A soldier, Crewe, Cheshire born amateur goalkeeper Herbert Saunders began his senior football career playing in Scotland while stationed there with the Royal Garrison Artillery, playing first with Heart of Midlothian, making his Hearts debut in an East of Scotland League 5-2 victory over Falkirk in August 1906 and also playing in a friendly against Edinburgh University in November 1906. He joined Leith Athletic the same month and stayed until the following summer, when he moved to Kent to join the Sheerness Garrison. He played for Oxhey and New Bushey, both Hertfordshire junior clubs, in 1907-08, and joined Southern League Watford as an amateur in January 1908, where he was understudy to Billy Biggar, turning professional in May 1908. He made his debut for The Hornets in a 4-1 win home against Northampton Town on 23rd January 1909, and a week later made his second and final first team appearance in a 5-1 defeat at New Brompton (now Gillingham). He never made any further senior appearances and his playing career after Watford is uncertain.