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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

M'BOLHI OUAHAB Rais Cobos Adrien G 
Born : Paris 25 November 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
Racing Paris (Fr) (sb ) - Olympique Marseille - Heart of Midlothian (Jan 2006) -
Ethnikos Pireaus (Gr) (Jul 2006) - Panetolikos (Jan 2007) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Aug 2007) -
Ryukyu (Jap) (Jul 2008) - Slavia Sofia (Bul) (May 2009) - Manchester United (trial May 2010) -
West Ham United (trial Jul 2010) - CSKA Sofia (Bul) (loan Aug 2010) -
Krylla Sovetov Samara (Rus) (Dec 2010) - CSKA Sofia (Bul) (loan Aug 2011) -
Gazalec Ajaccio (Fr) (loan Jan 2013) - CSKA Sofia (Bul) (Aug 2013) -
Philadelphia Union (US) (Jul 2014) - Antalyaspor (Tur) (Aug 2015) - Stade Rennais (Fr) (Jan 2017) -
Al-Ettifaq (S Ar) (Jan 2018)

Rais was one of four trialists to start the pre-season friendly at Hampton and Richmond. Since then the keeper has gained over fifty caps for Algeria.


MACARI Mike (Michael) F 
Born : Kilwinning, Ayrshire 4 February 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Croft YC - SWINDON TOWN (sb 1988 trn 17 Mar 1989) - West Ham United (trn 10 Aug 1989) -
Stoke City (Jul 1991)

The oldest of Lou Macari's three sons, Mike made his debut for Town's reserve side at Tottenham in October 1988, aged 15. But before his career could progress at the County Ground, he followed his father to Upton Park.


MAHER Niall Callum James Peter D 
Born : Manchester 31 July 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
Bolton Wanderers (Jul 2013) - Blackpool (loan Jan 2015) - Bury (Jul 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 17 Jul 2017) -
Galway United (Aug 2017) - Telford United (Feb 2018) - FC Halifax Town (Mar 2018)

Niall played at right-back for the second half of Town's pre-season fixture at Salisbury.


MAIN Jon Daniel F 
Born : Greenwich 7 March 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
VCD Athletic - Cray Wanderers - Tonbridge Angels (Jan 2006) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (trial ) -
Milton Keynes Dons (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Apr 2007) -
AFC Wimbledon (Nov 2007) - Dartford (loan Jan 2011) - Dover Athletic (loan Mar 2011) -
Tonbridge Angels (Jul 2011) - Welling United (May 2012) - Thamesmead Town (cs 2013) -
Erith & Belvedere (Jan 2014) - Ramsgate (Mar 2014)

The Tonbridge striker played for Town in a Combination game against Exeter, impressing enough to be invited back in the close season. But Jon turned down the offer, instead signing a contract extension with the Angels.


MAKSIMENKO Vitalijs D 
Born : Riga, Latvia 8 December 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Skonto Riga (Lat) (sb ) - Daugava Riga (2008) - CSKA Moscow (Rus) (loan Aug 2009) -
Skonto Riga (Lat) (Jan 2010) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Jan 2013) - Yeovil Town (loan Mar 2013) -
Kilmarnock (loan Jan 2014) - VVV Venlo (Hol) (loan Sep 2014) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 11 Jul 2015) - Liepaja (Lat) (Jul 2015) -
SV Mattersburg (Aut) (Aug 2015) - Termalica Nieciecza (Pol) (Jul 2017) - NK Olimpija (Slo) (Jul 2018)

Came on as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Everton. Over 20 caps for Latvia.


MAPSON Johnny (John) G 
Born : Birkenhead, Ches. 2 May 1917 Died : Sunderland 19 August 1999, aged 82
PLAYING CAREER
Westrop Rovers - Highworth Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 20 Dec 1934) -
Reading (Dec 1934) - Guildford City (loan Jan 1936) - Sunderland (Mar 1936) -
SWINDON TOWN (guest 13 Oct 1939) - Reading (guest 20 Oct 1939)

Johnny played against Chippenham on Christmas Day 1934 but was allowed to move to Reading before the year was out. He went on to make nearly 400 appearances for Sunderland ! Johnny came back to make one more appearance for Town in a friendly against Cardiff before again assisting Reading for most of the second War.


