John Francis Leslie (17 August 1901 – 25 November 1988), known as Jack, was the only black professional player in England when he played for Plymouth Argyle. Joining them from Barking Town in 1921 he went on to play for Plymouth for 14 seasons. He was an outstanding player, scoring 137 goals.
Leslie won a call-up to the national team in 1925 to play for England v Ireland in the Home Nations Championship. However, the invitation was subsequently withdrawn. It seems that this may have been because of belated objections to his colour by members of the FA who had been unaware of his ethnicity. It would not be until 1978 that Viv Anderson would become the first black player to appear in an England shirt.
After hanging up his boots, Leslie worked as boot room manager at West Ham cleaning the boots of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
In December 2019, the new boardroom at Home Park was named the Jack Leslie Boardroom and in 2020 crowd-funding raised £100,000 for a statue of Jack that is due to be unveiled this season.