Walton, Richard

Birth Date

12th September 1924


Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

Dick Walton, who started at Leicester City, had made around sixty league appearances for Leyton Orient when he signed for Exeter City in 1951. A steady presence at right-back he was a regular for his first three seasons at St James’ Park although he played less-frequently in his final two years with the club. After 135 league games he left for Tonbridge. 

He signed professional forms for Leicester City in January 1943, but never made a league appearance during his five and half year stay. He moved to Leyton Orient in July 1948 and played in 63 league games, scoring four goals.

He then linked up with Exeter City in December 1951 where he was to enjoy his best spell of his career. Walton made his debut for the Grecians as a centre-forward in a 3-1 defeat at Swindon Town, but by the end of the following season he had become the first choice right-back. Playing 40 and 42 league games in his first two complete seasons at St James' Park, he appeared less-frequently thereafter but nonetheless remained at St James’ Park until the end of the 1955-56 season when he signed for Tonbridge.

He played for the Kent club for three seasons, during which time he made 108 appearances, whilst working as an accountant before his death on 23 June 2012 in Deal, Kent.







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