Bradford born wing half Blakey Martin joined Castleford Town in 1913 and from there he joined Second Division Glossop in July 1914, making his Football League debut on Christmas Day against Leeds City. He scored the following April against Stockport County in a 1-1 draw, playing in total 10 matches during the remainder of the final peacetime season before World War One forced the suspension of The Football League. With Glossop having lost their League status, Martin re-joined Castleford Town in 1918 before joining First Division Derby County in May 1919. He made his Derby debut that August at home to Manchester United but made only 6 appearances all season and joined new League club Southend United in June 1920. At Roots Hall he played in their inaugural League fixture, a 2-0 win over Brighton in August 1920, and missed only 9 games over the next 2 seasons, scoring once in September 1921 at Newport County in 80 Shrimpers appearances. He then joined Welsh League Llanelly in 1922.