Jack Leslie statue unveiled at Plymouth Argyle Football Club.
In July 2021 Matthew Montague Architects were asked to work with The Jack Leslie Campaign and renowned artist Andy Edwards to deliver a statue to commemorate Plymouth Argyle footballer Jack Leslie. The statue was unveiled on the 7 October 2022.
Jack Leslie signed for Plymouth Argyle in 1921, at the time he was the only black professional footballer in the country. He scored 137 goals in 13 years with the club. In 1925 he was selected to play for England, and his family said he was denied his place due to the colour of his skin.
Argyle fans, Matt Tiller and Greg Foxsmith; set up a campaign in 2019 to create a fitting tribute to the footballer and tell his story. A crowd funding campaign raised over £100,000. Andy Edwards was commissioned to create the statue and the practice were engaged to identify a fitting location, design the plinth, landscape, lighting and secure the necessary planning permission.
The Practice had worked with Andy Edwards previously, we was the artist who created the Clough Taylor Statue at Derby County Football Club, Pride Park, Derby.
Hundreds of people gathered to see the unveiling of the 3.7 meter bronze statue in all its glory.
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