Mick Kearns (footballer, born 1950)

Michael Kearns (born 26 November 1950) is a former professional footballer and Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper, who was the Community Director at Walsall Football Club until his retirement in 2014.[1]

Mick Kearns
Personal information
Full name Michael Kearns
Date of birth (1950-11-26) 26 November 1950 (age 71)
Place of birth Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1972 Oxford United 67 (0)
1972–1973Plymouth Argyle (loan) 1 (0)
1973Charlton Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
1973–1979 Walsall 249 (0)
1979–1981 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 (0)
1982–1985 Walsall 26 (0)
Total 356 (0)
National team
1970–1979 Republic of Ireland 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, he qualified to play for the Republic of Ireland through his Irish ancestry and went on to represent his country 19 times. A goalkeeper, his international debut at the age of 19 was on 6 May 1970 as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat against Poland. He made his 19th and final international appearance on 21 November 1979 in a 1–0 defeat against Northern Ireland.

Kearns began his club career at Oxford United and went on to make 67 appearances between 1969 and 1972. After loan stints at Plymouth Argyle and Charlton Athletic, Kearns joined West Midlands club Walsall where he spent the majority of his career and made 249 appearances between 1973 and 1979. After a short two-year spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mick returned to Walsall to close out his career, making a further 26 appearances between 1982 and 1985 before retiring aged 35. Kearns then went on to take up the post of Community Director at Walsall Football Club until his retirement in 2014.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Mick's younger brother Ollie Kearns was also a successful professional footballer, but as a goal scorer not keeper. He enjoyed a high-scoring League career throughout the 1970s and 1980s with Reading, Walsall, Hereford and Wrexham; then scored the newly founded Rushden & Diamonds' first-ever goal.

As of 2015, Kearns still lives local to the Walsall area in Aldridge.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Walsall F C Community Programme - Mick Kearns". Walsall F.C. official website. Retrieved 22 April 2011.

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