Husband signed for Partick Thistle in 1938 and, apart from a brief spell as manager of Queen of the South, spent the rest of his adult life there. He was a centre back and is generally considered as one of Thistle's greatest ever players. He amassed 371 appearances and scored 12 goals during his playing career with Thistle. Husband was also capped by Scotland twice in 1946. He was noted for his ability to throw the football forty yards at throw-ins.
Husband spent 52 years at Partick Thistle, first as reserve player and progressing through roles as player, captain, trainer, coach, physio and kitman and was a regular at Firhill until days before his death in 1992. His greatest triumph at Thistle came in 1945 where he captained the team to a win over Hibernian to win the Summer Cup (the competition that replaced the Scottish Cup during the war). The home support stand at Firhill Stadium, home of Partick Thistle, is named after Husband.
Husband collected three caps for Scotland, but also played in another two unofficial internationals in 1945, before football resumed after the Second World War. As a farm-worker, Husband was exempt from military service. Husband also represented the Scottish League once.