Mike Kearney



Years at the club: 1978 - 83
Date of birth: 18/02/1953
Birth place: Glasgow
Position: Forward
Appearances: 168
Goals: 82
Clubs: Shrewsbury T., Chester
Honours: Shrewsbury: Promotion to Division Three 1975/76
Chester: Debenhams Cup Winner 1977
Reading: Division Four Champions 1978/79

Mike was Reading legend Maurice Evans’ very first signing as a League Manager in 1973 when he joined him at Shrewsbury Town. He became an instant hit at Gay Meadow when he scored a brace on his ‘Shrews’ debut

Evans, however, soon switched him from striker to Centre-half which, again, proved a great ploy as Kearney was instrumental in helping Shrewsbury to promotion to Division Three.

In 1977 he joined Chester in a £8,000 transfer deal. He stayed at Sealand Road only a year before he re-joined his mentor Maurice Evans at Elm Park.
Again Mike proved a success as his ten goals League goals helped Reading clinch the 1978/79 Division Four title in his first full season.

Having topped the Reading scoring charts in 1979/80 with 16 goals, he became unsettled and moved back to Chester. Almost immediately, Mike realized that his future lay with Reading and three months later he returned to Elm Park with Maurice Evans signing him a third time.

Mike was not an out and out scorer but was an intelligent and skilful footballer, and so Manager Evans used him effectively in a number of roles from striker to the occasional game in the heart of the Reading defence.

In December 1982, Mike broke a bone in his foot which effectively forced his retirement from League football.

He played and managed in local football for a number of years serving Marlow, Basingstoke Town, Chertsey, Reading Town and Reading Borough.
In 1990 he returned to Reading FC to run the club’s Social club with his wife, Grace.

When the Social club closed with Reading’s move to Madejski Stadium, Mike took up the role as Promotions Manager. When Reading FC decided to close the Promotions Department, Mike was moved again, this time as Training Ground Manager and responsible for the day-to-day running of Reading’s £multi-million training facility at Hogwood Park.

In 2013, Mike retired having served the club as player and as part of the senior management for nearly 30 years.

Did you know?


Martin Hicks, 1978-1991

Martin holds the club appearance record. He made 603 first team appearances in all competitions.


Neil Webb, 1978-1982

Neil won 26 full England caps, the FA Cup and League Cup.


Bill Davies, 1953-1961

Bill totalled 226 appearances for Reading, playing in every game of the 1958/59 season.


Trevor Senior, 1983-87 / 1988-92

The greatest goalscorer in the club's history, Trevor scored 191 goals in 362 appearances.

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