John Kearns (footballer)

John Henry Kearns (April 1880 – January 1949), also known as Jack Kearns, was an English professional footballer who played as a full back.

John Kearns
Personal information
Full name John Henry Kearns[1]
Date of birth April 1880
Place of birth Nuneaton, England
Date of death January 1949 (1949-02) (aged 68)
Place of death Walsall, England
Position(s) Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Brownhills Albion
Hartshill Unity
1903–1906 Coventry City
1906–1909 Birmingham 61 (1)
1909–1912 Aston Villa 39 (0)
1912–1915 Bristol City 93 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Kearns was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in April 1880.[2][3] He made nearly 200 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Aston Villa and Bristol City.[3] While at Birmingham he understudied Frank Stokes and Jack Glover, but was first choice at Bristol City, for whom he played nearly 100 league games.[2] Kearns died in Walsall, Staffordshire, in January 1949, at the age of 68.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Kearns, John Henry (Jack)". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 104–05. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.