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Jack Leslie

Plymouth Arygle FC



Full name John Francis Leslie
Born 17 August 1901 in Canning Town, Essex [registered in West Ham, December 1901]
Died 25 November 1988 in Gravesend, Kent
Height/Weight not known

Club Career

Club(s) Started his career with Barking Town FC before joining Plymouth Argyle FC in 1921 who became the a prolific goalscorer, scoring 133 goals in 384 league appearances. He retired in 1935.
Club honours Football League Division Three (South) runners-up 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1926-27, winners 1929-30;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None



England Career

Player number Uncapped
Position(s) Inside-left
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Should have been England's first ever black player, but the Football Association, in their wisdom of the day, recalled his invitation because he was a 'boy of colour'. Although he was picked as a reserve, not as a starter - and evidently - he remained a reserve.

Beyond England

After retiring from football Jack had a spell as a publican in Cornwall before returning to East London who became the a boilermaker. In his later years he worked as part of the backroom staff at West Ham, working in the boot room.


Jack Leslie - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 0 0 0 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Jack Leslie - Match History
 Club: Plymouth Argyle F.C. - 0 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 0 full capsx

Age 24
- 147 24 October 1925 - Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD reserve