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Craig Hinton
Craig Hinton
Full name Craig Hinton
Nationality Eng England
Rovers apps (goals)a 153 (3)
Position Defender
Date of birth 26 November 1977
in Wolverhampton
Height 6 ft 0 in
8 June 2004 from Kidderminster Harriers
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.


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 stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1996–97 Birmingham City 0 0
1997–98 Birmingham City 0 0
1998–99 Kidderminster Harriers ? ?
1999–00 Kidderminster Harriers 41 3
2000–01 Kidderminster Harriers 46 2
2001–02 Kidderminster Harriers 41 0
2002–03 Kidderminster Harriers 44 0
2003–04 Kidderminster Harriers 42 1
2004–05 Bristol Rovers 38 0
2005–06 Bristol Rovers 36 0
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 30 0
2007–08 Bristol Rovers 24 2
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 25 1
2009–10 Northampton Town 40 0
2010–11 Northampton Town 0 0
2010–11 Luton Town (loan) 0 0
2011–12 Solihull Moors 14 1

Record against Rovers[]

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

Date Club Venue Result Notes
3 November 2001 Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 2–0 to Kidderminster
1 April 2002 Kidderminster Harriers Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Rovers
28 September 2002 Kidderminster Harriers Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Kidderminster
3 May 2003 Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 1–1
6 September 2003 Kidderminster Harriers Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rovers
28 December 2003 Kidderminster Harriers Aggborough 1–0 to Kidderminster