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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

GARDNER Clive J WF 
Born : Wellington, Somerset 20 March 1957  
PLAYING CAREER
Radlett & Rowlyng FC - SWINDON TOWN (sb 26 Jan 1973 app Aug 1974) -
Taunton British Railways - Taunton Town

A left-winger, Clive made his reserve team debut in March 1974, going on to make almost 60 appearances.


GARRICKS Shane Matthew M 
Born : Aylesbury, Bucks. August 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
Wycombe Wanderers (scs May 2004) - Sunderland (trial Jul 2005) - Queens Park Rangers (scs 2005) -
SWINDON TOWN (scs Oct 2005) - Aylesbury United (Oct 2006 & Jan 2008)

Still only 17 when he joined Town, Shane played in two F A Youth Cup ties before making his Combination debut in January. He was released at the end of the season.


GENOVESE Dom (Domenico) F 
Born : Peterborough 2 February 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Stamford - Manchester United (trial Aug 1984) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Sep 1984) -
Boston United (Nov 1984) - Nuneaton Borough (cs 1985) - Boston United (Nov 1985) -
Kettering Town (cs 1986) - Grantham Town (Jan 1987) - Cambridge City (cs 1987) -
Peterborough United (Mar 1988) - Cambridge City - Wisbech Town - Grebbestad IF (Swe) -
Kettering Town - Cambridge City - Holbeach United (cs 1991)

Seven weeks after appearing as a substitute for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly at the County Ground, Dom arrived here on trial. He made five Combination appearances without scoring.


GEORGAKLIS James M 
Born : Sydney NSW 5 November 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
Manly United (Aus) - SWINDON TOWN (scs 29 Feb 2016) - Larne (cs 2017) -
Hyde United (Oct 2018) - Glossop North End (Dec 2018)

While still a scholar, James was promoted to the first team bench by Luke Williams twice during October 2016. But he was not offered a contract at the end of the season.


GEORGE Shamal Tyrell G 
Born : Birkenhead, Wirral 6 January 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
Manor FC - Liverpool (Jul 2016) - Carlisle United (loan Aug 2017) - Tranmere Rovers (loan Jul 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2019)

Shamal played in the opening 45 minutes of Town's pre-season programme at Brimscombe.


GERRING Ben (Benjamin) Stephen CD 
Born : Torbay, Devon 1 January 1991  
PLAYING CAREER
Plymouth Argyle (scs 2007) - Weymouth ( Jan 2010) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Mar 2010) -
Kettering Town (Jul 2012) - Cambridge City (Sep 2012) - Taunton Town (Nov 2012) -
Truro City (Jan 2013) - Bideford (Jul 2013) - Hayes and Yeading United (Jan 2014) -
Gosport Borough (loan Jul 2014) - Truro City (Dec 2014) - Margate (Jan 2015) -
Hayes and Yeading United (Jul 2015) - Bideford (loan Sep 2015) - Torquay United (nc Oct 2015) -
Weston-Super-Mare (Jan 2017) - Truro City (Mar 2017) - Billericay Town (Jul 2018) -
Woking (Oct 2018) - Oxford City (loan Nov 2020)

The night after Charlie Austin earned Town a 1-0 win at Southampton, Ben played against the Saints in a 0-5 defeat for the reserves. A few weeks after signing for Woking he starred in a shock 1-0 away win at Swindon in the F.A.Cup.


GILL Kenny (Kenneth) John D / M 
Born : Swindon 5 November 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 22 Mar 1970 pro 12 Jul 1974) - Devizes Town (cs 1975) -
Frome Town (cs 1977) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1979) - Newport County (nc Sep 1985) -
Yate Town - Swindon Athletic (cs 1989) - Cirencester Town

Kenny came up through the ranks after joining Town aged 14. He could not break into Danny Williams first team squad after signing a pro contract - but went on to make 19 League appearances for Newport, either side of his 30th birthday.


