Dave Rushbury started out at West Bromwich Albion under the guidance of the influential Don Howe.
Howe gave Dave a league debut for WBA in a match in the old Football League Division Two against Millwall on 26th October 1974. He had a tall order in that he replaced Ally Robertson in central defence to partner John Wile. Dave also played against Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday in his first season.
He was not really involved the following season with just a couple of League outings as the Albion won promotion but, not long into the season after that, Johnny Giles sold Dave to Sheffield Wednesday. Under Len Ashurst, the Owls were in the old Division Three and had narrowly missed relegation to the bottom level of league football.
At Wednesday, Dave moved to the left-back berth and was part of an Owls side that finished in 8th position in the division in his first season. The following season, the manager Ashurst left Hillsborough after a dreadful start to the campaign and was replaced by the future manager of the Republic of Ireland, Jack Charlton.
After Terry Curran and Mel Sterland came to prominence, Rushbury moved on to Swansea City, who were enjoying a spell of success that they have not surpassed since their early-1980s purple patch.
After promotion to the top flight in the 1980-1981 season Dave appeared in a dozen of the games Swansea played that term before he moved to Carlisle in the close season. Under the guidance of Sunderland legend Bob Stokoe, Dave missed just one match as they won promotion with a young Peter Beardsley and a not-so-young Bryan "Pop" Robson in the team.
After his time at Carlisle, Dave moved to Gillingham where Keith Peacock was manager. Like his WBA debut he played at Millwall in his first appearance but his stay at Priestfield was a short one. He moved back to the North and joined Doncaster Rovers, where he played under another football legend, Billy Bremner. A spell at Bristol Rovers under Bobby Gould was the last stop before the end of Dave's playing career.
In 1988, he arrived at Chesterfield as coach/physio and served as assistant manager at the club under Paul Hart, reverting to his role as physio after Hart's departure.
Dave remained as the club's physio thereafter before his appointment as Chesterfield manager on Friday 22 February 2002 after a successful spell as caretaker boss at Saltergate having stepped in when Nicky Law moved to Bradford City.