Jack Leslie: Black footballer statue campaign reaches goal

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Crowdfunders have raised £100,000 to erect a statue of a footballer who was dropped from the England team when selectors discovered he was black.

Jack Leslie would have been the first black person to play for the nation having been selected in 1925.

campaign for his statue outside Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium has attracted donations from nearly 2,000 people since July.

Campaign co-founder Greg Foxsmith said he was “delighted” by the news.

Leslie joined Argyle in 1921 and stayed there for 14 years, making 401 appearances and scoring 137 goals.

Club chairman Simon Hallett said: “Jack was not just a great footballer. He has become a symbol of the injustices in our game and in our society.

“I hope that when we have his statue up it will become an enduring symbol of the progress we can make in fighting the evil of racism.”


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Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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