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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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HAJI (Haj Mollah Ahmad Naraghi) Shana (Shahnom) M 
Born : Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria 15 June 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
Esteghlal (Irn) - Real Zaragoza (Sp) - Tromsų IL (Nor) (trial ) - West Bromwich Albion (trial Mar 2006) -
Esteghlal (Irn) - Hibernian (Mar 2007) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Apr 2008)

Shana registered the opening goal in Town's 3-3 draw with Cheltenham reserves.


HALFORD Greg (Gregory) M 
Born : Chelmsford, Essex 8 December 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Colchester United (Jul 2003) - Reading (Jan 2007) - Sunderland (Jul 2007) - Charlton Athletic (loan Jan 2008) -
Sheffield United (loan Aug 2008) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (Jul 2009) -
Portsmouth (Oct 2010) - Nottinghan Forest (Jul 2012) - Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Nov 2014) -
Rotherham United (Jul 2015) - Birmingham City (loan Nov 2015) - Cardiff City (Jan 2017) -
Aberdeen (Feb 2019) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jul 2019)

the 34-year old was given an hour run-out in a friendly against Bristol City at Supermarine.


HALLAS Geoff (Geoffrey) FB 
Born : Lydgate, Saddleworth Yorks 8 December 1930 Died : Oldham Q2 1982, aged 51
PLAYING CAREER
Droylsden - Mossley - Warminster Town - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Dec 1953) -
West Ham United (Mar 1954)

Geoff was stationed at Warminster on national service when he made three reserve appearances. A few weeks after the third he signed a pro contract for the Hammers but he was forced to retire only a year later following a head injury.


HALLWORTH Jon (Jonathan) Geoffrey G 
Born : Stockport 26 October 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Ipswich Town (May 1983) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 26 Nov 1984) -
Bristol Rovers (loan Jan 1985) - Fulham (loan Mar 1985) - Oldham Athletic (Feb 1989) -
Cardiff City (Aug 1997) - Newport County (Mar 2001) - Bangor City (Aug 2002)

With 16 year-old Alan Churchward the only cover for Scott Endersby, Jon came on what would end up as a six-week loan - during which he made just three appearances for the Combination side.


HAMBLIN Chris (Christopher) Paul G 
Born : Bristol 26 May 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1993) - Gloucester City (cs 1995) -
Evesham United - Trowbridge Town (cs 1996) - Boston College Eagles (US) -
Boston Bulldogs

Still only 16 - and lacking height at just 5'9" - Chris made his debut in Town's Combination side in April 1994, in a 0-6 home defeat by Crystal Palace.


HAMMERSLEY Tony (Anthony) James D 
Born : Hyde, Cheshire Q2 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 10 Dec 1986 trn 6 Jul 1987) - Fairford Town (cs 1989)

Tony completed his two-year term as a trainee with Town but made just three substitute appearances for the reserve side during that time.


HAND Eoin Kevin Joseph Colin WF 
Born : Dublin 30 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Stella Maris - Old O'Connells - Drumcondra (cs 1963) - SWINDON TOWN (18 Jun 1964) -
Shelbourne (loan Aug 1964) - Dundalk ( Aug 1965) - Shelbourne (Aug 1966) -
Drumcondra (Sep 1966) - Portsmouth (Oct 1968) - Port Elizabeth City (SA) (loan 1973) -
Durban Celtic (SA) (loan 1974) - Lusitano (SA) (loan 1975) - Arcadia Shepherds (SA) (cs 1976) -
Shamrock Rovers (cs 1977) - Portsmouth (Dec 1977) - Limerick United (plyr-mgr Jul 1979)

Later an Eire international defender, Eoin played as a right-winger during his one season at the County Ground - scoring an impressive nine goals in just 24 appearances.


HARDCASTLE Lewis James M 
Born : Bolton 4 July 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
Blackburn Rovers (Jul 2015) - Salford City (loan Sep 2015) - Port Vale (loan Aug 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Jan 2019) - Barrow (Feb 2019)

One of four trialists who appeared in a 'behind closed doors' friendly against Aston Villa at Tamworth. Lewis was force to retire at 22 due to a heart condition.


