James Howie (footballer)
|Full name||James Howie|
|Date of birth||19 March 1878|
|Place of birth||Galston, Scotland|
|Date of death||January 1963(aged 84)|
|1901||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|1913–1920||Queens Park Rangers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Galston, Ayrshire, he joined Kilmarnock from local side Galston Athletic in 1898. He was in the side which won the 1899 Second Division title and the following season earned selection to the Scottish League representative side. He joined Kettering Town in 1901 then moved to Bristol Rovers the next season.
Howie was signed by Newcastle United in May 1903 and between then and 1910 made 235 appearances for the club, scoring 81 goals. He won the Football League Championship 3 times (1904-05, 1906-07 and 1908-09) and was also an FA Cup winner in 1910. During this period he earned three caps for the Scottish national side, making his debut in 1905.
Howie was universally known in the game as "Gentleman James" but was equally notable for his peculiar running action, which looked like a hopping motion. After leaving Newcastle in December 1910 he spent three seasons with Huddersfield Town before retiring.
In 1913 Howie moved into management when appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers, a position he held for seven years. He was then secretary-manager of Middlesbrough from March 1920 until May 1924. His brother David, also a former professional footballer, was concurrently manager of Bradford Park Avenue.
It is believed that after football Howie became a tobacconist in London.