Jack Reynolds was born in Manchester. he began his career with Manchester City,
but never made it into the first team.
He played for Burton United, Grimsby Town, The Wednesday and Watford before joining New Brompton,
for whom he played 108 of his total 198 league games.
In 1912 Reynolds moved to Switzerland to coach St Gallen.
In 1914 he was lined up to coach the German national team, but this was scuppered by the
outbreak of the war.
Reynolds moved to The Netherlands and in 1915 began his first stint in charge of Ajax.
He was manager there in three spells covering 32 years; from 1915 to 1925, 1928–1940
and again from 1945–1947.
During the pre 1937 period Ajax won the following honours under Reynolds:
Eredivisie: 1918, 1919, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1937
KNVB Cup: 1917
Reynolds is credited with laying the initial foundations of a total-football style and introduced the youth system for which Ajax is still renowned.
In 1919 Reynolds coached the Netherlands national team to a 3-1 victory over Sweden.