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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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FIND PLAYER BY YEARS:
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

CALVIN PAY Jamie (James) Alexander F 
Born : Watford 8 October 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
Watford (scs 2012) - Oxford United (scs Mar 2013) - Daventry Town (Jul 2014) -
Hampton & Richmond Borough (Feb 2015) - Oxford United (nc Oct 2015) -
SWINDON TOWN (27 Nov 2015) - Kings Langley (cs 2016) -
Kidlington (Jul 2018)

Martin Ling's first capture, Jamie signed a one-year deal. But a seat on the bench for the final fixture of the season against Shrewsbury was the nearest he came to first team action and his contract was terminated three days later.


CAMPBELL John Terence F 
Born : Newcastle-upon-Tyne 23 November 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
Newcastle United (sb ) - Manchester City (sb ) - West Allotment Celtic (cs 2009) -
Newcastle Benfield (cs 2010) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Oct 2010) -
Leyton Orient (trial Dec 2010) - Scunthorpe United (trial Jan 2011) -
Darlington (Jan 2011) - Bedlington Terriers (Nov 2011) - West Auckland Town (Jan 2012) -
Jarrow Roofing BCA (cs 2014) - Oxford United (Nov 2014) - Torquay United (loan Feb 2015) -
Jarrow Roofing BCA (cs 2015)

After netting 18 goals for Newcastle Benfield, John was given a trial against Bournemouth reserves. On 14 December he bagged a hat-trick in a 5-5 draw with League leaders Torquay.


CARAYOL Mustapha Soon M 
Born : Banjul, Gambia 10 June 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
Woking (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (scs 14 Oct 2006) - Macclesfield Town (scs Jan 2007) -
Milton Keynes Dons (Aug 2007) - Crawley Town (loan Oct 2007) - Torquay United (Jul 2008) -
Kettering Town (loan Sep 2009) - Lincoln City ( Jul 2010) - Bristol Rovers (Jun 2011) -
Middlesbrough (Aug 2012) - Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Mar 2015) - Huddersfield Town (loan Aug 2015) -
Leeds United (loan Jan 2016) - Nottinghan Forest (Aug 2016) - Ipswich Town (Jan 2018) -
Apollon Limassol (Cyp) (Aug 2018)

Mustapha was just two months into his scholarship with Town when player-coach Paul Ince left, taking him with him to Moss Rose. Ten years later, he had made more than 200 League appearances and gained four caps for Gambia.


CARMICHAEL Jack D 
Born : Newcastle-upon-Tyne 11 November 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
Possilpark YMCA - Arsenal (Nov 1966) - Peterborough United (Jan 1971) - New England Tea Men (US) (Apr 1980) -
SWINDON TOWN (25 Sep 1980) - Jacksonville Tea Men (US) (16 Mar 1981) -
Peterborough United (nc Jan 1983)

Jack arrived from North American Soccer League football along with Chris Turner. But unlike his fellow defender, Jack signed a contract to keep him at the County Ground until the summer season in the USA started again. He made 16 Combination appearances, netting once.


CHIANESE Joel Joseph F 
Born : Sydney NSW 15 February 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Blacktown City (Aus) (2009) - Sydney FC (Aug 2011) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 14 Aug 2014) -
Sydney United (Sep 2014) - Bonnyrigg White Eagles (Mar 2015) - Auckland City (NZ) (Mar 2015) -
Sabah FA (Mly) (Mar 2015) - PBNS (Dec 2015) - Perth Glory (Aus) (Aug 2016)

A fortnight into his trial, Joel grabbed two goals in a Development fixture at Cheltenham. But he returned to Australia without having secured a contract.


CLARKE Tony (Antony) D 
Born : Leamington Spa 21 September 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Mansfield Town - Eastwood Town - SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jan 1990 pro 16 Aug 1990) -
V S Rugby (Oct 1990) - R C Warwick (cs 1992) - Nuneaton Borough - Tamworth -
Bedworth United - Rushall Olympic - Blakenall

Tony made five Combination appearances - four of which were away but which all resulted in wins ! He moved on just two months after signing on as a pro.


CLAYPOLE Darryl S FB / WF 
Born : Market Bosworth, Leics. March 1952  
PLAYING CAREER
Leicester City (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 30 Aug 1967 pro 17 Mar 1970)

Darryl first broke into the reserve side in August 1967, at just 15. He started on the left-wing but by 1970/71 he was a regular at left-back. Darryl had made almost 70 Combination appearances when he was released in May 1971.


