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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

D'ATH Lawson Marc M 
Born : Witney, Oxon. 24 December 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (Jul 2010) - Yeovil Town (loan Feb 2012) - Cheltenham Town (loan Oct 2012) -
Exeter City (loan Mar 2013) - Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Nov 2013) -
Northampton Town (Aug 2014) - Luton Town (Jan 2017) - Milton Keynes Dons (Jul 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2019) - Yeovil Town (Aug 2019)

The experienced midfielder was given plenty of game time making five appearances in Town's pre-season schedule - including a trip to La Manga.


DA COSTA Curtis D 
Born : Portsmouth 13 September 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 1 Jul 2013 ) - Swindon Supermarine (loan 7 Mar 2014) -
SWINDON TOWN (pro 25 Apr 2014) - Wantage Town (loan 8 Aug 2014) -
Bognor Regis Town (loan 23 Sep 2014) - Gosport Borough (12 Jan 2015) -
Moneyfields (cs Jan 2016) - AFC Portchester (Jun 2021)

Awarded a pro contract after less than a year at the County Ground, Curtis gained experience out on loan but was released in January 2015.


DADI Eugene Buhame F 
Born : Abidjan, Ivory Coast 20 August 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Stade Lavallois (Fr) - Sete 34 (Dec 1995) - LASK Linz (Aut) (cs 1997) - Toulouse (Fr) (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jul 2001) - Aberdeen (25 Aug 2001) -
Livingston (Jul 2002) - Tranmere Rovers (Aug 2003) - Nottinghan Forest (Aug 2005) -
Notts County (loan Jan 2006) - Hapoel Acre (Is) (cs 2006) - Perth Glory (Aus) (Apr 2008) -
Vaduz (Li) (loan Mar 2009) - Wellington Phoenix (NZ) (Jan 2010) - Persibo Bojonegoro (Ins) (cs 2010) -
Manado United (cs 2011)

Eugene featured in two pre-season friendlies, against Derby and Supermarine.


DAVEY Alex (Alexander) James CD 
Born : Welwyn Garden City 24 November 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (Jul 2012) - Scunthorpe United (loan Nov 2014) - Peterborough United (loan Aug 2015) -
Stabaek (Nor) (loan Mar 2016) - Crawley Town (loan Aug 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jan 2017) - Coventry City (trial Jul 2017) -
Cheltenham Town (Sep 2017) - Torquay United (loan Nov 2017) - Boreham Wood (Jan 2018) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (Jun 2018)

The 6'3" defender appeared in two Central League wins for Town, against Newport and Bournemouth.


DAVIES Ken (Kenneth) CF 
Born : Swindon 14 November 1932 Died : Swindon Jul-Sep 2000, aged 67
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon British Railways - Rochdale (trial Feb 1959) - SWINDON TOWN (am 27 Jul 1959) -
Swindon Victoria

A prolific scorer in the 'A' team, with 33 goals in just 37 games, Ken was only given one chance in the reserves side - against Crystal Palace in March 1960.


DAYTON James Francis M 
Born : Enfield, London 12 December 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
Crystal Palace (Jul 2007) - Yeovil Town (loan Aug 2008) - Crawley Town (loan Oct 2008) -
Bishops Stortford (cs 2009) - Glenn Hoddle Academy (Nov 2009) - Kilmarnock (Aug 2010) -
Oldham Athletic (Jul 2013) - St Mirren (loan Jan 2015) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 2015) -
Cheltenham Town (19 Oct 2015) - Leyton Orient (Aug 2017)

James appeared for Town for the final 17 minutes of a pre-season friendly against Liverpool. His goal for the Latics in a 2-2 draw at the County Ground in September 2014 was a contender for goal of the season.


DE AZEVEDO Bruno 'Guima' (Guimarćes) Pinho F 
Born : Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal 11 March 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
AD Valecambrense (Por) (cs 2005) - CD Feirense (cs 2006) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 9 Jul 2007) -
Pampilhosa (Por) (loan Jan 2008) - Fićes SC (Aug 2008) - Academico Viseu (cs 2009) -
UD Oliveirense (cs 2010) - MSK Žilina (Slo) ( Jul 2012) - UD Oliveirense ( Jan 2013) -
CFR Cluj (Ro) (cs 2014) - Shonan Bellmare (Jap) (Jan 2015) - CFR Cluj (Apr 2015) -
CD Feirense (Sep 2016)

Given a trial in a number of early pre-season fixtures, 'Guima' netted four goals but was soon on his way back to Portugal.


DEAN Cyril George IF 
Born : Bournemouth 27 July 1915 Died : Bournemouth 13 September 1997, aged 82
PLAYING CAREER
Aston Villa (Mar 1933) - Reading (Jan 1937) - Southampton (Jun 1938) - Sligo Rovers (cs 1939) -
Millwall (guest Jan 1943) - Gloucester City (plyr-mgr Aug 1946) -
Cheltenham Town (plyr-mgr Feb 1948) - Trowbridge Town - SWINDON TOWN (resv mgr cs 1954) -
Dursley Town (plyr-mgr Aug 1955)

Brought in to coach Town's youngsters in the 'A' and 'B' teams, Cyril helped out the reserve side on two occasions - scoring on his debut in a 2-0 win at Ipswich in November 1954


DEVINE Danny (Daniel) Patrick CD 
Born : Dublin 8 May 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Crumlin United (sb ) - Aston Villa (Jul 2012) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Jun 2013) -
Firhouse Clover (Jul 2013) - Cherry Orchard (Jul 2015) - Shamrock Rovers (Jan 2017)

Danny impressed manager Kevin McDonald sufficiently to be offered a contract. But when the Scot departed three weeks later that offer went with him.


