Ollie Kearns

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Ollie Kearns
Personal information
Full name Oliver Anthony Kearns
Date of birth (1956-06-12) 12 June 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Banbury United
1976–1980 Reading 86 (40)
1981–1982 Oxford United 18 (4)
1982–1983 Walsall 38 (11)
1983–1988 Hereford United 170 (58)
1988–1990 Wrexham 46 (14)
1990 Kettering Town 2 (0)
Rushden Town
1991–1992 Worcester City ? (16)
1992–1993 Rushden & Diamonds 36 (16)
1993–1994 Racing Club Warwick
Total 396 (159)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Oliver Anthony "Ollie" Kearns (born 12 June 1956) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Reading, Oxford United, Walsall, Hereford United and Wrexham during the 1970s and 1980s.[1] He scored the first goal for the newly formed Rushden & Diamonds on 22 August 1992 against Bilston Town in the Southern League Midland Division.[2]


Kearns was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire and is of Irish ancestry.[1] He began his football career at local club Banbury United before signing for Third Division club Reading in 1977 at the age of 20. Reading were relegated to the Fourth Division in his first season, but bounced back two years later, as Kearns added 11 league goals to the 16 he scored the previous season.[3][4] He then joined Oxford United, and scored in Jim Smith's first game as manager.[5] However, he was only to spend one year at the Manor Ground before his transfer to Walsall, also of the Third Division, in 1982, where he joined his older brother Mick. Again, he was to spend only one year at Fellows Park before dropping down a division to play for Hereford United.[6]

Kearns arrived at Hereford United in 1983 aged 27 and spent four-and-a-half years at Edgar Street,[7] where he was top goalscorer two seasons running, in 1985–86 and 1986–87. Kearns then moved to Wrexham. He finished his Football League career with the Welsh club – a career that saw him score 127 goals in 358 appearances. Kearns then moved into non-League football: first, briefly, with Kettering Town.[8] He then played for Rushden Town and Worcester City[9] before joining the newly formed Rushden & Diamonds. On 22 August 1992, he scored the first league goal in the club's history, against Bilston Town in the Southern League Midland Division. In all, he made 36 appearances for the club, 26 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 FA Vase, 4 League Cup and 3 Hillier Senior Cup. He joined Racing Club Warwick for a final season before retiring at the age of 37.

Kearns later worked in property development in the Banbury area.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kearns' older brother, Mick Kearns, is also a former professional footballer who made 19 appearances for the Republic of Ireland from 1970 to 1979, eligible to play through family ancestry.


  1. ^ a b "Ollie Kearns". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ollie Kearns". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Reading 1978–79". Royals' Record. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Reading 1977–78". Royals' Record. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "250 up for Jim". Oxford United F.C. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Leigh. "Ultimate Saddlers A-Z 10". Walsall F.C. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ollie Kearns". The Independent Hereford United Online Archive. Terry Goodwin. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Player Profile Ollie Kearns". Poppies Fans. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Worcester City All Time Player Statistics". Worcester City Archive. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Flatman, Barry (19 April 2009). "When Royals were kings". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 

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