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. Cairns played "48 with Westminster, "49 with Vancouver City, and "50 with Saint Andrews.
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.
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.