Jimmy Brownlie lived in the Hoolet’s Nest
Jimmy Brownlie was born in Blantyre and was an outstanding personality in Scottish football over many years, as a goalkeeper and manager.
Almost his entire professional playing career, lasting from 1906 to 1923, was spent with Third Lanark, and as well as playing in 16 of the last 17 internationals before the First World War, he also appeared no less than 14 times for the Scottish League team, and in four Victory Internationals once the conflict was over.
In May 1923, Brownlie was appointed player/manager of Dundee Hibernian, who was renamed Dundee United later that year. He continued to play for a further season, but later made one further appearance in an emergency, at the age of 40 in 1926. His first managerial spell with the club found early success, with the Division Two titles in 1925, and again in 1929, but he left the club in April 1931 on the brink of a third promotion. He returned in 1934 with the club at a low ebb, one away from the bottom of Division Two, and helped to affect a partial revival before he left again in October 1936. A third and final spell came in season 1938–39, in a dual role with Sam Irving; both men were also appointed as directors of the club at this time. In May 1939, Brownlie announced that he was giving up both roles due to the pressure of his other business interests.
Dundee Courier – Friday 17 November 1939
SAW LIVINGSTONE IN 1856
DEATH OF JIMMY BROWNLIE’S father.
Mr James Brownlie, father of Jimmy Brownlie, former manager of Dundee United, died yesterday morning at the residence of his widowed daughter, Mrs Alex. Wardrope, Hunthill Road, High Blantyre. He was 94.
Mr Brownlie was born in the Auld “Hoolet’s Nest Inn” in the Barnhill district of Blantyre. He had a vivid recollection of seeing Dr David Livingstone when he paid a visit to his birthplace in Low Blantyre village on December 30, 1856.
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