DOB: 13 February 1910
Died: 29 July 2003
Debut: Round 1, 1929 against South Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Preliminary Final 1937 against Collingwood at MCG
Number: 20 (1929-1937)
150 Heroes selection
Life Member - 1952
Recruited by the Fuschias on the recommendation of ex-Fitzroy player "Snowy Atkinson" after impressive performances in the Tasmanian Football League, Long moved to Melbourne to study accountancy and was selected for the first round of 1929.
Debuting with seven games that year, Long was a dependable half-back player. He was appointed vice-captain in 1934 and played for the VFL against the VFA the same year. He had been selected to play for Victoria in the 1932 interstate carnival but was unable to make the trip.
He missed a large part of the 1936 season after first taking a business trip to America then being injured in a car accident.
He played in losing preliminary final teams in both his last two seasons and never got to play in a premiership team before retiring after the 1937 season. He had initially retired after 1936 but returned in Round 13, 1937 and played out the last eight games of the season including two finals before retiring. He turned up at training in early 1938, but explained he was just there to try and shake off a cold.
Long later joined the army and served with the Anti Aircraft Regiment during World War II. He returned to serve on the club committee and as a selector from 1951 to 1970 - and chairman of selectors in 1965 - before resigning and moving back to Tasmania due to business commitments.
He was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also a talented amateur athlete during his career.
|Round 4, 1936||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
|Round 4, 1936||Refusing to return to mark||Not Guilty|
|Round 4, 1936||Striking||4 matches|
|Round 13, 1937||Elbowing||Not Guilty|
Players who served during war
Also described as a centreman. May have served on the committee from 1938 onwards.
Argus - 27/04/1929
Table Talk - 15/06/1933
Murrumbidgee Irrigator - 11/08/1933
Argus - 15/05/1936
Age - 17/07/1936
Argus - 18/04/1938
Herald - 11/05/1938
Age - 02/04/1965
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