Hinton, John (Jack)
Jack Hinton, formerly with Southampton, played a handful of games for Exeter City in the early 1920s after featuring for Hampshire side Thorneycrofts in the FA Cup against Burnley.
He was playing for Sholing Athletic, when Southampton signed him in 1912. He made two first team appearances and played a number of reserve games in his three seasons at Southampton. When all league football was suspended because of World War 1 he joined the RAF and, stationed at Farnborough, played football for his squadron. After the war he worked for Thorneycrofts shipbuilders at Woolston near Southampton and was captain of the works team when they reached the FA Cup 1st Round in January 1920 and were drawn against Burnley. The match on 10 January 1920 was played at The Dell and ended in a goalless draw before Burnley won the replay 5–0.
Moving to Devon he was signed on a contract by Exeter City in March 1921 and, described as a 'player who had a knack of snapping up chances', went straight into the City side and made goalscoring debut at St James’ Park against Swansea Town a few days after signing.
He left at the end of the season and later returned to Thorneycrofts. He is believed to have also played for Barnstaple during his time in Devon.