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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.

FIND PLAYER BY SURNAME: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | V | W | Y

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

ECKERSLEY Mike (Michael) William FB 
Born : Worsley, Gtr Manchester 19 November 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (trn ) - Bolton Wanderers (trn ) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Apr 2003) -
Lancaster City (cs 2005) - Mangerlud Star (Nor) ( Mar 2006) -
Barrow (Jul 2006) - Chorley (cs 2007) - Radcliffe Borough (Jun 2009) -
Chorley (Jun 2012)

The eldest of three footballing brothers (see also Richard below), Mike made a couple of Combination appearances for Town before returning to Bolton.


ECKERSLEY Richard Jon FB 
Born : Worsley, Gtr Manchester 12 March 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (Jul 2007) - Burnley (Jul 2009) - Plymouth Argyle (loan Mar 2010) -
Bradford City (loan Nov 2010) - Bury (loan Mar 2011) - Toronto (Can) (loan Apr 2011 perm Jan 2012) -
New York Red Bulls (US) ( Jan 2014) - Elche (Sp) (trial Apr 2015) -
Southend United (trial Jul 2015) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Jul 2015) -
Oldham Athletic (18 Sep 2015)

After a spell in the States, Richard appeared in the final three pre-season friendlies for Town but failed to secure a contract.


EL-KHEBIR Karim D 
Born : Niamey, Nigeria 4 May 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
FC Villepinte (Fr) - Stade Brestois 29 (cs 1991) - Valenciennes (cs 1994) -
La Berrichonne de Chateauroux (cs 1997) - ASOA Valence (cs 1999) -
Raith Rovers (cs 2002) - St Patricks Athletic (cs 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 5 Dec 2003) -
Kilmarnock (trial Jan 2004) - Cremlin United (cs 2004) - Sainte-Genevieve (Fr) (cs 2006) -
USSCA Champtoce - ES Bouchemaine - NDC Angers (cs 2014)

Karim's brief outing with Town came as a substitute in a behind closed doors friendly at Oxford.


ELLIOTT Danny (Daniel) John E S F 
Born : Nottingham 29 September 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
Nottinghan Forest (sb ) - Aston Villa (scs 2012) - Hofstra Pride (US) (2004) -
North Carolina FC (2018) - Long Island Rough Riders (2018) - San Cristobal (Sp) (Oct 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Dec 2018) - Port Vale (Jan 2019)

One of four trialists who played in a second 'behind closed doors' friendly against Oxford United.


ELSEY David John D 
Born : Swindon 19 November 1975  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1992) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1995) -
Gloucester City (cs 1997) - Fairford Town (loan ) - Bath City (cs 1998) -
Mangotsfield United ( Aug 1999) - Yate Town

David came through the youth ranks to reach the reserve side in September 1992, at just 16. By 1994/95 he was a regular at left-back, going on to make 45 Combination appearances.


EMBLEN Paul David D 
Born : Bromley, Kent 3 April 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Tonbridge Angels - Charlton Athletic (May 1997) - Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Nov 1997) -
Wycombe Wanderers (Aug 1998) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Apr 2002) -
Tonbridge Angels (cs 2002)

Paul played one game as a trialist - against Brentford - and ended up in Southern League football in the following season.


ESSANDOH Roy Kabina Gina F 
Born : Belfast 17 February 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Cumbernauld United (Aug 1993) - Glentoran (cs 1994) - Motherwell (Dec 1994) -
East Fife (Feb 1998) - VSE St Polten (Aut) (cs 1998) - Jyvaskyla JJK (Fin) -
Vaasan Palloseura (Mar 1999) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Dec 2000) -
Luton Town (trial Jan 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (nc Jan 2001) -
Wycombe Wanderers (Feb 2001) - Barnet (Sep 2001) - Cambridge City (May 2002) -
Bishops Stortford (Aug 2002) - Billericay Town (Aug 2002) - Grays Athletic (Jan 2003) -
Bishops Stortford (cs 2003) - Gravesend and Northfleet (Feb 2004) - Kettering Town (cs 2005) -
Bishops Stortford (Sep 2005) - Glenavon (cs 2008) - St Neots Town (Aug 2010) -
Braintree Town (Mar 2011) - Bury Town ( Aug 2011)

Roy turned out for Town in a reserve outing to Barnet before securing a contract at Wycombe two months later.


EVANS Dan (Daniel) David CD 
Born : Plymouth 31 October 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
Plymouth Argyle (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (scs 4 Sep 2009) -
Plymouth Parkway (cs 2011) - St Blazey - Truro City (cs 2012) -
St Blazey (Jan 2014) - Tavistock (cs 2015)

Signed for 30,000 a few weeks before his 17th birthday, Dan played alongside his namesake Will Evans. But at the end of his scholarship there was no offer of a contact and Dan returned to Devon.


EVANS Richard Glyn M 
Born : Cardiff 19 June 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Birmingham City (Jul 2002) - Sheffield Wednesday (Mar 2003) - Colchester United (trial Jul 2005) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Aug 2005) - Shrewsbury Town (Jan 2006) -
Newport County (Aug 2006) - Bath City (Oct 2008) - Weston-Super-Mare (loan Jan 2010) -
Haverfordwest County (Jul 2010) - Port Talbot Town (cs 2011) - Aberaman Athletic (Sep 2011) -
Chippenham Town (Feb 2012) - Merthyr Town (Dec 2014) - Ton Pentre (Aug 2015)

Still under contract at Hillsborough, Richard played in the opening reserve League game of the season against Cheltenham.


EVANS Tom (Thomas) Langley John CD 
Born : Addlestone, Surrey 26 June 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 28 Jul 2006 pro 2 May 2008) - Lincoln City (trial 8 Sep 2008) -
Truro City (loan 2 Dec 2008) - Weston-Super-Mare (loan 31 Mar 2009 perm Aug 2009) -
Worcester City (cs 2009) - Gloucester City (Mar 2011) - Frome Town (cs 2011)

Tom was handed a one-year contract after completing his scholarship, but after twice going out on loan he was released in May 2009.


EVERISS Adam John M 
Born : Wimbledon 15 September 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (sb 1999) - SWINDON TOWN (scs Jul 2007) - Aldershot Town (loan Aug 2021) -
Fleet Town - Basingstoke Town (cs 2009) - Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2011) -
Gosport Borough (Jun 2012) - Thatcham Town (Aug 2012) - Whitchurch United (Jan 2013) -
Hayes and Yeading United (Mar 2013) - Godalming Town (Jul 2013) - Hartley Wintney (Dec 2013) -
Fleet Town (cs 2015) - Hartley Wintney (cs 2017) - Camberley Town (cs 2018) -
Basingstoke Town (Mar 2019)