Although educated at Rostrevor College John Reynolds did not play much football at school. Instead, in his early teens he accompanied by his mother would travel all over Adelaide to watch Norwood play, picking up skills from watching the league and seconds play.
John began playing football for the Hectorville Football Club in 1964 where he played A Grade in their inaugural season in the East Torrens Football Association.
In 1965, while playing football for HFC, John was selected to represent the East Torrens Football Association against Essendon in Melbourne.
In 1966 encouraged by George Dellar (his current coach at HSC and former Norwood player) John moved to the Norwood Football Club, predominantly playing Under 19's and reserves with one league game (albeit on the bench) against Sturt at the Adelaide Oval on 3rd September 1966.
Unfortunately, in 1967 John broke his foot three times limiting his football at NFC in his second year.
In 1968 he returned to Hectorville and played in the 1969 A1 Premiership on Campbelltown Oval (Norwood North Football Association). He represented the association in 1969 when they played against the Essendon District League.
In 1970 at the request of George Pickering he joined the Payneham Football Club (South Australian Amateur Football Association), and in the following year was elected to Vice-Captain of the A grade side.
John coached Payneham Football Club's B Grade team in 1972 and subsequently retired from football in 1973.
John's career at Norwood included one league game in 1966, 11 games & 5 goals in the reserves in 1966 & 67, as well as eight games in the thirds (Under 19s) in 1966
J Reynolds July 2019