MARTIN Frank F 
Born : Birmingham 27 June 1887  
PLAYING CAREER
Veritys Athletic - SWINDON TOWN (am 2 Feb 1906) - Dudley (Apr 1908) -
Aston Villa (am May 1908) - Hastings & St Leonards United (Nov 1908) -
Reading (May 1909) - Ton Pentre (Sep 1910) - Llanelly (Aug 1912)

Frank had an outstanding scoring record for the reserves during his two-year stay at the County Ground - 20 goals in only 45 appearances - earning him a chance to impress back in his home city, at Villa Park.


MASCIA Enzo (Vincenzo) WF 
Born : Italy 4 February 1950  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 13 Jul 1965 pro 10 May 1967) - Bristol Rovers ( 13 Jun 1969) -
Clanfield (cs 1970) - Trowbridge Town - Calne Town (cs 1972)

A former schoolboy sprinter, Enzo was a regular on the right wing in the Combination side after turning pro at 17. After making around 70 appearances he was released in May 1969. Despite not making a first team appearance, Enzo made the front cover of the Town programme in January 2003. In a case of 'mistaken identity' he was shown as one of four of the club's top goalscorers instead of Don Rogers !


MATERAZZI Simone D 
Born : Bari, Italy 15 June 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
Vigevano (Ita) (Jan 2011) - Isola Liri (cs 2011) - Zagarolo ( Dec 2011) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Jul 2012) - Rapperswi-Jona (Swi) (Jul 2012) -
SC Zofingen (loan Feb 2014) - Freienbach (Jul 2015) - Seefeld ZH (Jan 2016) -
Lachen Altendorf (Feb 2017)

Recommended to Paolo Di Canio by his former Lazio teammate Paolo Negro, Simone was one of ten Town substitutes appearing for the second half of their pre-season opener in Verona. But just four minutes in he conceded a penalty and was replaced midway through the half by Chris Smith.


MAY Rory Joseph F 
Born : Solihull, Warks. 25 November 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City ( ) - Tamworth (loan Feb 2003) - Lincoln City (Aug 2003) -
Halifax Town (loan Mar 2004) - Tamworth (Jun 2004) - Moor Green (loan Sep 2004) -
Redditch United (Nov 2004) - Sutton Coldfield Town (Jul 2005) - Stourport Swifts (Nov 2005) -
Redditch United (Jan 2006) - Solihull Borough (Jul 2006) - Brackley Town (Feb 2007) -
Solihull Borough (Mar 2007) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Aug 2007) -
Stratford Town (Aug 2007) - Hednesford Town (Jan 2008) - Worcester City (loan Mar 2008) -
Willienhall Town (Jul 2008) - Rushall Olympic (Jul 2009)

A 6'5" front man, Rory appeared in the pre-season friendly at Hampton and Richmond.


MCEVOY Ken (Kenneth) M 
Born : Waterford 4 September 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Jul 2013) - Peterborough United (loan Jul 2014) - Colchester United (loan Jan 2015) -
Stevenage (loan Sep 2015) - York City (Nov 2015) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jul 2016) -
South Normanton Athletic (Oct 2016) - Waterford United (Jan 2017)

Came on for the second period in Town's pre-season defeat at Woking.


MCSTAY Henry Matthew Patrick D 
Born : Armagh 6 March 1985  
PLAYING CAREER
Leeds United (Mar 2002) - Halifax Town (Sep 2004) - York City (trial Jul 2005) -
Finn Harps (trial Jul 2005) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Jul 2005) -
Portadown (Aug 2005) - St Mirren (trial Jul 2007) - Royal Antwerpen (Bel) (Jul 2007) -
Morecambe (Jan 2008) - Portadown (Jun 2010) - Bradford Park Avenue (Feb 2011)

Henry lined up for Town at Sherborne but did not impress enough to be offered another chance and was soon on his way back to Ulster.


MERRIMAN Terry (Terence) R D 
Born : Oxford 10 July 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City (7 Jul 1986) - SWINDON TOWN (1 Jul 1987) - Wimbledon (10 Oct 1988) -
Cambridge United (nc Aug 1989) - Windsor and Eton (Nov 1989) - Witney Town (Sep 1992)

After netting in Town's opening pre-season game at Melksham, Terry went on to make 27 Combination appearances.


