Stacy Long Player Profile
Debut: Tamworth (H, 1-1), 08/08/2009
Stacy Long arrived at Stevenage in 2009 as a highly-rated midfielder who had established his credentials in the Blue Square Premier following his stay at Ebbsfleet United. Formerly of Notts County and Charlton Athletic, the relative youngster was looking to keep his career moving on an upward curve.
It is arguably the case that financial issues forced Ebbsfleet’s hand in the transfer of Long to Broadhall Way, but Graham Westley had developed a knack of picking up handy midfielders and Long had a positive effect upon the Boro’ team during his career 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 the club’s debut season in the Football League, Long was not shy of chipping in with valuable contributions. 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.
However, opportunities were no more forthcoming as Boro’ scaled greater heights in 2011/2. A total of 19 starts and 13 appearances (with two goals thrown in) was an indication of Long’s transient place in the matchday squad. He was released in summer 2012, but is fondly remembered for everything he achieved at the Lamex.
Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009/10.