A St Luke’s College student from London Alan Pinkney made little more than a handful of league appearances for Exeter City in the late 1960s but also played against Manchester United in the FA Cup in 1969. He later played for Crystal Palace and Fulham (loan).An England Schools under-18 international, who played for Corinthian Casuals, Pinkney was studying at St Lukes College in Exeter and playing for their Western League side, when he got a call up into the Exeter City first team to make his debut in a 1-0 victory at Darlington in February 1968. Pinkney had made one earlier outing for the Grecians when he featured as guest player in Cecil Smyth’s benefit match earlier in the season. He was to net his only league goal the Grecians in a 1-1 draw at Lincoln City and famously played in the FA Cup 3rd round tie against European Champions Manchester United in January 1969.
After completing his studies at college ,and moving back to the London area, he signed for Crystal Palace in July 1969 for whom he made 19 full appearances and a further five as substitute in league matches. Pinkney signed for Fulham in January 1973, featuring in 12 league matches. Returning to Palace he then moved to Wimbledon ahead of playing in South Africa for Cape Town City.