Chopwell, County Durham born inside forward Arthur Eggleston began his football career with Spen Black & White before joining Second Division Bury in March 1930, making his Football League debut at Barnsley in April 1931. He broke into The Shakers’ first team on a regular basis at the start of the following season, and became a regular if not prolific goalscorer for Bury, his 11 goals in the 1932-33 campaign helping Bury to finish a creditable fourth place. In all he scored 32 goals in 107 appearances before joining Plymouth Argyle in the close season of 1935.
His first season at Home Park produced a career best 12 goals in 31 appearances, but his appearances were less regular the following season, and after 17 goals in 47 appearances for The Pilgrims he joined Sheffield United in May 1937. Somewhat of a fringe player at Bramall Lane, he scored twice in 13 games as The Blades narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight in 1937-38, and then started 11 matches as they went one better, finishing Second Division runners-up and winning promotion. However already aged 29, the Second World War broke out in September 1939 and the duration of hostilities spelt the end of his Football League career.