Basford, Nottingham born goalkeeper Arthur Dexter began his football career with Highbury Vale Methodists and played for Bulwell St Alban’s in 1920 and Vernon Athletic in 1921 before signing for First Division Nottingham Forest in March 1923, making his Football League debut against Everton the following September, playing twice that autumn as deputy to legendary goalkeeper Sam Hardy.
These proved his only top flight appearances and Forest were relegated at the end of the following season. Indeed with the consistency of Len Langford, Dexter didn’t get a further chance in the first team until November 1927, after which he vied with Langford for the goalkeeper’s jersey for three seasons, taking over the gloves in November 1929 before Langford was sold to Manchester City in 1930.
He only missed four matches between November 1929 and September 1933, helping Forest to finish fifth in the Second Division in 1932-33, but his place came under competition from Percy Ashton who spent four seasons as Forest’s number one goalkeeper, albeit Dexter made over 60 appearances for Forest until his final appearance at Tottenham Hotspur in March 1937. He then retired that summer after 274 appearances for Nottingham Forest.