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THEY DIDN'T MAKE IT - AT SWINDON

A multitude of players have signed for Swindon Town but have not progressed to the first team.

This database - which was developed by fellow historian ALAN HARDING will hopefully list some 2,000 names of all those who have played at reserve team level for the club or as trialists for the first team. Thanks to MIKE SKINNER for providing many previously missing first names.

Do you have any additional info on a player listed here or any on a player not yet listed here?

If so, please e-mail me: paul@swindonfc1879.com.

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Pre-WW1 | 1919-1939 | 1940s | 1950s | 1960-1965 | 1965-1970 | 1970-1975 | 1975-1980 | 1980-1985 | 1985-1990 | 1990-1995 | 1995-2000 | 2000-2005 | 2005-2010 | 2010-2015 | 2015-Date

BAKER Lionel David FB 
Born : Swindon 2 April 1927 Died : Swindon 4 December 2007, aged 80
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 17 Aug 1945) - Pinehurst YC - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Feb 1949)

Lionel made a couple of appearances for the reserves at Easter 1949, stepping in at right-back when Billy Lloyd was recalled to the first team. Two months earlier, Lionel had played as a make-shift centre-forward for Pinehurst in the Swindon and District League - and netted five goals !


BALSOM Cliff (Clifford) Gene FB 
Born : Torquay 25 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Torquay United (Mar 1964) - SWINDON TOWN (15 Jun 1964) - Torquay United (trial Aug 1965)

A highly rated teenager, Bert Head invested 3,500 in the left-back. But with John Trollope entrenched in that position, Cliff never had a look in - and quickly returned to Devon.


BANGER Nicky (Nicholas) Lee F 
Born : Southampton 25 February 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (Apr 1989) - Oldham Athletic (Oct 1994) - Oxford United (Aug 1997) - Dundee (Oct 1999) -
Scunthorpe United (loan Nov 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Aug 2001) -
Plymouth Argyle (Aug 2001) - Torquay United (trial Jan 2002) - Merthyr Tydfil (Feb 2002) -
Torquay United (Mar 2002) - Andover (2002) - Woking (Aug 2002) - Eastleigh (Feb 2003) -
AFC Newbury (Aug 2005) - Brockenhurst (plyr-co Nov 2005) - Lymington & New Milton (plyr-co Nov 2005)

Nicky, then 30, played in Town's opening reserve game a 1-3 defeat against Wycombe, but signed a short-term deal at Home Park a week later.


BARNETT Dave (David) Paul D 
Born : Swindon 20 November 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 12 Oct 1984 pro 13 Jul 1988) - Fairford Town (Dec 1988)

After joining Town at 14, Dave made his debut in the reserve side in October 1986. He was handed a pro contract after completing two years as a trainee but left the County Ground just six months later.


BARRY Nigel P M 
Born : Cirencester, Glos. Q3 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 8 Nov 1976 app 4 Aug 1977) - Cirencester Town (cs 1979) -
Fairford Town

Nigel made 60 appearances for the reserves side before being released at the end of his apprenticeship.


BATES Alan Keith WF 
Born : Swindon 22 November 1940 Died : Swindon February 1996, aged 55
PLAYING CAREER
Portsmouth (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (2 Jul 1958) - Calne and Harris United (9 Sep 1961)

Fourth choice right-winger, Alan made just seven Combination appearances before being released. As a former professional he successfully applied for a permit to enable him to play for Calne.


BATES Harry FB/WH 
Born : Washington, Co.Durham 17 May 1919 Died : Rhyl 9 January 1997, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
Hylton Colliery - Huddersfield Town (May 1937) - SWINDON TOWN (17 May 1938) -
Chester (23 Jul 1941) - South Liverpool (Aug 1945)

Harry made around 30 appearances for Town's reserve side before returning north to play forty war-time games while at Sealand Road.


BATHE (formerly Butler) George WH 
Born : Shrivenham 22 July 1890 Died : Belgium 20 February 1915, aged 24
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am Sep 1913)

George was a product of the junior side at the County Ground. He made just one reserve appearance - against Watford in October 1914 - before going off to War, where he was killed in action aged just 24. George is buried at Kemmel Chateau.


BAXTER Nick (Nicholas) Peter G 
Born : Bridlington 25 March 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Hull City (sb ) - Manchester United (Jul 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Jul 2002) -
Bridlington (cs 2003)

Nick played in the opening pre-season friendly at Didcot but his trial was ended after a fortnight at the County Ground.


BAYNE Graham Patrick F 
Born : Kirkcaldy 22 August 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Cupar Hearts - Dundee (Nov 1996) - Newburgh (cs 1997) - Dundee (Mar 1998) - Raith Rovers (loan Dec 2000) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Jul 2001) - Arbroath (Aug 2001) -
Ross County (Jul 2002) - Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Jun 2004) - Dunfermline Athletic (Jun 2008) -
Dundee (trial Mar 2011) - Dunfermline Athletic (trial Mar 2011) -
Dundee (Jun 2011) - Wick Academy (Jan 2013) - Arbroath (Jan 2013) - Elgin City (plyr-asst mgr Feb 2014)

Graham played his entire career in Scotland - apart from an appearance for the first half of a pre-season friendly against Southampton !


