Tommy Kiernan

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Thomas Kiernan
Personal information
Full nameThomas Kiernan [1]
Date of birth 20 October 1918 [1]
Place of birth Coatbridge, Scotland [1]
Date of death 26 June 1991(1991-06-26) (aged 72)
Place of death Coatbridge, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1937 Clydebank
Senior career*
1938–1939 Albion Rovers 29 (13)
1946–1947 Celtic 23 (12)
1947–1948 Stoke City 28 (6)
1948–1950 Luton Town 55 (10)
1950–1951 St Mirren 8 (1)
1951–1952 Barry Town
1952–1954 Albion Rovers 33 (3)
1954–1955 Alloa Athletic 29 (8)
National team
1947 Scottish League XI [2] 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Kiernan (20 October 1918 – 26 June 1991) [3] was a Scottish footballer, who played in the Football League for Luton Town and Stoke City. He also played for Albion Rovers, Alloa Athletic and Celtic. [1]

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Kiernan was born in Coatbridge and began his career with Clydebank in 1937 before joining Albion Rovers a year later. He scored 13 goals for the "Wee Rovers" and earned a move to Celtic where he spent on season before he was signed by English club Stoke City for a then club record fee of £8,500. [1] He was a regular at inside right under the management of Bob McGrory in 1947–48 playing in 26 matches scoring six goals as Stoke a frustrating season finishing in 15th position. [1] After playing just four matches at the start of 1948–49 Kiernan was then sold to Second Division Luton Town in November 1948 for £6,000. [1] With the "Hatters" Kiernan played in three seasons scoring 15 goals in 60 matches before he returned to Scotland in 1950 with St Mirren. After a brief spell in Wales with Barry Town and made a return to Albion Rovers and ended his career with Alloa Athletic. [1]

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Career statistics

Source: [4]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
Celtic 1946–47 Scottish First Division 221210652917
1947–48 Scottish First Division11002031
Stoke City 1947–48 First Division 24521266
1948–49 First Division410041
Luton Town 1948–49 Second Division 23543278
1949–50 Second Division24412256
1950–51 Second Division810081
Career Total10629868512240

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  3. "Tommy Kiernan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. Tommy Kiernan at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)