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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

SALTER Aaron Joseph D 
Born : Bath November 1985 Died : Westbury, Wilts. 25 November 2019, aged 34
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn 8 Jul 2002) - Frome Town - Westbury United -
Odd Down - Trowbridge Town (Jul 2006) - Frome Town (cs 2008)

The former Town trainee passed away prematurely due to myeloid leukaemia.


SAM Lloyd Ekow M 
Born : Leeds 27 September 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Charlton Athletic (Jul 2002) - Leyton Orient (loan Jan 2004) - Sheffield Wednesday (loan Aug 2006) -
Southend United (loan Mar 2007) - Leeds United (Jul 2010) - Notts County (loan Mar 2012) -
New York Red Bulls (US) (Aug 2012) - DC United (Jul 2016) - AFC Wimbledon (Mar 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Jun 2018) - Miami (US) (Jan 2019)

Lloyd linked up with Town on day one of their pre-season training and was the only trialist to be taken with the squad to Spain. But after playing for an hour against West Bromwich Albion, his hopes of securing a contract were dashed.


SAMBA Cherno F 
Born : Banjul, Gambia 10 January 1985  
PLAYING CAREER
Millwall (Jul 2003) - Cadiz (Sp) (cs 2004) - Malaga (loan Aug 2005) -
Plymouth Argyle (Aug 2006) - Wrexham (loan Jan 2007) - Valkeakosken Haka (Fin) (Aug 2008) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Jul 2009) - Norwich City (trial Jul 2009) -
Portsmouth (trial Sep 2009) - Panetolikos (Gr) (Feb 2010) - Forest Green Rovers (trial Jul 2011) -
Alfreton Town (trial Jul 2011) - Mansfield Town (trial Oct 2011) -
Tonsberg (Nor) (Mar 2012) - Samger FC (Gam)

Cherno went on Town's pre-season tour of Austria, featuring in all three games. He had gained caps for England at under-16 through to under-20 before switching to his native Gambia.


SCARROTT Steve (Stephen) W FB 
Born : Cheltenham 15 October 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 28 Oct 1970 pro 17 Oct 1973) - Bath City (loan Mar 1974) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1974) - Gloucester City (cs 1977) - Trowbridge Town -
Cheltenham Town - Gloucester City (plyr-mgr Nov 1985) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1987)

Steve first broke into the reserve side in September 1971. By 1973/74, he was a regular at left-back, before ending his Town career out on loan at Twerton.


SCOTT Bob (Robert) John WH 
Born : Dundee 16 March 1937  
PLAYING CAREER
Dundee East Craigie - Dundee Violet - Cardiff City (Jan 1957) - SWINDON TOWN (22 Jun 1961) -
Newport County (29 Nov 1961) - Sankeys Wellington - Southport (Jun 1963) - Boston United (cs 1964)

A right-half, Bob had the evergreen Keith Morgan barring his way to a first team place. Bob's contract was terminated on 22 November. He later moved to Johannesburg to coach.


SCOTT Mark Jonathon G 
Born : Aldershot 3 January 1991  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (SB 1999) - Whitchurch United - Aldershot Town (cs 2006) -
SWINDON TOWN (scs Jul 2007) - Thatcham Town (loan Aug 2008) -
SWINDON TOWN (pro Jul 2009) - Hungerford Town (loan 14 Aug 2009) -
Chippenham Town (loan 13 Nov 2009) - Banbury United (loan 26 Feb 2010) -
Swindon Supermarine (loan 10 Aug 2010) - Salisbury City (loan 25 Nov 2011 perm 26 Jul 2012) -
Oxford City (Jul 2013) - Slough Town (Jul 2015) - Bracknell Town (Jul 2018)

Made six appearances on the first team bench while a scholar but after signing a pro contract, Mark spent most of 2009/10 out on loan. In March 2017 he suffered a life-threatening injury when he broke his neck in a collision with a Basingstoke player.


SEACOLE Jason Paul F 
Born : Oxford 11 April 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
Oxford United (Apr 1977) - Witney Town (cs 1983) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Aug 1986) -
Wycombe Wanderers (Sep 1986) - Witney Town (Dec 1987)

Played a part in a heavy pre-season schedule prior to the 1986/87 campaign and scored a couple of goals - at Calne and Shortwood. His trial was ended on 22 August. Three weeks later, Town signed his former teammate Mark Jones.