HARFORD Paul Raymond Thomas CD 
Born : Chelmsford 21 October 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 1991) - Blackburn Rovers (Aug 1993) - Wigan Athletic (loan Sep 1994) -
Shrewsbury Town (loan Dec 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 26 Feb 1995) -
Farnborough Town (Jul 1996) - Sacramento Knights (US) (loan May 1998) -
Welling United (trial Oct 1998) - Sutton United (Oct 1998) - Aldershot Town (May 2001) -
Bracknell Town (plyr-co May 2002) - Leatherhead (plyr-asst mgr Dec 2002)

The son of Ray, the 6'4" central defender played in two reserve games in the space of three days - at home against Watford and away at Portsmouth.


HARRIS Arthur Henry FB 
Born : Avebury, Wilts 6 July 1922  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (29 Jan 1947) - Bilston (Oct 1948)

Arthur made a handful of reserve apperances at left-back shortly after getting a pro contract - and then a few more at right-back at the start of the following season. At the end of it, in the summer of 1948, he was given a free transfer.


HARVEY Iain David M 
Born : Bath 5 September 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 23 Apr 1992 trn Jul 1994) - Bath City (cs 1996) -
Odd Down (loan ) - Clevedon Town (cs 1997) - Bath City (Jul 2001) -
Yate Town (loan Dec 2003) - Tiverton Town (Aug 2004) - Chippenham Town (Jul 2005) -
Bristol Manor Farm (plyr-asst mgr Jan 2016)

Iain joined his home-town club after ending his time at the County Ground as a trainee - and later spent ten years at Hardenhuish Park.


HARVEY Malcolm Frank CH 
Born : Swindon 9 February 1945 Died : 27 November 1989, aged 44
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 2 Jun 1960) - Ferndale YC (Feb 1964)

A tall central defender - at 15 he stood 6'1½" - Malcolm came through the youth ranks to make a handful of appearances in the Combination side. But he failed to fulfil his potential and was released in June 1963 without having secured a full-time contract.


HATHAWAY Mason John D 
Born : Swindon 22 January 1999  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 6 Jul 2015) - Wantage Town (Mar 2017) - Swindon Supermarine (cs 2017)

Mason was released shortly before the end of his two-year scholarship at the County Ground.


HAVERON Gary D 
Born : Larne, Co.Antrim 6 March 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
Crusaders (sb 1996) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (app 1997) - Bolton Wanderers (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 5 Jul 2001) - Yeovil Town (nc Sep 2001) -
Merthyr Tydfil ( Jan 2002) - Luton Town (trial Mar 2002) - Glentoran (trial Jul 2002) -
Lisburn Distillery (Sep 2002) - Coleraine (Jul 2003) - Ballymena United (May 2005) -
Carrick Rangers (cs 2013)

Gary impressed in Town's first three pre-season friendlies and Andy King was looking to keep him at the County Ground. But a transfer embargo prevented that from happening.


HAWES Bernard William Varney G 
Born : Swindon 29 April 1927  
PLAYING CAREER
Old Headlandians - SWINDON TOWN (am 14 May 1945)

One of the first four players to be signed on by Sam Allen when the club office reopened after World War Two, Bernard had just one reserve outing. Playing in the opening home game of 1945/46 against a strong Yeovil and Petters side, the visitors ran out 7-1 winners. Deputy to Sam Burton in the Wilts County side, he later turned down a full-time contract in favour of going to university. Father of BBC Radio sports commentator Andrew.


HAYWARD Ernie (Ernest) Edward IF 
Born : Milbourne, Wilts. 25 April 1883 Died : Woking Q2 1960, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (Sep 1906) - Croydon Common (Sep 1907) - Haydon Street Workmens FC (Jan 1910) -
Swindon Athletic (Oct 1911)

Ernie made only three League appearances for Town's reserve side, failing to find the target. However, in the Wilts Cup and miscellaneous friendlies, he netted five in nine games. After leaving the County Ground for a two-year stint in south London, he was second top scorer in 1908/09 with 32 goals in only 48 games !


