Whitburn, County Durham born wing half Jimmy Hindmarsh started his football career as a centre forward with Whitburn Colliery in 1904 and joined First Division Sunderland in July 1905, making his Football League debut that September against Notts County at Roker Park, in what proved his sole appearance for The Wearsiders. He joined Southern League Fulham in May 1906 for £20 but made just one first team appearance for The Cottagers before joining Watford in December 1907. He scored 4 goals in 10 appearances for The Hornets, before in May 1908 he signed for Plymouth Argyle. A knee injury limited his appearances throughout his first twelve months at Home Park, where Hindmarsh was considered by the writer of the Plymouth club handbook to be “one of the cleverest players the club has ever had”. As a Plymouth Argyle player he gave evidence in a murder case, an Argyle colleague, Teddie McIntyre, having hit the club trainer, who died a few days later, in a dispute over a game of cards on a train while returning from a match. McIntyre was acquitted.
His second season with Argyle saw him score 16 goals in 40 League games but he chose to move on at the end of the campaign, joining Second Division Stockport County for £100 in May 1910 after 24 goals in 62 appearances for The Pilgrims, £25 of which went to Fulham. At County, now a left half, he scored twice in 74 appearances over the next two years before joining Manchester City in November 1912, for whom he scored twice in 35 appearances. His career was then interrupted by the First World War. He went on to play 10 times for Southern League Newport County in 1919-20, joining them initially as player-coach, becoming their manager in May 1922 and remaining in the post until May 1935 when he resigned due to ill health.