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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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WAKEFIELD Fred (Frederick) John FB 
Born : Swindon 21 November 1902 Died : Stratton St Margaret 4 June 1972, aged 69
PLAYING CAREER
Garrards FC - Swindon Victoria - SWINDON TOWN (am Dec 1921) -
Trowbridge Town (cs 1927)

A painter in the Carriage and Wagon works by trade, Fred was only 19 when he made his debut for the reserves. Although never a regular for the 'stiffs', he made the squad photo for the first-team in 1926/27 !


WALKER George Charles CF 
Born : Swindon 4 June 1917 Died : Stourbridge 18 December 1968, aged 51
PLAYING CAREER
High Street WMC - Swindon GWR Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (am Aug 1936) -
Trowbridge Town (Jun 1937) - Stanton Fitzwarren

Despite bagging 15 goals in just 20 reserve appearances, George missed out on a pro contract at the County Ground. He remained a Town fan after hanging up his boots, the last game he saw being the League Cup semi-final replay at The Hawthorns. Taken ill during the train journey home, he was dead on arrival at Stourbridge hospital.


WALKEY Steve (Stephen) M 
Born : Frome, Somerset 20 October 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 13 Jan 1971 pro 25 Oct 1973) - Bath City (cs 1974) -
Trowbridge Town - Frome Town

Steve was a member of the side that lifted the Midland Youth title in 1973 - when he scored nine goals in all competitions. Given a free transfer in April 1974, he was playing for his home town club ten years later.


WETSON Bob (Robert) Stephen IF 
Born : Much Marcle, Herefs. 31 October 1951 Died : Gloucester 14 August 1973, aged 21
PLAYING CAREER
Cheltenham Town (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 3 Sep 1968) -
Gloucester City (cs 1970) - Cheltenham Town (trial Mar 1971) -
Worrall Hill FC (Jul 1971)

Bob made just a handful of appearances in the Combination side before being released towards the end of 1969/70. He died in Gloucester Royal Hospital following a collision between his car and a bus on the Golden Valley bypass between Gloucester and Cheltenham.


WHEELDON Tommy (Thomas) Vincent CD 
Born : Liverpool 3 May 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1995) - Salisbury City - Cinderford Town (cs 1997) -
Witney Town (Oct 1997) - Calgary Storm (Can) (cs 2002)

The son of Town's under-18's coach Tommy senior, he made just half a dozen reserve appearances after his two years as a trainee. He gained a BSc degree in Sports Science at the University of Surrey before moving out to Canada.


WHITE Terry (Terence) I F 
Born : Swindon Q3 1931  
PLAYING CAREER
Wootton Bassett Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 18 Nov 1948) - Wootton Bassett Town

Given a two-game trial in the reserves at just 17, Terry made his debut against Chelsea and then scored in a 2-2 draw with Brighton.


WHITEHEAD Phil (Philip) Matthew G 
Born : Halifax 17 December 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
Halifax Town (Jul 1988) - Barnsley (Mar 1990) - Halifax Town (loan Mar 1991) -
Scunthorpe United (loan Nov 1991 & Sep 1992) - Oxford United (Nov 1993) -
West Bromwich Albion (Dec 1998) - Reading (Oct 1999) - Tranmere Rovers (loan Sep 2002) -
York City (loan Apr 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Jul 2003) -
Tamworth (Aug 2003)

The 33-year old keeper appeared for Town in a 'behind closed doors' friendly against Gravesend and Northfleet.


WHITFIELD Ben (Benjamin) Michael M 
Born : Bingley, Yorks. 28 February 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Bradford City (sb ) - Guiseley (cs 2013) - Huddersfield Town (trial Dec 2013) -
AFC Bournemouth (Jul 2015) - Kidderminster Harriers (loan Oct 2015) -
Yeovil Town (loan Aug 2016) - Port Vale (loan Aug 2017 perm Aug 2018) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jul 2019) - Cheltenham Town (trial 30 Jul 2019)

The 5'5" midfielder played for the full 90 minutes in Town's pre-season friendly with Bristol City at Supermarine.


WILKINS Graham George FB 
Born : Hillingdon, Middx. 28 June 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (Jul 1972) - Brentford (Jul 1982) - Southend United (loan Mar 1984) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Sep 1984) - Southall - Hendon (Jan 1985) -
Egham Town

The oldest of four footballing brothers, Graham was one of two Town trialists who appeared in a 2-1 Combination win over Oxford United.


WILLIAMS Jordan Oluwatobi Alawode D 
Born : Lambeth, London October 1997  
PLAYING CAREER
Charlton Athletic (sb ) - Southend United (Jul 2015) - Bristol Rovers (Aug 2017) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Jul 2018)

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


WIMBLE Shaun Michael M 
Born : Portsmouth 28 December 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn 1994) - Woking (cs 1996) - Fulham (Nov 1996) -
Trowbridge Town (Jan 1997) - Yeovil Town (Aug 1997) - Witney Town (Oct 1997) -
Oxford City (Jul 1999) - Calgary Storm (Can) - Oxford City (cs 2000) -
Cirencester Town (cs 2004) - Oxford City (cs 2005)

Shaun broke into Town's reserve side at the end of April 1995, midway through his two years as a trainee. He went on to play almost 200 games for Oxford City.


WISE Harly John D 
Born : Hammersmith, London 7 June 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
Queens Park Rangers (Mar 2014) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Jul 2016) -
Hemel Hempstead Town (Aug 2016) - St Albans City (Aug 2016) - Hartlepool United (Oct 2016 to Feb 2017) -
Dulwich Hamlet (Mar 2017) - Hayes and Yeading United (Aug 2017) - Hendon (Oct 2017)

After staying on the bench for the Reading pre-season game, Harly - a cousin to former Town boss Dennis - appeared for the second half of the defeat at Woking.


WOODBRIDGE Bill (William) Henry CH 
Born : Highworth 12 August 1915 Died : Oxford 22 June 1944, aged 28
PLAYING CAREER
Highworth Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Mar 1934)

Bill made just one Western League appearance, when Town defeated Warminster 4-0 in March 1934. Ten years later, while serving as a lieutenant in the Reconnaissance Corps in France, he was badly wounded and shipped home where he died.


WOODMAN Jack (John) Albert Edward IF 
Born : Bristol 9 July 1914 Died : Bristol 16 January 1984, aged 69
PLAYING CAREER
Melrose FC - Bristol Rovers (May 1935) - Preston North End (Jul 1937) - SWINDON TOWN (23 May 1938) -
Wrexham (23 Jun 1939)

A 100 signing, Jack averaged a goal every other game in the Combination but was unable to displace an in-form Ben Morton before being given a free transfer.


WORRALL Harry FB 
Born : Northwich, Ches. 19 November 1918 Died : North Tyneside 5 December 1979, aged 61
PLAYING CAREER
Winsford United - Manchester United (Oct 1937) - SWINDON TOWN (21 Jun 1948)

Harry cost Town a substantial fee of 1,250. But he was injured in the pre-season warm-up game and played only half a dozen Combination games before having a cartilage operation - and never played again.


WRIGHT Andre Antonio F 
Born : Sandwell, W Midlands 7 December 1996  
PLAYING CAREER
West Bromwich Albion (Jul 2015) - Kidderminster Harriers (loan Aug 2015) - Torquay United (loan Nov 2015) -
Coventry City (loan Aug 2016) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 17 Jul 2017) -
Kidderminster Harriers (Sep 2017) - Nuneaton Town (Feb 2018) - Torquay United (Aug 2018)

Andre came on as a second-half substitute in Town's pre-season draw at Salisbury.