HEAD David George IF 
Born : Midsomer Norton 11 August 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
Bolton Wanderers (sb Aug 1956) - SWINDON TOWN (gsf 16 May 1957 pro 8 Aug 1958) -
Arsenal (27 Mar 1959) - Reading (Jul 1960) - Bristol Rovers (Jul 1961) - Gloucester City (cs 1962)

The son of Bert Head, David made his Combination debut in April 1957 at 16. But having not progressed to the senior side two years later he made the switch to Highbury.


HEFFER Steve (Steven) Paul M 
Born : Southend 11 January 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (trn Jul 1989) - Southend United (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (cs 1992) -
Grays Athletic (cs 1993) - Hendon (Dec 1993) - Boreham Wood (cs 1996) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (Jun 1999) - Thurrock (Jun 2003) - Billericay Town (Jun 2006) -
Walthamstow (Jul 2009) - Brentwood Town - Great Wakering Rovers

After coming through the Hammers trainee programme at the same time as Mike Macari, Steve made 26 Combination appearances for Town before persuing his career outside of the Football League.


HELLIN Tony (Anthony) FB 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 26 September 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 25 Jul 1960) - Torquay United (3 Jul 1964) -
South Wales Switchgear (cs 1965)

Tony broke into the Combination side at right-back in March 1962, going on to record 55 appearances. Said to have signed a pro contract in June 1962, there is no record of this at the Football League. Tony made the move to Plainmoor along with 'keeper Mike Turner.


HENDERSON Joe (Joseph) G 
Born : Cleland, Lanarks. 21 December 1924 Died : Carluke, Lanarks. 15 February 1984, aged 59
PLAYING CAREER
Hibernian (Jan 1945) - Dumbarton (guest Aug 1945) - Albion Rovers (Nov 1946) -
Northampton Town (Jun 1949) - Stenhousemuir (Aug 1952) - Accrington Stanley (Jul 1953) -
Alloa Athletic (Mar 1954) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Mar 1954) -
Canterbury City (May 1954) - Stranraer (Jan 1957)

Joe played four Combination games on trial but was not retained after conceding 11 goals in the last two.


HENSHALL Alex Charles M 
Born : Swindon 15 February 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 2002 ) - Manchester City (scs 10 Jun 2010 ) -
Chesterfield (loan Feb 2013) - Bristol Rovers (loan Oct 2013) -
Ipswich Town (Mar 2014) - Blackpool (loan Jan 2015) - Kilmarnock (Mar 2016) -
Margate (Dec 2016) - Braintree Town (Jan 2017) - Darlington (Jun 2018) - Nuneaton Town (Jul 2019) -
Swindon Supermarine (loan Nov 2019)

After starting out with the club as an eight-year old, Alex left Town for an 'undisclosed fee' - after reaching the first team bench twice aged 15. Shortly after going to Manchester he made his debut for the England under-17's and went on to appear in 16 games at that level. His Football League appearances totalled one less than that.


HIGGINS Cyril F 
Born : Watchfield 19 September 1913 Died : Caen, France 10 July 1944, aged 30
PLAYING CAREER
Watchfield - Stanford-in-the-Vale - SWINDON TOWN (am Jan 1934 & Dec 1935)

Cyril made his debut for the reserves in a 5-2 home win against Weymouth, but he did not receive another call-up by Town until for almost two years. In the War he served as a Lance Corporal with the 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. They were part of the 43rd Wessex Infantry that included Alan Fowler's Dorset Regiment. Both Cyril and Alan died on the same day in the battle to liberate Caen.


HILL 'Jock' (Harry Walter) G 
Born : Bombay, India 10 September 1920 Died : Wootton Bassett 12 May 1971, aged 50
PLAYING CAREER
Lyneham Sports - Wootton Bassett Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 6 Dec 1946) -
Purton (cs 1948)

Signed from Town's post-War nursery club, as fourth-choice goalkeeper 'Jock' primarily assisted the Colts. But he was promoted to the Combination side on a couple of occasions - against Reading and Arsenal.


