Leek, Staffordshire born wing half Reg Halton started his football career in junior football playing for Cheddleton Mental Hospital in 1933 and Stafford Rangers in 1934, joining Buxton in 1935 from where he signed for First Division Manchester United in October 1936, making his Football League debut at Middlesbrough that December, scoring in a 3-2 defeat. He made 4 appearances in what was United’s relegation season and after the season end joined Notts County in June 1937. He made 8 appearances for The Magpies before being signed by Bury in November 1937, for whom he played both sides of World War Two. During the War he played as a guest for Aldershot and also played for Arsenal against Moscow Dynamo, and he was an ever present for Bury in 1946-47 on the resumption of peacetime football, scoring his career best return of 10 goals in the season, 6 of which were penalties. In December 1948 he joined Chesterfield after 23 goals in 123 appearances and he had just under 2 years at Saltergate, scoring 10 goals in 66 appearances, before joining Leicester City in September 1950. His final 2 seasons in League football produced 3 goals in 67 appearances, before he left to join non league Scarborough in 1952. He later played for Goole Town in 1953, and both Symington’s and Brush Sports in 1954. He was later manager of both Scarborough and Leek Town.
He also played cricket as a left-handed batsman for Staffordshire in the Minor Counties Championship between 1938 and 1956, making 34 appearances.