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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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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

PACKER Hubert Frederick WF 
Born : Swindon 12 February 1921 Died : Swindon June 2001, aged 80
PLAYING CAREER
GWR Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (6 Apr 1938) - Cheltenham Town ( Nov 1939) -
GWR Corinthians (cs 1946) - Pinehurst YC (Oct 1948)

A winger in the last complete pre-War season, Hubert was granted a free transfer in May 1939. Following the end of hostilities, he signed on again at Whaddon Road before returning to the 'Corries'.


PADFIELD Billy (William) Albert FB 
Born : Bedminster, Glos. 8 March 1885 Died : Bristol 28 December 1962, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
Paulton Rovers - Bristol City (Nov 1908) - SWINDON TOWN (1 Sep 1911) -
Treharris (21 Dec 1911) - Bath City ( Sep 1912)

Only with the club three months, Billy squeezed in 15 reserve appearances for the club. He later recommended Jack Johnson - then playing local football in Bristol - to Sam Allen.


PAOLETTI Christian G 
Born : Florence, Italy 12 December 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Empoli (Ita) (cs 2004) - AC Sansovino (cs 2005) - Bolzano (cs 2006) -
Cisco Roma (cs 2007) - ASD Nuovo Cassino (cs 2009) - Atletico Roma (cs 2010) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 4 Jul 2011) - Jolly & Montemurlo (Ita) (cs 2012) -
VF Colligiana (cs 2014) - Pietrasanta (cs Dec 2014) - Aglianese (cs 2015)

One of two Italian goalkeepers invited by Paolo Di Canio to join Town in Italy pre-season, Christian had played behind the new boss three years earlier. But he eventually lost out to Mattia Lanzano.


PARKER Josh (Joshua) Kevin Stanley F 
Born : Slough, Berks. 1 December 1990  
PLAYING CAREER
Queens Park Rangers (Jul 2009) - AFC Wimbledon (loan Jan 2010) - Northampton Town (loan Oct 2010) -
Wycombe Wanderers (loan Nov 2010) - Oldham Athletic (Aug 2011) - Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Mar 2012) -
Oxford United (Dec 2012) - NK Dom×ale (Slo) (Jun 2013) - Red Star Belgrade (Ser) (Jan 2015) -
Aberdeen (loan Aug 2015) - Wealdstone (13 Jan 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 23 Jan 2017) -
Gillingham (28 Jan 2017) - Charlton Athletic (31 Jan 2017) - Wycombe Wanderers (Aug 2019)

A striker with less than 20 League starts and no goals in five seasons, Josh assisted Town in a Central League fixture, netting in a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham. He had only joined Wealdstone a week earlier and four days after his Swindon outing he signed on at Priestfield !


PARKER William Kirton WF 
Born : Jarrow, Co.Durham 24 June 1899 Died : Hartlepool 9 April 1968, aged 68
PLAYING CAREER
Hebburn Colliery - Jarrow - South Shields (Jun 1923) - SWINDON TOWN (19 Jun 1924) -
Crawcrook Albion (Sep 1926)

Durham-born left-winger William was given a run of just nine games in the second tier before trying his luck in the south. He netted six goals in 24 reserve games for Town.


PARTRIDGE Dave (David) William D 
Born : Paddington, London 28 November 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (Jul 1997) - Dundee United (Mar 1999) - Leyton Orient (loan Jan 2002) -
Motherwell (Jul 2002) - Bristol City (Jul 2005) - Milton Keynes Dons (loan Jan 2006) -
Leyton Orient (loan Jul 2006) - Brentford (loan Jan 2007) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 23 Mar 2007) -
Brentford (Dec 2007) - St Patricks Athletic (Jan 2008) - Cambridge United (Jan 2010) -
Thurrock (cs 2011)

One of two defenders signed on transfer deadline day - the other being Claude Gnakpa - neither managed a League appearance for Town. Dave, on a one-month loan, returned to Ashton Gate early with a hamstring injury. A Welsh international.


PAVETT Jordan Lee F 
Born : Enfield, London 16 December 1991  
PLAYING CAREER
Ipswich Town (scs 2007) - Colchester United ( Jul 2009) - Chelmsford City (loan Feb 2010) -
Bishops Stortford (loan Apr 2010) - Histon (Jul 2010) - Redbridge (Oct 2010) -
SWINDON TOWN (31 Jan 2011) - Crewe Alexandra (trial 27 Sep 2011) -
Heybridge Swifts (loan 24 Dec 2011) - Cambridge United (trial 23 Jan 2012) -
Bishops Stortford (Feb 2012) - Histon (Jul 2012) - Maldon and Tiptree (Oct 2012) -
Needham Market (Dec 2012) - Thurrock (Feb 2013) - Canvey Island (Jul 2013) -
Heybridge Swifts (Dec 2013) - Witham Town - Halstead Town (Jan 2016)

A successful 'Win a Pro Contract' competitor, Jordan came closest to a first team outing when interim manager Paul Bodin gave him a seat on the bench for the final game of 2010/11.


PEPE CÚcÚ Franck CD 
Born : Clichy La Garenne, France 9 July 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Paris St Germain (Fr) - Marseille (Aug 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Jul 2017) -
Zirka Kropyvnytsky (Ukr) (Aug 2017)

Came on as a second-half substitute in the opening friendly at Supermarine, but was withdrawn after half an hour.


