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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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ABBEY Ben (Benjamin) Charles S F 
Born : Westminster, London 13 May 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
Osterley - Maidenhead United - Crawley Town (Oct 1997) - Brentford (trial ) -
Oxford United (Sep 1999) - Aldershot Town (loan Aug 2000) - Southend United (Oct 2000) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Oct 2001) - Stevenage Borough (Nov 2001) -
Woking (Aug 2002) - Macclesfield Town (Mar 2003) - Ebbsfleet United (Jul 2003) -
St Albans City (Sep 2004) - Hertford Town - Northwood - Farnborough Town - Hampton & Richmond Borough -
Metropolitan Police - Tooting & Mitcham United (Feb 2007) - Slough Town (cs 2012)

The 5'4" striker made a single reserve appearance against Norwich City on 3 October 2001.


ANTOINE-CURIER Mikael CF 
Born : Orsay, France 5 March 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Paris St Germain (Fr) - OGC Nizza (Fr) - Preston North End (Nov 2000) - Nottinghan Forest (Jun 2001) -
Brentford (loan Mar 2003) - Burnley (trial Jul 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 28 Jul 2003) -
Oldham Athletic (Aug 2003) - Kidderminster Harriers (Sep 2003) - Rochdale (Sep 2003) -
Sheffield Wednesday (Nov 2003) - Notts County (Feb 2004) - Grimsby Town (Mar 2004) -
Vard Haugesund (Nor) (2004) - FK Haugesund (Nor) (2006) - Hibernian (Aug 2007) -
Dundee (Jan 2008) - Hamilton Academical (Sep 2009) - Ermis Aradippou (Cyp) (Jul 2011) -
Ethnikos Achna (Cyp) (Aug 2011) - Felda United (Mly) (Jan 2012) - Atyrau (Kz) (Feb 2013) -
Hamilton Academical (Aug 2013) - Burton Albion (Feb 2015) - Dunfermline Athletic (Sep 2015) -
RU St Gilloise (Bel) (Jan 2016)

A 6'3" striker, Mikael was introduced as a second half substitute in a pre-season friendly against a young Manchester United XI, but was withdrawn afer just 25 minutes.


BANGER Nicky (Nicholas) Lee F 
Born : Southampton 25 February 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
Southampton (Apr 1989) - Oldham Athletic (Oct 1994) - Oxford United (Aug 1997) - Dundee (Oct 1999) -
Scunthorpe United (loan Nov 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Aug 2001) -
Plymouth Argyle (Aug 2001) - Torquay United (trial Jan 2002) - Merthyr Tydfil (Feb 2002) -
Torquay United (Mar 2002) - Andover (2002) - Woking (Aug 2002) - Eastleigh (Feb 2003) -
AFC Newbury (Aug 2005) - Brockenhurst (plyr-co Nov 2005) - Lymington & New Milton (plyr-co Nov 2005)

Nicky, then 30, played in Town's opening reserve game a 1-3 defeat against Wycombe, but signed a short-term deal at Home Park a week later.


BARBÉ Steve M 
Born : Asse, Belgium 15 January 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
RWD Molenbeek (Bel) (1996) - Wimbledon (trial Feb 1999) - Charlton Athletic (cs 1999) -
KRC Harelbeke (Bel) (2000) - KRC Zuid-West-Vlanderen (2001) - KFC Strombeek (2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 2002) - FC Brussels (Bel) (2002) -
KSV Roeselare (2003) - FCV Dender (2007) - KVK Tienen-Hageland (Jul 2008) -
FCV Dender (2009)

The Belgian was a trialist in Town's pre-season friendly against Sporting Gijon.


BAXTER Nick (Nicholas) Peter G 
Born : Bridlington 25 March 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Hull City (sb ) - Manchester United (Jul 2000) - Torquay United (trial Apr 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Jul 2002) - Bridlington (cs 2003)

Nick played in the opening pre-season friendly at Didcot but his trial was ended after a fortnight at the County Ground.


