James Bowie (footballer)

James Bowie (9 July 1888 – 7 August 1972) was a Scottish football player and football administrator, who played for and was chairman of Rangers.

James Bowie
Personal information
Full name James M. Bowie
Date of birth (1888-07-09)9 July 1888
Place of birth Partick, Scotland[1]
Date of death 7 August 1972(1972-08-07) (aged 84)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1908–1910[1] Queen's Park 67 (5)
1910–1922 Rangers 299 (62)
Total 366 (67)
National team
1911–1919[2] Scottish League XI 5 (2)
1918–1919 Scotland (wartime) 4 (1)
1920 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Bowie began his career at Maryhill Juniors[1] and joined Rangers in December 1910 from Queen's Park. He made his debut against Falkirk on 10 December 1910. During his time at the club he won six League championships and played in a total of 351 competitive games, scoring 70 goals.[3]

Bowie won two Scotland caps in 1920,[4] and also played in four wartime internationals.[4][5] He retired in 1922.

Football administrator

After retiring, he became a club director in 1925 and served as chairman from 1934 until 1947. The circumstances for Bowie's departure as chairman were due to a boardroom coup, after he suggested that then manager Bill Struth retire, being that he was 71 years old.[citation needed]

He was also president of the Scottish Football League from 1939 to 1946.



  1. "QPFC.com – A Historical Queen's Park FC Website". qpfc.com. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. "SFL player James Bowie". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. "Rangers player James Bowie". Fitbastats.com. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. "Scotland international player James Bowie (including unofficial matches)". London Hearts Supporters Club. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  5. 45,000 view the charity 'national match, Sunday Post, 9 June 1918 (via Partick Thistle History Archive)