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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

LACY Lewis Anthony CD 
Born : Manchester 22 October 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
FC United of Manchester (Jul 2013 to Aug 2015) - Chadderton - Radcliffe - SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Jan 2019)

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


LAIDLAW Jamie Daniel F 
Born : Doncaster 22 July 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1993) - Yeovil Town (Mar 1996) - Bashley (Feb 1997) -
Farnborough Town (Nov 1997) - Bashley - Newport IOW - Chichester City United (cs 2000) -
Bognor Regis Town (Mar 2002) - Chichester City United (Jul 2003) - Winchester City (Apr 2004) -
Gosport Borough (cs 2005)

The son of Joe - who netted over 100 League goals during his career - Jamie found them hard to come by at Combination level, netting just a handful in thirty games.


LAMB Paul David M 
Born : Plumstead, London 12 September 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Northampton Town (trn 1991) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 16 Jul 1993) -
Dunstable Town (cs 1993) - Buckingham Town (cs 1994) - Bedworth United (cs 1996) -
Buckingham Town ( ) - Wealdstone (cs 1997) - Boreham Wood (Dec 2001) -
Hemel Hempstead Town (Jul 2002) - Brackley Town (cs 2003) - Aylesbury United (Jun 2004) -
Banbury United (Jul 2005) - Woodford United (cs 2007) - Bedworth United (cs 2008) -
Daventry Town (cs 2009)

Having just been released by the Cobblers, Paul played in the second half of Town's opening pre-season friendly at Supermarine.


LAMBIN Khalil Moustapha F 
Born : Abidjan, Ivory Coast 3 August 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
JMG Academy Chonburi (Th) - Al-Ahed (Leb) (Aug 2011) - Ergotelis (Gr) (Aug 2012) - Sheffield Wednesday (Aug 2013) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Jul 2014) - Maccabi Yavne (Isr) (Aug 2014) -
Patro Eisden (Bel) (Sep 2015) - Shkupi (Mac) (Aug 2016) - Fribourg (Swi) (Jan 2017) -
Stade Nyonnais (Jul 2017) - Bavois (Jan 2018)

Khalil featured in the two pre-season friendlies at Yate and Supermarine, playing in 45 minutes of each and scoring the third Town goal in the second.


LANGO Pete (Peter) Hugh Alexander D / M 
Born : Swindon 28 October 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 25 Jan 1984 pro 8 Jan 1987) - Hungerford Town (cs 1991) -
Wollen Sports - Cirencester Town - Swindon Supermarine (cs 1994) - Highworth Town -
Greyhoound

Pete was set to sign a pro contract in November 1986 when he was ruled out for two months with glandular fever. He then suffered a bad ankle injury which prevented him from playing for four years.


LAVETY Barry Jamieson F 
Born : Paisley 21 August 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Gleniffer Thistle BC - St Mirren (Aug 1991) - Hibernian (Aug 1996) - St Mirren (loan Oct 1999) -
Team Bath (Jan 2001) - Des Moines Menace (US) (May 2001) - KR Reykjavik (Ic) (trial Jul 2001) -
Partick Thistle (trial Aug 2001) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Aug 2001) -
Clydebank (Sep 2001) - Pollok (Jan 2003) - Team Bath - St Mirren ( Jul 2003) -
Neilston (Jul 2004)

Barry - who had gained nine caps for Scotland under-21s - was a substitute in the Combination game that Christian Lee found the target (q.v. below).


LEA Mark Justin FB 
Born : Swindon 21 June 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 17 Sep 1986 trn 18 Jul 1988)

Mark made 17 appearances for the Combination side but was released on completion of his period as a trainee at the end of 1989/90.


