Abnother Scot and another former Newcastle player, Howie won three league championship medals and three FA Cup runners-up medals and one winners' medal, in 1910.

He was transferred to ambitious non-league Huddersfield for £675 in December 1910 and joined Southern League QPR as manager in 1913. 

After his spell as Boro boss Howie became a tobacconist in the London area. He died aged 85 in January 1963.