Date of birth - 17 November 1934
Place of birth - Tylers Green, England
Playing position - Defender
1955–1970 - Apps:442 Goals:16
|Terry A. Long (born 17 November 1934) is an English former professional football player and coach, who played for |
Crystal Palace as a defender between 1955 and 1970 making a then record number of appearances for his only club.
Early and personal life
Long was born in Tylers Green, Buckinghamshire on 17 November 1934.
Long, who played as a defender, began his playing career as an amateur with Arsenal, before signing for his local team Wycombe
Wanderers at that time a non-league club competing in the Isthmian League. In May 1955, he signed for Crystal Palace, and went on
to make over 400 appearances in the Football League before retiring as a player in 1970.
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 and
was a part of the 1961 and 1964 promotion sides. However, he made only two appearances in the 1968–69 season which saw Palace
reach the top flight for the first time but although he remained a player until the 1970 close season, did not make an appearance
in the old First Division during the 1969–70 season. He thus played for Crystal Palace in four different divisions of the League,
but not in the top flight.
After retirement, Long remained at Palace as a coach, and in 1972, was appointed assistant manager to Bert Head. 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
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