Kinghorn, Fife born left back Jimmy Frew had played for Alloa in 1912 and via a spell in England at non league Newcastle City returned to Scotland to join Heart of Midlothian in the summer of 1913, making his Hearts debut that September. While at Hearts, he made one appearance for Scotland in an unofficial wartime international in 1916 with club teammate Willie Wilson.
By that time both men had enlisted in ‘McCrae’s Battalion’ of The Royal Scots, and Frew also served in The Royal Garrison Artillery during the conflict. He played both sides of the First World War for The Jambos but only made a total of 20 appearances before joining Second Division club Leeds United in the summer of 1920.
He made his Football League debut in Leeds’ third ever League match, a 3-1 win over Port Vale in September 1920, and played 36 times that inaugural season, making 99 appearances for the club before joining Bradford City in 1924. He had three seasons at Valley Parade making 48 appearances before he joined non league Harrogate Town in 1927.