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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

FATOKUN LANRE Bimbo F 
Born : Lagos, Nigeria 13 October 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
Royal Antwerp (Bel) (cs 1995) - Djurgårdens IF (Swe (trial 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Jul 2002) -
Scarborough (cs 2002) - KRC Mechelen (Bel) (Jan 2004) - Union Berlin (Ger) (cs 2004) -
KFC Schoten SK (Hol) ( Aug 2005 to 2008) - Zandvliet Sport (Bel) (Dec 2010) -
Tubantia Borgerhout (2011)

Bimbo netted the first goal of pre-season in a 2-1 win at Didcot.


FELLNER Gerhard F 
Born : Saalfelden, Austria 24 April 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
SV Casino Salzburg (Aut) (Jul 1989) - SR Donaufeld (loan Sep 1991) - FC Puch (loan Jul 1992) -
SV Braunau (Jul 1993) - VSE St. Pölten (Jul 1996) - Falkirk (Mar 1997) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Jul 1997) -
VSE St. Pölten (Aut) (Jul 1997) - VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (Jul 1998) - St Mirren ( Aug 2002) -
LASK Linz (Aut) ( Jan 2003) - SV Grieskirchen (Jan 2004) - FC Superfund (Jul 2004) -
LASK Linz (Jan 2005) - First Vienna (Jul 2007) - SV Karlstetten (Jul 2010) -
SC Litschau (Jul 2011)

The Austrian appeared in Town's first four pre-season friendlies, scoring three times. But there was little money available to boss Jimmy Quinn to allow him to make a reasonable contract offer.


FENTON Tony (Anthony) Brian CD 
Born : Preston 23 November 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester City (Nov 1996) - Portsmouth (Mar 1999) - Colwyn Bay (cs 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Mar 2001) -
Hull City (trial cs 2001) - Newtown (cs 2001) - Notts County (trial 2002) -
Bangor City (Aug 2002) - Newtown (cs 2003) - Bishops Stortford - Redbridge (Jul 2004) -
Farnborough (Mar 2005) - Boreham Wood (Feb 2008)

Played on trial in a Combination game at Brentford during a career that saw him make only one substitute appearance while at Fratton. Brother to Nick, who enjoyed a career of over 500 League games.


FERREIRA Fabio Miguel Lourenco M 
Born : Barreiro, Portugal 3 May 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
Sporting CP (Por) (sb 2002) - Chelsea (Jul 2006) - Oldham Athletic (loan Feb 2009) -
Gillingham (trial cs 2009) - Esmoriz (Por) (Sep 2009) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 26 Jul 2010) -
Sertanense (Por) (Aug 2010) - Dulwich Hill (Aus) (Feb 2012) - Adelaide United (Aug 2012) -
Central Coast Mariners (Jan 2015) - PKNS (Mal) (Jun 2017) - Sydney (Aus) (Jan 2018) -
Perth Glory (Jul 2018) - Adelaide City (Jun 2019) - Sydney Olympic (Oct 2019)

The former Chelsea junior played for almost an hour during Town's pre-season visit to Cirencester.


FERRIER Morgan James F 
Born : Newham, London 15 November 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (sb ) - Watford (Sep 2011) - Crawley Town (trial Jul 2012) - Nottinghan Forest (Sep 2012) -
Kettering Town (loan Jan 2013) - Bolton Wanderers (trial Jul 2013) -
West Bromwich Albion (Sep 2013) - Cray Wanderers (Jan 2014) - Crystal Palace (Jul 2014) -
Bishops Stortford (Oct 2015) - Hemel Hempstead Town (Mar 2016) - Peterborough United (trial Jul 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jul 2016) - Stevenage (trial ) -
Boreham Wood (Aug 2016) - Dagenham & Redbridge (Jul 2017) - Boreham Wood (Feb 2018) -
Walsall (Aug 2018) - Tranmere Rovers (Aug 2019) - Maccabi Petah Tikva (Isr) (Feb 2021)

Morgan was given just 45 minutes game time - the second half of Town's friendly at Woking.