GILLETT Gary M 
Born : Swindon 20 September 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 28 Feb 1984 pro 24 Sep 1986) - Penhill YC (cs 1988) -
Swindon Athletic (cs 1989) - Swindon Supermarine (cs 1992)

Given a monthly pro contract for the 1986/87, Gary featured in thirty of Town's 38 reserve games - but was not granted an extension by Lou Macari.


GLASS Ken (Kenneth) Victor WF 
Born : Swindon 14 May 1930 Died : Swindon 27 August 2015, aged 85
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon Victoria - SWINDON TOWN (am Dec 1947 pro 9 Jul 1949) -
Banbury Spencer - Salisbury City

Stepped up from the Colts to the reserves in April 1949, but made only a dozen further appearances after signing on as a pro.


GNAKPA JOHOURI Claude D 
Born : Marseille 9 June 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Montpellier HSC (Fr) (1998) - US Marignane (2001) - Beaucaire (2002) - Racing de Santander (Sp) (2003) -
Deportivo Alaves (2005) - Vaduz (Li) (2006) - Leeds United (trial ) -
SWINDON TOWN (22 Mar 2007) - Peterborough United (19 Jul 2007) -
Luton Town (Aug 2008) - Walsall (Jul 2011) - Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Jan 2012) -
Al-Minaa (Irq) (Jun 2012) - Salgaocar (Ind) (Aug 2013)

The big French defender sat on the first team bench for seven successive games in March and April 2007 without getting the call up from boss Paul Sturrock.


GORDON Michael Alexander M 
Born : Wandsworth, London 11 October 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 2000) - Wimbledon (loan Feb 2002 perm Mar 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Sep 2004) -
Havant and Waterlooville (Oct 2004) - Aldershot Town (Aug 2005) - Crawley Town (Sep 2005) -
Sutton United (Dec 2005) - AFC Wimbledon (cs 2006) - Harrow Borough -
Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2007) - Northwood (Dec 2007) - Croydon Athletic (Feb 2009) -
Merstham (cs 2009) - Lincoln City (Nov 2009 to Apr 2010) - Kingstonian (Aug 2011) -
Walton and Hersham (Oct 2011) - Chipstead (Oct 2012) - Walton and Hersham (Jan 2013)

Michael played in a home Combination defeat (2-1) to Bristol Rovers.


GOUGH Allan R CH 
Born : Cheltenham 3 July 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 2 Mar 1971) - Kidderminster Harriers (trial cs 1973) -
Swansea City (cs 1973) - Gloucester City (Oct 1973) - Cinderford Town (cs 1978)

A 6'3" defender at just 17, Allan helped Town to reach the F A Youth Cup quarter-finals in 1972/73. He made 16 Combination appearances.


GRANVILLE John Hubert G 
Born : Scarborough, Tobago 6 May 1956  
PLAYING CAREER
Oakland Stompers (US) (1978) - South California Lazers (1978) - Cleveland Cobras (1979) -
ASL Sports (Tri) (1980) - Slough Town (cs 1984) - Millwall (Oct 1985) -
Los Angeles Aztecs (US) (1986) - Wycombe Wanderers (cs 1987) - Aldershot (Aug 1991) -
Chertsey Town (cs 1992) - Chesham United (cs 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 31 Oct 1994) -
Doc's Khelwalaas FC (T&T) (2000) - Hayes (cs 2001)

John made just one Combination appearance, at home against Luton Town. In July 2007 he returned to the County Ground as goalkeeping coach.


GREEN Alan Peter Charles F 
Born : Fordingbridge, Hants. 19 April 1951  
PLAYING CAREER
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (Jul 1969) - Mansfield Town (Jul 1972) - Salisbury City (cs 1974) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 1976) - Andover (cs 1978) -
Salisbury City (cs 1979) - Andover (cs 1981) - Basingstoke Town (cs 1982) -
Woodfalls FC (plyr-mgr )

Salisbury striker Alan joined Town on their pre-season Scottish tour, playing as a subsititute at Ayr and the full ninety minutes at Dunfermline.