PERRY Vince (Vincent) I WF 
Born : Keynsham, Somerset Q2 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 3 Jul 1964 pro 21 Jun 1966) - Welton Rovers (cs 1967) -
Devizes Town

Predominantly a right-winger, Vince spent two seasons in Town's Combination squad - one either side of him signing a pro contract at the County Ground.


PETTERSON Andy (Andrew) Keith G 
Born : Fremantle, Australia 26 September 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
East Fremantle (Aus) - Luton Town (Dec 1988) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 30 Dec 1988 & 20 Oct 1989) -
Ipswich Town (loan Mar 1992 perm Mar 1993) - Charlton Athletic (Jul 1994) -
Bradford City (loan Dec 1994) - Ipswich Town (loan Sep 1995) -
Plymouth Argyle (loan Jan 1996) - Colchester United (loan Mar 1996) -
Portsmouth (loan Nov 1998 perm Jul 1999) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan Feb 2000) -
Torquay United (loan Mar 2001) - West Bromwich Albion (Mar 2002) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Aug 2002) -
AFC Bournemouth (Dec 2002) - Derry City (Apr 2003) - Rushton & Diamonds (nc Sep 2003) -
Southend United (Sep 2003) - Walsall (Jan 2004) - Notts County (Dec 2004) -
Farnborough Town (Mar 2005) - Newcastle United Jets (Aus) (Jul 2005) - ECU Joondalup (2006) -
Fremantle City Perth (Jan 2007)

When Nicky Hammond suffered two leg fractures in successive seasons, Aussie keeper Andy came to the County Ground on loan - and twice played against his parent club !


PILKINGTON Kevin William G 
Born : Macclesfield 8 March 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (Jul 1992) - Rochdale (loan Feb 1996) - Rotherham United (loan Jan 1997) -
Glasgow Celtic (loan Mar 1998) - Port Vale (Jul 1998) - Aberystwyth Town (Aug 2000) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 14 Aug 2000) - Macclesfield Town (trial Aug 2000) -
Wigan Athletic (31 Aug 2000) - Mansfield Town (Sep 2000) - Notts County (Jul 2005) -
Luton Town (loan Nov 2009 perm May 2010) - Notts County (Feb 2012)

Kevin played in Town's opening Combination fixture - a 0-1 defeat at Wycombe.


PLUMB Dick (Richard) Keith F 
Born : Swindon 24 September 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 16 May 1962 pro 28 Dec 1963) - Bristol Rovers (1 May 1965) -
Yeovil Town (Oct 1968) - Charlton Athletic (Sep 1970) - Exeter City (Aug 1972) -
Yeovil Town (Jan 1974) - Chard Town (Aug 1978) - Trowbridge Town

Dick forced his way into the reserve side towards the end of 1962/63 but was unable to impress boss Bert Head sufficiently to give him a try in the Second Division.


POLAND George WF 
Born : Penarth, Glam. 21 September 1913 Died : Penarth 6 October 1988, aged 75
PLAYING CAREER
Cogan - Penarth Mission - SWINDON TOWN (am 22 May 1934) - Cardiff City (am Nov 1935 pro Dec 1936) -
Wrexham (Jul 1938) - Liverpool (Jun 1939) - Cardiff City (guest Oct 1939) -
Brentford (guest Apr 1941) - Fulham (guest Aug 1941) - Brentford (guest Nov 1941) -
Crystal Palace (guest Sep 1942) - Leeds United (guest Sep 1943) -
Cardiff City (Aug 1946) - Lovells Athletic (Aug 1947) - Penarth Albion (Sep 1950)

George played on the left-wing for Town's first five reserve games of the season. But he failed to get a contract and returned to Wales, where he was later capped by his country - as a goalkeeper !


POPPITT Granville IF/FB 
Born : Reading 30 December 1903 Died : South Marston, Wilts. 23 April 1985, aged 81
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 26 Feb 1923 pro 15 Jun 1923) - Bath City (10 Aug 1927)

The son of Town's Jimmy (1902 to 1905), Granville was also a useful cricketer and bowls player.


POWELL Jack Patrick M 
Born : Canning Town, London 29 January 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (sb ) - Millwall (Jul 2013) - Concord Rangers (loan Nov 2013) -
Braintree Town (loan Nov 2015 & Mar 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Jul 2016) -
Ebbsfleet United (20 Jul 2016) - Maidstone United (Oct 2018)

Jack came on as a second half substitute in the opening pre-season friendly at Supermarine.


PRIET Nic (Nicolas) CD 
Born : Villeurbanne, France 31 January 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Olympique Marseille (Fr) - Grenoble Foot 38 (1998) - Olympique de Lyonnaise (1999) -
Leicester City (Jul 2003) - Doncaster Rovers (Jul 2004) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 11 Jul 2005) -
Rouen (Fr) (Aug 2005) - AS Saint-Priest (2007) - Sete 34 (2008) - AS Beauvais (Jun 2009) -
AS Beziers (Aug 2010) - Lyon-la-Duchere (2011) - Limonest (Jun 2014)

Nic started the first away pre-season game at Cirencester but it was not long before he was off home to France.


PROSSER Dennis Oliver 'Nat' WH 
Born : Hampstead, London 12 November 1947 Died : Tetbury 18 May 2014, aged 66
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 29 Dec 1962)

A member of the F.A.Youth Cup finalists side in 1964, Nat suffered a badly broken leg in a third team game at Clandown just nine months later, in January 1965. He never fully regained fitness and his contract was cancelled on 9 February 1966.