FINLAYSON Alex (Alexander) John F 
Born : Edinburgh 30 January 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1995 pro Jul 1997) - Salisbury City (loan 2 Sep 1997) -
Worcester City (loan 24 Dec 1997) - Cambridge United (nc 25 Mar 1998) -
Barry Town (cs 1998) - Gala Fairydean (Jan 1999) - Newtongrange Star (cs 1999) -
Haddington Athletic (cs 2001) - Dalkeith Thistle (cs 2009) - Armadale Thistle (Mar 2011) -
Stoneyburn (Aug 2012) - Haddington Athletic (cs 2014)

Alex netted 28 goals for the youth and reserves sides during his second season as a trainee but boss Steve McMahon did not consider him ready for the first team.


FISHLOCK Murray Edward D 
Born : Marlborough, Wilts. 23 September 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Pewsey Vale - Gloucester City (cs 1992) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1994) -
Hereford United (Sep 1994) - Yeovil Town (cs 1998 to Jan 2000) - Woking (Jan 2002) -
Melksham Town (loan Feb 2002) - Chippenham Town (Aug 2002) - Pewsey Vale

A left-back, Murray made his debut for the Combination side in August 1991, in a 2-2 home draw with Millwall.


FLANAGAN Kian Thomas M 
Born : Paddington, London 29 August 1999  
PLAYING CAREER
Crystal Palace (Jul 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Dec 2018)

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


FLEMING Curtis Joseph S FB 
Born : Manchester 8 October 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
Belvedere - St Patricks Athletic (cs 1987) - SWINDON TOWN (27 Mar 1989) -
St Patricks Athletic (Jul 1989) - Middlesbrough (Aug 1991) - Birmingham City (loan Nov 2001) -
Crystal Palace (Dec 2001) - Darlington (Jul 2004) - Shelbourne (Jul 2005) -
Billingham Synthonia (cs 2006)

Arriving on a short-term contract, Curtis failed to get an outing with Lou Macari's first team squad. He went on to gain ten Republic of Ireland caps and play nearly 300 games for Middlesbrough.


FLEMING Preston F 
Born : Falkirk 4 August 1934 Died : Balloch 6 November 1992, aged 58
PLAYING CAREER
Clydebank juniors - SWINDON TOWN (4 Aug 1954)

Signed by Maurice Lindley on his 20th birthday, Preston made just 11 reserve appearances - scoring four times - in two seasons, much of which was spent away on National Service. He was a qualified plumber.


FLOWER Nick (Nicholas) Stuart G 
Born : Sittingbourne, Kent 22 June 1963  
PLAYING CAREER
Highcliffe FC - SWINDON TOWN (trial 9 Feb 1987) - Bashley (cs 1987) -
Salisbury City (cs 1988) - Havant Town (cs 1990) - TSV Scheer (Ger) -
Bashley (cs 1992) - Havant Town (cs 1993) - Bashley (Feb 1994) -
Wimborne Town - Fareham Town (cs 1998) - Galway United (cs 1999 ) -
Newport IOW (cs 2002)

Nick was playing in Division 10 of the Bournemouth League when Lou Macari received a letter recommending him. And Lou duly gave Nick an outing in a home Combination fixture with Bristol Rovers.


FOLLIT Fred (Frederick) Arthur F  
Born : Swindon 9 October 1909 Died : Swindon 19 August 1988, aged 78
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon Corinthians - Crystal Palace (trial ) - Oxford City (cs 1933) -
SWINDON TOWN (am 6 Aug 1934) - Chippenham Town (cs 1935) -
Swindon Corinthians - Bath City (trial ) - Swindon Victoria

After impressing in the public trial game, where he scored the winning goal for the 'possibles', Fred hit five on his debut - in a 6-0 win over Radstock ! Despite netting 20 goals in just 25 reserve games, Fred was never given a pro contract.


FORTUNÉ Marc-Antoine F 
Born : Cayenne, French Guiana 2 July 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
Rennes (Fr) (trial 1997) - AS Angoulême Charente (cs 1998) - LOSC Lille (cs 2002) -
Rouen (loan cs 2003) - Stade Brest 29 (Jul 2004) - Utrecht (Hol) (cs 2005) -
AS Nancy (Fr) (Jan 2007) - West Bromwich Albion (loan Jan 2009) - Glasgow Celtic (Jul 2009) -
West Bromwich Albion (Aug 2010) - Doncaster Rovers (loan Nov 2011) -
Wigan Athletic (Jul 2013) - Coventry City (Sep 2015) - Southend United (Sep 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Jul 2018) - Chesterfield (2 Aug 2018)

The 37 year old striker played in Town's final pre-season warm-up game at Supermarine and looked set to sign a short-term deal to cover for the injured Marc Richards. But the Frenchman wasted little time in moving on having received a better deal.


