Height: 6ft 0in
Joined: July 2020
Previous Clubs: Salford City F.C., Oldham Athletic A.F.C., Rochdale A.F.C., Accrington Stanley F.C. (loan), Falkirk, Huddersfield Town A.F.C, Barnsley F.C. (loan), Carlisle United F.C. (loan), Motherwell F.C. (loan) , Partick Thistle F.C., Kilmarnock F.C., Dunfermline Athletic F.C., Real Kashmir F.C.
Kelty were delighted to see Higginbotham put pen to paper in July 2020 signing for Kelty Hearts ahead of the new season.
Higginbotham has a wealth of experience playing professional football beginning his career with Salford City before signing for Oldham at the age of 18 where he went on to play in their Reserves Squad. In 2007 Higginbotham joined Rochdale where he made 79 appearances for the Dale over a 3 season period which included 2 loan spells with Accrington Stanley. While at Rochdale Higginbotham scored the leagues Goal of the Year from the halfway line in a 4-2 win.
Next up for the striker was his first spell in Scotland, for Falkirk FC where he spent a season and a half. In January 2012 Higginbotham was awarded Man of the Match in the League Cup Semi-Final against Celtic in his last match for the Bairns. Higginbotham next spent some time at Huddersfield and played in the clubs League One Playoff Final which saw the side promoted to the Championship in 2012. During his time at Huddersfield Higginbotham also spent time on loan with Barnsley, Carlisle and Motherwell.
After struggling to find his place in the Huddersfield squad Higginbotham headed back up north to join SPL Side Partick Thistle where he played 74 times scoring on 10 occasions which included an overhead kick for his first goal at Firhill. Higginbotham spent a Season with Kilmarnock in which the East Ayrshire side narrowly avoid relegation from the SPL.
Higginbotham spent 3 seasons with Dunfermline Athletic where he played in 114 matches for the Fife side, scoring on 18 occasions. The final stop on the road to Kelty Hearts was a season with real Kashmir in the Indian I-League where Higginbotham made 10 appearances scoring 2 goals for the side.
Higginbotham was part of the Huddersfield Town team who won promotion to the Championship and prior to that was in the Rochdale side winning promotion to League One.