BAYNE Graham Patrick F 
Born : Kirkcaldy 22 August 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Cupar Hearts - Dundee (Nov 1996) - Newburgh (cs 1997) - Dundee (Mar 1998) - Raith Rovers (loan Dec 2000) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Jul 2001) - Arbroath (Aug 2001) -
Ross County (Jul 2002) - Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Jun 2004) - Dunfermline Athletic (Jun 2008) -
Dundee (trial Mar 2011) - Dunfermline Athletic (trial Mar 2011) -
Dundee (Jun 2011) - Wick Academy (Jan 2013) - Arbroath (Jan 2013) - Elgin City (plyr-asst mgr Feb 2014)

Graham played his entire career in Scotland - apart from an appearance for the first half of a pre-season friendly against Southampton !


BIRCHALL Adam Stephen F 
Born : Maidstone, Kent 2 December 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (Jul 2002) - Wycombe Wanderers (loan Aug 2004) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 May 2005) -
Mansfield Town (Jun 2005) - Barnet (Nov 2006) - Dover Athletic (Jul 2009) -
Gillingham (Jul 2011) - Dartford (loan ) - Bromley (cs 2014) -
Maidstone United (loan cs 2015)

Adam arrived on trial after being released at Highbury. Town again showed interest in him in 2011, after he had 63 goals in only 93 games in the Conference South - but he chose to stay in Kent. He gained 12 caps for Wales under-21s.


BOOTH Robbie (Robert) Paul M 
Born : Liverpool 30 December 1985  
PLAYING CAREER
Everton (trn Jul 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 26 Apr 2004) -
Chester City (cs 2004) - Southport (Jul 2005) - Burscough (Sep 2006) -
Southport (Jul 2008) - Vauxhall Motors (loan ) - Droylsden (Jul 2010) -
Chester (Sep 2010) - Vauxhall Motors (loan Nov 2012) - Bangor City (Jan 2013) -
AFC Telford United (cs 2013) - Warrington Town (Aug 2014) - Colwyn Bay (cs 2015) -
Skelmersdale United

Robbie played as a trialist in a goalless draw against Bournemouth in the Combination, shortly before his release from Goodison Park.


BOUANANE Emad CD 
Born : Paris 22 November 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
AS Beauvais Oise (Fr) - Boissy - Brives - US Avranches - Cambridge United (trial Jul 2000) -
Wrexham (Aug 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Jul 2001) -
SC Abbeville (Fr) (cs 2002) - Barnt Green Spartak (Aug 2005)

Emad turned up at the County Ground and got straight on the bus to Basingstoke. Brought on after an hour, his first two touches were poor but he then hit a sublime 25-yard chip to put Town 2-1 up ! Emad lived in Birmingham for the next year, returning there to play following a three-year stint in his homeland.


BYLES Luke Alan D 
Born : Southampton 8 January 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Hamble ASSC - Southampton (May 2003) - Havant and Waterlooville (Aug 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 2 Sep 2003) -
Eastleigh (Aug 2007) - Heidelburg United (Aus) (Dec 2009) - Eastleigh (Sep 2010) -
Heidelburg United (May 2011) - South Melbourne (Dec 2011) - Heidelburg United (Jan 2014)

Luke had a two-game trial for Town's reserves shortly after being released by the Saints.


CROSBY Neil Andrew F 
Born : York 14 July 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Sheffield Wednesday (sb ) - Oxford United (trn 2000) - SWINDON TOWN ( Jan 2002) -
Oxford City (Sep 2003)

A regular in the Combination side in the 2002/03 season - although he only netted four goals - Neil was the son of Andy King's assistant Malcolm.


DADI Eugene Buhame F 
Born : Abidjan, Ivory Coast 20 August 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Stade Lavallois (Fr) - Sete 34 (Dec 1995) - LASK Linz (Aut) (cs 1997) - Toulouse (Fr) (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 30 Jul 2001) - Aberdeen (25 Aug 2001) -
Livingston (Jul 2002) - Tranmere Rovers (Aug 2003) - Nottinghan Forest (Aug 2005) -
Notts County (loan Jan 2006) - Hapoel Acre (Is) (cs 2006) - Perth Glory (Aus) (Apr 2008) -
Vaduz (Li) (loan Mar 2009) - Wellington Phoenix (NZ) (Jan 2010) - Persibo Bojonegoro (Ins) (cs 2010) -
Manado United (cs 2011)

Eugene featured in two pre-season friendlies, against Derby and Supermarine.


