James Gourlay (11 January 1888 – 12 September 1970) was a Scottish footballer.
|Full name||James Gourlay|
|Date of birth||11 January 1888|
|Place of birth||Tarbolton, Scotland|
|Date of death||12 September 1970 82)(aged|
|Place of death||Greenock, Scotland|
|1908–1909||Port Glasgow Athletic||22||(6)|
|1914–1919||Scottish League XI||2||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played for Port Glasgow Athletic, and for Everton in England between 1909 and 1913 before joining Morton as part of an exchange deal for John Fulton. He remained an important member of the Greenock club's strong team in the era spanning World War I when they finished in the top four of the Scottish Football League for six seasons running, and won the War Fund Shield in 1915.
Aged 34, Gourlay scored the only goal (with a free kick) in Morton's 1–0 win over Rangers in the 1922 Scottish Cup Final which is, to date, the club's only major trophy. He later had a short spell at Third Lanark.
Gourlay played in the Home Scots v Anglo-Scots annual trial match in 1914 and was selected for the Scottish Football League XI either side of the war, but never gained a full international cap. His father James Gourlay played once for Scotland in 1888; they are related to the lawn bowls champions David Gourlay Sr. and David Gourlay Jr.
- (SFL player) James McCrorie Gourlay, London Hearts Supporters Club
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- James Gourley of Everton and Morton, ToffeeWeb, 14 November 2016
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- Association Football. | International Trial Match., The Glasgow Herald, 17 March 1914