Kenneth Burns (born 23 September 1953) is a former Scotland international footballer. The peak of his playing career was Nottingham Forest, with whom he won the 1977–78 Football League title and the FWA Player of the Year award. He also won two European Cups and two Football League Cups.
|Full name||Kenneth Burns|
|Date of birth||23 September 1953|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Striker|
|1984–1985||→ Notts County (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
On being released in 1971, aged 17, he signed for Birmingham City. He arrived at the Blues as a defender, but was converted to striker after Bob Latchford left in 1974. He earned the first of his 20 international caps in that role soon afterwards.
After joining Nottingham Forest for £150,000 in 1977, he was converted back into a central defender by Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. He was one of three signings Forest made along with Archie Gemmill and Peter Shilton to add to the promotion-winning squad of the previous season. Burns was both FWA Footballer of the Year and Forest's player of the year in 1977–78 in his defensive role as Forest won the First Division title that season, in their first year after returning to the top flight. They also won that season's Football League Cup with a 1–0 replay victory over Liverpool; Burns collected the trophy as captain deputising for the injured John McGovern.
He was an influential figure in the side's European Cup campaigns over the next three seasons, his defensive partnership with Larry Lloyd instrumental to Forest's victory in the 1979 and 1980 tournaments. He also scored in the second leg of the 1979 UEFA Super Cup final victory against Barcelona. At one time he was renowned for his 'wild man' image and while maintaining an aggressive nature, he also possessed a shrewd football brain and was always likely to score vital goals.
Leeds United paid Forest a £400,000 fee for Burns. He stayed with the Yorkshire side until 1984, and he was the club player of the year in 1982–83. Burns spent 1984–85 at Derby County, also playing a small number of games on loan at Notts County. His last season in the Football League was in 1985-86 at Barnsley, before a spell at Elfsborg in Sweden.
- First Division: 1977–78
- League Cup: 1977–78, 1978–79
- FA Charity Shield: 1978
- European Cup: 1978–79, 1979–80
- European Super Cup: 1979
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