CLAYTON Ronnie (Ronald) F 
Born : Kingston-upon-Hull 18 January 1937  
PLAYING CAREER
Doncaster Rovers (am ) - SWINDON TOWN (am 12 Mar 1956) -
Hereford United (cs 1956) - Arsenal (Jan 1958) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Sep 1958) -
Hastings United (May 1960) - Rugby Town - Hinckley Athletic (cs 1962) -
Hereford United - Worcester City (cs 1964)

Ronnie was one of two amateurs signed on the same day, the other being Terry Moss. But unlike the winger, Ronnie did not get a first team opportunity. He netted just once in six reserve appearances and later joined the Gunners along with another winger - Freddie Jones - who went on to join Town. (pic courtesy BHACHS)


CLIFFORD John IF 
Born : Swindon 24 September 1929 Died : Swindon Q2 1981, aged 51
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (13 Jan 1950) - Pinehurst YC (cs 1951)

John made his debut for the reserves against Brighton a fortnight before signing a pro contract. He netted just one goal - also against Brighton - in around twenty appearances.


COLLICUT Paul A CD 
Born : Shipston-on-Stour, Warks. 14 January 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol City (sb 1973) - Cheltenham Town (scs 1975) - SWINDON TOWN (14 Aug 1976) -
Trowbridge Town (Mar 1979) - Cheltenham Town (Aug 1983) - Gloucester City (trial Mar 1987) -
Forest Green Rovers (Mar 1987) - Newport AFC (cs 1988) - Cinderford Town -
Forest Green Rovers

Paul made 90 appearances for Town's Combination eleven, but with Steve Aizlewood, Colin Prophett and Russell Lewis in command at the centre of the defence he was unable to make the breakthrough into the League side.


COLLIER George James F 
Born : Wantage 22 July 1912 Died : Wantage 10 October 1977, aged 65
PLAYING CAREER
Wantage Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 12 Sep 1935) - Wantage Town (cs 1936)

A regular in the Western League championship winning side of 1935/36, George returned to Wantage after failing to secure a pro contract.


COLSELL Keith Lee IF 
Born : Swindon 12 October 1944 Died : Swindon 7 February 2016, aged 71
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (gsf Apr 1960 app Jun 1960, pro 4 Dec 1961) - Bath City (Nov 1964) -
Sanford YC (Nov 1965)

Keith came through the ranks and was probably one of the best not to have broken into the League side - 16 goals in 36 reserve appearances.


CONSTABLE James Ashley F 
Born : Malmesbury, Wilts. 4 October 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Malmesbury Youth FC - Cirencester Town - Chippenham Town (Dec 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 11 Jul 2005) -
Walsall (Nov 2005) - Kidderminster Harriers (Nov 2006) - Shrewsbury Town (Jan 2008) -
Oxford United (Jul 2008) - Eastleigh (May 2014) - Poole Town (loan Feb 2018) -
Hungerford Town (Jun 2019)

Andy King gave James a trial, seeing him come on as a substitute to score against his old club Cirencester. But no offer was made until after Iffy Onuora had taken over - and James turned him down in favour of the Saddlers. Six years later Paolo Di Canio was reported as having two offers for the striker rebuffed by Oxford.


CORBETT Dave (David) John WH 
Born : Swindon 7 September 1947  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 29 Apr 1963 pro 8 Sep 1965) - Cheltenham Town (Feb 1966)

The son of 1940's forward Jim (q.v.), Dave made just a handful of reserve appearances after signing as a pro on his 18th birthday.


CORBETT Jim (James) Frederick F 
Born : Epsom, Surrey 29 May 1921 Died : Swindon 23 February 1988, aged 66
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 28 Jun 1947 pro 20 Aug 1948)

Jim hit nine goals on his Colts debut in a 17-0 victory over Thorneypits in May 1947. He then scored twice at Plymouth on his Combination debut four months later. But although he added another two in only six more appearances, he was given a free transfer in the summer of 1949.


COSTELLO Greg (Gregory) D 
Born : Dublin 5 April 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Home Farm - Queens Park Rangers (app May 1986) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 19 Mar 1990 pro 16 Aug 1990) -
Shelbourne (Jan 1991) - Kilkenny City (cs 2000) - Athlone Town (Jan 2001) -
Shamrock Rovers (cs 2001)

Greg was first invited over from Dublin for a one-match trial and signed a pro deal five months later. He played in the first 14 reserve games before deciding to return to Ireland.


COUPE Matt (Matthew) William E D 
Born : St Asaph, Denbighs. 7 October 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1995) - Forest Green Rovers (Aug 1997) -
Gloucester City (cs 1999) - Clevedon Town (cs 2000) - Bath City (Jun 2001) -
Aberystwyth Town (Jun 2001) - Forest Green Rovers (Jan 2002) - Chippenham Town (loan Jan 2003) -
Bath City (Feb 2003) - Gloucester City (Sep 2010) - Chippenham Town (Jun 2014) -
Bath City (cs 2015) - Mangotsfield United (Nov 2016) - Cirencester Town (Feb 2017) -
Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2017)

Matt was released after completing his term as trainee at the County Ground, but went on to have a 20-year career in non-League football.