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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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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

O'DRISCOLL Paul Michael D 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (trn Jul 1987) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Apr 1989 pro 27 Jul ) -
Wycombe Wanderers - Salisbury - Wollen Sports - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1993) -
Swindon Supermarine

A left-sided defender, Paul arrived from the Saints on a three-month trial before signing a monthly contract. This was not renewed on 5 February 1990. His younger brother Mark also signed for Town.


O'KELLY Aidan Finlay M 
Born : Devon 13 August 1997  
PLAYING CAREER
Aldershot Town (cs 2017) - Carmarthen Town (Jan 2018) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Mar 2019)

Given a trial in a 'behind closed doors' friendly at Brentford, Aidan impressed sufficiently to last the ninety minutes there - but no longer !


O'SULLIVAN Wayne Patrick M 
Born : Brent, London 12 December 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 2001) - Plymouth Argyle (cs 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Mar 2003) -
Exeter City (Jul 2004) - Newport County (cs Jan 2005) - Hendon (cs Jan 2006) -
Stevenage Borough (Jan 2008) - Braintree Town (Jun 2008) - Hendon (cs Jan 2009) -
Arlesley Town (Feb 2010) - Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2010) - Bedfont Town -
Northwood (cs 2011) - Bedfont Town (Oct 2011) - Northwood (Mar 2012) -
Aylesbury FC (cs 2012) - Wingate and Finchley (Jan 2013) - Beaconsfield SYCOB (Aug 2013)

The 'other' Wayne O'Sullivan had little chance to impress - going on trial for Town's reserves at Colchester in what turned out to be a 0-5 reverse.


O'TOOLE Christopher Pat (Patrick) M 
Born : Dublin 2 January 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Shamrock Rovers (cs 1983) - Drogheda United (cs 1985) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 16 May 1986) -
Galway United (cs 1986) - Shelbourne (cs 1988) - Leicester City (Jan 1990) -
Exeter City (loan Dec 1990) - Shrewsbury Town (Mar 1991) - Torquay United (nc Aug 1993) -
Bridgnorth Town (Sep 1993) - Cobh Rangers (Nov 1993) - Shamrock Rovers (Jan 1994) -
Halifax Town (Mar 1994) - Stafford Rangers (Jul 1994) - Welshpool Town (cs 1996) -
Bray Wanderers (cs 1997) - Crusaders (cs 1998) - Newry Town (cs 1999)

The 21 year old Dubliner was invited by Lou Macari to play against Longford in the second game of Town's Irish tour.


OAKEY Graham FB 
Born : Droitwich, Worcs. 5 October 1954  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City (Oct 1972) - Washington Diplomats (US) (loan cs 1977) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 30 Dec 1979) -
Worcester City (Aug 1980) - Stourport Swifts (Dec 1980)

Graham was signed as cover at left-back for the injured Andy Ford, but a postal strike delayed his registration and then bad weather put paid to his first team debut !


OAKLEY Aaron James CD 
Born : Swindon 4 October 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (sb 2003 pro 1 Jul 2013) -
Chippenham Town (loan 20 Dec 2013 ) - Frome Town ( 21 Aug 2014) -
Swindon Supermarine (Dec 2014) - Royal Wootton Bassett Town (loan ) -
Wantage Town (Mar 2016) - Ytterhogdals IK (Swe) (Jan 2017)

The big Welsh under-21 defender secured a contract at the County Ground after ten years with the club. But the closest he came to first team action was seven appearances on the bench during 2012/13. Injury interrupted his progress as he twice suffered a stress fracture of a foot.


ODURO Akwasi Kwakye M 
Born : Cologne, Germany 8 February 1987  
PLAYING CAREER
Standard Liege (Bel) (Jul 2005) - KSK Beveren (Jul 2006) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 9 Jul 2008) -
Chesterfield (trial Jul 2008) - Radnicki Kragujevac (Ser) (Jul 2008) -
Bodo-Glimt (Nor) (Feb 2009) - Royal Cappellen (Bel) (Sep 2010) - KV Turnhout (Jul 2011) -
KFC Katelijne-Waver - KV Turnhout (Sep 2014) - KVK Beringen (cs 2015)

Akwasi went on Town's summer tour to Austria, featuring in all three games there. But there was no contract offer on his return to the UK.


OKERE Titus Davies Ugaan WF 
Born : Okpuala, Nigeria 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
ZAC Port Harcourt (Ng) - Railway FC Lagos - SWINDON TOWN (am 13 Dec 1952 pro 24 Jan 1953) -
Trowbridge Town (trial Jul 1953) - Chippenham United (Aug 1953)

Spotted in 1949, playing in a Nigerian side touring the UK, Titus was the first black player to sign a pro contract for the club. Sadly he struggled with the British winter (and wearing football boots !) and, apart from just two Combination games, his appearances were confined to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.


OLDHAM Max (Maxwell) M 
Born : Oakland, California 8 July 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
California Golden Bears (US) - San Jose Earthquakes (Jul 2014) - Poole Town (Jan 2015) -
Peacehaven and Telscombe (Sep 2015) - Lewes (Oct 2015) - Bishops Stortford (Nov 2015) -
OS (Nor) (Feb 2016) - Verwood Town - Corinthian-Casuals (cs 2016) - Merstham (loan Jul 2017) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Jul 2018)

Top scorer with 15 for the Casuals in the previous season, the American scored in Town's opening pre-season fixture at Cirencester.


ONSLOW Ken (Kenneth) WH 
Born : Swindon 23 August 1923 Died : Swindon 9 December 2000, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am Aug 1945) - Bath City (Oct 1947)

The oldest of three siblings, Ken could only muster a handful of reserve team appearances alongside brother Les. But Ken went on to play just short of 300 games for Bath before being forced to quit through injury.


ORAM Fred (Frederick) J IF 
Born : Battersea, London Apr-Jun 1935  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 17 Dec 1956) - Pewsey Vale (cs 1957)

Fred made just three reserve appearances in the same month he signed amateur forms, before moving on at the end of the season.


OSBORNE Peter Cyril M 
Born : Oxford 11 January 1966  
PLAYING CAREER
Plymouth Argyle (sb ) - Oxford United (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 6 Apr 1982) -
Oxford United - Witney Town - Clanfield

Peter played wide on either flank. Released midway through his second season as an apprentice - on 11 January 1984, he played 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly at Forest Green in the August. This prompted the offer of a further trial which Peter declined.


OSMAN Abdul Haq Bin Seidu M 
Born : Accra, Ghana 27 February 1987  
PLAYING CAREER
Hampton & Richmond Borough - Watford (scs 2003) - Maidenhead United (cs 2005) -
Gretna (Jul 2007) - Northampton Town (Jul 2008) - PAE Kerkyra (Gr) (Jul 2011) -
Crewe Alexandra (Jul 2012) - Partick Thistle (Jul 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Jul 2018)

Abdul appeared for 45 minutes in each of Town's opening two friendlies of the season, at Cirencester and Melksham.


OULDRIDGE Tommy (Thomas) Neil M 
Born : Swindon 26 November 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 23 Aug 2010 pro 22 Sep 2017) - Chippenham Town (loan 25 Sep 2017) -
Cirencester Town (loan 17 Nov 2017 perm 28 Jan 2018) - Hungerford Town (cs 2018) -
Cirencester Town (Jul 2019)

After joining the club at 11, Tommy was offered a pro contract on completion of his scholarship. But a delay in accepting terms resulted in incoming manager David Flitcroft not giving Tommy a squad number.