Kevin Long (footballer)

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Kevin Long
Personal information
Full name Kevin Finbarr Long[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Cork, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burnley
Number 28
Youth career
2007–2009 Cork City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Cork City 16 (0)
2010– Burnley 21 (0)
2010–2011 Accrington Stanley (loan) 15 (0)
2011–2012 Accrington Stanley (loan) 24 (4)
2012 Rochdale (loan) 16 (0)
2012 Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:07, 23 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Finbarr Long, (born 18 August 1990) is an Irish footballer who plays for Burnley. He plays mainly as a centre back but can also fill in at full back.

Career[edit]

Cork City[edit]

Long came through the Cork City youth structure, before signing on professional terms in January 2008. He captained Cork City Youths successful FAI Youths Cup and Munster Cup teams in 2009. Shortly after, the centre half made his senior City debut away to St Patricks Athletic coming on as a second half substitute.[3] Long then made his first senior start on 19 July 2009 in a home friendly against Ipswich Town, partnering Dan Murray in defence.[4]

It was reported that Long travelled over to Preston North End for a trial, but whilst there, there was interest from League 1 sides Leeds United and Charlton Athletic and Premier League side Burnley.

Burnley[edit]

On 26 November 2009 it was announced that Burnley had fought off competition from both Everton and Celtic to get the youngster's signature, and that he was to fly in to meet up with the squad, however he would not be able to sign a full contract until the January transfer window opens.[5] A six figure deal was agreed which would keep Long at Burnley until June 2013.[6] On 25 January 2010, it was confirmed that Long had signed for Burnley.

Accrington Stanley[edit]

On 15 October 2010, Long joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on a month-long loan deal.[7] He has since had the loan extended till early 2011 after some excellent performances in the heart of the defence. He made his debut for the club in the 2–3 defeat to Rotherham United, but was sent off after 17 minutes for a foul on Adam Le Fondre. He returned to Burnley on 18 January 2011 after cracking a bone in his foot during a match against Cheltenham Town with a 2–1 win.[8]

On 31 January 2011 it was confirmed that long had returned on loan at Stanley for the remainder of the season[9] He returned to Burnley on 23 May at the end of his loan spell having made 17 appearances.

On 5 August 2011, it was confirmed he had re-joined Stanley on a six-month loan deal. Like his first spell on loan at Accrington Stanley, Long maintain his first team status and scored his first goal of his career in a 2–2 draw against Plymouth Argyle on 8 October 2011. Long would score against Bristol Rovers, Torquay United and Macclesfield Town. He re-joined Burnley on 5 January, having made 26 appearances.

Rochdale[edit]

On 27 January 2012, Long joined Football League One side Rochdale on an initial one-month emergency loan, where he linked up with former Accrington manager John Coleman.[10] After playing 4 match with two clean sheets during a run of two wins and a draw, Long extended his loan spell at Rochdale until the end of April.[11] Long continued to play in the first team for the club, but the club was relegated.

Portsmouth[edit]

On 18 August 2012, Long joined Football League One side Portsmouth on a one-month emergency loan.[12] He made his debut in the same day, starting in a 1–1 draw against Bournemouth.[13] In his third appearance for the club in a 4–2 loss, Long received a red card after a second bookable offence. After missing one match, Long made his return in a 3–0 win over Crawley Town on 9 September 2012 and made his last appearance in a 2–1 loss against Walsall 8 days later. The match against Walsall proved to be his last match as he suffered a back injury and his loan spell was not renewed.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 August 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cork City 2009[15] LOI Premier Division 16 0 0 0 16 0
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2010–11[16] League Two 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
2011–12[17] League Two 24 4 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 26 4
Total 39 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 43 4
Rochdale (loan) 2011–12[18] League One 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Burnley 2012–13[19] Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14[20] Championship 7 0 1 1 3 0 11 1
2014–15[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 21 0 1 1 4 0 26 1
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13[22] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Career totals 97 4 3 1 5 0 2 0 107 5
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 10. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 444. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Cork City Beat St Pats". Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cork City Beat Ipswich Town". Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Burnley Close To Long DEal". Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Deal agreed for Cork defender Long". Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Stanley secure deal for Long". Sky Sports. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Long's Stanley spell cut short". Sky Sports. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Long heads Back To Stanley". 31 January 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Coleman makes his first addition". Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Long extends Spotland stay". Sky Sports. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Long Joins Pompey on Loan". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Bournemouth". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Crocked Long set to make way for Pompey striker recruit". Portsmouth News. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cork City 2009 player appearances". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Accrington 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Accrington 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Rochdale 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Burnley 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Burnley 2013/2014 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "Burnley 2014/2015 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Portsmouth 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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