Jack Leslie statue would be fit­ting

Western Daily Press - - Business - John Har­ris, by email

WHY hon­our black foot­baller Jack Leslie with a statue at Ply­mouth Argyle’s Home Park sta­dium?

The me­dia re­ported the launch of a cam­paign to erect a statue of an Argyle foot­baller dropped by Eng­land when se­lec­tors found out he was black. Picked in 1925, Jack Leslie would have been the first black player to play for Eng­land, 53 years be­fore Viv An­der­son.

A statue and in­for­ma­tion plaque at Home Park would hon­our a great Argyle player. It would also tes­tify to the depth of his­tor­i­cal racial prej­u­dice in this coun­try and the progress we have made in the 50 years since Viv An­der­son played for Eng­land.

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