Horace was born in Sheffield, and was first scouted by Derby County, where he made his full debut in October 1908
He was a forward reknowned for his fearsome left ‘peg’, indeed he earned the mantle ‘The Hottest Shot in Football’.
After his sixth season at Derby, the Rams were relegated and City paid a record transfer fee of £2,500 to bring the striker to Hyde Road.
The war intervened in his career as he joined the RAF but on returning to City in 1919 his goalscoring was prolific, with better than 1 goal in every 2 games and he had the honour of scoring the first goal at Maine Road when the Citizen’s moved to Manchester 14 in 1923.
Horace stayed at City until November 1924, when he was sold to Preston at the age of 34, and then moved to Oldham, before playing non-league football for Ashton National
After retiring from football he lived the rest of his life in Manchester, he worked as a packer in Newton Heath until he retired when he was 70.
Just a year later in 1961 he died at his home in Manchester.