Kenny Burns

For the American television and radio host, see Kenny Burns (entertainer).
Kenny Burns
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Burns
Date of birth (1953-09-23) 23 September 1953
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1977 Birmingham City 170 (45)
1977–1981 Nottingham Forest 137 (13)
1981–1984 Leeds United 56 (2)
1984–1985 Derby County 38 (2)
1984–1985Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
1985–1986 Barnsley 21 (0)
1986 IF Elfsborg 0 (0)
1986–1988 Sutton Town ? (?)
1988 Stafford Rangers 5 (0)
1988–1989 Grantham Town 18 (5)
1989 Gainsborough Trinity ? (?)
1989–1990 Willenhall Town 21 (0)
1990–1993 Ilkeston Town 124 (55)
1993 Oakham United ? (?)
National team
1974–1981 Scotland 20 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kenneth "Kenny" Burns (born 23 September 1953) is a former Scotland international footballer, most famous for his time with Nottingham Forest, where he played a vital role in their European Cup successes.

Burns was born in Glasgow, and started his career with Rangers as an apprentice but left for Birmingham City aged 17, in 1971. He arrived at the Blues as a defender, but was converted to striker after Bob Latchford left in 1974,[2] and earned the first of his 20 international caps in that role soon afterwards.[3] However, after joining Nottingham Forest for £150,000 in 1977, he was converted back into a central defender by Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

Burns proved a great success in his new role and was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 1977–78, as Forest won the First Division title. 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 managed to score 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.

Burns left the City Ground in 1981 when Forest accepted a £400,000 offer from Leeds United for him. He stayed with the Yorkshire side until 1984 and played with Derby County, Notts County (on loan), Barnsley and Elfsborg in the latter stages of his professional career.

He went on to represent a string of non-league clubs as player or player-coach, finishing up as assistant manager of Telford United in 1993.[2][4]


Nottingham Forest


  2. 1 2 Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. pp. 76–77. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. "Scotland National Teams Player Details: Kenny Burns". SFA. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  4. "Kenny Burns profile". Grantham Town F.C. Retrieved 3 July 2008.

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