Terry Long (footballer)

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Terry Long
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-11-17) 17 November 1934 (age 80)
Place of birth Tylers Green, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Arsenal
Wycombe Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1970 Crystal Palace 442 (16)
Teams managed
1980 Millwall (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Terry Long (born 17 November 1934) is an English former professional football player and coach.

Early and personal life[edit]

Long was born in Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire on 17 November 1934.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Long, who played as a defender, began his playing career as an amateur with Arsenal,[2] before signing for his local team Wycombe Wanderers at that time a non-league club competing in the Isthmian League. In May 1955[1] he signed for Crystal Palace, & went on to make over 400 appearances in the Football League[3] before retiring as a player in 1970.[1]

During Long's playing career he appeared for Palace initially in the old Third division South and then in the fourth, third & second tiers of the League after reorganisation in 1958. In doing so he put together a sequence of 214 consecutive appearances[2] and was a part of the 1961[4] & 1964[5] promotion sides. However, he only made 2 appearances in the 1968/9[6] season which saw Palace reach the top flight for the first time but although he remained a player until the 1970 close season,[1] did not make an appearance in the old First Division during the 1969/70 season.[7] He thus played for Crystal Palace in four different divisions of the League, but not in the top flight.

Coaching career[edit]

After retirement, Long remained at Palace as a coach,[8] and in 1972 was appointed assistant manager to Bert Head.[9] However, when Head was replaced by Malcolm Allison in 1973, Long also left Crystal Palace.

He later had a spell as caretaker manager of Millwall, reverting to Assistant Manager until he was sacked during the 1982–83 season.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 332. ISBN 0907969542. 
  2. ^ a b Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 80. ISBN 9781780910468. 
  3. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 215. ISBN 0907969542. 
  5. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 221. ISBN 0907969542. 
  6. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 231. ISBN 0907969542. 
  7. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 233. ISBN 0907969542. 
  8. ^ "Terry Long". Crystal Palace F.C. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Ian King. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–2011. p. 158. ISBN 9781780910468. 
  10. ^ "Millwall 1982-83 Season Review". The Millwall History Files. Retrieved 19 August 2014.