Larkhall, Lanarkshire born inside forward Harry Paton started his football career with Larkhall Thistle in 1914 prior to the First World War before joining amateur Scottish League club Queen’s Park in 1917, for whom he made his Scottish League debut at inside left against Falkirk in December 1917, scoring his first goal for The Spiders a week later in a 3-3 draw with Third Lanark. He scored 3 goals in 15 appearances before the end of the season before subsequently moving to Motherwell in the summer of 1918, making 7 appearances during their 1918-19 campaign, moving to Clydebank a year later, where he spent two good seasons and attracted interest from the English scouts.
In May 1921 he was signed by First Division club Newcastle United for £4,100, making his Football League debut playing inside right at Huddersfield Town that August then scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Everton at St James’ Park four days later. These were however his only goals for Newcastle in 13 appearances through till January 1922, and he returned to Scotland to join St Mirren for £600 in October 1922. He played 5 times for The Buddies but was released in May 1923 and his career thereafter is uncertain.