|Date of birth||7 June 1900|
|Place of birth||Rutherglen, Scotland|
|Date of death||1974 (aged 73–74)|
|Playing position||Inside forward|
|1925||→ St Mirren (loan)||4||(0)|
|1928–1929||New Bedford Whalers||43||(17)|
|1929||New York Giants||4||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Howieson, the son of a tavern owner, attended Rutherglen Elementary School and John Street School. He spent two years as a marine engineer, but an accident led Howieson to enlist in the Royal Navy in 1917. He spent four years as a sailor.
In 1921, Howieson purchased his release from the Navy and joined Rutherglen Glencairn. In 1922, he moved to Airdrieonians. In 1924, Howieson transferred to St Johnstone. During the season, Howieson played most of St Johnstone's league games, but went on loan to St Mirren for all that team's cup games as well as a few league games. At the end of the season, he moved to Dundee United. In October 1925, Dundee United sold Howieson's contract to St Mirren for £1,000. He won the 1926 Scottish Cup with St Mirren, scoring the winning goal. In March 1927, St Mirren sent him south to Hull City for £3200. A season later, he left the British Isles to join the New Bedford Whalers for the 1928-29 American Soccer League season. That season saw the outbreak of the "Soccer War" between the ASL and the United States Football Association over control of the sport. As part of that dispute, the USFA and FIFA declared the ASL and outlaw league and created a competing league, the Eastern Professional Soccer League. Although the Whalers remained in the ASL for most of the season, it moved to the EPSL in the spring of 1929. Howieson played thirty-five games, scoring nine goals in the ASL, then another eight games, scoring eight goals, in the EPSL. With four games left in the season, the Whalers sent Howieson to the New York Giants for four games. At the end of the season, Howieson returned to Hull City for the 1929–30 season. In 1930, they sent him to Shelbourne F.C. for £3200. He then played for another four teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland until his career ended in 1936.
On 26 February 1927, Howieson earned his lone cap in a 1–0 victory over Northern Ireland.
Following his retirement, Howieson co-owned the Railway Tavern in Gorbals, Glasgow with his brother.
- St Mirren