MIDDLETON Lee John M 
Born : Nuneaton, Warks. 11 September 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City (May 1989) - SWINDON TOWN (20 Jul 1992) - Corby Town (cs 1994) -
Cambridge United (nc Nov 1995) - Atherstone United - Bedworth United (cs 2002) -
Coalville Town (cs 2003)

Lee made fifty appearances in Town's reserve side and was allocated squad number 24 for the Premiership season. His twin brother Craig, who was at Coventry with Lee, went on to make over 250 League appearances.


MILLS Norman H WH / IF 
Born : Purton, Wilts. Q2 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 19 May 1945) - Purton (cs 1947) - Bath City (Jan 1948) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1950) - Headington United (cs 1952) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1954)

One of the first players to sign for Town after the last War, Norman scored in the first Southern League fixture at Yeovil.


MITCHELL Adam Thomas CD 
Born : Vrgorac, Croatia 1 June 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Wanderers (NZ) (cs 2013) - WaiBOP United (cs 2015) - Red Star Belgrade (Ser) (cs 2016) -
OFK Beograd (loan Aug 2016) - NK Selje (Slo) (Feb 2017) - Bolton Wanderers (Nov 2017) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Oct 2018)

Adam played in the first of two behind closed doors friendlies with Oxford. He made his full appearance for New Zealand in March 2018.


MOLYNEAUX Lee Alexander D 
Born : Portsmouth 16 January 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Portsmouth (Dec 2001) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Jan 2003) - Weymouth -
Derry City - Selsey (Feb 2004) - Weymouth - Oxford United (Jul 2004) - Basingstoke Town (Nov 2005) -
Cirencester Town - Forest Green Rovers (Jul 2008) - Clevedon Town (Jan 2009) -
Evesham United - Gloucester City (Jan 2010) - Blackfield & Langley (p/co Jun 2010) -
Gosport Borough (cs 2011) - Havant and Waterlooville (Jun 2015)

Lee was one of three trialists who played in a 4-1 Combination win at Southend.


MOONIARUCK Kalam Yusuf M 
Born : Yeovil 22 November 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Norwich City (sb ) - Manchester United (sb Mar 1999) - Rotherham United (trial Jan 2003) -
Queens Park Rangers (trial Jan 2003) - Grimsby Town (trial Feb 2003) -
Wycombe Wanderers (trial Mar 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Mar 2003) -
Sheffield Wednesday (trial Apr 2003) - Leyton Orient (trial Jul 2003) -
Braintree Town (Aug 2003) - Cambridge City (trial Jan 2004) - Bishops Stortford Swifts (cs 2004) -
Cambridge City (Aug 2006) - Thurrock (Jan 2007) - Saffron Walden Town (Mar 2007) -
Tiptree United (Jan 2008)

Kalam gained an England under-20 cap while at Old Trafford, but struggled to find a club when released. His two reserve outings for Town ended in 0-5 and 0-6 defeats.


MORAH Ollie (Olisa) Henry F 
Born : Islington, London 3 September 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Jul 1991) - Hereford United (loan Nov 1991) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Aug 1992 perm 13 Nov 1992) -
Sutton United (cs 1993) - Woking - Cambridge United (Jun 1994) - Torquay United (loan Mar 1995) -
Welling United

Ollie netted four goals in the opening 11 Combination games, including a brace in a 3-3 draw at Palace. But after signing a contract, he appeared on only three more occasions.


MORRIS Kevin WH 
Born : Oldham 5 October 1939 Died : Swindon 11 October 1994, aged 55
PLAYING CAREER
Bury (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (am 16 May 1957 pro 4 Aug 1958) -
Trowbridge Town (cs 1961) - Pinehurst Y C (cs 1962)

Signed by Bert Head at 17, Kevin was promoted from Town's 'A' team to the reserves in October 1958 making thirty appearances. A regular penalty taker, three of his four goals came from the spot. After his playing days ended, Kevin returned to the County Ground as a member of Harry Cousins' backroom team - then took charge of the third team before eventually becoming club physio - easily recognisable by his snow white hair.


