New Tupton, Derbyshire born centre half Alec Betton began his football career with New Tupton Ivanhoe from where he joined Third Division (North) club Chesterfield in May 1926, making his Football League debut at Stockport County in September 1927. He played 31 matches for The Spireites over the next two seasons but left after two seasons to join Midland League club Scarborough in the summer of 1929.
After showing well in Scarborough’s 1930-31 FA Cup exploits, he was signed by First Division Newcastle United for £500 in January 1931, but after his debut for The Toon at West Ham United at the end of the same month, he only featured once more at Portsmouth in April 1932, before an injury to Dave Davidson opened the door for Betton at the end of September 1932.
He scored his only career in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United in February 1933 in a season where his performances were hailed, and he followed up 35 appearances in his breakthrough season with 26 matches in 1934-35, but he clearly impressed somewhat less as Newcastle suffered relegation from the top flight at the season end, and Betton was transferred to Third Division (North) club Stockport County in June 1934. His spell at Edgeley Park was brief with just 2 appearances in August 1934 and he re-joined Scarborough where he played out his professional career.