Born in Glasgow, Howie was a defender and joined Hibernian from Newton Juniors in 1943, seeing out the rest of his career at Easter Road. He was part of the Hibs team that won three League Championships in 1947/48, 1950/51 and 1951/52.
National team Scotland
A regular in the post war side, Howie was awarded his one and only cap against Wales at Ninian Park in October 1948, scoring Scotland's first goal in a 3-1 victory. He was deputising for his sick team mate Jock Govan and it was rare event then to have two current players capped in the same position.
Shortly after, Howie complained of feeling unwell and was diagnosed as suffering from the debilitating disease TB, then a far more serious illness than it is now. After a spell in the clean air of Davos in Switzerland to recover, paid for by the club, he eventually regained his first team place to win another two Championship medals.
He retired from the game in 1954 to become a sports reporter with the Daily Express, but was tragically killed not long after when a car he was test-driving for a friend hit a lamppost.