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Jack Hynes
Personal information
Full name John Hynes
Date of birth 1920
Place of birth    Lochgelly, Scotland
Playing position Outside Right
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic
Swedish F.C.
New York Americans
Brooklyn Hakoah
National team2
1949 United States 4 (0)
Teams managed
1959-1960 Colombo
Wagner College
Swedish F.C.

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:47, 24 February 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 7 December 2006.
* Appearances (Goals)

John “Jack or Jackie” Hynes is a former U.S.-Scottish soccer forward. He spent over twenty years in the American Soccer League, twice earning league MVP recognition. In 1949, he earned four caps with the U.S. national team. In addition to playing professional soccer, Hynes was a New York City fireman from 1947 to 1975 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


Playing career

Hynes emigrated to the United States from Scotland when he was thirteen years old. When he arrived in the U.S., he entered Curtis High School on Staten Island, New York. He played on the Curtis soccer team, spending two seasons as the team captain. However, he did not confine himself to high school soccer, but also played for the professional Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic of the American Soccer League (ASL). In 1938, Brooklyn went to the U.S. Open Cup where the team lost the home and away series to Chicago Sparta, 8-0 on aggregate. Hynes came on as a substitute in the game in Chicago. After the Open Cup, Hynes moved to Swedish F.C. which played in the National Soccer League of New York. In 1940, Swedish F.C. won both the league and cup titles. They repeated the cup title in 1941, the same year that Hynes moved back to the ASL where he joined the New York Americans. While Hynes began his career as an amateur, he received a nominal payment for games and in 1939 the president of USSF declared Hynes and fellow Swedish F.C. player, Gene Olaff, to be professionals.[1]

Hynes spent only two years with the Americans before joining the U.S. Army's 80th Division during World War II. Despite significant wounds received during the Battle of the Bulge, Hynes recovered and rejoined the Americans with whom he played until 1952. He then signed with Brookhattan, but in 1954, he moved across town to Brooklyn Hakoah. In 1956, he was named the ASL MVP. The next season, Hakoah won the ASL championship. Despite these achievements, Hynes moved back to Brookhattan in 1957. He was once again the league MVP and second on the league’s scoring list. In 1959, Hynes made one last move, this time to Colombo, an expansion ASL club in Brooklyn. Hynes both played and coached Colombo, but the team lasted only the 1959-1960 season before folding. Despite being a first year team, Colombo won the ASL championship. By this time Hynes legs were failing and a fifth operation on his knees led him to retire from playing professionally.

National team

Hynes earned four caps with the U.S. national team when he was selected for the squad which competed in the 1949 NAFC Championship. That year, the cup was used as the North American regional qualification tournament for the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. finished second out of the three teams and qualified for the World Cup finals. However, Hynes was not selected for the finals team after the New York Times published remarks Hynes had made criticizing USSF’s player selection process.[2]

Post-playing career

After retiring from playing, Hynes was both a high school and collegiate referee and coach. His coaching stints included Wagner College. He also coached his old National Soccer League of New York team, Swedish F.C.[3]

In 1977, Hynes was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

In 1997, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association inducted Hynes into its Hall of Fame.[4]

In 2001, the soccer great suffered a mini-stroke on Thanksgiving. Thankfully he made it through and is still talking soccer.

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