Keith Long

Keith Long
Keith Long
League 40(8)1
FAI Cup 3(2)
Europe 0(1)
League Cup 1(5)
Leinster Cup 9(0)
Others 0(1)
Totals 53(17)1
93-94 12(4)
94-95 9(4)
95-96 32(9)1
Totals 53(17)1
Date Of Birth: 14-Nov-1973
Place Of Birth: Dublin
Total Appearances: 70
Total Goals: 1
Position: MF
Nationality: IRE
Debut: 17-Oct-1993 Lge Cork City (a) 1-0


Midfielder Keith Long started his career with Dublin schoolboy nursery St. Joseph's Boys, where he earned under age cap honours, and from where he transferred to Stoke City. Three seasons later he returned home in 1993 to come to Oriel Park for Dermot Keely, then plotting his assault on the League Championship.

The following season, with a beefed up squad at Oriel Park following the addition of Brian Byrne, John Coady and Anto Whelan, Keith’s first team opportunities were squeezed and his contribution to the Championship victory was limited to 3 appearances and 2 substitutions.

He was much busier in his third and last season at Oriel Park, appearing in all but three games, before moving to St Patrick’s Athletic who were augmenting their Brian Kerr 1995-96 Championship-winning squad. This time he was a fully-fledged member of the Pat Dolan-managed 1997-98 Pennant winner’s squad, making 22 Championship appearances. He was a bit player for the follow-up Championship victory but still managed 8 League appearances before heading to Australia for a season.

Playing in the New South Wales Super League in the 2000 season with Manly-Warringah Dolphins he made 9 appearances, scoring twice.

On his return to Ireland in July 2000 he joined Premier Division Bray Wanderers and stayed with the Seagulls for six seasons, retiring at the end of the 2005 term.

By the time he quit, his mileage meter read 279 appearances in all National League competitions with 3 clubs, spread across twelve seasons: [Dundalk 70 (3 seasons); St Patrick’s Ath 71 (3); Bray Wanderers 138 (6)]

In September 2006, Bray manager Eddie Gormley made his first appointment when he took Keith aboard as assistant manager. An UEFA A-licence qualified coach, Keith remained a key member of the Bray management team, including a period as manager, until his appoinment as Bohemian's manager in October 2014 after Owen Heary's move to Sligo Rovers.

At the end of the 1994-95 season he was capped with the League of Ireland Reserve Division team that defeated the Irish League 1-0 at United Park, Drogheda.


4 Runners Up: League Cup 1994-95; Leinster Cup 1993-94 and1994-95; Presidents Cup 1995-96