Australia born inside forward Harry Higginbotham started his career in Scotland with junior clubs Kilsyth Rangers and Petershill before playing for Third Lanark and St Mirren during the First World War. In July 1919 he joined Second Division newcomers South Shields making his debut in their inaugural Football League fixture the following month at Fulham. However he only made 7 appearances that season before joining Luton Town in July 1920. At Luton he played with the likes of internationals Ernie Simms and Louis Bookman in a strong team, and he scored 30 goals in 88 appearances over his 3 seasons there before Second Division Clapton Orient signed him in February 1923. He struggled however, scoring only once in 19 games before Nelson signed him in February 1924. He was released by Nelson at the end of the season after only 4 games, and joined Reading, where he scored 3 times in 25 appearances before joining Welsh League Mid Rhondda United, and thereafter Pontypridd, in the summer of 1925.