Chester born winger Eric Stubbs began his football career with Winsford United in 1931 and played for Nantwich in 1932 before joining Bolton Wanderers, spending 1933-34 on their books without making a first team appearance. In the 1934 close season he joined Third Division (North) club Wrexham, making his Football League debut against New Brighton the same October, scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances during 1934-35 during his single season at The Racecourse Ground.
He then signed for Second Division Nottingham Forest in the 1935 close season, and had scored 6 goals in 23 appearances for them when signed by Leicester City in November 1936. He scored 8 League goals over the remainder of the season as Leicester won the Second Division Championship and he continued to play with them until the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 forced the abandonment of peacetime football after Stubbs had scored 16 goals in 81 appearances for The Foxes. After the War he briefly joined Chester and played in their two FA Cup ties in the 1945-46 competition, when they lost over two legs to Liverpool, before retiring.