SEALY Tony (Anthony) John F 
Born : Hackney, London 7 May 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (May 1977) - Crystal Palace (Mar 1979) - Port Vale (loan Mar 1980) -
Queens Park Rangers (Mar 1981) - Port Vale (loan Feb 1982) - Fulham (loan Dec 1983 perm Aug 1984) -
Leicester City (Sep 1985) - AFC Bournemouth (loan Mar 1987) - Sporting Lisbon (Por) (Jul 1987) -
SC Braga (Dec 1988) - Brentford (nc Mar 1989) - Fulham (trial Jul 1989) -
SWINDON TOWN (1 Sep 1989) - Bristol Rovers (11 Sep 1989) -
Myllykosken Pallo 47 (Fin) (Feb 1991) - Brentford (Oct 1991) - Michelotti (HK) (plyr-co Jul 1992) -
Eastern Athletic (plyr-co Jul 1993)

Tony came to the County Ground on trial during the last week of August, impressing sufficiently enough to be handed a contract. But, after just three Combination appearences and a single goal, the deal was terminated five days later and within another week he had signed for Rovers.


SHAW Gary Robert F 
Born : Birmingham 21 January 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Aston Villa ( Jan 1979) - Kidderminster Harriers (trial cs 1987) - Blackpool (loan Feb 1988) -
KB K°benhavn (Den) (loan Jul 1988) - SK Klagenfurt (Aut) (Jan 1989) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Oct 1989) - Sheffield Wednesday (trial ) -
Walsall (Feb 1990) - Kilmarnock (Aug 1990) - Shrewsbury Town (Sep 1990)

Gary netted twice on his reserves debut against Millwall and then another two at QPR in a 4-2 win. But despite those four strikes in five appearances, his trial was terminated at the end of November.


SHEPPARD Jimmy (James) M 
Born : Boscombe, Bournemouth 11 March 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 13 Jul 1981) - Andover (cs 1983) -
Poole Town - Bashley (Aug 1984) - AFC Lymington (cs 1996) - Lymington & New Milton (cs 2000) -
Brockenhurst - Lymington & New Milton - Bashley (cs 2002) - Lymington & New Milton (cs 2004)

The former Town apprentice made just half a dozen reserve appearances before going on to spend much of his playing career close to his native south coast.


SHIMMIN Dominic Edward CD 
Born : Bermondsey, London 13 October 1987  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (scs 2004) - Queens Park Rangers (Mar 2005) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 17 Sep 2007) -
AFC Bournemouth (loan Nov 2007) - Crawley Town (Feb 2008) - St Mirren (trial Jul 2008) -
Greenock Morton (Aug 2008) - Dundee (Jul 2010) - Dover Athletic (Feb 2011)

Dominic featured for the reserve side in Town's 1-0 away win at Bristol Rovers.


SHITTU Richard F 
Born : Lagos, Nigeria 12 June 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
Northampton Town (sb ) - Brugge KV (Bel) (1999) - Billericay Town (Apr 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Jul 2002) - Gornoslaski KS Tychy (Pol) (2002) -
Unia Bierun Stary (2004) - Oxford United (trial Jul 2005) - Bury (trial Sep 2006) -
Milton Keynes Dons (trial Apr 2007) - Folkestone Invicta (Nov 2007) -
Cheshunt (Mar 2008) - Tring Corinthians (Sep 2008) - Maidenhead United (loan Oct 2008) -
Margate (Dec 2008) - Bracknell Town (2009) - Halesowen Town (Feb 2009) - Hitchin Town (Mar 2009) -
Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2009) - Godalming Town (Sep 2009) - Windsor and Eton (Dec 2010) -
Beaconsfield SYCOB (Jan 2011) - Waltham Forest (Mar 2011)

Richard was one of five trialists who appeared in the opening pre-season friendly at Didcot. Older brother to Danny.


SIMPSON Jordan Tyler M 
Born : Swindon 28 November 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 23 Apr 2007 pro 9 Mar 2017) - Forest Green Rovers (19 Jul 2017) -
Hungerford Town (loan Sep 2017) - Havant and Waterlooville (loan Sep 2018 & Mar 2019) -
Bath City (Jun 2019)

The son of former Town and Jamaica midfielder Fitzroy, Jordan decided against staying at the County Ground following the arrival of Dave Flitcroft. He signed on at the New Lawn, where his former under-18 boss Scott Lindsey was assistant manager to Mark Cooper.


