Jimmy Brownlie
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: James Brownlie
  • First Appointed: June 1st, 1923


Managerial History


Spell 1 - Jun 1st, 1923 to Apr 30th, 1931

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Jock Kay - 191
2. Jacky Kay - 155
3. Bobby Bauld - 143
4. Bill Taylor - 134
5. Johnny Hart - 131
6. Dave Walker - 120
7. Jock McDonald - 115
8. Tommy Simpson - 105
9. John Bain - 95
10. Duncan Hutchison - 83
1. Jacky Kay - 71
2. Duncan Hutchison - 70
3. Bobby Bauld - 30
4. Johnny Hart - 28
5. Geordie Henderson - 25
6. Tim Williamson - 22
7. Willie Welsh - 21
8. Jimmy Cameron - 20
9. Dave Walker - 20
10. Micky Campbell - 18

First Match In Charge
Aug 18th, 1923 0 - 0 vs. Cowdenbeath, League (Division Two)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 25th, 1931 2 - 1 vs. Dunfermline Athletic, League

Total Players Used:
116

Biggest Win(s)
Jan 17th, 1931 14 - 0 vs. Nithsdale Wanderers, Scottish Cup (1st Round)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Mar 1st, 1930 0 - 7 vs. Celtic, League (Division One)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
327 129 74 124 593 593
(39.4%) (22.6%) (37.9%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
165 89 37 39 381 229
(53.9%) (22.4%) (23.6%)

Spell 2 - Mar 1st, 1934 to Oct 13th, 1936

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. George A Ross - 84
2. Bobby Gardiner - 78
3. Dave Corbett - 66
4. Arthur Milne - 63
5. Willie MacRitchie - 63
6. Bill Masson - 63
7. Jimmy Smith - 59
8. Duncan Hutchison - 44
9. Dave Skelligan - 42
10. Bobby Yorke - 38
1. Arthur Milne - 68
2. George A Ross - 38
3. Bobby Gardiner - 33
4. Jimmy Smith - 22
5. Alec King - 20
6. Duncan Hutchison - 16
7. Jacky Kay - 9
8. Bobby Yorke - 9
9. Dave Corbett - 7
10. John Milne - 7

First Match In Charge
Mar 3rd, 1934 8 - 1 vs. King's Park, League (Division Two)

Last Match In Charge
Oct 10th, 1936 2 - 1 vs. Airdrieonians, League

Total Players Used:
52

Biggest Win(s)
Apr 13th, 1936 12 - 1 vs. East Stirlingshire, League (Division Two)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Oct 26th, 1935 0 - 7 vs. Cowdenbeath, League (Division Two)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
94 42 17 35 273 209
(44.7%) (18.1%) (37.2%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
47 29 10 8 181 83
(61.7%) (21.3%) (17.0%)

Spell 3 - Jul 6th, 1938 to Jun 30th, 1939

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Bob Temple - 36
2. Andrew Meikleham - 35
3. Rab Smith - 32
4. William Benzie - 31
5. Willie Black - 31
6. George D Sutherland - 30
7. Duncan Hutchison - 30
8. Dave Skelligan - 30
9. James Christie - 27
10. Robert Beattie - 23
1. Willie Black - 24
2. William Benzie - 15
3. Bob Temple - 9
4. George S Ross - 7
5. Robert Beattie - 6
6. Duncan Hutchison - 6
7. Joe Black - 2
8. Bob Howe - 2
9. Johnny Hutton - 2
10. Horace Woolley - 2

First Match In Charge
Aug 13th, 1938 5 - 4 vs. Montrose, League (Division Two)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 29th, 1939 0 - 3 vs. Stenhousemuir, League

Total Players Used:
32

Biggest Win(s)
Mar 25th, 1939 10 - 0 vs. East Stirlingshire, League (Division Two)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Feb 4th, 1939 1 - 5 vs. Motherwell, Scottish Cup (2nd Round)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
36 16 3 17 81 74
(44.4%) (8.3%) (47.2%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
19 13 0 6 53 31
(68.4%) (0.0%) (31.6%)

Biography

Brownlie had been with Third Lanark for 19 years and had international experience, winning 16 caps for Scotland. He joined Dundee Hibs as Player/Manager in the summer of 1923 and was first choice keeper until he retired in April 1924, but would later return to play in one or two emergency situations.

During his first year at Tanndice, he oversaw team matters while the Club changed from Dundee Hibs to Dundee United after their return to the Scottish League set-up.

In only his second season in charge, Brownlie pulled off the unthinkable - leading the Club to the Division Two championship and promotion to the top flight for the first time in the Club's history.

Dropping down to Division Two again in 1927, he won the title again in 1929, and won United promotion for a third time in 1931 as runners-up.

Just weeks after their promotion, the Club took the bizarre step in letting Brownlie go in April 1931 after 8 years as manager, however he would return to manage the side again three years later.

After having left the Club in mysterious circumstances in 1931 after 8 years at Tannadice, Brownlie returned to the Managers position in March 1934, when the new owners of the Club brought him back to replace out going manager Willie Reid.

Brownlie missed out on a fourth promotion with the Club by just 10 points during the 1934/35 season, but in 1936 the Club hit financial difficulties yet again, with director George Greig taking over the Club's debt and the Managers position.