HINES Zavon Albert F 
Born : Kingston, Jamaica 27 December 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (Jul 2007) - Coventry City (loan Mar 2008) - Burnley (Aug 2011) -
AFC Bournemouth (loan Mar 2012) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jul 2012) -
Bradford City (Aug 2012) - Dagenham & Redbridge (Aug 2013) - Southend United (Aug 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Jul 2017) - Maidstone United (Aug 2017) -
Chesterfield (Jan 2018) - Bromley (Dec 2018)

Zavon had a very brief trial at the County Ground in 2012 when, before he had had the chance to impress in a pre-season game, manager Di Canio decided that his fitness levels were not up to speed. Zavon returned five years later, appearing for 45 minutes in friendlies at Supermarine and Melksham.


HITCHCOCK Tom (Thomas) Joseph F 
Born : Hemel Hempstead 1 October 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
Watford (sb ) - Blackburn Rovers (Jul 2011) - Plymouth Argyle (loan Aug 2011) -
Queens Park Rangers (Mar 2012) - Bristol Rovers (loan Jan 2013) - Crewe Alexandra (loan Nov 2013) -
Rotherham United (loan Jan 2014) - Milton Keynes Dons (Jul 2014) - Fleetwood Town (loan Oct 2014) -
Stevenage (loan Aug 2015) - Crewe Alexandra (loan Feb 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Oct 2016) - Port Vale (trial Jan 2017) -
Boreham Wood (Jan 2017) - Chelmsford City (Sep 2017) - Biggleswade Town (Aug 2018) -
Harlow Town (Oct 2018)

A free agent after having his contract cancelled by MK two months earlier, Tom scored twice in Town's opening Development game at Peterborough.


HODGSON Richard James M 
Born : Sunderland 1 October 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Nottinghan Forest (Oct 1996) - TP Seinjoki (Fin) (loan cs 1998) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Nov 1999) -
Scunthorpe United (nc Mar 2000) - Darlington (Aug 2000) - Farnborough Town (Aug 2003) -
Bristol Rovers (trial Dec 2003) - Stevenage Borough (Mar 2004) - Forest Green Rovers (loan Aug 2004) -
Crawley Town (Oct 2004) - Cambridge United (Oct 2004) - Pahang (Mly) (Jan 2005) -
Crawley Town (Jun 2005) - Carshalton Athletic (cs 2005) - Gravesend & Northfleet (Dec 2005) -
Farnborough Town (cs 2006) - Blyth Spartans (Mar 2007) - Sunderland Nissan (Sep 2007) -
Whitley Bay

Richard played on trial in Town's 2-1 reserves win over Portsmouth four months before being released by Forest.


HOLLOWAY Jon (Jonathan) Stuart D 
Born : Swindon 11 February 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 27 Nov 1991 pro Jan 1996) - Scarborough (loan Feb 1996) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1996) - Bath City (cs 1999) - Worcester City (Jun 2001) -
Forest Green Rovers (Jul 2004) - Merthyr Tydfil (Nov 2004) - Bath City (Jul 2005)

Jon made 24 appearances for the reserve side before continuing his playing career elsewhere. But he was soon appointed as a Football in the Community officer at the County Ground, celebrating 20 years in that post in 2016.


HOLNESS Omar Duke M 
Born : Kingston, Jamaica 13 March 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
North Carolina Tar Heels (US) - Portland Timbers (loan May 2014) - Real Salt Lake City (Jan 2016) -
Real Monarchs (loan Mar 2016 & Mar 2017) - Bethlehem Steel (Jan 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Dec 2018) - Darlington (Mar 2019)

Played for the first hour of a 'behind closed doors' friendly against Oxford.


HORNE Stan (Stanley) Frederick M 
Born : Clanfield, Oxon 17 December 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
Bampton Youth - SWINDON TOWN (gsf 29 Feb 1960) - Newcastle United (gsf 2 Jan 1961) -
Aston Villa (Dec 1961) - Manchester City (Sep 1965) - Fulham (Feb 1969) - St Louis Stars (US) (cs 1972) -
Chester City (Aug 1973) - Rochdale (Dec 1973) - Denver Dynamos (US) (cs 1974)

Stan arrived shortly after his 15th birthday, but did not progress beyond the 'A' team during his 11 month stay. He went on to make more than 200 League appearances.


HOWE Teddy William D 
Born : Oxford 9 October 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (Jul 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Jan 2019) - Blackpool (Jan 2020)

One of four trialists who appeared in a 'behind closed doors' friendly against Aston Villa at Tamworth.


