Stacy Long arrived at Boro’ in 2009 as a highly-rated player who’d established his credentials in the Blue Square Premier with Ebbsfleet United. Once of Notts County and Charlton Athletic too, the midfielder came to us while relatively young and looking to keep his career moving on an upward curve. You can argue that cash issues forced Ebbsfleet’s hand in the transfer of Long to Broadhall Way. But boss Graham Westley had developed a knack of finding handy midfielders too; Long making a positive impact on the team while at the Lamex Stadium.
Competition for places was fierce in the middle of the park, but it was to the club’s benefit in fostering a determined mentality; one that saw Long desperate to make his mark at every opportunity he was afforded. Five goals from 20 starts illustrated his all-round ability. Featuring sporadically during our debut season in the Football League, Long was not shy of chipping in. A goal against Accrington Stanley in the playoffs and a significant contribution against Newcastle United in the 2010-1 FA Cup being stand-out moments.
Chances were no more forthcoming as Boro’ scaled greater heights in 2011-2, however. A total of 19 starts and 13 appearances (with two goals thrown in) was a sign of his transient place in the squad. He was released in summer 2012, but remains fondly remembered for everything he achieved at the Lamex.
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009-10.