Campaign launches to build statue of black footballer in Plymouth

    The crowdfunder aims to raise at least £100,000 to get a monument built in honour of Argyle Player Jack Leslie

    Campaigners are fighting to get a statue of Argyle Player, Jack Leslie, built in Plymouth.

    A crowdfunder has launched today with the aims to erect the monument outside of Home Park.

    Leslie was one of the first black footballers in England and played for the Pilgrims from 1921-1934, scoring 137 goals in 401 appearances.

    He was picked to play for England back in 1925 but was denied the opportunity when the selection committee realised he was black.

    The Jack Leslie Campaign now aims to raise at least £100,000 to build the statue.

    Co-founder, Greg Foxsmith said: 

    “At a time when people are recognising that black lives matter and statues of slave traders are coming down, we believe that putting up a statue is a more positive way to celebrate black achievement and challenge racial stereotypes. Let’s build a statue we can be proud of.” 

    The team, made up of football fans across the country, hopes to use the Jack Leslie story to raise awareness of discrimination and campaign positively for equality, a message which is certainly relevant in the current climate.

    Co-Founder Matt Tiller said:

    “We are reaching out and calling on people to support this campaign.

    "We want football fans, politicians, organisations and companies, but most importantly individuals, to show their support and donate towards the statue fund.” 

    Matt told Radio Plymouth more about their reasoning behind launching this campaign:

    The crowdfunder for the statue can be found here.

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