A member of the side that finished runners-up in Division Three (South) in 1932/33 Arthur Childs played for Exeter City between 1931 and 1934. He joined the club from Hull City having started his professional career with Darlington. He played in the Hull side that reached the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1929/30.He commenced his career with Shildon in the North Eastern League before turning professional on joining Darlington in 1923 where he spent four seasons scoring twice in 26 league matches. He then moved to Hull City for three seasons, two of which were in the Second Division, scoring 8 goals in 74 outings. The highlight of his time on Humberside was the club's run to the last-four of the FA Cup in 1929/30 although Arthur was to be sent-off in the semi-final replay against Arsenal.
Joining Exeter City in 1931, he made his debut against Thames on 29 August 1931 and was to make 28 and 30 league appearances during his first two seasons at St James' Park but only four in his third.
Leaving Devon in 1934 he had short spells with Accrington Stanley, Darlington and Durham City before retiring.
He died in Northallerton in 1963.