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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

REEVES David 'Ray' E WH 
Born : Swindon 22 December 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 29 Jun 1956 pro 7 Jul 1958) - Trowbridge Town (1 Jul 1960)

Ray was in the first batch of boys to be signed directly from school in the summer of 1956. A right-half, he made his reserve team debut at 15, in September 1956. But just half a dozen appearances followed after he had being given a pro contract by Bert Head.


REID Kyel Romane M 
Born : Deptford, London 26 November 1987  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (Dec 2004) - Barnsley (loan Nov 2006) - Crystal Palace (loan Mar 2008) -
Blackpool (loan Nov 2008) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan Jan 2009) -
Sheffield United (Jul 2009) - Charlton Athletic (Jan 2010) - Bradford City (Aug 2011) -
Preston North End (Jul 2014) - Bradford City (loan Oct 2015) - Coventry City (Jul 2016) -
Colchester United (loan Aug 2017) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jul 2018) -
Chesterfield (Aug 2018)

Kyel gained 40 England caps at under-17 to under-19 level. He played for Town in the second half of a behind closed doors friendly against Queens Park Rangers.


REILLY Derek Kevin Anthony D 
Born : Surrey 4 July 1960 Died : Swindon 19 June 2013, aged 52
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 28 Jan 1976 app 7 Jul 1976) - Swindon Supermarine

A two-footed defender, Derek made just over 40 Combination appearances but was released in the summer of 1978 after failing to gain a pro contract.


REINELT Robbie (Robert) Squire F 
Born : Loughton, Essex 11 March 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Charlton Athletic (sb Jul 1989) - Aldershot (trn cs 1990) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Apr 1992) -
Colchester United (trial ) - West Ham United (trial ) - Wivenhoe Town (cs 1992) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (trial Oct 1992) - Rovaniemen Palloseura (Fin) (trial Jan 1993) -
Gillingham (Mar 1993) - Colchester United (Mar 1995) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Feb 1997) -
Leyton Orient (Aug 1998) - Stevenage Borough (Sep 1998) - St Albans City (Jan 1999) -
Braintree Town (cs 1999) - Ford United (cs 2003) - Chatham Town (cs 2004)

When Aldershot folded in 1992 and dropped out of the Football League, Robbie was taken on trial by Town. Five years later, he made the headlines when his goal for Brighton at Hereford kept Albion in the League and sent the Bulls down.


RICHARDS Justin Donovan F 
Born : Sandwell, W Midlands 16 October 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
West Bromwich Albion (Jan 1999) - Bristol Rovers (Jan 2001) - Newport County (loan Jan 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 4 Mar 2002) - Colchester United (loan Oct 2002) -
Stevenage Borough (Dec 2002) - Woking (May 2004) - Peterborough United (Jun 2006) -
Grays Athletic (loan Oct 2006) - Boston United (loan Jan 2007) -
Kidderminster Harriers (Jun 2007) - Oxford United (loan Jan 2008) - Cheltenham Town (Jun 2009) -
Port Vale (Jun 2010) - Burton Albion (Jul 2011) - Oxford United (Jan 2013) -
Tamworth (Jun 2013) - Sutton Coldfield Town (Jul 2014) - Stourbridge (Sep 2015) -
Sutton Coldfield Town (Dec 2017)

Given a one-week trial at the County Ground, Justin played in a Combination Cup game against Cardiff.


RICHARDSON Dave (David) FB 
Born : Billingham, Co.Durham 11 March 1932 Died : Leicester 28 October 2008, aged 76
PLAYING CAREER
South Bank - Leicester City (Nov 1949) - Grimsby Town (Jun 1955) - SWINDON TOWN (9 Jun 1960) -
Barrow (7 Jul 1961) - Oadby Town (cs 1963) - Kettering Town - Oadby Town

Dave had made 175 League appearances while at Blundell Park, but the emergence of Town's teenage full-backs John Trollope and Terry Wollen prevented him from breaking his duck at the County Ground.


ROBINSON Karl Joseph CD 
Born : Liverpool 13 September 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Liverpool (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997) - Caernarfon Town (cs 1999) -
Marine (Feb 2000) - Bamber Bridge (Mar 2001) - Oswestry Town (cs 2001) -
Rhyl (Jan 2003) - Kidsgrove Athletic (Jul 2003) - Prescot Cables (Nov 2003) -
St Helens Town (cs 2005) - Alsager Town (Mar 2006) - Warrington Town (cs 2006)

The former Town trainee quit playing at 28 to concentrate on coaching and was appointed assistant to M K Dons manager Paul Ince in 2009.


ROCHESTER Kraig (Craig) Shane M 
Born : Wembley 3 November 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (sb 2000) - Reading (sb 2003) - Leicester City (scs 2004) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Aug 2007) - Dagenham & Redbridge (Sep 2007) -
Hayes and Yeading United (Sep 2009) - Ånge IF (Swe) (2010) - Gällavare and Malmbergets FF (2016) -
Torlanda IK (Mar 2018)

Kraig was a trialist in the final pre-season outing for Town - a 1-1 draw at Hampton and Richmond.


ROWE Zeke (Ezekiel) Bartholomew F 
Born : Stoke Newington, London 30 October 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (Jun 1992) - Woking (loan Dec 1992) - Barnet (loan Nov 1993) -
Bangor (loan Sep 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Mar 1996) -
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan 28 Mar 1996) - Peterborough United (Jul 1996) -
Kettering Town (loan 1997) - Doncaster Rovers (loan Feb 1998) -
Welling United (Mar 1999) - Kings Lynn (Mar 2001) - Hinckley United (cs 2002)

The Chelsea striker made two Combination appearances in three days for Town, scoring in a 1-1 draw with West Ham. The day after his second game, he agreed a loan move to the Goldstone !


ROWLEY Kyle D 
Born : Stourbridge 4 May 1997  
PLAYING CAREER
Walsall (Jun 2015) - Sutton Coldfield Town (loan Aug 2015 perm Aug 2016) - Walsall Wood (Dec 2017) -
Alvechurch (Jun 2019) - Cheltenham Town (trial Jul 2019) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 23 Sep 2019) -
Stratford Town (Oct 2019)

Played for an hour in a behind closed doors friendly against Reading at Finchampstead.


RUSSELL Alex (Alexander) John M 
Born : Crosby, Lancs. 17 March 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Morecambe - Burscough (Aug 1993) - Rochdale (Jul 1994) - Glenavon (loan Nov 1995) -
Cambridge United (Aug 1998) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Jul 2001) -
Torquay United (Aug 2001) - Bristol City (Jul 2005) - Northampton Town (loan Aug 2007) -
Cheltenham Town (loan Jan 2008 perm Jun 2008) - Exeter City (loan Feb 2009 perm Jul 2009) -
Bath City ( Aug 2010) - Yeovil Town (Jan 2011) - Bath City ( Jul 2011) -
Clevedon Town (cs 2012)

One of three trialists who played in the first half of a pre-season fixture at Penzance, Alex went on to make over 500 Football League appearances.


RYLAND Doug (Douglas) Luther G 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 1 November 1928 Died : Merthyr Tydfil April 1994, aged 65
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 25 Oct 1948 pro 12 Nov 1948) - Yeovil Town (cs 1952) -
Chippenham Town (cs 1953) - Swindon Victoria (cs 1954) - Treharris

The Welshman was a regular in Town's Colts side and made 25 reserve appearances spread over four seasons at the County Ground.