Coundon, County Durham born right half William Askew began his football career with West Auckland Town from where he was signed by Third Division (North) club Chesterfield, making his Football League debut at Lincoln City in October 1934. He scored in his third and final match of the season in a 4-1 win at Gateshead in April 1935, but didn’t appear in the first team at all the following season as Chesterfield won the Third Division (North) Championship.
Askew made just two further appearances for Chesterfield in the Second Division in the spring of 1937 before joining Third Division (South) club Walsall in the 1937 close season, where he had to wait until November 1937 for his debut, after which he was a regular over the rest of the 1937-38 season, scoring twice in 27 appearances. However He again lost his place at the start of the following season and played only 3 more matches for Walsall before a move to Lincoln City in the summer of 1939. Askew played in all 3 of Lincoln City’s matches at the start of the 1939-40 season before the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 forced the abandonment of peacetime football and effectively ended Askew’s career.