DRAYCOTT Mark Richard F 
Born : Swindon 12 January 1985  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 11 Jul 2001) - Portland Timbers (US) (loan Jul 2003) -
Salisbury City (loan Aug 2003) - Weston-Super-Mare (loan Nov 2003) -
Chippenham Town (loan Jan 2004) - Wilmington Hammerheads (US) (Mar 2004) -
Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2004) - Newport County (Jul 2005) - Chippenham Town (Nov 2005) -
Sunshine George Cross (Aus) (Mar 2006) - Swindon Supermarine (Nov 2006) - Ventura County Fusion (US) (Jun 2007) -
Cirencester Town (Sep 2007) - Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2007) - Didcot Town (Jul 2009) -
Cirencester Town (Nov 2010) - Hungerford Town (Aug 2011) - Swindon Supermarine (Jul 2017)

Mark smashed in 11 F A Youth Cup goals for Town during his second season as a scholar - seven of them coming in a 9-2 win at Chelmsford !


ECKERSLEY Mike (Michael) William FB 
Born : Worsley, Gtr Manchester 19 November 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (trn ) - Bolton Wanderers (trn ) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Apr 2003) -
Lancaster City (cs 2005) - Mangerlud Star (Nor) ( Mar 2006) -
Barrow (Jul 2006) - Chorley (cs 2007) - Radcliffe Borough (Jun 2009) -
Chorley (Jun 2012)

The eldest of three footballing brothers (see also Richard below), Mike made a couple of Combination appearances for Town before returning to Bolton.


EL-KHEBIR Karim D 
Born : Niamey, Nigeria 4 May 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
FC Villepinte (Fr) - Stade Brestois 29 (cs 1991) - Valenciennes (cs 1994) -
La Berrichonne de Chateauroux (cs 1997) - ASOA Valence (cs 1999) -
Raith Rovers (cs 2002) - St Patricks Athletic (cs 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 5 Dec 2003) -
Kilmarnock (trial Jan 2004) - Cremlin United (cs 2004) - Sainte-Genevieve (Fr) (cs 2006) -
USSCA Champtoce - ES Bouchemaine - NDC Angers (cs 2014)

Karim's brief outing with Town came as a substitute in a behind closed doors friendly at Oxford.


EMBLEN Paul David D 
Born : Bromley, Kent 3 April 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Tonbridge Angels - Charlton Athletic (May 1997) - Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Nov 1997) -
Wycombe Wanderers (Aug 1998) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Apr 2002) -
Tonbridge Angels (cs 2002)

Paul played one game as a trialist - against Brentford - and ended up in Southern League football in the following season.


ESSANDOH Roy Kabina Gina F 
Born : Belfast 17 February 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Cumbernauld United (Aug 1993) - Glentoran (cs 1994) - Motherwell (Dec 1994) -
East Fife (Feb 1998) - VSE St Polten (Aut) (cs 1998) - Jyvaskyla JJK (Fin) -
Vaasan Palloseura (Mar 1999) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 18 Dec 2000) -
Luton Town (trial Jan 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (nc Jan 2001) -
Wycombe Wanderers (Feb 2001) - Barnet (Sep 2001) - Cambridge City (May 2002) -
Bishops Stortford (Aug 2002) - Billericay Town (Aug 2002) - Grays Athletic (Jan 2003) -
Bishops Stortford (cs 2003) - Gravesend and Northfleet (Feb 2004) - Kettering Town (cs 2005) -
Bishops Stortford (Sep 2005) - Glenavon (cs 2008) - St Neots Town (Aug 2010) -
Braintree Town (Mar 2011) - Bury Town ( Aug 2011)

Roy turned out for Town in a reserve outing to Barnet before securing a contract at Wycombe two months later.


