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 the 1972 Scottish Cup and the 1974 League Cup.
National team Scotland
International debut 14th June 1971 (versus USSR)
Right back John Brownlie was a surprise addition to the Scotland set up when he was selected for his first full international appearance against Russia in Moscow in June 1971, aged just 19. The ex-Edina Hibs player was called up to Easter Road from Pumpherston Juniors during the summer of 1969. Originally a midfield player or centre half, Brownlie found his natural position at right back and he made his debut as a substitute that same season against St Johnstone.
His talents were immediately obvious, and he was a regular first choice during his time at Easter Road. A prominent member of the Turnbull Tornado's side that won League and Drybrough cups, Brownlie tragically suffered a horrific leg break against East Fife in January 1973, just days after playing in Hibs historic 7-0 win against Hearts at Tynecastle on New Years day. Out of the game for more than a year, Brownlie eventually regained his place in the team, and would win a total of seven caps between 1971 and 1975, all with Hibs, his last appearance in a 1-1 draw with Romania at Hampden. One of the last of the Tornado's to leave Easter Road, after 332 league appearances, Brownlie signed for Newcastle United in a big money deal in 1978, joining former teammate John Blackley at St James Park.
After four years with Newcastle, Brownlie had two seasons with Middlesbrough, remaining in the north east with spells at Hartlepool, Berwick Rangers and Blyth before hanging up his boots in the late eighties. An extremely talented player there were few more exciting sights than watching John Brownlie at his peak on his trademark cavalier forays down the wing.
Full name John Brownlie
Date of birth 11th March 1952
Place of birth Caldercruix, Scotland