Archibald Robertson McDowall was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He came to Canada at the age of five. He started his soccer career in juvenile soccer in Toronto with Maple Leafs and McCormacks.

Archie won the Dominion Cup in the 1946 season with Ulster United. He starred for Toronto Greenbacks in the 1947 season in the North American Soccer Football League and in the National Soccer League.

The 5’7″ and 155 lbs left half back played with Ulster United in the 1948 and 1949 seasons. He played for Ulster United in the exhibition game against Liverpool Football Club on June 15, 1948. 17,000 soccer fans watched Liverpool win 5-1 at Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto.

Awarded the Tom Holland Memorial Trophy in 1948, emblematic of being the most valuable player in Toronto.

He won the Dominion Championship with Ulster United in the 1951 season. He left Ulster United after the 1956 season.

Archie worked for Colgate-Palmolive and was a member of the Knob Hill United Church. He passed away on April 25, 2017, at the age of 97.