FOSCOLO Bryan J HB 
Born : Pontypridd, Glam. Oct-Dec 1945  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (app Jun 1961) - SWINDON TOWN (17 Oct 1963) - Cambridge United (cs 1965) -
Cheltenham Town

Bryan was a regular in Town's F.A.Youth Cup finalists side in 1963/64 - and the only one not to have come through the club's own youth system.


FOX Harry (Henry) William WH 
Born : Swindon 10 November 1881 Died : Trowbridge 26 November 1954, aged 73
PLAYING CAREER
Even Swindon United - SWINDON TOWN ( Apr 1903) - Whitehead Torpedo Works

Harry was a consistent performer for a season-and-a-half in the reserve side. He moved to Weymouth late in 1904 and played in the same Whiteheads side as former Town men Archie Bown and Dave McKendrick.


FRANCIS Vernon Edwin M 
Born : Lambeth, London Apr-Jun 1982  
PLAYING CAREER
Tooting & Mitcham United (cs 2004) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Jul 2006) -
Metropolitan Police (Oct 2008) - Dulwich Hamlet (cs 2010) - Leatherhead (cs 2011) -
Dulwich Hamlet (cs 2012) - Tooting & Mitcham United (Oct 2012) - Merstham (Aug 2013) -
Walton and Hersham (Jan 2014) - Whyteleafe (cs 2015)

Vernon played in the first half of a 3-2 win in a friendly at Forest Green.


FRASER Jimmy (James) F 
Born : Swindon 22 November 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Ferndale YC - Croft YC - SWINDON TOWN (app Jul 1993) - Portsmouth (cs 1995) -
Kidderminster Harriers - Worcester City - Bath City ( Sep 1998) - Basingstoke Town (Jun 2001) -
Chippenham Town (loan Feb 2002)

From 1999, Jimmy combined playing part-time football while coaching in Town's Centre of Excellence. In 2004 he joined the Chelsea Academy set-up and by 2020 he was assistant head of youth development at Stamford Bridge.


FREEGARD Jon (Jonathan) P F 
Born : Bath 17 March 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Bath City (cs 1979) - Chippenham Town (cs 1981) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Dec 1985) -
Trowbridge Town (Feb 1986) - Bath City (Feb 1988) - Gloucester City (Jan 1991) -
Trowbridge Town (Oct 1991) - Mangotsfield United (cs 1994) - Yate Town (Oct 1995) -
Corsham Town (cs 2002) - Melksham Town (Oct 2003)

Jon was on trial at the County Ground for over a month, during which he appeared in three Combination games - and scored in all three !


FREEMAN Dave (David) H M 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 25 Aug 1966) - Clanfield (cs 1968)

After making almost 60 appearances for Town's reserves and 'A' team, Dave left to assist Clanfield. But a serious injury - a ruptured spleen - during training in October 1968 almost ended his career. But he returned to action before the end of the season and in December 1970 took over the captaincy from former Swindon skipper Keith Morgan.


FRÖHNER Sascha Karl-Heinz M 
Born : Germany 23 August 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
SV 98 Schwetzingen (Ger) - VfR Mannheim (cs 1994) - VfB Leimen (Jan 1996) - TSG 62/09 Weinheim (cs 1996) -
SC Weismain (cs 1997) - Alki Larnaca (Cyp) (cs 1998) - Carl Zeiss Jena (Ger) (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Mar 2000) - Würzburger FV (Ger) ( 2000) -
SV Wilhelmshaven (cs 2002) - FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf (cs 2003) -
VfB Oldenburg (Jan 2004) - FV Lauda (cs 2004)

The German scored in a 4-2 Combination win over Wycombe after coming on for the last half-hour. It was intended to play him from the start, but the delay was due to late international clearance.