LEAMON Fred (Frederick) William F 
Born : Jersey 11 May 1919 Died : London 27 August 1981, aged 62
PLAYING CAREER
Bath City (Dec 1943) - Newport County (Feb 1946) - SWINDON TOWN (guest 2 May 1946) -
Bristol Rovers (Nov 1946) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Jul 1949) - Chippenham Town (Aug 1950) -
Street (Jul 1951)

Fred turned out for Town - and scored - in the benefit match for the family of pre-War star Alan Fowler. Fred later worked as a security guard for the BBC and while in that capacity suffered a heart attack at St Pauls Cathedral during the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. He died a month later in St Bart's Hospital. (pic courtesy Mike Jay)


LEE Christian Earl F 
Born : Aylesbury, Bucks. 8 October 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Doncaster Rovers (Aug 1994) - Northampton Town (Jul 1995) - Gillingham (Aug 1999) -
Rochdale (loan Oct 2000) - Leyton Orient (loan Mar 2001) - Bristol Rovers (Mar 2001) -
Colchester United (trial cs 2001) - Peterborough United (trial cs 2001) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Aug 2001) - Carlisle United (trial cs Aug 2001) -
Farnborough Town (Sep 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (loan Sep 2001) - Eastwood Town (Nov 2001) -
Farnborough Town (Jan 2002) - Halifax Town (May 2003)

Christian played in Town's opening Combination fixture, scoring in a 1-3 home defeat by Wycombe.


LEE Sheldon B M 
Born : India 2 February 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 11 Jul 1984)

Normally utilised as a wide left player, Sheldon's apprenticeship was cancelled when his family emigrated to Los Angeles in December 1985.


LEGG Harry (Henry) George W. FB 
Born : Swindon 6 August 1910 Died : Luton January 1986, aged 75
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN ( 4 Jun 1928) - Crystal Palace (3 Aug 1929) -
Dartford (cs 1931) - Bath City (cs 1932)

Right-back Harry was unable to force his way into the Town side - kept out by Wally Dickinson who was 15 years his senior ! Harry moved to south London in search of first team football, but had to wait 15 months for his big chance - at local rivals QPR. Palace lost 0-4 and he was not given another. By the outbreak of War, Harry had moved to Luton where he worked as a motor mechanic.


LEIGH-GILCHRIST Lewis Gordon M 
Born : Bristol 23 February 1999  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol Rovers (Jul 2017) - Yate Town (loan Aug 2017) - Dorchester Town (loan Feb 2018) -
Hungerford Town (loan Mar 2018) - Truro City (loan Nov 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2019) - Hungerford Town (trial 15 Jul 2019) -
Bristol Manor Farm (Sep 2019)


LÉONI Stéphane D 
Born : St Mihiel, France 5 March 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Metz (Fr) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Sep 1997) - Bristol Rovers (Aug 1998) -
Oxford United (trial Sep 1999) - Dundee United (Jun 2000) - Leyton Orient (trial Jul 2001) -
Chesterfield (trial Aug 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (trial Aug 2001) -
Oldham Athletic (trial Sep 2001) - CS Sedan-Ardennes (Fr) (Jan 2002) -
AS Beauvais Oise (Jun 2002) - Stade Brestois 29 (trial 2003) - Sp Vgg Greuter Fürth (Ger) (Feb 2004) -
Rouen (Fr) (Jul 2004) - Racing Club de Strasbourg (Oct 2005) - Sete 34 (Dec 2005) -
Metz (Jun 2006) - AC Ajaccio (trial Dec 2008) - AS Cannes (May 2009) -
Differdange (Lux) (Aug 2010) - SC Amiens (Fr) (Sep 2012) - SCO Amneville (cs 2014)

Given a one-match trial at right-back in a Combination fixture against Charlton.


LEWIS Lance Warren F 
Born : Gloucester 23 October 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 4 Jul 2003) - Swindon Supermarine (loan Mar 2005) -
Gloucester City (cs 2005) - Swindon Supermarine ( Oct 2005) -
Highworth Town (trial Aug 2006) - Cirencester Town (trial Jul 2007)

Lance found the target in all of the first five rounds of the Youth Cup in 2003/04 before Town lost out to Crewe in the quarter-final. But he struggled to find his form after leaving the County Ground and announced that he was leaving the game in November 2006. He was given another chance by Ciren boss - former Town player Adi Viveash - in the following summer.


LEWIS Lyn (Lyndon) FB 
Born : Cardiff 26 May 1922 Died : Swindon 15 January 1992, aged 69
PLAYING CAREER
GWR Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (am 1947 pro 7 Aug 1950)

A Welsh born left-back, Lyndon was a regular in the Colts side but had made just a dozen reserve appearances spread over three seasons when he was given a part-time pro contact at the age of 28. He combined his football with the job of coach builder at the Great Western Railway carriage works. Released in May 1951.


