Having appeared for Stoke and Blackpool earlier in his career Walter Bussey played for Exeter City between 1936 and 1939. He joined the club from Swansea Town and later became a trainer at St James’ Park whilst settling in the local area. Playing mainly during the first year-and-a-half of his time with the club, he made 75 league appearances for the Grecians during the seasons leading up to the Second World War.
He had been signed by Stoke City from Denaby United in 1925 having previously played for Dinnington Colliery, Anston and Aughton Common Celtic. He soon became a regular at Stoke netting 46 goals in 185 league outings during eight years at the Victoria Ground. He subsequently moved to Blackpool for a fee of £1,050 playing 25 league matches and scoring 8 goals. His next move was to Swansea Town where he stayed for two seasons scoring 18 goals in 72 league starts.
Arriving at Exeter City, much was expected of the 32-year-old when he made his debut against Swindon Town in December 1936. Known for his defence-splitting passes, he played 20 league games in his first season (scoring 5 times) followed by 36 league games (6 goals) in 1937/38 and 19 league appearances (5 goals) in the final season before the war which also proved to be his last in professional football.
After a later spell as City's assistant trainer he became a painter and decorator in Exeter and died in the city in 1982.