Morpeth, Northumberland born left half Jack Manners played junior football for Morpeth YMCA in 1902 and Morpeth Harriers in 1903 before joining Second Division West Bromwich Albion in 1904, for whom he made his Football League debut at Burnley that September, immediately becoming a first team regular. He was part of Albion’s 1907 FA Cup semi final team that lost 2-1 to Everton at Burnden Park, Bolton.
Manners remained a first team regular for a number of seasons but mostly in the second tier, despite several top end finishes, but he lost his place in March 1910. Manners then played 12 times only as they won The Second Division Championship in 1910-11, and after promotion he made only 18 further first team appearances in the top flight before joining Hartlepools United in 1913 after 7 goals in 209 appearances for The Baggies, playing for The Monkey Hangers until his playing retirement.
He later became the manager of Hartlepools United, by now in the Football League, in June 1924 and held the post for three seasons, finally leaving the club in May 1927.