Queens Park Rangers - One to Watch - Shane Long
UK time is: 15:26:46
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

One to Watch - Shane Long

Vital QPR - Breaking News
JavaScript must be enabled for the RSS Scrollbox Widget to work.


Reading forward Shane Long has been outlined by Vital QPR as the One to Watch ahead of this evening's clash.

Name: Shane Patrick Long

Date of Birth: 22-01-1987 (Gortnahoe, Ireland)

Former Clubs: Cork City

Appearances (Goals): 103 (17)

After choosing football over hurling, Shane Long was picked up on a scholarship by Irish giants Cork City and made his one and only appearance for the side in 2005 in the Setanta Sports Cup.

Reading boss Steve Coppell was impressed with both the young forward and his team-mate Kevin Doyle and activated clauses in their contracts to bring them to the Madejski Stadium.

While Doyle proved an instant hit with the Royals, the younger of the pair, Long, was introduced a little slower making his debut from the bench in December 2005 replacing Dave Kitson.

He bagged his first goal to equalise away to Derby County with two minutes remaining, this time replacing American international Bobby Convey with 20 minutes to go.

Further goals against Birmingham City in the FA Cup, before a brace against the aforementioned Derby saw him to four goals in the second part of the season in which the Royals achieved promotion.

Ironically as Reading climbed into the top-flight, Long improved his appearance count, making 23 appearances for the Royals, scoring goals against Burnley, Liverpool, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic.

He was also rewarded with a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their slender victory over San Marino. He started and finished the game in which Kevin Kilbane secured the win in the final minute.

He replaced his goalscoring team-mate Kevin Doyle in his subsequent international appearance as Eire got the better of Slovakia by the odd goal.

32 appearances followed for Long in the 2007-08 season, but unfortunately for him and Reading they suffered second-season syndrome and were relegated from the Premier League.

He only managed three goals all season, one coming in the remarkable 7-4 defeat to Portsmouth, and others in victories over Newcastle United and Manchester City. Three more Ireland caps came against the Czech Republic, Germany and Serbia

On his first season back down in the Championship, Long made 43 appearances scoring nine goals for the Royals on their way to the playoffs.

They were defeated over two legs by Burnley who went on to achieve promotion in the playoff final with victory over Sheffield United.

With team-mates leaving around him such as Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and Andre Bikey, Long has become a bigger focus in the line-up alongside new players such as Grzegorz Rasiak and Jobi McAnuff.

So far this season Long has played five times, failing to hit the net for the Royals, could this be the players' lucky night?




Have your say on The Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Become a fan on Facebook - Become a fan of Vital QPR




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Boxer Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 20 2009

Time: 2:47PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Faurlin Pens New Deal (Tuesday June 23 2015)

QPR Kick Off At Charlton (Wednesday June 17 2015)

Mackie Return Confirmed (Tuesday June 16 2015)

QPR Face Yeovil (Tuesday June 16 2015)

Report: Mackie 'Agrees QPR Move' (Monday June 15 2015)

QPR Appoint 'Co-Chairman' (Monday June 15 2015)

Ramsey & Les on JET (Friday June 12 2015)

QPR Sign Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Friday June 12 2015)

Taarabt Leaves QPR (Friday June 12 2015)

Archived Queens Park Rangers Articles

List All Vital QPR Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. MK Dons 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. Preston 0 0 0 0 0 0
20. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
21. Reading 0 0 0 0 0 0
22. Rotherham 0 0 0 0 0 0
23. Sheff Wed 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Trio Of Brighton Changes
Brighton : 30/06/2015 14:58:00
Zamora Coming Back
Brighton : 30/06/2015 14:49:00
Games Moved For TV
Derby County : 30/06/2015 14:46:00
Danish Defender Replaces Mawson?
Brentford : 30/06/2015 14:36:00
Gray, Jota & Odubajo Going?
Brentford : 30/06/2015 14:25:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where should QPR strengthen?
Suggested By:  Admin
Goalkeeper 4%
Defence 48%
Midfield 0%
Attack 48%