GREEN Cecil John HB 
Born : Swindon 17 February 1912 Died : Swindon 13 January 2000, aged 87
PLAYING CAREER
Central Athletic - SWINDON TOWN (am 23 Aug 1933 pro 19 Jun 1934) -
Bath City (cs 1936) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1937) - Colchester United (guest Dec 1945 & Mar 1946) -
Bath City (cs 1946) - Chippenham United

Cecil made over 50 reserve appearances during his two seasons as a player and later held the post of club Chairman for ten years - from 1973 to 1983. His two guest appearances for Colchester were both against his parent club - and at Whaddon Road !


GREEN Ryan Michael D 
Born : Cardiff 20 October 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Oct 1997) - Torquay United (loan Mar 2001) - Kidderminster Harriers (trial Sep 2001) -
Millwall (Oct 2001) - Cardiff City (loan Aug 2002) - Sheffield Wednesday (Nov 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Jul 2003) - Hereford United (Aug 2003) -
Bristol Rovers (May 2006) - Hereford United (Jun 2009) - Port Talbot Town (Aug 2012) -
Merthyr Town (Jun 2014) - Hereford United (Sep 2015) - Westfields (Jul 2019)

Ryan became the youngest player to gain a full cap for Wales at 17. Five years later, he came to Swindon on trial, playing in the opening friendly against Gravesend.


GRIFFIN Bernard D 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 11 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (sb 1961) - SWINDON TOWN (pro 3 Dec 1963) - Arcadia United (SA) (cs 1966)

Bernard played in all but the first two rounds of the Youth Cup as Town progressed to the Final in 1964 - scoring against his former club in the quarter-final. After making 40 appearances in the Combination side, he emigrated to South Africa, but a serious eye injury halted his career at just 22.


GRIMES Augustine Ashley FB 
Born : Dublin 2 August 1957  
PLAYING CAREER
Stella Maris - Bohemian - Manchester United (Mar 1977) - Coventry City (Aug 1983) -
Luton Town (Aug 1984) - SWINDON TOWN (guest 20 May 1986) -
CA Osasuna (Sp) (Nov 1989) - Stoke City (nc Jan 1992)

Ashley was playing in the top flight but had only made three starts for the Hatters in 1985/86 when Lou Macari borrowed him for the final match on Town's Irish tour, played in Limerick.


GROS William F 
Born : St Pierre, Reunion Island 31 March 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
JS Saint-Pierroise (RI) - Havre AC - Kilmarnock (Sep 2010) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2013) -
Oldham Athletic (Jul 2014) - Toulouse Rodeo (Fr) (Jul 2015) - Bangkok (Th) (Jun 2016)

Played in three pre-season friendlies - all away - scoring in a 5-0 win at Devizes.


GROSVENOR Cliff (Clifford) IF 
Born : Dudley, Worcs. 17 May 1914 Died : Dudley 27 September 1943, aged 29
PLAYING CAREER
West Bromwich Albion (May 1934) - Leicester City (Aug 1937) - SWINDON TOWN (30 Aug 1938)

Cliff made just half a dozen Southern League appearances, scoring twice. His premature death was due to tuberculosis.


GUEST Brendan John D 
Born : Barnsley 19 December 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
Lincoln City (Dec 1976) - SWINDON TOWN (19 Jul 1980) - Bath City (loan Sep 1980) -
Forest Green Rovers (Feb 1981)

At the start of 1980/81, the reserves first five results - all losses - mirrored those of the first team. Brendan appeared in all five and was soon farmed out on loan.


GUNNER Callum Marcus Andrew M 
Born : Chippenham, Wilts. 27 March 1999  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 2006 scs 6 Jul 2015) - Bradford City (trial 3 Apr 2017 pro 1 Jul 2017) -
Chippenham Town (loan Aug 2018)

As a second year scholar, Callum reached the first team bench for a Trophy tie against Luton in December 2016. But he was not offered a contract and impressed at Valley Parade by scoring just two minutes into his first trial game against Wrexham.