Craig Hinton (footballer)
Craig Hinton playing for Bristol Rovers
|Full name||Craig Hinton|
|Date of birth||26 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Wolverhampton, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2010–2011||→ Luton Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Hinton moved to the Kidderminster Harriers in September 1998 after being a trainee with Birmingham and failing to break into the first team at St Andrew's. When he first joined Aggborough he played at right back until Jan Mølby took over as manager and played him at centre back. In 1999–2000 season Hinton only missed one game – this was the year Harriers clinched the Conference title. He was then ever present the year after Harriers first year of League football. He made a total of 214 appearances in six years at Aggborough when he declined a new contract in the summer of 2004 and a number of clubs wanted to sign him. He chose to join former Birmingham City Youth Coach Broadhurst who was the assistant to Ian Atkins at Bristol Rovers.
Hinton joined Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2004 where he played most of his 38 league appearances at right-back. In the summer of 2006 he signed a new deal keeping him at the Memorial Stadium for a further two years. He made 36 appearances in his second season at the club and made a firm defensive partnership with Steve Elliott in the centre of defence.
Hinton kept impressing with Rovers and in 2007, scored his first goals for the club in FA Cup matches against Leyton Orient and Rushden & Diamonds and then further goals against Fulham, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town. Scoring these goals, gave Hinton the nickname 'Goal Machine'. Hinton has recently been used more as a substitute for Bristol Rovers with Byron Anthony, Steve Elliot and Danny Coles seemingly preferred to him in the centre back position. On 5 May 2009, it was announced that his contract will expire, along with Joe Jacobson, Ryan Green and Craig Disley.
Hinton joined League Two side Northampton Town, and was made club captain ahead of the 2009–10 season. Hinton was sent on a one-month loan to Conference Premier side Luton Town on 26 November 2010. He played in two FA Trophy games before returning to Northampton on 6 January 2011.
On 17 March 2011, it was announced that Hinton will re-join Bristol Rovers as Stuart Campbell's assistant manager until the end of the 2010/2011 season. As Hinton had already played games during the 2010/2011 season for Northampton Town and Luton Town, he will not be allowed to play for the Gas.
- For Kidderminster Harriers 1998–99 infobox stats, not included by Soccerbase: Harman, John, ed. (2005). Alliance to Conference 1979–2004: The first 25 years. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 393, 401. ISBN 978-1-869833-52-7.
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- Cobblers clinch Hinton deal Sky Sports
- "Luton Town swoop for Charlie Henry and Craig Hinton". BBC Sport. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- "Moors Add Trio to Squad". Football Conference. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.