FATOKUN LANRE Bimbo F 
Born : Lagos, Nigeria 13 October 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
Royal Antwerp (Bel) (cs 1995) - Djurgårdens IF (Swe (trial 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Jul 2002) -
Scarborough (cs 2002) - KRC Mechelen (Bel) (Jan 2004) - Union Berlin (Ger) (cs 2004) -
KFC Schoten SK (Hol) ( Aug 2005 to 2008) - Zandvliet Sport (Bel) (Dec 2010) -
Tubantia Borgerhout (2011)

Bimbo netted the first goal of pre-season in a 2-1 win at Didcot.


FENTON Tony (Anthony) Brian CD 
Born : Preston 23 November 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester City (Nov 1996) - Portsmouth (Mar 1999) - Colwyn Bay (cs 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 12 Mar 2001) -
Hull City (trial cs 2001) - Newtown (cs 2001) - Notts County (trial 2002) -
Bangor City (Aug 2002) - Newtown (cs 2003) - Bishops Stortford - Redbridge (Jul 2004) -
Farnborough (Mar 2005) - Boreham Wood (Feb 2008)

Played on trial in a Combination game at Brentford during a career that saw him make only one substitute appearance while at Fratton. Brother to Nick, who enjoyed a career of over 500 League games.


FRÖHNER Sascha Karl-Heinz M 
Born : Germany 23 August 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
SV 98 Schwetzingen (Ger) - VfR Mannheim (cs 1994) - VfB Leimen (Jan 1996) - TSG 62/09 Weinheim (cs 1996) -
SC Weismain (cs 1997) - Alki Larnaca (Cyp) (cs 1998) - Carl Zeiss Jena (Ger) (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Mar 2000) - Würzburger FV (Ger) ( 2000) -
SV Wilhelmshaven (cs 2002) - FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf (cs 2003) -
VfB Oldenburg (Jan 2004) - FV Lauda (cs 2004)

The German scored in a 4-2 Combination win over Wycombe after coming on for the last half-hour. It was intended to play him from the start, but the delay was due to late international clearance.


GORDON Michael Alexander M 
Born : Wandsworth, London 11 October 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 2000) - Wimbledon (loan Feb 2002 perm Mar 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Sep 2004) -
Havant and Waterlooville (Oct 2004) - Aldershot Town (Aug 2005) - Crawley Town (Sep 2005) -
Sutton United (Dec 2005) - AFC Wimbledon (cs 2006) - Worthing (Oct 2006) -
Harrow Borough - Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2007) - Northwood (Dec 2007) -
Croydon Athletic (Feb 2009) - Merstham (cs 2009) - Lincoln City (Nov 2009 to Apr 2010) -
Kingstonian (Aug 2011) - Walton and Hersham (Oct 2011) - Chipstead (Oct 2012) -
Walton and Hersham (Jan 2013)

Michael played in a home Combination defeat (2-1) to Bristol Rovers.


GREEN Ryan Michael D 
Born : Cardiff 20 October 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Wolverhampton Wanderers (Oct 1997) - Torquay United (loan Mar 2001) - Kidderminster Harriers (trial Sep 2001) -
Millwall (Oct 2001) - Cardiff City (loan Aug 2002) - Sheffield Wednesday (Nov 2002) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 10 Jul 2003) - Hereford United (Aug 2003) -
Bristol Rovers (May 2006) - Hereford United (Jun 2009) - Port Talbot Town (Aug 2012) -
Merthyr Town (Jun 2014) - Hereford United (Sep 2015) - Westfields (Jul 2019)

Ryan became the youngest player to gain a full cap for Wales at 17. Five years later, he came to Swindon on trial, playing in the opening friendly against Gravesend.


