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Alan Hinton
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Full name Alan Thomas Hinton
Date of birth 6 October 1942 (1942-10-06) (age 67)
Place of birth    Wednesbury, England
Playing position Left Wing
Youth career
1959–1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest
Derby County
Dallas Tornado
Vancouver Whitecaps
075 (29)
112 (24)
253 (63)
024 0(4)
029 0(1)   
National team
England Under-23
003 0(1)
007 0(6)
Teams managed
Tulsa Roughnecks
Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps
Tacoma Stars
Seattle Sounders

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Thomas Hinton (born 6 October 1942 in Wednesbury) is an English former footballer who most notably played for Derby County and Nottingham Forest in the 1960s.[1] He famously wore white football boots.


Hinton started his career in the youth ranks at Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 1959, before making his senior debut on 7 January 1961 in a 1–1 draw with Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup.

He came into the Wolves team during the 1961-62 season when he managed 16 appearances, scoring 5 times. The following season he was a first choice in the wide left position, from where he netted 19 times, making him their leading goalscorer. He also won a call-up to the England team during this season when he played against France on 3 October 1962 in a European Championship qualifier at Hillsborough.

His goalscoring ability soon attracted interest from other clubs and he signed for Nottingham Forest in January 1964. He appeared 112 times for Forest, scoring 24 times during 4 seasons at the City Ground. His time with Forest also saw him earn two further England caps, in a 2–2 draw with Belgium - in which he scored - and a 2–1 win over Wales, both in 1964.

He was then signed by Brian Clough for Derby County (local rivals of Forest) in September 1967 for £30,000. He spent eight seasons with the Rams, which coincided with the golden period in the club's history, winning promotion to the top flight as Second Division champions in 1968-69 and then winning the league championship in both 1971-72 and 1974-75. He departed in 1975 after 253 appearances and 63 goals for Derby. Whilst at Derby he was universally and affectionately known, amongst the fans by his knickname `Gladys` which stemmed from his afformentioned white boots and curly blond perm, along with his elegant and non-aggressive playing style.

After a brief stint as player-manager of non-league Borrowash Victoria, he relocated to North America in 1976. Hinton first played for the Dallas Tornado for a season, before moving to the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he ended his playing career and moved into coaching. Having settled in North America, Hinton managed only Canadian and American teams, his biggest successes were with the Seattle Sounders (66 games, 45 wins) and later on the Tacoma Stars (87 games, 69 wins).

Hinton now works as an estate agent in the United States, after being involved in efforts to take the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the U.S. His nephew, Craig, is also a professional footballer.




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