Hulme, Manchester born outside left Jack Kirton began his football career with Hyde in 1892 and played for Glossop North End in 1893 before joining Stockport County in 1895. After a brief spell with Tonge the same year he joined Oldham County before his first foray into League football when he joined Second Division Lincoln City in May 1896. He made his Football League debut against Blackpool that September scoring twice in a 3-1 victory and missed only three games all season, scoring 7 goals in 31 appearances during their 1896-97 campaign.
He signed for Small Heath (now Birmingham City) in May 1897 and scored twice in 18 appearances for them during a single season stay at Muntz Street, before joining Southern League Swindon Town in the close season of 1898. He scored 7 goals in 23 appearances and was Swindon’s top goalscorer in 1898-99. He left the club at the end of that season, having decided to try his luck in the First Division with Sunderland. However he failed to make an appearance for The Wearsiders, and returned to Swindon the following year – again staying for just one season before moving on, scoring a further 5 goals in 27 appearances in his second spell with The Robins. His final senior club was Millwall Athletic, where he was a member of their 1901-02 team but seemingly left the club after a single season.