Ashley, Hampshire born right back Don Browning represented New Forest Schools before joining New Milton of the Hampshire League in 1934. In May 1935, Browning moved across the New Forest to join Second Division Southampton. He spent his first year at The Dell in the reserves and his Football League debut came on 28th December 1936, when he replaced Charlie Sillett at right back, with Sillett moving to the left in the absence of Arthur Roberts for the match against Coventry City at The Dell, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Although Browning lost his place for the next match, he was recalled in February and played most of the remaining matches until the end of the season.
He started the next season as first choice right back before a serious knee injury in early October put him out of the game for several months. On his return in February, he had lost his consistency and only played another four matches before being transfer-listed for a fee of £500 in May 1938 after 26 appearances for The Saints. No other club came in for him, so he remained at The Dell for another year, making only six reserve team appearances before he was released in May 1939.