SKENDI Albi M 
Born : Albania 29 September 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Oxford City Nomads - Banbury United (Nov 2012) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Jul 2013) -
Oxford City (Jul 2013) - Banbury United (Nov 2013) - Marymount California University (US) (Jan 2016) -
Los Angeles Wolves (May 2018) - Stratford Town (Aug 2018) - Yeovil Town (Jul 2019)

A 6'4" midfielder or defender then with Banbury, Albi was given a run-out in Town's opening pre-season friendly at Supermarine. Three days later he appeared for his own club, scoring in a 2-0 victory over Swindon.


SLEW Jordan Michael F 
Born : Sheffield 7 September 1992  
PLAYING CAREER
Sheffield United (Nov 2010) - Blackburn Rovers (Aug 2011) - Stevenage (loan Mar 2012) -
Oldham Athletic (loan Aug 2012) - Rotherham United (loan Jan 2013) -
Ross County (loan Jan 2014) - Port Vale (loan Aug 2014) - Cambridge United (Feb 2015) -
Chesterfield (Feb 2016) - Plymouth Argyle (Jul 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Jul 2017) -
Rochdale (Sep 2017) - Radcliffe Borough (Jan 2018) - Northwood (Aug 2018) -
Boston United (Oct 2018) - Ashton United (Oct 2019) - Morecambe (Jan 2020) -
AFC Halifax Town (Aug 2021)

The 6'3" striker scored the first goal of Town's pre-season in a 7-1 win at Supermarine, but was not retained after three friendlies had been played.


SMITH Jonte Jahki F 
Born : Hamilton, Bermuda 10 July 1994  
PLAYING CAREER
North Village Rams (Ber) - Sutton United (cs 2010) - Crawley Town (Jul 2012) -
Metropolitan Police (loan Aug 2012) - Havant and Waterlooville (loan Sep 2013) -
Metropolitan Police (loan Oct 2013) - Gosport Borough (loan Jan 2014) -
PS Kemi Kings (Fin) (Mar 2014) - Flekker°y IL (Nor) (Mar 2015) - Gloucester City (Sep 2015) -
Lewes (Jan 2016) - Welling United (Jul 2016) - Lewes (Oct 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Dec 2018) -
Oxford United (31 Jan 2019) - Cheltenham Town (Sep 2019)

Jonte, a second half substitute in a 'behind tall hedges' friendly at Calne, hit an eight-minute hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Oxford. Town decided not to offer him a contract - but United did.


SMITH Ted (Edward) James G 
Born : South Benfleet, Essex 18 January 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Southend United (Jul 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Jul 2019)

An England under-20 international, Ted came on for the final twenty minutes of the Coventry pre-season friendly and played the entire 90 at Melksham.


SNOWDON Jimmy (James) Gardner LB / CH 
Born : South Shields, Co.Durham 14 February 1925 Died : South Shields June 2006, aged 81
PLAYING CAREER
Derby County (Feb 1948) - SWINDON TOWN (5 Aug 1949) - Worcester City (cs 1950)

Jimmy (sometimes referred to as Snowden) made 20 Combination appearances at either left-back or centre-half.


SONNER Danny (Daniel) James M 
Born : Wigan 9 January 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
Wigan Athletic (trn 1989) - Burnley (Aug 1990) - Bury (loan Nov 1992) -
Erzgebirge Aue (Ger) (cs 1993) - SCB Preu▀en K÷ln (cs 1995) -
Ipswich Town (Jun 1996) - Sheffield Wednesday (Oct 1998) - Birmingham City (Aug 2000) -
Walsall (Aug 2002) - Nottinghan Forest (Aug 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jul 2004) -
Peterborough United (Aug 2004) - Port Vale (Feb 2005) - Walsall (Jul 2007) -
Wrexham (Jan 2008)

Danny twice came on as a substitute in Town's pre-season friendlies against Bristol Rovers and Southampton.


