John Brownlie

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John Brownlie
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-03-11) 11 March 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Caldercruix, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Pumpherston Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1978 Hibernian 211 (14)
1978–1982 Newcastle United 124 (2)
1982–1984 Middlesbrough 12 (0)
1984–1985 Hartlepool United 19 (1)
1985–1986 Berwick Rangers 15 (0)
1986–1987 Blyth Spartans 0 (0)
Total 381 (17)
National team
1971–1975 Scotland 7 (0)
1972 Scottish League XI[1] 1 (0)
1972–1976 Scotland under-23[2] 5 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1992 Cowdenbeath
1993–1994 Meadowbank Thistle
1997–1998 East Stirlingshire
2000–2003 Arbroath
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
For the Scottish translator of Greek and Latin hymns, see John Brownlie (hymnist).

John Brownlie (born 11 March 1952) is a Scottish former football player who played for Pumpherston Juniors, Hibernian, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Berwick Rangers, Blyth Spartans and Scotland. He was a right back.

Player career[edit]


Brownlie joined Hibernian from Pumpherston Juniors in 1969 and remained at Easter Road for nine years. He was part of the 1972 League Cup winning team and also earned runners-up medals in 1972 (Scottish Cup) and 1974 (League Cup).

Newcastle United and Beyond[edit]

He later played for Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool United, Berwick Rangers and Blyth Spartans. Following his retirement in 1986, he ran a hotel in the English North-East. [3]

Manager and Coaching Career[edit]


In 1988 Brownlie gained his first managerial appointment at Cowdenbeath and won promotion from the Scottish Second Division before his departure in 1992.

East Stirlingshire[edit]

He subsequently joined Clyde, where he worked as assistant manager under Alex Smith, before managing East Stirlingshire from 1997 until 1998.


After a spell running the youth teams at Raith Rovers, Brownlie managed Arbroath between 2000 and 2003 where he led the club to promotion from the Scottish Second Division and kept them in the Scottish First Division for two seasons.

He later returned to East Stirlingshire as a coach, taking temporary charge of the first team in 2008 after the resignation of Gordon Wylde.

His son Paul was also a professional footballer.[4]

Honours and Achievements[edit]






  1. ^ "John Brownlie". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "John Brownlie". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872–1986 (Hardback). Hutton Press. (ISBN 0-907033-47-4). 
  4. ^ "Sons and Daughters". Bob Dunning. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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