|Ollie Kearns - birthday|
|daib0||12 June 2012|
A thousand miles away, but just round the corner in spirit
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.
Kearns was born in Banbury, and 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. He is without doubt one of Reading’s most effective strikers ever in their entire history – an incredible 40 goals in just 88 appearances!
He then played for Rushden Town and Worcester City before joining the newly-formed Rushden & Diamonds. He scored the first goal in the history of the new club on 22 August 1992 against Bilston Town in the Southern League Midland Division. He finished his career at Racing Club Warwick.
Ollie has later worked in property development.