Stanley Common, Derbyshire born wing half Bob Vallance began his football career with Heanor Town in 1924 and played for Ilkeston United in 1925, moving to Grantham in 1927, making his “senior” debut in an FA Cup First Round (proper) tie for Grantham against Rhyl Athletic in November 1928, in a match that Grantham won 1-0. He also played as they were beaten 2-1 by Third Division Wigan Borough the following month at Springfield Park in the next round. In the 1929 close season he joined Second Division Notts County, making his Football League debut that September in a defeat at Cardiff City. He made 7 appearances through to a defeat at West Bromwich Albion on 23rd November, but was only selected once more, the following April in a home defeat to Preston North End, as Notts County suffered relegation.
Leaving League football he re-joined Grantham in 1930, and played for Gainsborough Trinity in 1931. He then joined Stanley Common Miners Welfare in 1932 before finishing his career with spells at Smalley United from 1934 and Stanley Excelsior from 1936 before his eventual retirement.