BEALES Joe (Joseph) Henry WH 
Born : Nottingham 8 April 1876 Died : Swindon 18 March 1930, aged 53
PLAYING CAREER
Lincoln City (Sep 1899) - SWINDON TOWN (5 Nov 1902)

An engine fitter by trade, Joe spent three-and-a-half years with Town, but secretary-manager Sam Allen could not be persuaded to hand him a first team slot during that time. Joe made around 60 reserve appearances. His premature death was due to colon cancer.


BELL Phil (Philip) M 
Born : Hexham, Northumb. Q3 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
Highworth Town (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (sb 3 Apr 1985 pro 13 Jul 1988) -
Cirencester Town - Fairford Town - Forest Green Rovers - Swindon Supermarine

After moving to Wiltshire as a youngster, Phil spent three years at the County Ground before being awarded a pro contract despite only making only a handful of appearances in the Combination side.


BENFIELD George John Jerome FB 
Born : Eastney, Portsmouth 7 January 1899 Died : Devizes 27 August 1986, aged 87
PLAYING CAREER
Portsmouth (am ) - SWINDON TOWN (am Oct 1919) - Bridgend (May 1923) -
SWINDON TOWN (pro 4 Sep 1924) - Swindon Corinthians (cs 1925)

A locomotive fireman for the Great Western, George was finally given a pro contract after almost four years with the reserves - where he made over 90 appearances - and another in south Wales.


BERRY Tony (Antony) M 
Born : Cirencester, Glos. Q2 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
West Bromwich Albion (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn 16 Jul 1986)

Tony scored in Town's pre-season friendly at Brimscombe but was released just eight months into his time as a trainee.


BESWICK Keith G 
Born : Cardiff 3 February 1943  
PLAYING CAREER
Cardiff Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (trial 29 Sep 1961) - Millwall (15 Jan 1962) -
Newport County (Aug 1964) - Barry Town (Jul 1967) - Cwmbran Town

Keith made just three Combination appearances - all in October 1961 - the first of which was at The Den. That was where he earned his first pro contract and played in a dozen Football League games.


BILEY Alan Paul F 
Born : Leighton Buzzard, Beds. 26 February 1957  
PLAYING CAREER
Luton Town (app May 1973) - Cambridge United (Jul 1975) - Derby County (Jan 1980) -
Everton (Jul 1981) - Stoke City (loan Mar 1982) - Portsmouth (Aug 1982) -
Brighton & Hove Albion (Mar 1985) - New York Express (US) ( Jul 1986) -
Cambridge United (nc Nov 1986) - Twente Enschede (Hol) (trial cs 1987) -
Brest (trial cs 1987) - Panionios (Gr) ( Jul 1987) - Waterford United (Jan 1989) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 31 Jul 1989) - Huddersfield Town (trial cs 1989) -
Welton Rovers (Nov 1989) - Dulwich Hamlet - Whyteleafe - Fisher Athletic (cs 1990)

A striker who had netted over 150 goals in under 400 League games, Alan played in three pre-season friendlies - netting once.


BIRD Ted (Edward) Frederick Allen G 
Born : Elham, Kent Q1 1927 Died : Winchester 17 February 2018, aged 90
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am cs 1949) - Swindon Victoria - Reading (Mar 1950) -
Canterbury City - Tonbridge (Oct 1955) - Yeovil Town (Mar 1956)

Recently demobbed from the Army, having been stationed in Egypt, Ted played for the 'possibles' in the second half of the pre-season public trial. But he then found himself playing for the third team - the Colts - before deciding to move on to the 'Vics'.


BOOTS Len (Leonard) Joseph H F 
Born : Swindon 13 April 1907 Died : Devizes Q1 1970, aged 62
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (am Jan 1929) - Bath City ( Oct 1929) -
SWINDON TOWN (am Nov 1929)

Len hit six goals in just four reserve appearances at the start of 1929/30, but that failed to impress Sam Allen and went on what appeared to be a loan for a month. He continued to assist Town until November 1931.


BOSSIN Liam G 
Born : Woluwe-St-Pierre, Belgium 15 July 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
White Star (Bel) - RSC Anderlecht (Jul 2013) - Nottinghan Forest (Jul 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Jul 2019)

Liam played in a 'behind closed doors' friendly against Bristol City, played at Supermarine.


BOUANANE Emad CD 
Born : Paris 22 November 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
AS Beauvais Oise (Fr) - Boissy - Brives - US Avranches - Wrexham (Aug 2000) - Cambridge United (trial ) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Jul 2001) - SC Abbeville (Fr) (cs 2002) -
Barnt Green Spartak (Aug 2005)

Emad turned up at the County Ground and got straight on the bus to Basingstoke. Brought on after an hour, his first two touches were poor but he then hit a sublime 25-yard chip to put Town 2-1 up ! Emad lived in Birmingham for the next year, returning there to play following a three-year stint in his homeland.


