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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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BATES Alan Keith WF 
Born : Swindon 22 November 1940 Died : Swindon February 1996, aged 55
PLAYING CAREER
Portsmouth (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (2 Jul 1958) - Calne and Harris United (9 Sep 1961)

Fourth choice right-winger, Alan made just seven Combination appearances before being released. As a former professional he successfully applied for a permit to enable him to play for Calne.


CLAYTON Ronnie (Ronald) F 
Born : Kingston-upon-Hull 18 January 1937  
PLAYING CAREER
Doncaster Rovers (am ) - SWINDON TOWN (am 12 Mar 1956) -
Hereford United (cs 1956) - Arsenal (Jan 1958) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Sep 1958) -
Hastings United (May 1960) - Rugby Town - Hinckley Athletic (cs 1962) -
Hereford United - Worcester City (cs 1964)

Ronnie was one of two amateurs signed on the same day, the other being Terry Moss. But unlike the winger, Ronnie did not get a first team opportunity. He netted just once in six reserve appearances and later joined the Gunners along with another winger - Freddie Jones - who went on to join Town. (pic courtesy BHACHS)


CLIFFORD John IF 
Born : Swindon 24 September 1929 Died : Swindon Q2 1981, aged 51
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (13 Jan 1950) - Pinehurst YC (cs 1951)

John made his debut for the reserves against Brighton a fortnight before signing a pro contract. He netted just one goal - also against Brighton - in around twenty appearances.


DEAN Cyril George IF 
Born : Bournemouth 27 July 1915 Died : Bournemouth 13 September 1997, aged 82
PLAYING CAREER
Aston Villa (Mar 1933) - Reading (Jan 1937) - Southampton (Jun 1938) - Sligo Rovers (cs 1939) -
Millwall (guest Jan 1943) - Gloucester City (plyr-mgr Aug 1946) -
Cheltenham Town (plyr-mgr Feb 1948) - Trowbridge Town - SWINDON TOWN (resv mgr cs 1954) -
Dursley Town (plyr-mgr Aug 1955)

Brought in to coach Town's youngsters in the 'A' and 'B' teams, Cyril helped out the reserve side on two occasions - scoring on his debut in a 2-0 win at Ipswich in November 1954


DUCKWORTH Arthur WF 
Born : West Derby, Liverpool 20 January 1931 Died : Swindon 28 March 2013, aged 82
PLAYING CAREER
(I Zingari League) - Calne Town (Jan 1953) - SWINDON TOWN (am 19 Jun 1954 p/t pro 2 Aug 1954) -
Trowbridge Town (23 May 1955) - Salisbury City (cs 1957)

Right-winger Arthur came to the County Ground after impressing with Calne. But he was released after netting just twice in twenty reserve games.


FLEMING Preston F 
Born : Falkirk 4 August 1934 Died : Balloch 6 November 1992, aged 58
PLAYING CAREER
Clydebank juniors - SWINDON TOWN (4 Aug 1954)

Signed by Maurice Lindley on his 20th birthday, Preston made just 11 reserve appearances - scoring four times - in two seasons, much of which was spent away on National Service. He was a qualified plumber.


HALLAS Geoff (Geoffrey) FB 
Born : Lydgate, Saddleworth Yorks 8 December 1930 Died : Oldham Q2 1982, aged 51
PLAYING CAREER
Droylsden - Mossley - Warminster Town - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Dec 1953) -
West Ham United (Mar 1954)

Geoff was stationed at Warminster on national service when he made three reserve appearances. A few weeks after the third he signed a pro contract for the Hammers but he was forced to retire only a year later following a head injury.


HEAD David George IF 
Born : Midsomer Norton 11 August 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
Bolton Wanderers (sb Aug 1956) - SWINDON TOWN (gsf 16 May 1957 pro 8 Aug 1958) -
Arsenal (27 Mar 1959) - Reading (Jul 1960) - Bristol Rovers (Jul 1961) - Gloucester City (cs 1962)

The son of Bert Head, David made his Combination debut in April 1957 at 16. But having not progressed to the senior side two years later he made the switch to Highbury.


HENDERSON Joe (Joseph) G 
Born : Cleland, Lanarks. 21 December 1924 Died : Carluke, Lanarks. 15 February 1984, aged 59
PLAYING CAREER
Hibernian (Jan 1945) - Dumbarton (guest Aug 1945) - Albion Rovers (Nov 1946) -
Northampton Town (Jun 1949) - Stenhousemuir (Aug 1952) - Accrington Stanley (Jul 1953) -
Alloa Athletic (Mar 1954) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Mar 1954) -
Canterbury City (May 1954) - Stranraer (Jan 1957)

Joe played four Combination games on trial but was not retained after conceding 11 goals in the last two.


KEATING Pat (Patrick) Joseph WF 
Born : Cork 17 September 1930 Died : Sheffield Q3 1981, aged 50
PLAYING CAREER
Evergreen United - Cork Athletic - Sheffield United (Feb 1950) - Wisbech Town (cs 1952) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Aug 1953) - Bradford Park Avenue (trial Sep 1953) -
Chesterfield (Oct 1953)

The Irish winger played in the opening three Combination fixtures of 1953/54, scoring the only goal that won the game at Bristol City. He went on to net 21 goals in 95 League games while at Saltergate.


KNOX Ken (Kenneth) George IF 
Born : Swindon 9 January 1935 Died : Gloucester 22 July 2015, aged 80
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am ) - Pinehurst Y C

Ken made just a handful of Combination appearances between 1952 and 1955, playing predominantly in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League side.


