Daventry, Northamptonshire born left half Tommy “Gunner” Higham was a serving soldier with The Royal Field Artillery – hence the nickname “Gunner” – stationed at Preston Barracks, Brighton, when he signed amateur forms with Southern League club Brighton & Hove Albion in 1907. When he finished his term in the Army, he signed as a professional in January 1909, and was a first team regular for the next two and a half seasons.
Higham remained an Army reservist, so was called up at the outbreak of the First World War and missed the entire 1914-15 season. He was posted to France, and wrote letters home from the front that were published in the local press. After the conflict he returned to the Albion team for the first peacetime season of 1919-20, their last Southern League season before their admission to the newly formed Football League Third Division, at the end of which he was awarded a benefit match; the proceeds of £605 was then a record for a Southern League benefit. He retired in 1920 before their Football League era, having played 124 matches for the club.