HOWELLS Gareth Jonathan G 
Born : Guildford, Surrey 13 June 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Jul 1988) - Farnborough Town (loan cs 1988) - FF Malmo (Swe) (loan cs 1989) -
SWINDON TOWN (loan 16 Jan 1990) - Leyton Orient (loan Mar 1990) -
Enfield (loan ) - Fulham (trial Jul 1990) - Torquay United (Aug 1990) -
Farnborough Town (cs 1992) - Kettering Town - Hellenic (SA) (1993) -
Dorking (Sep 1993) - St Albans City - Sutton United (cs 1997) - Aldershot Town (May 2001) -
Havant and Waterlooville (Jul 2003) - Eastleigh (plyr-co Oct 2007)

Ossie Ardiles signed the young keeper from his former club as cover for Fraser Digby. After Gareth had returned to White Hart Lane his clubmate Kevin Dearden made the same move.


HUGHES Ceri Morgan M 
Born : Llwynypia, Rhondda 26 February 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
Luton Town (Jul 1989) - Crystal Palace (trial ) - Wimbledon (Jul 1997) - Portsmouth (Jan 2000) -
Cardiff City (trial Mar 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Jan 2003)

The 31 year old Welshman - capped by his country on eight occasions - was given a one-match trial at the County Ground. He appeared in Town's 2-0 Combination win over Cardiff reserves.


HUGHES-MASON Kiernan Peter F 
Born : Hackney, London 22 October 1991  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (sb 1999) - Tottenham Hotspur (sb 2006) - Millwall (cs 2009) -
Cheltenham Town (loan Mar 2010) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Jul 2010) -
Tooting & Mitcham United (loan Aug 2010 & Nov 2010) - Chelmsford City (loan Feb 2011) -
Burton Albion (trial Jul 2011) - Tooting & Mitcham United (nc Jul 2011) -
Grimsby Town (trial Aug 2011) - Kettering Town (Oct 2011) - Grimsby Town (Jan 2012) -
Welling United (May 2012) - Concord Rangers (loan Dec 2013) - Hayes and Yeading United (loan Feb 2014) -
Maidstone United (Mar 2014) - Leatherhead (cs 2014) - Hastings United (Nov 2016) -
Grays Athletic (Jul 2017) - Tasman United (NZ) (Sep 2018)

Scored twice in a 4-1 win in a friendly at Hereford, after coming on for the final 35 minutes.


HUTH CANDIA Ronald Renato CD 
Born : Ascunsion, Paraguay 30 October 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
Tacuary (Par) - Liverpool (Aug 2007) - Tacuary (Jul 2009) - Vicenza (Ita) (loan Aug 2009) -
PAS Giannina (loan Jul 2011) - Luqueno (Par) (loan Jan 2012) -
Olimpia (loan Jul 2013) - Blooming (Bol) (Jul 2015) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Jul 2016) -
Bath City (trial 12 Aug 2016) - Nacional (Par) (Jan 2017) - Atletico Sarmiento Resistencia (Arg) (Jul 2017) -
CA Boca Unidos (Arg) (Aug 2019)

A free agent for the previous six months, Ronald appeared for Town in the first half of their opening pre-season friendly at Supermarine. One cap for Paraguay.


HYDE Jake Matthew F 
Born : Maidenhead, Berks. 1 July 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Wycombe Wanderers (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (scs 14 Oct 2006 pro 22 Feb 2008) -
Weymouth (loan Feb 2008 & Mar 2009) - Barnet (Jul 2009) - Hayes and Yeading United (Oct 2010) -
Lochee United (Mar 2011) - Dundee (trial Mar 2011) - Dunfermline Athletic (nc Mar 2011) -
Dundee (Jun 2011) - Barnet (Jul 2012) - York City (Jun 2014) - Stevenage (Jul 2016) -
Maidenhead United (Feb 2017) - Woking (Jul 2018) - FC Halifax Town (Aug 2020)

Jake earned a 16-month pro contract on completion of his scholarship but failed to make the breakthrough to the League side. He was top scorer for Barnet in 2012/13 and scored the last ever goal at Underhill in the April. Jake also bagged the goal for the Cards that knocked Town out of the F.A.Cup in December 2018.