SPALDING Lee Andre D 
Born : Swindon 21 August 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
Highworth Town - SWINDON TOWN (trn 23 Mar 1989 pro 21 Mar 1991) -
Wycombe Wanderers (May 1991) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1992) - Newport IOW (cs 1993) -
Highworth Town

Lee was handed a monthly pro contract after his spell as a trainee - which was only renewed once. Signing for the Chairboys, he helped them to a runners-up slot in the Conference. During his second spell at Highworth, Lee went into coaching and was later manager at Supermarine.


SPENCER Scott Kernaghan F 
Born : Manchester 1 January 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
Oldham Athletic (trn Jul 2005) - Everton (Jun 2006) - Yeovil Town (loan Jan 2008) -
Macclesfield Town (loan Mar 2008) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Jul 2009) -
Rochdale (nc Aug 2009) - Southend United (Jan 2010) - Lincoln City (Jan 2011) -
Barrow (trial Jul 2011) - Southport (trial Jul 2011) - Hyde (Aug 2011) -
FC Halifax Town (loan Mar 2014) - Stockport County (Jul 2014) - Hyde United (Jul 2015)

Scott played as a trialist in the first pre-season friendly following the club's trip to Austria - and scored in a 3-0 win at Hungerford.


STAHL Frank F 
Born : Budapest 1 January 1938  
PLAYING CAREER
Basingstoke Town - SWINDON TOWN (gsf 29 Aug 1957) - Chippenham United (loan Jan 1959)

Frank arrived in England at the end of 1956, following the turmoil of the Budapest Uprising. Apart from a couple of reserve appearances shortly after he signed for Town, all Frank's appearances were for the 'A' team.


STANLEY Alex Marc D 
Born : Swindon 9 October 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (sb ) - Reading (trn 2000) - Aylesbury United (loan Oct 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Mar 2003) - Exeter City (trial ) -
Farnborough Town (trial cs 2003 ) - Weston-Super-Mare (trial ) -
Aylesbury United (Oct 2003) - Yeading (Dec 2003) - Chippenham Town (Dec 2005) -
Cirencester Town (cs 2007) - Yate Town (cs 2008) - Swindon Supermarine (Mar 2009) -
Didcot Town (cs 2009)

Left-back Alex came to the County Ground on a one-month trial, making his Combniation debut in a 1-0 win at Bournemouth.


STANLEY Jack (John) Allen F 
Born : Colwall, Herefs. 27 March 1880 Died : Swindon 29 December 1945, aged 65
PLAYING CAREER
West End United - SWINDON TOWN (cs 1902) - Swindon Athletic (Mar 1903)

A goalmaker rather than taker, Jack helped guide Town to the Wiltshire League title in 1902/03.


STEPHENS Jamie (James) Edward G 
Born : Wootton-under-Edge, Glos. 25 August 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Forest Green Rovers (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (sb 2007 scs Jul 2009) -
Liverpool (scs 1 Apr 2010) - Airbus UK Broughton (loan cs 2012) -
Newport County (Jul 2013) - Gloucester City (loan Oct 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 17 Jul 2015) -
Barnet (Aug 2015)

After joining Town at 13, Jamie made a switch to Anfield during his two-year scholarship. Five years later he returned to the County Ground on trial, replacing his former Liverpool rival Ty Belford for the second half of a pre-season game at Petersfield. Jamie also played in the final twenty minutes of a home friendly with Aston Villa.


STEWART Jon (Jonathan) Harris G 
Born : Hayes, London 13 March 1989  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs Jul 2005) - Weymouth (cs 2007) - Portsmouth (Aug 2008) -
UD Alzira (Sp) ( Jan 2010) - AFC Bournemouth (Sep 2010) - Burnley (Aug 2011) -
Alfreton Town (loan Mar 2012 & Aug 2012) - Worksop Town (Oct 2013) -
Alfreton Town (Jun 2014) - Worksop Town (Oct 2014) - Bradford Park Avenue (Jun 2015) -
Shaw Lane (2016) - Boston United (Jan 2018) - Gainsborough Trinity (May 2018) -
Matlock Town (Jul 2019)

A much travelled keeper following his two-year stint with the Town Academy, Jon went on to make a handful of first team appearances while at Dean Court.


STEWART Jimmy (James) Milne G 
Born : Perth, Scotland 15 September 1943  
PLAYING CAREER
Jeanfield Swifts - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Aug 1964)

Jimmy conceded 13 goals in his four appearances for the Combination side and was not retained at the end of his one-month trial.


