Coleshill, Warwickshire born outside right Jimmy Lynes began his football career in Cornwall with Liskeard in 1887 and played for a number of Devon and Cornwall clubs including Avenue F.C. in 1888, Plymouth St James the Less in 1889, Plymouth United in 1890, Home Park in 1891, Argyle F.C. in 1892 (the club that subsequently became Plymouth Argyle), Warmley in 1893 and Weymouth in 1894 before a move to Second Division Leicester Fosse in 1895, for whom he made his senior debut in an FA Cup tie with Hucknall St John’s that November, making his Football League debut at Liverpool a week later.
He scored 4 goals in 10 appearances for The Fossils before moving to Lincoln City in the 1896 close season, scoring on his debut for The Imps in a 3-1 victory over Blackpool. But he only stayed a single season at Sincil Bank, scoring 6 goals in 21 appearances before joining non league Halifax in the summer of 1897. He subsequently played for Warrington in 1898 and Bacup in 1899 before retiring from football.