Ryton-on-Tyne, County Durham born right back Dick Little began his football career with Clara Vale in 1910 and played for Jarrow Croft in 1911 before joining First Division Newcastle United for £50 in May 1912, making his Football League debut at Liverpool that Boxing Day. Very much a fringe player at St James’ Park, he developed a reputation as an expert penalty taker for the reserves, but his career was soon interrupted by the onset of the First World War which forced the suspension of peacetime football in 1915, by when he had made 3 first team appearances for The Toon.
After the resumption of peacetime football he was sold to Scottish League Hamilton Academical for £100 in August 1919, and he stayed two seasons at Douglas Park before joining Cowdenbeath in 1921. In 1922 he signed for Motherwell, spending seven years at Fir Park, scoring 12 goals in 181 appearances for The ‘Well. Having eventually lost his place to John Johnman, he joined Morton in June 1929 but he stayed only a season before moving to Dunfermline Athletic in 1930. In 1932, already aged 37, he moved to Irish League Glentoran and played for Newry Town in 1933 before retiring.