Jack Coxford came to Spurs through his work as a player and coach at Northfleet United.
Jack joined Sunderland in 1924 as a professional, then moved to Birmingham City in the 1927-28 season, before transferring to Bournemouth in 1930. A final move to Northfleet United as player coach in 1934-35 saw him end his playing days at the Kent club. Coxford was a born leader and his captaincy was carried out by example. His advice was well received when coaching Ron Burgess, Vic Buckingham, Bill Nicholson and Ted Ditchburn while with the Northfleet club - Tottenham's nursery side.
The link between Northfleet and Tottenham saw him become assistant trainer in 1946, bringing with him an extensive knowledge of treating injuries. He then progressed to be first assistant to trainer Cecil Poynton during the early 1950s.