Bolton played 300 games for Wigan RLFC from 1954 to 1963, featuring in the club's 1960 Championship Final win. He then played in Australia for the Balmain club from 1965 until 1970, featuring in the 1969 season's Grand Final-winning team.
Bolton coached Parramatta in 1973 and '74. He was also assistant coach to Tim Sheens at Penrith in the mid-1980s
On 17 March 2005, Dave Bolton was inducted into the Balmain Tigers Hall of Fame.