At the beginning of the week following a drawn Cup quarter final at Hamilton, Hutton, reserve centre forward Andrew Lees and a commercial traveller names Templeton, was involved in a motor cycle accident a few miles outside Aberdeen. The Scotsman of Wednesday 15th March 1922 reported: "A motor cycle accident, in which two Aberdeen Football Club players were involved, occurred about seven miles north of Aberdeen yesterday afternoon. It appears that John Hutton, the Aberdeen back, was driving a motor cycle with sidecar, in which was seated J. M. Templeton, commercial traveller, and on the carrier was Andrew Lees, the Pittodrie reserve centre forward. On approaching a motor car the motor cycle was swerved to the side of the road and took the bank, the three men being thrown violently into the adjoining field. Hutton sustained injuries to his face and was otherwise shaken; Templeton was badly cut about the face, and sustained a fractured arm; while Lees escaped with a severe shaking. The three men were conveyed to Aberdeen, and their injuries attended to. Hutton was to have played for Aberdeen in the replay of their Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton Academicals today, and his place will be taken by A. R. Grossert."
We don't know how news of Hutton's accident was received by Manager Jimmy Philip, but fortunately for big Jock his replacement had a fine match against the Accies and his team won through by 2-0 in front of a tremendous midweek crowd of 23,000 and the Dons were set up to face Morton in the semi-final. A week later and Hutton was back in action.
It might reasonably be expected that the Aberdeen players would have learned something from Jock's misadventure but later that same year, on the 8th of September, Jock was involved in another motorbike misadventure. This time he was only a witness when his team-mate, the exciting winger Jimmy Smith, crashed into a car. Once again, The Scotsman obliges with an account of the incident: "J. Smith, the Aberdeen football team's outside left player, will be unable to appear for his team at Pittodrie Park this afternoon against the Hibernians on account of injuries received in a motor accident. Smith, who was transferred from the Rangers, was motor cycling on a solo machine in company with "Jock" Hutton, the right-back, who was driving a side-car outfit, when they encountered a stream of motor traffic returning from the Braemar gathering to the city. At one of the winding parts of the highway beyond Banchory Smith's bicycle collided with a motor car, and he was thrown into the ditch and rendered unconscious. It was found that he was injured about the lower part of the body and legs."
This was a big blow to Aberdeen as they were enjoying a successful season and had spent time leading the League. However, fortune smiled on the club the next day when they played Hibernian at Pittodrie and goals from Johnny Miller and Andy Rankine ensured that Hibs were well beaten. Jimmy Smith took about three weeks to return to fitness, missing three league matches altogether. His return indicated no loss of form though and he played his part in securing an excellent Pittodrie victory by 3-1 over Celtic in which his corner kick set up a goal by Rankine. There were no long term effects to be seen either as Jimmy went on to enjoy nine great seasons at Pittodrie and played a total of 335 competitive matches during which he scored 64 goals, many of them of the spectacular variety. We have to wonder though whether he kept up his motorcycling.