HAVERON Gary D 
Born : Larne, Co.Antrim 6 March 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
Crusaders (sb 1996) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (app 1997) - Bolton Wanderers (cs 1999) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 5 Jul 2001) - Yeovil Town (nc Sep 2001) -
Merthyr Tydfil ( Jan 2002) - Luton Town (trial Mar 2002) - Glentoran (trial Jul 2002) -
Lisburn Distillery (Sep 2002) - Coleraine (Jul 2003) - Ballymena United (May 2005) -
Carrick Rangers (cs 2013)

Gary impressed in Town's first three pre-season friendlies and Andy King was looking to keep him at the County Ground. But a transfer embargo prevented that from happening.


HOWE Eddie (Edward) John Frank D 
Born : Amersham, Bucks. 29 November 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
AFC Bournemouth (Jul 1994) - Portsmouth (Mar 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 25 Mar 2004) -
AFC Bournemouth (Aug 2004)

After being out of action with a knee injury for 18 of his 24 months at Fratton, Eddie joined Swindon on loan. He made the bench at Luton on 12 April, but was not called upon as Town strolled to a 3-0 win. He returned to Fratton Park five days later.


HUGHES Ceri Morgan M 
Born : Llwynypia, Rhondda 26 February 1971  
PLAYING CAREER
Luton Town (Jul 1989) - Crystal Palace (trial ) - Wimbledon (Jul 1997) - Portsmouth (Jan 2000) -
Cardiff City (trial Mar 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Jan 2003)

The 31 year old Welshman - capped by his country on eight occasions - was given a one-match trial at the County Ground. He appeared in Town's 2-0 Combination win over Cardiff reserves.


JUDGE Alan Graham G 
Born : Kingsbury, London 14 May 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
Luton Town (Jan 1978) - Reading (Sep 1982) - Oxford United (Dec 1984) - Lincoln City (loan Nov 1985) -
Cardiff City (loan Oct 1987) - Hereford United (Jul 1991) - Bromsgrove Rovers -
Kettering Town - Brackley Town - Banbury United - SWINDON TOWN (24 Dec 2002) -
Oxford United (17 Mar 2003) - Didcot Town (loan ) - Chipping Norton Town -
Brackley Town - Banbury United (cs 2006)

With Craiig Farr on the injured list, Alan - who had joined the club as goalkeeping coach during the summer - was hastily registered as a player for two Christmas League fixtures. He sat on the bench against Brentford on Boxing Day and at Wigan two days later.


LAVETY Barry Jamieson F 
Born : Paisley 21 August 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Gleniffer Thistle BC - St Mirren (Aug 1991) - Hibernian (Aug 1996) - St Mirren (loan Oct 1999) -
Team Bath (Jan 2001) - Des Moines Menace (US) (May 2001) - KR Reykjavik (Ic) (trial Jul 2001) -
Partick Thistle (trial Aug 2001) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Aug 2001) -
Clydebank (Sep 2001) - Pollok (Jan 2003) - Team Bath - St Mirren ( Jul 2003) -
Neilston (Jul 2004)

Barry - who had gained nine caps for Scotland under-21s - was a substitute in the Combination game that Christian Lee found the target (q.v. below).


LEE Christian Earl F 
Born : Aylesbury, Bucks. 8 October 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Doncaster Rovers (Aug 1994) - Northampton Town (Jul 1995) - Gillingham (Aug 1999) -
Rochdale (loan Oct 2000) - Leyton Orient (loan Mar 2001) - Bristol Rovers (Mar 2001) -
Colchester United (trial cs 2001) - Peterborough United (trial cs 2001) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Aug 2001) - Carlisle United (trial cs Aug 2001) -
Farnborough Town (Sep 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (loan Sep 2001) - Eastwood Town (Nov 2001) -
Farnborough Town (Jan 2002) - Halifax Town (May 2003)

Christian played in Town's opening Combination fixture, scoring in a 1-3 home defeat by Wycombe.


LEWIS Lance Warren F 
Born : Gloucester 23 October 1986  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (scs 4 Jul 2003) - Swindon Supermarine (loan Mar 2005) -
Gloucester City (cs 2005) - Swindon Supermarine ( Oct 2005) -
Highworth Town (trial Aug 2006) - Cirencester Town (trial Jul 2007)

Lance found the target in all of the first five rounds of the Youth Cup in 2003/04 before Town lost out to Crewe in the quarter-final. But he struggled to find his form after leaving the County Ground and announced that he was leaving the game in November 2006. He was given another chance by Ciren boss - former Town player Adi Viveash - in the following summer.


