Buster Cairns

Defender, Football player

1925 –


Who is Buster Cairns?

Roy Desmond "Buster" Cairns was a member of the Canadian national soccer team in the 1950s. He was born in Clayburn, British Columbia.

Cairns played left back alongside Westminster Royals teammate Dave Stothard in 3 of 4 qualifying matches Canada played for the 1958 FIFA World Cup. Mexico qualified from the region, having defeated the Canadians twice soundly, 3-0 and 2-0.

Cairns played 9 seasons with the Royals in the Pacific Coast Soccer League - 1951 through 1960. He was their captain in '53 when they won the North American Club Championship, defeating the Chicago Falcons. He was discovered by Vancouver St. Andrews playing in the Central Fraser Valley near Abbotsford and played with them for the 1947 season when they won the Dominion Championship. Cairns played '48 with Westminster, '49 with Vancouver City, and '50 with St. Andrews.

Cairns was a perennial member of the British Columbia All-Stars and was their captain when they defeated the touring Irish Football Association 3-2 in 1953.

In later years Cairns worked as a volunteer in the Crime Prevention Office of the New Westminster Police Office. He was inducted into the Ontario Soccer Association's Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame as a Player in 2001.

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Feb 15, 1925
  • Canada
Lived in
  • Fraser Valley Regional District

on July 23, 2013


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