LINCOLN Dan (Daniel) John G 
Born : Surrey 26 May 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (Jul 2013) - Metropolitan Police (loan Aug 2013) - Harrow Borough (loan Sep 2013) -
Farnborough Town (loan Dec 2013) - Nuneaton Borough (loan Mar 2015) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Jul 2015) - Hayes and Yeading United (Aug 2015) -
Basingstoke Town (Jan 2016) - Bognor Regis Town (cs 2016) - Braintree Town (nc Oct 2016) -
Arsenal (trial Nov 2016) - Hampton & Richmond Borough (Sep 2019)

Just released by Reading, Dan played in the opening hour of the pre-season calendar - in a 2-1 defeat at Supermarine.


LLOYD Robert Clive IF 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 4 September 1945  
PLAYING CAREER
Norwich City (Sep 1962) - Cardiff City (Aug 1964) - SWINDON TOWN (23 Aug 1965) -
Portmadoc ( Jan 1966) - Merthyr Tydfil (cs 1967) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1968) -
Hereford United (cs 1969) - Merthyr Tydfil

Clive had made three senior appearances while at Ninian Park, but made only seven reserve appearances during a brief spell at the County Ground.


LLOYD David IF 
Born : Gateshead 1 June 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
Sunderland (am ) - Sheffield United (Sep 1949) - York City (Feb 1951) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Aug 1951)

David netted three times in eight Combination games, but was not offered a contract by the board. His trial was terminated on 26 September.


LLOYD John David FB 
Born : Hitchin, Herts. 10 December 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 1 Jun 1960 pro 8 Jan 1962) - Oxford United (10 Oct 1964) -
Aldershot (Feb 1969) - Margate (Jul 1970) - Ramsgate (cs 1971)

John missed most of the 1962/63 season due to injury, but was a regular at left-back in the Combination side in the following season. He made more than 70 League appearances after moving to the Manor Ground.


LLOYD Paul Anthony G 
Born : Paddington, London 10 August 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Penhill - SWINDON TOWN (am Jan 1966) - Trowbridge Town - Devizes Town

Paul was originally signed as youth team goalkeeper, but the club then realised he was too old ! He managed just a single appearance in Town's reserve side, when he was unfortunately on the end of a 7-1 defeat to a Peterborough side that included seven first team players who were involved in a pay dispute. Later in his career, as a manager, Paul took Devizes to the quarter-finals of the F A Vase.


LOCKEY Thomas Frank (Francis) WF/FB 
Born : Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire 21 July 1933 Died : Norwich 24 August 2017, aged 84
PLAYING CAREER
Duntocher Hibs - Liverpool (Aug 1956) - SWINDON TOWN (14 Mar 1958) -
Kings Lynn (6 Jul 1959) - Boston United (cs 1961) - Rugby Town (trial Aug 1963)

On arriving from Anfield Frank went straight into Town's Combination side at left-wing. But after failing to get a first team chance, he put in for a transfer and he was released at the end of April 1959.


LOFT Doug (Douglas) James M 
Born : Maidstone, Kent 25 December 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
Hastings United (cs 2004) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Jan 2006) - Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Feb 2009) -
Port Vale (Jun 2009) - Gillingham (Jun 2014) - Colchester United (Jul 2016) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Jul 2018) - Shrewsbury Town (21 Jul 2018) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Jan 2019) - Billericay Town (Jul 2019) - Margate (Jun 2021) -
Tonbridge Angels (Jun 2021)

Doug played for the second 45 minutes of Town's pre-season visit to Melksham but was not selected to travel with the squad to Spain and quickly linked up with the Shrews.


LYMER Steve (Steven) J G 
Born : Oxford Jan-Mar 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Jul 1976) - Witney Town (Jan 1979)

Steve made his Combination debut in March 1977, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Arsenal. But he appeared in only 15 more games at that level, the last coming in November 1978.


LYON Darren Patrick M 
Born : Glasgow 8 June 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
Bishopbriggs Academy - Glasgow Rangers (scs Jul 2010) - Hamilton Academical (Jul 2012) -
Peterborough United (Aug 2018) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Jul 2019)

Played in each of the two opening pre-season friendlies and earned a place on the plane to La Manga, but Town did not pursue interest in him on their return.