English footballer Jack Leslie was blessed with a daughter with his wife, Lavinia Emma Garland.
John Francis Leslie, also known as Jack Leslie, was an English professional footballer. He played predominantly as an inside left for Barking Town and Plymouth Argyle.
The English Football Association has recently decided to award Jack a posthumous honorary cap. In 1925, he was denied an appearance due to the color of his skin after initially being called up.
Jack Leslie Wife & Kids: He Had A Daughter With His Wife, Lavinia
Jack Leslie married a fellow London girl Lavinia Emma Garland on June 27, 1925. He returned to London in the close season to marry the East-London lady.
Jack was 23 at the time of his marriage. Born on November 21, 1899, Lavinia was 25 and two years older than Jack. At the time, interracial marriages were relatively unusual.
The pair had one child: a daughter named Evelyn in 1927 and settled in Glendower Road, Plymouth, where Jack had his football career going on.
Lavinia did not have an easy upbringing. She lived with her Father (William), mother (Emma), and five siblings. Eleven people lived in the house with only five rooms. Lavinia’s Father and brother were recorded as general laborers but were out of work.
The saddest part was that William was described as a lunatic in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Yet only four years later, he was declared fit to serve in World War I. It appears that far from being a lunatic, William was simply deaf.
William later served in France but was discharged as medically unfit on August 9, 1916. He returned to East London with its poor employment prospects, overcrowding, and poverty issues.
After marrying Jack, Lavinia must have found Plymouth much more peaceful than East London. It was a happy marriage as the duo remained together for 63 years until Lavinia’s passing in 1988. Jack followed her seven months later.
Jack Leslie: He Was The Son Of John And Annie Leslie
Jack Leslie was born in Canning Town, London, on August 17, 1901.
Jack’s Father, John Francis Leslie, with whom he shared his name, was Jamaican. John was born in Hope Bay, Jamaica, on December 17, 1863. He worked as a general laborer and gas fitter laborer in London.
While in London, John met Anne Regler (also called Annie Leslie). She was an English lady from Islington and worked as a seamstress. She did the tailoring job also while pregnant with Jack.
By the time Jack was born, the family had settled at Clifton Road, Canning Town. Later, they moved to Gerald Road, Canning Town, and remained there for many years.
Jack’s granddaughter Lesley Hiscott expressed joy after the FA decided to honor the historical man.
Jack had two siblings: sisters named Edithe and Letitia Georgina. The legendary footballer breathed his last on November 25, 1988, when he was 88.
Jack Leslie Net Worth
The internet has no verified source of the net worth of Jack Leslie. It is possibly because Jack was active almost a century ago, and it is hard to find any records now.
Jack primarily played as an inside-left or a center-forward. Experts described Jack as being versatile and able to provide cover wherever needed.
Jack started his football career by playing for the local team, Barking Town. He scored over 250 goals for the club and helped them win the Essex Senior Cup in 1920 and the London League Premier Division title in 1921.
In 1921, Jack moved to Plymouth Argyle. He scored his maiden goal for Argyle in his 11th appearance, in a 2–0 win against Gillingham in 1923. In 14 seasons at the club, he scored 133 league goals in 384 games, making him the fourth-highest goal scorer in the club’s history.
His last professional game was a 3–1 win against Fulham on December 29, 1934. After scoring his final goal in the match, Jack retired from professional football in 1935.
Afterward, Jack worked as a backroom staff member for West Ham United. He worked as the boot boy for the local club.