Warrington, Cheshire born left half Teddy Bullen began his football career with Altrincham, from where he was signed by First Division club Bury in May 1906, making his Football League debut at Newcastle United in February 1907, his only appearance in his debut season. After making 12 appearances in Bury’s 1907-08 campaign, as they finished seventh in the division, he became a first team regular from November 1908, and he made 34 League appearances per season in 1910-11 and 1911-12, in the latter season Bury suffered relegation to the Second Division. Bullen became club captain and played a further three seasons in the Second Division as Bury finished mid table each season, before the onset of the First World War forced the suspension of peacetime football in the summer of 1915, Bullen having scored 7 goals in 199 appearances for The Shakers.
In August 1916, two years since the outbreak of the First World War, Bullen enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action at Vaulx-Vraucourt, France on 11th August 1917 and was buried in Vraucourt Copse Cemetery.