Killamarsh, Sheffield born 0utside left Walter Boyes played for Sheffield Boys and began his football career with Woodhouse Mills United in 1929 before he turned professional with West Bromwich Albion in February 1931, making his Football League debut that November against local rivals Aston Villa. He scored in the 1935 FA Cup Final defeat at Wembley against Sheffield Wednesday, the team he supported as a boy, scoring a career best 22 goals that season, and in 7 years at The Hawthorns played 165 games scoring 38 goals for The Baggies, also playing in their 1937 FA Cup semi final team that lost to Preston North End at Highbury.
He won 3 England caps making his debut on England’s 1935 summer tour in a 1-0 win over The Netherlands in Amsterdam. He was a non playing reserve against Hungary at Highbury that December and was recalled in October 1938, playing twice that month against Wales and The Rest of Europe, and he also played in the Jubilee international for England against Scotland in May 1935 (technically an unofficial match). He also appeared twice for The Football League.
In February 1938 he signed for Everton for £7,000 winning the 1939 League Championship with them, and after guesting for many clubs during World War Two (in alphabetical order, Aldershot, Brentford, Clapton Orient, Leeds United, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Newcastle United, Preston North End and Sunderland), he resumed with Everton after the War but made only 19 further appearances in four further seasons, bringing his total of appearances at Goodison Park to 76, having scored 15 goals.
He joined Notts County as player-coach in June 1949 but made only 3 appearances scoring once during 1949-50, and his final 1950-51 season was at Scunthorpe United, where he was player-trainer and netted twice in 13 matches for The Iron. He stayed at Scunthorpe until 1953 before becoming player-manager of non league Retford Town in 1954 and player-manager of Hyde United in 1958. He then joined Swansea Town as their trainer in 1959, retiring through illness in May 1960.