Hunslet, Yorkshire born centre half Norman Dinsdale played for Kiveton Park in 1917 and joined Anston Athletic after the end of the First World War in 1919, from where he signed for Second Division club Notts County in 1920, making his Football League debut against Stoke City that October. He was part of the Notts County team the following season that had an incredible Cup run, losing to eventual winners Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup semi final at Turf Moor, Dinsdale playing 10 Cup ties and replays during the run.
The following season he missed only 2 matches at Notts County won the Second Division Championship, and although Notts were relegated three seasons later, Dinsdale was a fixture in their line up until 1927-28, when he only made 5 sporadic appearances before joining Coventry City in March 1928 after 11 goals in 294 appearances for The Magpies. In just over two seasons at Coventry he scored 12 goals in 95 games. He then joined Bristol Rovers in the summer of 1930, already 32 years old for a final season scoring 3 goals in 35 appearances before joining non league Kidderminster Harriers in 1932, his final club before his eventual retirement.