Two years later Brownlie returned to Tannadice once more, and was appointed a Director of Dundee United and took on the role of Manager for a third time, jointly with Sam Irving. This partnership lasted until the outbreak of WW2, when Brownlie announced that he was giving up both roles due to the pressure of his other business interests.

After retiring, Brownlie was a regular visitor to Tannadice, rarely missing a home match, and witnessed the Club's return to the top Division in 1960.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Dave Richards Jul 27th, 1923
2. Joe O'Kane Jul 27th, 1923
3. James Porter Jul 28th, 1923
4. Sandy Gilmour Jul 28th, 1923
5. George Hannah Jul 28th, 1923
6. Bobby McEwan Jul 28th, 1923
7. Tom Cottingham Jul 31st, 1923
8. Jock Kay Aug 2nd, 1923
9. Eddie Gilfeather Aug 6th, 1923
10. Ed Stirling Aug 10th, 1923
11. Bobby Knox Aug 14th, 1923
12. James Mackie Sep 8th, 1923
13. John Swan Sep 18th, 1923
14. Bobby Bauld Oct 30th, 1923
15. Jimmy Walker Oct 31st, 1923
16. Tommy Simpson Dec 22nd, 1923
17. Jimmy Russell Jan 21st, 1924
18. Frank Bridgeford Mar 29th, 1924
19. James Smith Jun 22nd, 1924
20. James Harvey Jul 3rd, 1924
21. Johnny McRoberts Jul 28th, 1924
22. Willie Oswald Aug 21st, 1924
23. Andy Cant Sep 11th, 1924
24. Jacky Osborne Sep 20th, 1924
25. William Mackie Nov 6th, 1924
26. Robert Rintoul Jan 17th, 1925
27. Hugh Collins Mar 5th, 1925
28. Micky Campbell May 16th, 1925
29. Bill Paterson May 22nd, 1925
30. Jimmy Howieson May 22nd, 1925
31. Jock McDonald Jul 3rd, 1925
32. Dave Walker Jul 29th, 1925
33. Jim Walker Aug 8th, 1925
34. Hugh McBride Aug 11th, 1925
35. Jimmy Simpson Aug 13th, 1925
36. Joe Shandley Aug 26th, 1925
37. William MacDonald Sep 3rd, 1925
38. Peter McMillan Sep 11th, 1925
39. Willie Welsh Oct 8th, 1925
40. Andrew Finlay Oct 15th, 1925
41. Tom Gilroy Dec 16th, 1925
42. Dave Nicoll Jan 21st, 1926
43. Bob McFarlane Jan 21st, 1926
44. Mickey McGregor Mar 5th, 1926
45. Johnny Hart Jun 4th, 1926
46. John Moore Aug 24th, 1926
47. Alex Henderson Aug 24th, 1926
48. Andy Miller Aug 27th, 1926
49. Eddie Carroll Sep 3rd, 1926 £500
50. Frank Carroll Oct 1st, 1926
51. James Dempster Feb 3rd, 1927
52. Tom Fleming Feb 20th, 1927
53. James Meagher Mar 1st, 1927
54. Andy Ramage Mar 2nd, 1927
55. John Bain Jun 1st, 1927
56. Duncan Hutchison Jul 5th, 1927
57. Jacky Kay Aug 10th, 1927
58. Archie Ralston Aug 10th, 1927
59. John Dorward Aug 10th, 1927
60. Alex Johnstone Oct 7th, 1927
61. Harry Michie Nov 1st, 1927
62. Bill Taylor Dec 9th, 1927
63. George Mason Jan 2nd, 1928
64. Jock McHugh Feb 7th, 1928
65. Thomas Parker Mar 15th, 1928
66. Dave McClure Jun 30th, 1928
67. Geordie Henderson Jul 24th, 1928
68. Willie Richmond Aug 14th, 1928
69. David Dorward Aug 14th, 1928
70. Harry McGregor Aug 22nd, 1928
71. Patsy Deuchar Aug 31st, 1928
72. John Cunningham Dec 24th, 1928
73. Jimmy Cameron Dec 27th, 1928
74. George A Ross Jan 19th, 1929
75. George Gardiner May 21st, 1929
76. George Watson May 21st, 1929
77. Jock Ross Jun 25th, 1929
78. John McNally Aug 6th, 1929
79. George Thomson Aug 28th, 1929 £500
80. Eddie Smith Oct 1st, 1929
81. Andrew Findlay Dec 26th, 1929
82. Andy Haddow Jan 9th, 1930
83. Bruce Harley Jan 11th, 1930
84. John Bateman May 13th, 1930
85. Tom Stewart May 19th, 1930
86. James Nelson Aug 8th, 1930
87. Frank Penson Aug 8th, 1930
88. Colvin Bennett Aug 8th, 1930
89. Eric MacKay Aug 19th, 1930
90. Tim Williamson Aug 22nd, 1930
91. Jimmy Milne Aug 30th, 1930
92. Denis McCallum Oct 23rd, 1930
93. Jock Bain Oct 28th, 1930
94. Bill McCallum Jan 1st, 1931

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
First Signing

Joe O'Kane
on Jul 27th, 1923