Born: Isle of Dogs (1872)
Walter Parks was a clerk at Thames Ironworks & Shipbuilding. He also played football for local sides St. Luke's and Castle Swifts. In 1895 Arnold Hills, the owner of the shipbuilding company decided to establish his own football team. Parks joined the club and appeared in their first F.A. Cup match against Chatham. The following season he also played in the FA Cup match against Ilford.