KYLE John Edward G 
Born : Dunfermline 10 May 1934 Died : Dunfermline 15 April 1990, aged 55
PLAYING CAREER
Rosyth Recreation FC - Heart of Midlothian (Jul 1952) - Stirling Albion (Aug 1953) -
SWINDON TOWN (21 Jul 1954) - Cowdenbeath (16 Feb 1957) - Stenhousemuir (Mar 1958)

Signed as cover for Sam Burton on the departure of Trevor Churchill, John was called up for National Service early in 1955 and his appearances were thus sporadic thereafter. In September of that year, he was on the wrong end of a 0-12 defeat at Birmingham !


LEWIS Lyn (Lyndon) FB 
Born : Cardiff 26 May 1922 Died : Swindon 15 January 1992, aged 69
PLAYING CAREER
GWR Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (am 1947 pro 7 Aug 1950)

A Welsh born left-back, Lyndon was a regular in the Colts side but had made just a dozen reserve appearances spread over three seasons when he was given a part-time pro contact at the age of 28. He combined his football with the job of coach builder at the Great Western Railway carriage works. Released in May 1951.


LLOYD David IF 
Born : Gateshead 1 June 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
Sunderland (am ) - Sheffield United (Sep 1949) - York City (Feb 1951) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Aug 1951)

David netted three times in eight Combination games, but was not offered a contract by the board. His trial was terminated on 26 September.


LOCKEY Thomas Frank (Francis) WF/FB 
Born : Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire 21 July 1933 Died : Norwich 24 August 2017, aged 84
PLAYING CAREER
Duntocher Hibs - Liverpool (Aug 1956) - SWINDON TOWN (14 Mar 1958) -
Kings Lynn (6 Jul 1959) - Boston United (cs 1961) - Rugby Town (trial Aug 1963)

On arriving from Anfield Frank went straight into Town's Combination side at left-wing. But after failing to get a first team chance, he put in for a transfer and he was released at the end of April 1959.


MORRIS Kevin WH 
Born : Oldham 5 October 1939 Died : Swindon 11 October 1994, aged 55
PLAYING CAREER
Bury (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (am 16 May 1957 pro 4 Aug 1958) -
Trowbridge Town (cs 1961) - Pinehurst Y C (cs 1962)

Signed by Bert Head at 17, Kevin was promoted from Town's 'A' team to the reserves in October 1958 making thirty appearances. A regular penalty taker, three of his four goals came from the spot. After his playing days ended, Kevin returned to the County Ground as a member of Harry Cousins' backroom team - then took charge of the third team before eventually becoming club physio - easily recognisable by his snow white hair.


NELSON Les (Leslie) Hezekiah F 
Born : Chipping Sodbury 24 January 1932 Died : Lambeth, London Q3 1980, aged 48
PLAYING CAREER
Chippiing Sodbury - Chippenham United (cs 1951) - SWINDON TOWN (13 May 1953) -
Chippenham Town (trial Oct 1954) - Bridgwater Town (Nov 1954) - Chippenham Town (cs 1955)

One of Maurice Lindley's first signings, Les hit three goals in five Combination appearances in 1953/54, but fell out of favour in the following summer.


NISBET Wilson Boyd F 
Born : Airdrie 15 November 1936 Died : Amersham, Bucks. 9 April 2014, aged 77
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea - SWINDON TOWN (am 1 Jun 1957) - Amersham Town - London Transport FC

Boyd hit nine goals in just 15 reserve outings in 1957/58 - including all four in a 4-0 win over his former club - before going off to National Service. Following his 'demob' in December 1959, he was offered a full-time contract but turned it down. In early 1967, he hit a hat-trick for Amersham against Town's 'A' team - but he soon switched to playing in Greater London League football.


OKERE Titus Davies Ugaan WF 
Born : Okpuala, Nigeria 1928  
PLAYING CAREER
ZAC Port Harcourt (Ng) - Railway FC Lagos - SWINDON TOWN (am 13 Dec 1952 pro 24 Jan 1953) -
Trowbridge Town (trial Jul 1953) - Chippenham United (Aug 1953)

Spotted in 1949, playing in a Nigerian side touring the UK, Titus was the first black player to sign a pro contract for the club. Sadly he struggled with the British winter (and wearing football boots !) and, apart from just two Combination games, his appearances were confined to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.


ORAM Fred (Frederick) J IF 
Born : Battersea, London Q2 1935  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 17 Dec 1956) - Pewsey Vale (cs 1957)

Fred made just three reserve appearances in the same month he signed amateur forms, before moving on at the end of the season.


REEVES David 'Ray' E WH 
Born : Swindon 22 December 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 29 Jun 1956 pro 7 Jul 1958) - Trowbridge Town (1 Jul 1960)

Ray was in the first batch of boys to be signed directly from school in the summer of 1956. A right-half, he made his reserve team debut at 15, in September 1956. But just half a dozen appearances followed after he had being given a pro contract by Bert Head.


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.


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)


VIRGO Ray (Raymond) Frederick D U 
Born : Portslade, Sussex 20 March 1936 Died : Worthing, E Sussex 21 November 2001, aged 65
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea - SWINDON TOWN (16 Feb 1957)

A former Brighton schoolboy star Ray seemed quite versatile, playing at full-back, centre-half and centre-forward during his brief stay at the County Ground. He was released in April 1957.