DIAKITE Abdelaye D 
Born : Les Mureaux, Paris 8 January 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Havre AC (Fr) (2008) - Racing Aprilia (Ita) (Jul 2011) - Parma (Mar 2013) - Nova Gorica (Slo) (loan Aug 2013) -
SS Teramo (Ita) (loan Jul 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 17 Jul 2015) -
FK Bylis Ballsh (Alb) (Aug 2015) - Siracusa (Ita) (Jul 2016) - Alki Oroklini (Cyp) (Jul 2017) -
Al Ahli SC Tripoli (Lib) (Sep 2018) - Menemenspor (Tur) (Aug 2019) - ACSM Politehnica Iasi (Ro) (Jun 2020) -
FC U Craoiva (Aug 2020)

The Frenchman played for the full ninety minutes in a friendly win at Petersfield and then for an hour against Aston Villa at the County Ground.


DIX Neil F 
Born : Swindon 29 January 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997) - Highworth Town (cs 1999) -
Cirencester Town (cs 2001) - Devizes Town (Mar 2003) - Swindon Supermarine (Jul 2005) -
Wootton Bassett Town (cs 2007) - KCFC (cs 2008)

Neil started the 1998/99 season with a brace in a 5-1 Combination win at Barnet. But he failed to realise his potential and was playing in the Wilts League Second Division by 2008.


DODSON David Alfred WF 
Born : Gravesend, Kent 20 January 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (Nov 1957) - Swansea Town (Jul 1959) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Nov 1961) -
Portsmouth (15 Dec 1961) - Aldershot (Jan 1965) - Hereford United (cs 1967) -
Guildford City (Sep 1968) - Andover (cs 1969) - Fleet Town (cs 1971)

David turned out for Town in a mid-season friendly against Exeter, helping them to a 4-0 victory. But he quickly returned to the Vetch before making the switch to Fratton three weeks later.


DOE Scott Mark D 
Born : Reading 6 November 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
AFC Newbury - SWINDON TOWN (sb 1999 scs Aug 2005) - Weymouth (Jul 2007) -
Kettering Town (Feb 2009) - Dagenham & Redbridge (Mar 2009) - Boreham Wood (Jul 2015) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (Jul 2016) - Whitehawk (Feb 2018) - Boreham Wood (Mar 2018) -
Billericay Town (Jul 2018) - Dover Athletic (Dec 2018) - Romford (Feb 2020) -
Hornchurch (Sep 2020) - Welling United (Jan 2021)

Having been released at the end of his two-year scholarship with Town, Scott went on to make more than 200 League appearances with Dagenham.


DOWNING Bay M 
Born : Liverpool 16 May 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Tampa Spartans (US) (2014) - Macclesfield Town (trial Jul 2018) - Salford City (trial Jul 2018) -
Altrincham (nc Jul 2018) - Salisbury City (Aug 2018) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2019)

Bay played 45 minutes in each of the first two pre-season friendlies - at Brimscombe and Supermarine.


DRAYCOTT Mark Richard F 
Born : Swindon 12 January 1985  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 11 Jul 2001) - Portland Timbers (US) (loan Jul 2003) -
Salisbury City (loan Aug 2003) - Weston-Super-Mare (loan Nov 2003) -
Chippenham Town (loan Jan 2004) - Wilmington Hammerheads (US) (Mar 2004) -
Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2004) - Newport County (Jul 2005) - Chippenham Town (Nov 2005) -
Sunshine George Cross (Aus) (Mar 2006) - Swindon Supermarine (Nov 2006) - Ventura County Fusion (US) (Jun 2007) -
Cirencester Town (Sep 2007) - Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2007) - Didcot Town (Jul 2009) -
Cirencester Town (Nov 2010) - Hungerford Town (Aug 2011) - Swindon Supermarine (Jul 2017)

Mark smashed in 11 F A Youth Cup goals for Town during his second season as a scholar - seven of them coming in a 9-2 win at Chelmsford !


DUCKWORTH Arthur WF 
Born : West Derby, Liverpool 20 January 1931 Died : Swindon 28 March 2013, aged 82
PLAYING CAREER
(I Zingari League) - Calne Town (Jan 1953) - SWINDON TOWN (am 19 Jun 1954 p/t pro 2 Aug 1954) -
Trowbridge Town (23 May 1955) - Salisbury City (cs 1957)

Right-winger Arthur came to the County Ground after impressing with Calne. But he was released after netting just twice in twenty reserve games.


DUNNE Charles D 
Born : Lambeth, London 13 February 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Orpington - Wycombe Wanderers (Sep 2011) - Staines Town (loan Oct 2011) - Blackpool (Aug 2013) -
Wycombe Wanderers (loan Aug 2013) - Crawley Town (Mar 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jul 2016) -
Oldham Athletic (Aug 2016) - Motherwell (Jul 2017)

Charles played in the second half of Town's pre-season defeat at Woking.