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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

BAKER Lionel David FB 
Born : Swindon 2 April 1927 Died : Swindon 4 December 2007, aged 80
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 17 Aug 1945) - Pinehurst YC - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Feb 1949)

Lionel made a couple of appearances for the reserves at Easter 1949, stepping in at right-back when Billy Lloyd was recalled to the first team. Two months earlier, Lionel had played as a make-shift centre-forward for Pinehurst in the Swindon and District League - and netted five goals !


BIRD Eddie or Ted (Edward) Frederick Allen G 
Born : Elham, Kent Jan-Mar 1927 Died : Winchester 17 February 2018, aged 90
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am cs 1949) - Swindon Victoria - Reading (Mar 1950) -
Canterbury City - Tonbridge (Oct 1955) - Yeovil Town (Mar 1956)

Recently demobbed from the Army, having been stationed in Egypt, Ted played for the 'possibles' in the second half of the pre-season public trial. But he then found himself playing for the third team - the Colts - before deciding to move on to the 'Vics'.


COFFEY Chris (Christopher) IF 
Born : 1925  
PLAYING CAREER
Glentoran - SWINDON TOWN (9 Aug 1948) - Yeovil Town (Mar 1949) - Crusaders (cs 1950) -
Kidderminster Harriers (cs 1951)

Known to his teammates as 'Kit', he netted five goals in 24 Combination appearances, but had left to join the 'giant-killers' of Somerset before the season was out.


CORBETT Jim (James) Frederick F 
Born : Epsom, Surrey 29 May 1921 Died : Swindon 23 February 1988, aged 66
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 28 Jun 1947 pro 20 Aug 1948)

Jim hit nine goals on his Colts debut in a 17-0 victory over Thorneypits in May 1947. He then scored twice at Plymouth on his Combination debut four months later. But although he added another two in only six more appearances, he was given a free transfer in the summer of 1949.


GLASS Ken (Kenneth) Victor WF 
Born : Swindon 14 May 1930 Died : Swindon 27 August 2015, aged 85
PLAYING CAREER
Swindon Victoria - SWINDON TOWN (am Dec 1947 pro 9 Jul 1949) -
Banbury Spencer - Salisbury City

Stepped up from the Colts to the reserves in April 1949, but made only a dozen further appearances after signing on as a pro.


HARRIS Arthur Henry FB 
Born : Avebury, Wilts 6 July 1922  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (29 Jan 1947) - Bilston (Oct 1948)

Arthur made a handful of reserve apperances at left-back shortly after getting a pro contract - and then a few more at right-back at the start of the following season. At the end of it, in the summer of 1948, he was given a free transfer.


HAWES Bernard William Varney G 
Born : Swindon 29 April 1927  
PLAYING CAREER
Old Headlandians - SWINDON TOWN (am 14 May 1945)

One of the first four players to be signed on by Sam Allen when the club office reopened after World War Two, Bernard had just one reserve outing. Playing in the opening home game of 1945/46 against a strong Yeovil and Petters side, the visitors ran out 7-1 winners. Deputy to Sam Burton in the Wilts County side, he later turned down a full-time contract in favour of going to university. Father of BBC Radio sports commentator Andrew.


HILL 'Jock' (Harry Walter) G 
Born : Bombay, India 10 September 1920 Died : Wootton Bassett 12 May 1971, aged 50
PLAYING CAREER
Lyneham Sports - Wootton Bassett Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 6 Dec 1946) -
Purton (cs 1948)

Signed from Town's post-War nursery club, as fourth-choice goalkeeper 'Jock' primarily assisted the Colts. But he was promoted to the Combination side on a couple of occasions - against Reading and Arsenal.


LEAMON Fred (Frederick) William F 
Born : Jersey 11 May 1919 Died : London 27 August 1981, aged 62
PLAYING CAREER
Bath City (Dec 1943) - Newport County (Feb 1946) - SWINDON TOWN (guest 2 May 1946) -
Bristol Rovers (Nov 1946) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Jul 1949) - Chippenham Town (Aug 1950) -
Street (Jul 1951)

Fred turned out for Town - and scored - in the benefit match for the family of pre-War star Alan Fowler. Fred later worked as a security guard for the BBC and while in that capacity suffered a heart attack at St Pauls Cathedral during the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. He died a month later in St Bart's Hospital. (pic courtesy Mike Jay)


MILLS Norman H WH / IF 
Born : Purton, Wilts. Apr-Jun 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 19 May 1945) - Purton (cs 1947) - Bath City (Jan 1948) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1950) - Headington United (cs 1952) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1954)

One of the first players to sign for Town after the last War, Norman scored in the first Southern League fixture at Yeovil.


ONSLOW Ken (Kenneth) WH 
Born : Swindon 23 August 1923 Died : Swindon 9 December 2000, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am Aug 1945) - Bath City (Oct 1947)

The oldest of three siblings, Ken could only muster a handful of reserve team appearances alongside brother Les. But Ken went on to play just short of 300 games for Bath before being forced to quit through injury.


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.


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.


TIMMS Raymond Doug (Douglas) WF 
Born : Headington, Oxon. Jan-Mar 1930 Died : Bristol 29 March 2007, aged 77
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.


WHITE Terry (Terence) I F 
Born : Swindon Jul-Sep 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.


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.