MULLINGS Shamir Stephen F 
Born : Enfield, London 30 October 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Southend United (Jul 2012) - Thurrock (loan Aug 2012) - Witham Town (loan Nov 2012) -
Tilbury (loan Feb 2013) - Harlow Town (loan Mar 2013) - Bromley (cs 2013) -
Thamesmead Town (loan Dec 2013) - Havant Town (cs 2014) - Staines Town (loan Aug 2015) -
Chelmsford City (cs 2016) - Forest Green Rovers (Nov 2016) - Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan Feb 2017) -
Macclesfield Town (loan Nov 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Jul 2018) -
Maidstone United (10 Jul 2018) - Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Sep 2018) -
Macclesfield Town (Jan 2019)

The 6'5" striker scored in the opening pre-season friendly at Cirencester but was not retained after a second appearance at Melksham. Within days he had returned to Kent to sign for the Stones.


MUNDEE Denny (Dennis) William John M 
Born : Swindon 10 October 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
Queens Park Rangers (app Apr 1985) - SWINDON TOWN (21 Aug 1986) -
Salisbury City (loan Nov 1986) - AFC Bournemouth (29 Mar 1988) - Weymouth (loan Sep 1988) -
Yeovil Town (loan Nov 1988) - Torquay United (loan Sep 1989) -
Brentford (Aug 1993) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Oct 1995) - Dorchester Town (Dec 1997) -
Salisbury City - Swindon Supermarine - Bath City (Feb 1998) - Clevedon Town (Mar 1998) -
Newport IOW (May 1998)

A former St Josephs and Swindon schoolboy, Denny made 25 reserve appearances in 1986/87. He went on to make over 250 League appearances elsewhere and was second top scorer for the Bees in 1993/94.


MUNDY Chris (Christopher) Charles M 
Born : Marlborough 23 May 1954 Died : Great Ryburgh, Norfolk 30 September 2008, aged 54
PLAYING CAREER
Hungerford Town - SWINDON TOWN (sb 31 Oct 1968 app 24 Jul 1969)

Signed at 14, Chris failed to show his early potential and had made just a couple of Combination appearances before being released in May 1972.


MURPHY Danny (Daniel) Thomas FB 
Born : Bermondsey, London 4 December 1982  
PLAYING CAREER
Fisher Athletic (sb ) - West Ham United (sb 1994) - Queens Park Rangers (Dec 1999) -
Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan Sep 2001) - Wycombe Wanderers (trial Apr 2003) -
SWINDON TOWN (8 Jul 2003) - Harrow Borough (Aug 2003) - Margate (Nov 2003) -
Cork City (Mar 2004) - Motherwell (Jan 2007) - Dunfermline Athletic (loan Nov 2007) -
Cork City (Feb 2008) - Shamrock Rovers (Feb 2010) - Cork City (Dec 2010 to Mar 2014) -
Leatherhead (Dec 2016) - Blarney United (plyr-mgr )

Danny signed a monthly contract - but after a fortnight, during which he appeared in three pre-season friendlies, he was released.


MURRAY Darren F 
Born : Belfast 24 October 1991  
PLAYING CAREER
Newington YC - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Jul 2010) - Newry City (Aug 2010) -
Donegal Celtic (Jul 2011) - Portadown (Jul 2012) - Cliftonville (Jan 2016) -
Crumlin Star (Sep 2016) - Warrenpoint (Jul 2017) - Crusaders (Feb 2018) - Portadown (Jul 2018) -
Glentoran ( Jan 2019)

Known as 'Duzzle', Darren played forty minutes football for Town - spread across two pre-season friendlies, at Supermarine and Cirencester.


MUSSON Gareth F 
Born : Australia 12 March 1987  
PLAYING CAREER
Ipswich Town (sb 2000) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (trn Jul 2004) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Jul 2005) -
Brisbane Strikers (Aus) (Feb 2006) - Dorchester Town (Sep 2006) - Mitchelton (Aus) (Apr 2007) -
Queensland Roar (trial 2007) - Brisbane Strikers (Jan 2008) - Sunshine Coast Fire (Jan 2011)

Recently released by Wolves, 18 year-old Gareth featured in Town's pre-season friendly at Cirencester.