Salford born inside forward Ted Braithwaite started his football career after the First World War with Manchester North End in 1919, joining New Cross in 1920. He joined Bradford City in December 1921 making his Football League debut at Cardiff City in January 1922 but struggled to get into their first eleven and left them for Reading in July 1924 having scored twice in 18 games. He enjoyed 5 seasons at Elm Park winning the Third Division (South) Championship with them in 1925-26 when he scored 11 goals and being part of their 1927 FA Cup semi final team which lost 3-0 to eventual winners Cardiff City at Molineux. After 26 goals in 150 appearances he joined Swindon Town in June 1929 where he scored 6 goals in 146 games over the next 4 seasons before joining non league Margate in 1933. He subsequently played for Ramsgate in 1935, Canterbury Waverley in 1936, Ashford Town in 1937 and re-joined Margate in 1939 before retirement.