MOLYNEAUX Lee Alexander D 
Born : Portsmouth 16 January 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Portsmouth (Dec 2001) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Jan 2003) - Weymouth -
Derry City - Selsey (Feb 2004) - Weymouth - Oxford United (Jul 2004) - Basingstoke Town (Nov 2005) -
Cirencester Town - Forest Green Rovers (Jul 2008) - Clevedon Town (Jan 2009) -
Evesham United - Gloucester City (Jan 2010) - Blackfield & Langley (p/co Jun 2010) -
Gosport Borough (cs 2011) - Havant and Waterlooville (Jun 2015)

Lee was one of three trialists who played in a 4-1 Combination win at Southend.


MOOGAN Brian D 
Born : Liverpool 4 September 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Liverpool (sb ) - Everton (scs Jul 2001) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 5 Apr 2004) -
Macclesfield Town (trial Oct 2004) - Lancaster City (Nov 2004) - Vauxhall Motors (Mar 2005) -
Burscough (Oct 2007) - Vauxhall Motors (Jun 2009)

Brian featured in a home Combination game against Plymouth a month before he was released at Goodison Park - where he had played in the same Youth Cup side as Wayne Rooney.


MOONIARUCK Kalam Yusuf M 
Born : Yeovil 22 November 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Norwich City (sb ) - Manchester United (sb Mar 1999) - Rotherham United (trial Jan 2003) -
Queens Park Rangers (trial Jan 2003) - Grimsby Town (trial Feb 2003) -
Wycombe Wanderers (trial Mar 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Mar 2003) -
Sheffield Wednesday (trial Apr 2003) - Leyton Orient (trial Jul 2003) -
Braintree Town (Aug 2003) - Cambridge City (trial Jan 2004) - Bishops Stortford Swifts (cs 2004) -
Cambridge City (Aug 2006) - Thurrock (Jan 2007) - Saffron Walden Town (Mar 2007) -
Tiptree United (Jan 2008)

Kalam gained an England under-20 cap while at Old Trafford, but struggled to find a club when released. His two reserve outings for Town ended in 0-5 and 0-6 defeats.


MUIRHEAD Ben (Benjamin) Robinson F 
Born : Doncaster 5 January 1983  
PLAYING CAREER
Bradford City (sb ) - Manchester United (Jan 2000) - Doncaster Rovers (loan Oct 2002) -
Bradford City (Mar 2003) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 May 2004) -
Rochdale (loan Feb 2007) - Darlington (trial Aug 2008) - Alfreton Town (Aug 2008) -
Farsley Celtic (Aug 2009) - Kings Lynn (Oct 2009) - Harrogate Town (Dec 2009) -
Buxton (Mar 2010) - Armthorpe Welfare (cs 2010) - Buxton (cs 2011) -
Retford United (cs 2013) - Armthorpe Welfare (p/asst-mgr Jun 2015)

Ben came to the County Ground on trial during the final week of 2003/04 before returning to Valley Parade, where he would be a regular for the next two seasons.


MURPHY Danny (Daniel) Thomas FB 
Born : Bermondsey, London 4 December 1982  
PLAYING CAREER
Fisher Athletic (sb ) - West Ham United (sb 1994) - Queens Park Rangers (Dec 1999) -
Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan Sep 2001) - Wycombe Wanderers (trial Apr 2003) -
SWINDON TOWN (8 Jul 2003) - Harrow Borough (Aug 2003) - Margate (Nov 2003) -
Cork City (Mar 2004) - Motherwell (Jan 2007) - Dunfermline Athletic (loan Nov 2007) -
Cork City (Feb 2008) - Shamrock Rovers (Feb 2010) - Cork City (Dec 2010 to Mar 2014) -
Leatherhead (Dec 2016) - Blarney United (plyr-mgr )

Danny signed a monthly contract - but after a fortnight, during which he appeared in three pre-season friendlies, he was released.


