Albert Butterworth was born in Ashton-under-Lyne on 20th March 1912. He played football for Droylsden before joining Manchester United in 1930. However, he was unable to gain a place in the first-team and moved to Blackpool in 1932.
Playing at inside-right, he scored 5 goals in 22 games in the 1932-33 season. The following season he moved to Preston North End. Other players brought in that year included Jimmy Maxwell (Kilmarnock), Albert Butterworth (Blackpool) and Jimmy Dougal (Falkirk).
In the 1934-35 season Preston finished 11th in the league. Jimmy Maxwell, who played at centre-forward, was the club's leading scorer with 26 league and cup goals. Butterworth scored four goals in 14 appearances.
In 1936 Butterworth joined Bristol Rovers in the Third Division (South). Up until the outbreak of the Second World War Butterworth scored 13 goals in 98 games. Butterworth joined the armed forces and did not return to playing professional football after the end of the war.
Albert Butterworth died in 1991.