STRANGER Harry Easterbrook Knollys F 
Born : St Sampson,Guernsey 4 April 1892 Died : Guernsey 11 May 1918, aged 26
PLAYING CAREER
Marlow - Andover - SWINDON TOWN (am Sep 1914)

A bank clerk by profession, Harry scored in his only Town game - a 3-3 draw with West Ham reserves at the end of September 1914. While serving on the western front with the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. Sadly, he died from his injuries after returning to his home in the Channel Islands. Harry was buried at Sangatte in France.


STROUD Vince (Vincent) H HB 
Born : Ealing, London Apr-Jun 1952  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 18 Oct 1968 pro 3 Apr 1970) - Hereford United (cs 1973) -
Bath City (cs 1974) - Trowbridge Town - SWINDON TOWN (loan Apr 1979) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1980)

The older brother of Ken, the two siblings often lined up in the same reserve side.


STRUGNELL Herbert Henry IF 
Born : Devizes, Wilts. 23 May 1888 Died : Melksham, Wilts. 18 March 1956, aged 67
PLAYING CAREER
Devizes Rangers - Devizes Town (cs 1906) - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Feb 1909) -
Devizes Town (Mar 1909) - Mardy (Aug 1910) - Treharris (Aug 1912) - Aston Villa (Oct 1912) -
Queens Park Rangers (May 1913) - Hartlepool United (May 1914) - Redditch (cs 1919) -
Stafford Rangers (cs 1921) - Spencers Melksham (cs 1922) - Devizes Town (1923) -
Spencers Melksham (cs 1924) - Melksham Town (cs 1926)

An 'emergency' signing to cover for a suspended George Rushton, Herbert scored twice in five reserve appearances. Four years later, he made his debut for Rangers in a 0-3 defeat at the County Ground.


SULLIVAN (born O'Sullivan) Cyril Dan WH 
Born : Swindon 16 June 1908 Died : Swindon 11 February 1965, aged 56
PLAYING CAREER
Garrards Athletic - SWINDON TOWN (am Oct 1930) - Oxford City (cs 1933) -
Trowbridge Town (Jan 1934)

Cyril made 36 reserve appearances in the Southern League before exiting the County Ground along with twenty professionals !


SUTHERLAND Frankie Jay F 
Born : Hillingdon, London 6 December 1993  
PLAYING CAREER
Queens Park Rangers (Jul 2012) - Portsmouth (loan Jan 2013) - Leyton Orient (loan Oct 2013) -
AFC Wimbledon (loan Oct 2014) - Dagenham & Redbridge (loan Oct 2015) -
Crawley Town (Feb 2016) - Woking (Sep 2016) - Whitehawk (Jan 2017) - Bromley (Aug 2017) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 4 Jul 2019) - Ebbsfleet United (Aug 2019)

Frankie appeared for the opening 45 minutes of the friendly at Supermarine and impressed enough to be taken to the Spanish training camp, playing 30 minutes against Everton. 6 caps for Eire under 21s.


SYLLA Norman F 
Born : Paris 28 March 1982  
PLAYING CAREER
Red Star 93 (Fr) (cs 2000) - Oxford United (Jul 2001) - Banbury United (Jan 2002) -
Havant and Waterlooville (Jul 2002) - Northampton Town (trial Sep 2002) -
Brentford (trial Oct 2002) - Chelsea (trial Dec 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Jan 2003) -
Cheltenham Town (trial Jan 2003) - Stevenage Borough (trial Jan 2003) -
Barnet (cs 2003) - Tamworth (Jan 2004) - Redditch United (cs 2004) -
Acharnaikos (Gr) (cs 2005) - KSK Ronse (Bel) (cs 2006) - FCV Dender (cs 2007) -
Denizlispor (Tur) (cs 2009) - Tubize (Bel) (Jan 2011) - FCV Dender (Feb 2014) -
Duffel (Jul 2014)

Norman played in a 2-0 Combination win against Cardiff. He gained 31 caps for Guinea, netting 12 goals.


SYRETT Peter A FB 
Born : Salisbury Apr-Jun 1954  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (9 Dec 1971) - Salisbury

After impressing on trial in a 1-0 Combination win at Cardiff, Peter went on to make sixty appearances across two seasons - the second of which frequently saw him playing behind younger brother Dave. But Peter was released on a free transfer in May 1973.