Shane Long Feed
Monday Briefing: June 8th
Your weekly round-up as Premier League return draws closer.
Long on role as guiding voice
Forward speaks about his role as a mature player in the Saints dressing room.
Top Fives: Long's memorable moments
Celebrating the striker's new contract with his finest strikes.
Video: Long excited to extend Saints stay
Striker speaks on emotional bond with Southampton.
Long hails Hasenhüttl influence
Striker buoyed by boss as both sign new deals.
Long completes two-year extension
Striker Shane Long adds another two to his six-year Saints stay.
Top Fives: Long's memorable moments
Five times the selfless Irishman has been Saints' main man.
On This Day: Long breaks Premier League record
It's the first anniversary of the Irishman's early opener at Watford.
Video: Long celebrates milestone moment
Shane Long becomes double centurion after 200th club appearance.
Long pleased to continue scoring run
Striker delighted with his third goal in six games.
Feature Interview: Shane Long
The Irishman on taking his chance in a blossoming strike duo.
SAINTS: Long takes centre stage
Southampton's unsung hero stars in the matchday programme.
Long and Obafemi named in provisional Ireland squad
Ireland face Switzerland and Bulgaria next month.
Long withdraws from Ireland squad
Saints striker's hamstring injury forces him to skip Ireland's qualifying double header.
Saints' June international guide
Find out which players are away representing their countries this summer.
Shane Long named in Ireland squad
Saints forward joins up with squad for EURO 2020 qualifiers.
Long's super April earns Premier League recognition
In-form striker shortlisted for Player of the Month award.
Long receives 50-goal honour
Southampton striker honoured by Premier League after reaching milestone.
Long delighted to be back in the goals
Record-breaking striker pleased with return to form.
Long deserves his goals, says Hasenhüttl
Saints boss delighted with Long contribution.
Video: Long on entering history books
Striker reflects on breaking 19-year record.
Long reflects on record-breaking opener
Striker pleasantly surprised by place in Premier League history books.
Feature interview: Shane Long
Striker speaks honestly about his quest for goals.
Shane Long Saints HistoryLast updated 05 Jul 2020
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Shane Long BiographyLast updated 30 Jul 2019
Former clubs: Cork City, Reading, West Bromwich Albion, Hull City
Born in Gortnaheo, County Tipperary, Ireland, Shane Long was also a talented hurler during his early days of football. He started his career with St Kevin’s FC in 1994, and spent eight years coming through their youth setup before joining St Michael’s in 2002.
After two years with St Michael’s, Pat Dolan brought him to Cork City on a scholarship in July 2004. He made the step up to the first-team squad for the 2005 season, and made his League of Ireland debut in March 2005.
Dolan’s brother Eamonn was at Reading, and after consultation he made bids to sign both Long and Kevin Doyle from Cork City. Long completed his move in Jun 2005.
Long scored three goals in 11 appearances as Reading won promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2005/06 campaign. His form earned him international recognition with the Republic of Ireland’s Under-19s, winning four caps.
After impressing in the Premier League, he earned his first full cap in February 2007, as he helped Reading to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, making 21 appearances and scoring two goals.
Long would make 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, the following year as Reading were relegated back to the Championship. Three seasons back in the Championship followed for Long, and after scoring 21 league goals in 44 appearances, he earned a move back to the Premier League.
Moving to the Baggies
Long signed for West Bromwich Albion on 9th August 2011 and immediately made an impact, contributing eight goals in 32 appearances in the Premier League. He repeated the feat the following season, finding the back of the net eight times in the league, and 11 times in total across 37 games.
The striker continued to impress and represent his country, netting his ninth goal for Ireland in a 1-1 draw with England at Wembley in May 2013. Midway through the 2013/14 campaign, and with three goals to his name in 15 appearances, he joined fellow Premier League side Hull City.
After half a season with the Tigers, in which he scored four times in 15 games, Long joined Ronald Koeman’s Southampton side on 14th August 2014.
Starting with Saints
In his first season with the Saints, Long made 39 appearances and scored seven goals, including the spectacular strike in the 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa at St Mary’s that won the 2014/15 Goal of the Season award.
Long enjoyed a much more successful season season with the club, including a brace against Arsenal in a 4-0 win on Boxing Day 2015. The striker's form was rewarded in the summer, following a positive UEFA EURO 2016 with Ireland, as he signed a new four-year contract.
The 2016/17 season would see Long score one of the most iconic goals in recent Saints history, netting a last-gasp winner in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final away to Liverpool, sealing Saints' passage to Wembley.
Long also netted a historic strike in the 2018/19 season, scoring after only 7.69 seconds in a 1-1 draw at Watford, in April 2019, as he scored the fastest goal in Premier League history, beating Ledley King's 19-year-old record of 9.82 seconds.