NEWEY Tom (Thomas) William D 
Born : Huddersfield 31 October 1982  
PLAYING CAREER
Leeds United (Aug 2000) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Jan 2003) -
Cambridge United (loan 14 Feb 2003) - Darlington (loan Mar 2003) -
Leyton Orient (Aug 2003) - Cambridge United (Jan 2005) - Grimsby Town (Jul 2005) -
Rochdale (loan Mar 2009) - Bury (Aug 2009) - Rotherham United (Jul 2010) -
Scunthorpe United (Aug 2012) - Oxford United (Jul 2013) - Northampton Town (Oct 2014)

Tom was one of three trialists who played in a 4-1 Combination win at Southend.


NICHOLLS Mark M 
Born : Hillingdon, London 30 May 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (trn Jul 1993 ) - Chertsey (loan 1994) - Chelsea (pro Jul 1995) -
Reading (loan Dec 1999) - Grimsby Town (loan Feb 2000) - Colchester United (loan Oct 2000) -
Aberdeen (trial May 2001) - Aldershot Town (trial Jul 2001) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Jul 2001) - Partick Thistle (nc Aug 2001) -
Torquay United (Sep 2001) - Hamilton Academical (Nov 2001) - Clydebank (Nov 2001) -
Chesham United (cs 2002) - Maidenhead United - Northwood (Oct 2003) -
Hendon (cs 2004) - Uxbridge (Feb 2005) - Hayes (cs 2005) - Northwood (Sep 2006) -
Uxbridge (Jan 2007) - Beaconsfield SYCOB (Jan 2009) - Walton Casuals (cs 2010) -
North Greenford United (plyr-asst mgr Dec 2011) - AFC Hayes (Aug 2015)

Mark featured in two pre-season friendlies, playing 45 minutes against both Woking and Derby.


O'SULLIVAN Wayne Patrick M 
Born : Brent, London 12 December 1984  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 2001) - Plymouth Argyle (cs 2002) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Mar 2003) -
Exeter City (Jul 2004) - Newport County (cs Jan 2005) - Hendon (cs Jan 2006) -
Stevenage Borough (Jan 2008) - Braintree Town (Jun 2008) - Hendon (cs Jan 2009) -
Arlesley Town (Feb 2010) - Hemel Hempstead Town (cs 2010) - Bedfont Town -
Northwood (cs 2011) - Bedfont Town (Oct 2011) - Northwood (Mar 2012) -
Aylesbury FC (cs 2012) - Wingate and Finchley (Jan 2013) - Beaconsfield SYCOB (Aug 2013)

The 'other' Wayne O'Sullivan had little chance to impress - going on trial for Town's reserves at Colchester in what turned out to be a 0-5 reverse.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Preußen Köln (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.


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.


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.


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.


VAN BLERK Jason D 
Born : Sydney NSW 16 March 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
Institute of Sport (Aus) (1986) - Blacktown City (1987) - APIA Leichhardt (1989) - Sint Truiden (Bel) (1990) -
AIPA Leichhardt (Aus) (1991) - Sydney St George (1992) - Go Ahead Eagles Deventer (Hol) (cs 1992) -
Millwall (Sep 1994) - Manchester City (Aug 1997) - West Bromwich Albion (Mar 1998) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Jul 2001) - Stockport County (Aug 2001) -
Wrexham (nc Dec 2001) - Hull City (Jan 2002) - Shrewsbury Town (Aug 2002) -
KFC Dessel Sport (Bel) (cs 2003) - Altrincham (Sep 2003) - Colwyn Bay (Oct 2003) -
Wollongong Wolves (Aus) (Dec 2003) - Macclesfield Town (Mar 2004) - Mossley (trial Jul 2004) -
Colwyn Bay (Jan 2005) - Runcorn FC Halton (Mar 2005) - AIPA Leichhardt (Aus) (cs 2006)

The Aussie full-back made 250 League appearances and gained 33 caps for his country either side of a 45-minute trial at the County Ground against Southampton.


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.