BRATLEY George Bill (William) FB 
Born : Wickersley, Yorks 17 January 1909 Died : Sheffield Q1 1978, aged 69
PLAYING CAREER
Rotherham St Peters - Rotherham YMCA (Mar 1929) - Rotherham United (Apr 1929) - Sheffield Wednesday (Feb 1933) -
Rotherham United (Jan 1934) - Gainsborough Trinity (Jul 1934) - Bath City (Jul 1935) -
Barrow (Aug 1936) - SWINDON TOWN (4 Aug 1938) - Tunbridge Wells Rangers (loan Feb 1939) -
Hull City (31 Oct 1940) - Leeds United (guest Sep 1941) - Crystal Palace ( Jan 1943) -
Oldham Athletic (guest Oct 1943) - Halifax Town (guest Feb 1944) -
Brighton & Hove Albion (guest Aug 1944) - York City (Aug 1945)

Third choice for his favoured centre-half position - behind George Morrall and Dai Jones - Bill played mostly at left-back for the reserves before switching to their Southern League rivals in Kent - who paid 3 of his 5 per week salary !


BRINKWORTH Dickie (Richard) A F 
Born : Swindon 11 January 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 31 Dec 1974 app May 1975 pro Jan 1977) - Margate (cs 1978) -
Gloucester City (Sep 1978) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1979) - Fairford Town (cs 1981)

The younger of two brothers, Dickie progressed to the reserve side in 1975/76, joining Trevor on the scoresheet in a last day 4-0 win at West Ham. In the following two seasons Dickie made 70 Combination appearances up front but found the net on only three occasions.


BRINKWORTH Trevor G D / M 
Born : Swindon Q1 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 6 Jun 1973 app 24 Jul 1974) - Dorchester Town (cs 1976) -
Gloucester City (cs 1979) - Hungerford Town

Trevor made arooud 40 reserve appearances, playing predominantly behind his brother Dickie during the 1975/76 season.


BROOKE Garry James M 
Born : Bethnal Green, London 24 November 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Aug 1978) - GAIS Gothenburg (Swe) (loan Jan 1980) - Norwich City (Jul 1985) -
Groningen (Hol) (Dec 1986) - Wimbledon (Aug 1988) - Stoke City (loan Mar 1990) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Aug 1990) - Brentford (Aug 1990) -
Baldock Town (Oct 1990) - Colchester United (loan Jan 1991) - Reading (nc Mar 1991) -
Wivenhoe Town (cs 1991) - St Albans City ( ) - Romford - Worthing -
Cornard United - Braintree Town

Gary's only contribution to the Town record books was an appearance in a reserve team friendly at Cirencester.


BROOM Glynn L CD 
Born : Twerton, Bath 17 September 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 16 Dec 1969 app Apr 1971 pro 19 Nov 1973) -
Bath City (cs 1976) - Yeovil Town (Jul 1979)

Glyn made his reserve debut shortly before the end of 1971/72 and became a regular in the side from October 1973, eventually totalling almost 100 appearances. Now a paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Service.


BROWN Bayley Antoine A M 
Born : Harrow, London May 1997  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (sb ) - Maidenhead United (Nov 2013) - Northwood (cs 2015) -
Egham Town (cs 2016) - Staines Town (Jan 2017) - Harrow Borough (Aug 2018) -
Hendon (Oct 2018) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Mar 2019)

A 6'5" midfielder, Bayley played just thirty minutes during Town's 'behind closed doors' friendly at Brentford.


BUCKINGHAM Colin Nagell FB 
Born : Swindon 23 June 1944 Died : Swindon 14 February 1997, aged 52
PLAYING CAREER
Gorse Hill United - SWINDON TOWN (am Jun 1962) - Gorse Hill United

The right-back signed amateur forms for Town a month before making the first of just three Combination appearances for the club.


BYLES Luke Alan D 
Born : Southampton 8 January 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Hamble ASSC - Southampton (May 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Sep 2003) -
Havant and Waterlooville (Sep 2003) - Eastleigh (Aug 2007) - Heidelburg United (Aus) (Dec 2009) -
Eastleigh (Sep 2010) - Heidelburg United (May 2011) - South Melbourne (Dec 2011) -
Heidelburg United (Jan 2014)

Luke had a two-game trial for Town's reserves shortly after being released by the Saints.


BYRNE Ollie (Oliver) Joseph G 
Born : Trafford, Gtr. Manchester 31 December 1997  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (scs Jul 2014) - Cardiff City (Jul 2016) - Chorley (loan Nov 2017) -
Blackburn Rovers (Feb 2018) - Bamber Bridge (loan Sep 2018) - Stevenage (Jan 2019) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2019)

Ollie was a second-half substitute in Town's opening friendly at Brimscombe.