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Terry Long

Terry Long




Date of birth



Terry Long spent 18 years at the club after being signed by Cyril Spiers from Wycombe Wanderers - he made his debut for the Glaziers in Division Three South against Walsall in September, 1955.

The Buckinghamshire-born defender was a key player in the Division Four promotion season. Long then continued his promotion form, with the Glaziers returning to the Second Division after a 39-year absence, with Long making 27 appearances during that 63/64 triumph.

Despite being widely remembered as a defender, Long made several appearances for the south Londoners in the final third.

In amongst his 18 goals for the club are two that stand out: a strike from 25 yards in the prestigious friendly against Real Madrid in 1962 and one against Queens Park Rangers in 1967, with his goal taking Palace top of the old Second Division for the first time in the club’s history.

After playing a part in two promotions he only made a couple of appearances in the 68/69 success.

In return for his dedicated service Long was awarded a testimonial against an International Xl in October, 1966, with over 17,000 attending.

In 1972 he was named assistant manager to Bert Head, a position he held until Head left the club a year later.

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Signed from Wycombe Wanderers, 12/5/1955
Debut v Walsall (H) 28/9/1955

Managers at Palace

Cyril Spiers, George Smith, Arthur Rowe, Dick Graham, Bert Head
Appearances 480
Goals 18