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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

TABOR Ricky (Richard) C IF 
Born : Springhill, Nova Scotia 16 November 1946 Died : Oxford 5 December 2019, aged 73
PLAYING CAREER
Abingdon Town (yth ) - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Feb 1962 app 19 Mar 1962, pro 16 Nov 1963) -
Reading (trial cs 1966) - AFC Bournemouth (trial cs 1966 ) -
Gloucester City (Sep 1966) - Cheltenham Town (trial Oct 1966) - Oxford United (trial Jan 1967) -
Morris Motors - Witney Town - Oxford City - Thame United - Abingdon Town - Abingdon United -
Clanfield - Didcot Town

Five months after earning a pro contract, Ricky netted twice in a 4-1 win over QPR to take Town to the Youth Cup Final against Manchester United. He made just under fifty reserve team appearances but faled to reach the Second Division eleven before being released in May 1966.


TAVENER Colin Raymond WH 
Born : Trowbridge, Wilts. 26 June 1945  
PLAYING CAREER
Whiteway Canaries FC - SWINDON TOWN (am 16 Feb 1962) - Bath City -
Trowbridge Town - Hereford United (Jun 1972) - Weymouth (loan ) - Bath City (cs 1974) -
Salisbury City (Jan 1981)

Just 16 at the time, Colin was discovered playing in Bath Youth League football. He did not progress further than third team football while at the County Ground, but went on to make fifty Football League appearances at Edgar Street. Colin also made over 300 appearances for both his home-town club and Bath.


TCHOUTANG Bernard Samuel F 
Born : Yaounde, Cameroon 2 September 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Tonnerre Yaounde (Cmr) - Vanspor (Tur) (cs 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 1997) -
RC Genk (Bel) (cs 1997) - Roda JC Kerkrade (Hol) (Jan 1998) - Metallurg Donetsk (Ukr) (cs 2002) -
Viborg FF (Den) (cs 2003) - Payhang (Mly) (Jan 2005) - Hapoel Petah Tikva (Isr) (cs 2006) -
KS Elbasani (Alb) (cs 2007)

Bernard's two-match pre-season trial was his only venture into the UK during his career. After being given an hour against Southampton, he lasted a full 90 minutes against Manchester United.


TEAR Darren Dom (Dominic) F 
Born : Leeds 25 October 1999  
PLAYING CAREER
Huddersfield Town (Jul 2018) - Larne (loan Jan 2019) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 29 Jul 2019)

The Terriers' Academy player of the year for 2017/18, Dom played in the final pre-season fixture at Melksham, scoring the third goal in a 6-0 victory.


TENISTE Taijo D 
Born : Tartu, Estonia 31 January 1988  
PLAYING CAREER
Tartu SK10 (Est) - Levadia Tallinn (2005) - Dynamo Ceske Budejovice (Cz) (trial Jan 2011) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 4 Jul 2011) - Sogndal (Nor) (Sep 2011) -
Brann (Jan 2018)

With Town already six goals up at the break on their first pre-season engagement in Italy, Taijo was brought on for what ended up as an 11-0 win against Norcia.


THEOPHANIDES Adam CD 
Born : Reading 11 September 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Reading (trn ) - Queens Park Rangers (trn ) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 31 Mar 2003) -
Yeading (cs 2003) - Farnborough Town (Mar 2004) - Northwood (Aug 2007) -
Farnborough (Mar 2008) - Burnham (cs 2008) - Uxbridge (trial Jul 2009) -
Hartley Wintney (cs 2009) - Highmoor Ibis

Adam played only once for Town - in a Combination fixture against Cheltenham that resulted in a 0-6 home defeat.


THOMAS-ASANTE Brandon Michael Clarke F 
Born : Milton Keynes 29 December 1998  
PLAYING CAREER
Milton Keynes Dons (Jul 2016) - Sutton United (loan Nov 2018) - Oxford City (loan Jan 2019) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Jul 2019) - Ebbsfleet United (Aug 2019) -
Salford City (Sep 2019)

Brandon played for 70 minutes in the pre-season friendly at Salisbury, scoring twice in quick succession.


THOMPSON Mark A D 
Born : Swindon Q1 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Aug 1974) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1977) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1984) - Penhill

Mark made more that 80 reserve appearances in three seasons at the County Ground but failed to secure a pro contract.


TILLEY Derek A IF 
Born : Swindon Q1 1934  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (cs 1952) - Swindon Victoria - Sanford YC - Rondor

One of three footballing siblings, Derek made just a handful of reserve appearances playing in front of his brother Roy. The third ,'Rex', was the only one to make the League side.


TILLEY Ernest Francis Roy FB 
Born : Swindon 9 January 1924 Died : Swindon 3 February 2011, aged 87
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon British Railways - SWINDON TOWN (18 Jul 1952)

Roy made nearly 70 reserve appearances - mostly at right-back - before returning to local football. (See also Derek)


TIMMS Raymond Doug (Douglas) WF 
Born : Headington, Oxon. Q1 1930  
PLAYING CAREER
Purton - SWINDON TOWN (am cs 1948) - Chippenham United (27 Jun 1949) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1950) - Bath City (Jul 1952) - Salisbury City (Jun 1954) -
Frome Town (cs 1956) - Chippenham United (Aug 1958)

Doug made just two reserve appearances - both ending in 0-3 defeats - before being given a part-time pro contract at The Firs.


