Liverpool born right half Teddy Barton began his football career on the books of Everton, having played for Liverpool Schoolboys as an inside right, and he spent 1924-25 on the books at Goodison Park without making the Everton first eleven. He joined Third Division (North) club Tranmere Rovers in 1925, making his Football League debut against Bradford Park Avenue in February 1926. A fringe player during his first three seasons at Prenton Park, he established himself as a regular in the first eleven from August 1928 and had six seasons thereafter as a first team regular becoming club captain.
In 1930-31 he missed only one match as Rovers finished fourth in the League, and over the following three seasons he continued to be a fixture in the side as they finished fourth again in 1931-32 and seventh in 1933-34. However he lost his place in August 1934 and played only 7 more first team matches in 1934-35, having scored 5 goals in 260 appearances for Tranmere. His career thereafter is somewhat uncertain but he retired from playing football in the late 1930’s and tragically fell ill soon thereafter, dying aged 37 in November 1941.