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Kevin Finbarr Long (born 18 August 1990), is an Irish professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Burnley and the Republic of Ireland national team. He plays mainly as a centre back but can also fill in at full back.

Kevin Long
Personal information
Full name Kevin Finbarr Long[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Cork, 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 (1)
2010– Burnley 47 (1)
2010–2011Accrington Stanley (loan) 15 (0)
2011–2012Accrington Stanley (loan) 24 (4)
2012Rochdale (loan) 16 (0)
2012Portsmouth (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016Barnsley (loan) 11 (2)
2016Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2017– Republic of Ireland 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:32, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:13, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

Cork CityEdit

Long came through the Cork City youth structure, before signing on professional terms in January 2008. He played for the Cork City teams that won the FAI Youth Cup, the Munster Youth Cup and FAI Futsal Cup [3] in 2009. Shortly after, the centre half made his senior City debut away to St Patricks Athletic coming on as a second half substitute.[4] Long then made his first senior start on 19 July 2009 in a home friendly against Ipswich Town, partnering Dan Murray in defence.[5]

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.

BurnleyEdit

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.[6] A six figure deal was agreed which would keep Long at Burnley until June 2013.[7] On 25 January 2010, it was confirmed that Long had signed for Burnley.

Accrington Stanley (loan)Edit

On 15 October 2010, Long joined League Two side Accrington Stanley on a month-long loan deal.[8] 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.[9]

On 31 January 2011 it was confirmed that long had returned on loan at Stanley for the remainder of the season[10] 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 maintained 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 (loan)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.[11] After playing four matches 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.[12] Long continued to play in the first team for the club, but the club was relegated.

Portsmouth (loan)Edit

On 18 August 2012, Long joined Football League One side Portsmouth on a one-month emergency loan.[13] He made his debut in the same day, starting in a 1–1 draw against Bournemouth.[14] 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.[15]

Return to BurnleyEdit

He scored his first goal for Burnley in a 4–3 FA Cup defeat at Southampton on 4 January 2014.[16] On 1 January 2015, Long made his Premier League debut with Burnley in a 3–3 draw away to Newcastle United. He replaced the injured Jason Shackell in the 17th minute, but 20 minutes later was replaced by Steven Reid after suffering an injury of his own, becoming the third Burnley player to be taken off injured in the match at St James' Park.[17]

Barnsley (loan)Edit

In November 2015, after regaining full fitness following his cruciate knee injury, he joined League One side Barnsley on a one-month loan deal.[18] He scored a late winner against Oldham Athletic on his debut to help his side to a 2–1 win.[19] However in his second game he was sent off against Peterborough United.[20]He went on to help Barnsley reach the Johnstones paint trophy final after he successfully converted a penalty in the penalty shoot out of the semi final which was his last touch of a ball for Barnsley as he returned to Burnley the following day.

Milton Keynes Dons (loan)Edit

On 24 March 2016, Long joined fellow Championship side Milton Keynes Dons on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season.[21]

International careerEdit

In May 2017 he received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland senior side in a 37-man squad for a training camp in Fota Island.[22] He made the cut for the final squad for the friendlies against Mexico in New Jersey and Uruguay in Dublin.[23] He made his debut on 1 June in the 3–1 defeat to Mexico at the MetLife Stadium, replacing John Egan as a second-half substitute.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cork City 2008[25] LOI Premier Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009[25] LOI Premier Division 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 1
Total 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 1
Burnley 2009–10[26] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2010–11[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[28] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[29] Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2013–14[30] Championship 7 0 1 1 3 0 11 1
2014–15[31] Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2015–16[32] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[33] Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
2017–18[34] Premier League 16 1 1 0 2 0 19 1
2018–19[35] Premier League 5 0 2 0 1 1 3[a] 0 11 1
2019–20[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 47 1 4 1 8 1 3 0 62 3
Accrington Stanley (loan) 2010–11[27] League Two 15 0 2 0 17 0
2011–12[28] League Two 24 4 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 26 4
Total 39 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 43 4
Rochdale (loan) 2011–12[37] League One 16 0 16 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2012–13[38] League One 5 0 1[b] 0 6 0
Barnsley (loan) 2015–16[32] League One 11 2 2[b] 0 13 2
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2015–16[39] Championship 2 0 2 0
Career totals 136 8 6 1 10 0 7 0 159 10
  1. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy

InternationalEdit

As of match played 9 November 2018[24]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2017 4 0
2018 7 0
Total 11 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  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 claim Futsal trophy". www.fai.ie. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Cork City Beat St Pats". Retrieved 21 July 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Cork City Beat Ipswich Town". Retrieved 21 July 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Burnley Close To Long DEal". Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Deal agreed for Cork defender Long". Archived from the original on 28 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Stanley secure deal for Long". Sky Sports. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Long's Stanley spell cut short". Sky Sports. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Long heads Back To Stanley". 31 January 2011. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Coleman makes his first addition". Retrieved 27 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Long extends Spotland stay". Sky Sports. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Long Joins Pompey on Loan". Retrieved 18 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Portsmouth 1–1 Bournemouth". Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Crocked Long set to make way for Pompey striker recruit". Portsmouth News. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Southampton 4–3 Burnley". BBC Sport. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  17. ^ Oliver, Pete (1 January 2015). "Newcastle 3–3 Burnley". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Kevin Long Joins Reds From Burnley". Barnsley F.C. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Oldham 1–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Peterborough 3–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Defender Long joins Dons on loan".
  22. ^ "Burnley defender Kevin Long earns first Republic of Ireland call-up". Lancashire Telegraph. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Alan Browne and Kevin Long in line for Ireland debuts as 19 players travel to the US". The 42. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Kevin Long NFT". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Player profile: Kevin Long". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 29 January 2018.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin Long in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin Long in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  31. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Kevin Long in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  33. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  34. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  35. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  36. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  37. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  38. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  39. ^ "Games played by Kevin Long in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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