During Michael A Potter high school years at the William Beaumont School, He captained the school’s rugby league team and then went on to regularly represent Warrington his home town at under 15s level as a scrum half/stand-off. He also won 3 county caps representing Lancashire U15s on three occasions. Potter retired from rugby league in 1975 at the age of 15 when he decided to focus on his football career.
As a young footballer of promise Michael A Potter represented his junior school Our Lady’s RC Primary and at the age of 11 was selected to represent the Warrington Juniors team. In 1974 Potter signed for the Bolton Wanderers Football Club who were then competing in the English Football League Division 1. During the next three years he played for the club representing the Reserve Team (Central League), ‘B’ Team (Lancashire League), Youth Team (English FA Youth Cup), and Clifton Palace (Junior Team). He played over 120 games as a Centre Forward and Winger and scored 53 goals.
When he left Bolton Wanderers in 1977, Potter returned to play in the local junior leagues for his team Helsmoore Wanderers. In the 1976/77 season he scored a record 76 goals; 15 of these goals were scored in one match in a 27-0 win against RCCYC. This proved to be a world record for an ama-teur footballer and thus his name appeared in the 1977 edition of the Guinness Book of Records as a record-breaker. That same season Potter was awarded League player of the season and went on to win four county caps representing Cheshire County Football Association at U17 level, playing against Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside, and Yorkshire. He scored 5 goals in the 4 games playing for Cheshire.
From 1978 Potter continued his football career as a semi-professional footballer playing for Chester F.C. (English League, Division 3), Runcorn F.C. (Northern Premier League/West Cheshire League), St Helens Town A.F.C. (North West Counties League, Division 1), Warrington Town F.C. North West Counties League), and Heysham F.C. (North Lancashire League). He retired from football in 1987 aged 28 years. Potter has since reconnected with the Bolton Wanderers F.C. and is now a Committee Member of the Bolton Wanderers Former Players Association.