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Craig Hinton
Craig Hinton
Full nameCraig Hinton
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a153 (3)
PositionDefender
Date of birth26 November 1977
in Wolverhampton
Height6 ft 0 in
Joined
8 June 2004 from Kidderminster Harriers
Left
30 June 2009 to join Northampton Town
Senior clubs
Birmingham City
Kidderminster Harriers
Bristol Rovers
Northampton Town
Luton Town
Solihull Moors
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 23/05/2013

Craig Hinton is a defender who originally joined Rovers in 2004 from Kidderminster Harriers, where he had spent almost his entire career up to that point, making over 200 league appearances in six years. He spent a total of five years at Rovers, playing 153 league games and scoring three times, before being released by the club in the summer of 2009.

He returned to Rovers in 2011 as caretaker-assistant manager under temporary boss Stuart Campbell, who had requested that Hinton join him to help with coaching duties, and especially to be in charge on the bench while Campbell was playing.

Craig's uncle, Alan Hinton, was also a footballer and was capped twice by England in 1964.

CareerEdit

Craig began as a trainee at Birmingham City, but dropped out of the Football League to join Kidderminster in 1998 without making a first team appearance for the Blues. After six years at Kidderminster he joined Rovers for five years. On his release from Rovers he signed for Northampton Town where he was appointed as club captin, initially on a one-year contract which was later extended to a second year. Despite being a first team regular during his first season with The Cobblers he was only used in a single League Cup game during the 2010–11 season and was sent out on loan to Conference National side Luton Town in November 2010. He had played in just two FA Trophy games for Luton by the time he returned to Northampton in early January, and when Rovers enquired about acquiring his services as caretaker manager in March Northampton were happy to release him.

Following the end of Stuart Campbell's spell as caretaker manager Hinton left the club again, eventually finding employment as player-assistant manager at Solihull Moors, working under former Rovers man Marcus Bignot. He scored one goal for The Moors during 2011–12, which came from the penalty spot on the final day of the season.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
1996–97Birmingham City 00
1997–98Birmingham City 00
1998–99Kidderminster Harriers ??
1999–00Kidderminster Harriers 413
2000–01Kidderminster Harriers 462
2001–02Kidderminster Harriers 410
2002–03Kidderminster Harriers 440
2003–04Kidderminster Harriers 421
2004–05Bristol Rovers 380
2005–06Bristol Rovers 360
2006–07Bristol Rovers 300
2007–08Bristol Rovers 242
2008–09Bristol Rovers 251
2009–10Northampton Town 400
2010–11Northampton Town 00
2010–11Luton Town (loan)00
2011–12Solihull Moors 141

Record against RoversEdit

Craig has played against Rovers six times, all for Kidderminster Harriers. He won three of those games, lost two and drew one.

DateClubVenueResultNotes
3 November 2001Kidderminster HarriersAggborough2–0 to Kidderminster
1 April 2002Kidderminster HarriersMemorial Stadium2–1 to Rovers
28 September 2002Kidderminster HarriersMemorial Stadium2–1 to Kidderminster
3 May 2003Kidderminster HarriersAggborough1–1
6 September 2003Kidderminster HarriersMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rovers
28 December 2003Kidderminster HarriersAggborough1–0 to Kidderminster

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