Bullen's Jack Leslie Cartoon with Jack in the England strip he never got to wear.

£40 or more

Rob Bullen Jack Leslie Barking FC Print

Signed Limited Edition A4 Print of Rob Bullen's Jack Leslie Cartoon in the style of a cigarette card with Jack in his Barking kit - the team he played for before signing professionally for Argyle.

£1,000 or more

Your name on our plinth

Your name will be inscribed - commemorating your help on a plaque, on the plinth or statue surround.

£3,000 or more

Your Business Name On The Plinth

If your business would like to help support the Jack Leslie Statue, we'll commemorate you on the plaque, plinth or surround of the statue. We'll also add your logo to our website and credit you as a sponsor wherever possible.

£40 or more

Ltd. Edition Rob Bullen Jack Leslie Argyle Print

Signed Limited Edition A4 Print of Rob Bullen's Jack Leslie Cartoon in the style of a cigarette card with Jack in his Argyle Kit.

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