Hurlford, Ayrshire born centre half Tommy Hynds played junior football for Hurlford Thistle in 1896 before joining Glasgow Celtic in February 1898. Hynds made his senior competitive debut in the 2-0 Charity Cup Final defeat to Rangers on May 7th 1898 before being loaned to First Division Bolton Wanderers in March 1899, for whom he made his Football League debut at Sheffield United the same month, playing 8 matches during the loan, but not saving Bolton from relegation, before returning to Celtic. He was then loaned to Clyde later in 1899, and again returned to Parkhead, and despite finding opportunities limited with Celtic in February 1901 he represented The Scottish League against The Irish League in Belfast. In October 1901, after 2 goals in 31 appearances for Celtic, he joined Manchester City, and although they were relegated in his first season at Hyde Road, they won the Second Division Championship at the first time of asking in 1902-03, with Hynds missing only 3 games, and in 1904 he was in their team that beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at The Crystal Palace to win the FA Cup.
However, Hynds was engulfed in an illegal payments scandal in 1904 and was banned from football for four months and fined £75. While still under suspension, he was transferred to Woolwich Arsenal in December 1906 after 9 goals in 172 appearances for The Citizens. He made his Arsenal debut on 1st January 1907, against Sheffield Wednesday, but spent just five months at the club, displacing Percy Sands from the centre half position for thirteen League matches and four FA Cup ties, as Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the 1906-07 competition before losing to Sheffield Wednesday. He scored one goal for the club in the cup run against Bristol City in an earlier round.
Hynds left Arsenal in May 1907, playing a single season for Leeds City, where he was club captain and described as “one of the most prominent half back in the League, a fearless tackler and knows how and when to place the ball”, making 38 appearances before returning to Scotland to play for Heart of Midlothian in the 1908 close season, for whom he scored 4 goals in 39 games. He then moved on to Dumbarton in 1909, playing in thirty matches before retiring. He later coached abroad, in British Columbia and Italy.