TOBIN Steve (Stephen) Antony F 
Born : Swindon 3 October 1964  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (nc 1 Dec 1986) - Walcot - Swindon Supermarine

The 22 year old Swindonian netted nine goals in just 17 Combination appearances but could not persuade Lou Macari to give him a contract.


TOLE Oscar Desmond F 
Born : Potterspury, Northants 19 May 1917 Died : Gosport, Hants December 1988, aged 71
PLAYING CAREER
Wolverton - SWINDON TOWN (trial 9 Dec 1936 pro 19 Jan 1937)

Oscar scored twice on his debut as a trialist, in an 8-0 win for the reserves against Chippenham. Soon after signing as a pro he netted four against Welton Rovers and then hit a double hat-trick in a 12-1 rout of Paulton. But Oscar failed to make the grade and was released in April 1938.


TOMLINSON Neil Richard M 
Born : Birmingham 14 October 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
Shrewsbury Town (nc Aug 1987) - SWINDON TOWN (1 Jul 1988) -
Worcester City (loan Mar 1990 perm 14 Jan 1991) - Dudley Town (cs 1992) -
Atherstone United (cs 1995)

The winger made around 75 reserve appearances for Town before his contract was cancelled midway through a third year as a professional.


TOPPING Harry FB 
Born : Kearsley, Lancs. 21 September 1913 Died : Torquay 21 March 2001, aged 87
PLAYING CAREER
Horwich RMI - SWINDON TOWN (18 May 1933) - Hull City (trial Jun 1934) -
Tranmere Rovers (20 Aug 1934) - Charlton Athletic (trial Oct 1934) -
Barrow (trial Nov 1934) - Bath City (trial Aug 1935) - Manchester City (Sep 1935) -
Exeter City (May 1937) - New Brighton (Jul 1938) - Stockport County (Mar 1939) -
Bristol Rovers (Jul 1939) - Stockport County (guest Nov 1941) - Oldham Athletic (guest Sep 1943) -
Bolton Wanderers (guest Nov 1944) - New Brighton ( Jul 1946) -
Prescot Cables (cs 1947)

When Bernard Harris was dropped midway through the season, Harry's chances of stepping up to the first team were scuppered by the signing of Tom Duckworth - who like Harry was born and brought up near Bolton. Harry went on to manage both Feijenoord and PSV Eindhoven in Holland after the War.


TOTESAUT Devonte Anton A F 
Born : Harrow, London February 1995  
PLAYING CAREER
London United FC - Bruno's Magpies (Gib) (cs 2015) - Yeovil Town (trial ) -
AFC Bournemouth (trial Oct 2015) - Boreham Wood - Enfield Town - Bedfont Sports -
Chesham United (Jan 2008) - Walton and Hersham (Jan 2019) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Mar 2019)

Devonte came on for the final half hour of Town's 'behind closed doors' friendly at Griffin Park.


TROLLOPE Paul Jonathan M 
Born : Swindon 3 June 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (asb 21 Oct 1987 trn 18 Jul 1988, pro 23 Dec 1989) -
Torquay United (26 Mar 1992) - Derby County (Dec 1994) - Grimsby Town (loan Aug 1996) -
Crystal Palace (loan Oct 1996) - Fulham (Nov 1997) - Coventry City (Mar 2002) -
Northampton Town (Jul 2002) - Bristol Rovers (Jun 2004)

The son of former manager John, Paul failed to break into Town's League side but went on to make almost 400 appearances elsewhere - including 24 in the Premiership.


TURNER Gary G M 
Born : Surrey 13 March 1956  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 2 May 1972 app 14 Jul 1972)

Gary played in the side which won the Midland Youth championship in 1973, but made only half a dozen Combination appearances before being released in 1974.


TURNER Iain Ross G 
Born : Stirling 26 January 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Stirling Albion (Sep 2000) - Everton (Jan 2003) - Chester City (loan Feb 2004) -
Doncaster Rovers (loan Mar 2005) - Wycombe Wanderers (loan Nov 2005) -
Crystal Palace (loan Nov 2006) - Sheffield Wednesday (loan Feb 2007) -
Nottinghan Forest (loan Mar 2009) - Coventry City (loan Aug 2010) -
Preston North End (Feb 2011) - Dunfermline Athletic (loan Jan 2012) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 2012) - Bristol Rovers (trial 4 Aug 2012) -
Barnsley (Jan 2014) - Sheffield United (Aug 2014) - Tranmere Rovers (Aug 2015) -
Southport (p/co Jul 2017)

Iain played for the final 35 minutes of a pre-season game at Salisbury, but his trial ended the following day when manager Di Canio discovered that he had turned out for Bristol Rovers against City. Iain was capped six times for Scotland under-21s.


TWIGGER Liam A G 
Born : Folkestone, Kent Q2 1963  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 16 Jul 1979) - Kingsway Olympic (Aus) - Sorrento -
Balga - Inglewood United

Liam's family emigrated to Australia when he was an infant. He came back aged 16 to complete a two-year apprenticeship at the County Ground, but with no offers of a contract in the UK, he returned to Perth.