Stubbins, Lancashire born goalkeeper Alf Tootill began his football career with Ramsbottom United and after an unsuccessful trial with Accrington Stanley in 1925, he eventually joined them two years later in 1927 as understudy to Dick Finnigan, making his Football League debut against Durham City in November that year, and playing 3 times in his debut season, before taking over the gloves in September 1928. Before the season had finished he had been signed by Second Division Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1929 after 36 appearances for Stanley.
He missed only one match in his first full season at Molineux, and was an ever present as Wolves won the Second Division Championship in 1931-32, but after 13 games of the new season in the top flight he lost his place and was transferred to Fulham at the start of December after 143 appearances for Wolves. At Fulham he missed less than half a dozen games in his first four and a half seasons at the club, before losing his place in 1938, joining Crystal Palace in the 1938 close season after 214 appearances. But he only made 3 appearances for Palace before the outbreak of the Second World War effectively ended his career.