Burnley born wing half Walter Place (Sr) began his career with Burnley in 1886 and then played for Colne in 1887, Bacup in 1888 and Burnley Blue Star in 1889 before re-joining Burnley the following year, by now in The Football League, making his League debut at Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 1890. A fringe player for 4 seasons at Turf Moor, he broke into the first eleven from the start of the 1894-95 season and made his last appearance of 147, scoring 8 goals, in April 1900. He was an ever present as Burnley were relegated in 1897 and played 9 times as they bounced back immediately winning the Second Division Championship in 1898. After their relegation in 1900 he joined non league Burnley Belvedere.
His younger cousin was Walter Place (Jr) who played with him at Burnley and also played for Woolwich Arsenal.