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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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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

BALSOM Cliff (Clifford) Gene FB 
Born : Torquay 25 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Torquay United (Mar 1964) - SWINDON TOWN (15 Jun 1964) - Torquay United (trial Aug 1965)

A highly rated teenager, Bert Head invested 3,500 in the left-back. But with John Trollope entrenched in that position, Cliff never had a look in - and quickly returned to Devon.


BESWICK Keith G 
Born : Cardiff 3 February 1943  
PLAYING CAREER
Cardiff Corinthians - SWINDON TOWN (trial 29 Sep 1961) - Millwall (15 Jan 1962) -
Newport County (Aug 1964) - Barry Town (Jul 1967) - Cwmbran Town

Keith made just three Combination appearances - all in October 1961 - the first of which was at The Den. That was where he earned his first pro contract and played in a dozen Football League games.


BUCKINGHAM Colin Nagell FB 
Born : Swindon 23 June 1944 Died : Swindon 14 February 1997, aged 52
PLAYING CAREER
Gorse Hill United - SWINDON TOWN (am Jun 1962) - Gorse Hill United

The right-back signed amateur forms for Town a month before making the first of just three Combination appearances for the club.


COLSELL Keith Lee IF 
Born : Swindon 12 October 1944 Died : Swindon 7 February 2016, aged 71
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (gsf Apr 1960 app Jun 1960, pro 4 Dec 1961) - Bath City (Nov 1964) -
Sanford YC (Nov 1965)

Keith came through the ranks and was probably one of the best not to have broken into the League side - 16 goals in 36 reserve appearances.


DODSON David Alfred WF 
Born : Gravesend, Kent 20 January 1940  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (Nov 1957) - Swansea Town (Jul 1959) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Nov 1961) -
Portsmouth (15 Dec 1961) - Aldershot (Jan 1965) - Hereford United (cs 1967) -
Guildford City (Sep 1968) - Andover - Fleet Town

David turned out for Town in a mid-season friendly against Exeter, helping them to a 4-0 victory. But he quickly returned to the Vetch before making the switch to Fratton three weeks later.


FOSCOLO Bryan J HB 
Born : Pontypridd, Glam. Q4 1945  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (app Jun 1961) - SWINDON TOWN (17 Oct 1963) - Cambridge United (cs 1965) -
Cheltenham Town

Bryan was a regular in Town's F.A.Youth Cup finalists side in 1963/64 - and the only one not to have come through the club's own youth system.


GRIFFIN Bernard D 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 11 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (sb 1961) - SWINDON TOWN (pro 3 Dec 1963) - Arcadia United (SA) (cs 1966)

Bernard played in all but the first two rounds of the Youth Cup as Town progressed to the Final in 1964 - scoring against his former club in the quarter-final. After making 40 appearances in the Combination side, he emigrated to South Africa, but a serious eye injury halted his career at just 22.


HAND Eoin Kevin Joseph Colin WF 
Born : Dublin 30 March 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Stella Maris - Old O'Connells - Drumcondra (cs 1963) - SWINDON TOWN (18 Jun 1964) -
Shelbourne (loan Aug 1964) - Dundalk ( Aug 1965) - Shelbourne (Aug 1966) -
Drumcondra (Sep 1966) - Portsmouth (Oct 1968) - Port Elizabeth City (SA) (loan 1973) -
Durban Celtic (SA) (loan 1974) - Lusitano (SA) (loan 1975) - Arcadia Shepherds (SA) (cs 1976) -
Shamrock Rovers (cs 1977) - Portsmouth (Dec 1977) - Limerick United (plyr-mgr Jul 1979)

Later an Eire international defender, Eoin played as a right-winger during his one season at the County Ground - scoring an impressive nine goals in just 24 appearances.


HARVEY Malcolm Frank CH 
Born : Swindon 9 February 1945 Died : 27 November 1989, aged 44
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 2 Jun 1960) - Ferndale YC (Feb 1964)

A tall central defender - at 15 he stood 6'1" - Malcolm came through the youth ranks to make a handful of appearances in the Combination side. But he failed to fulfil his potential and was released in June 1963 without having secured a full-time contract.


HELLIN Tony (Anthony) FB 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 26 September 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 25 Jul 1960) - Torquay United (3 Jul 1964) -
South Wales Switchgear (cs 1965)

Tony broke into the Combination side at right-back in March 1962, going on to record 55 appearances. Said to have signed a pro contract in June 1962, there is no record of this at the Football League. Tony made the move to Plainmoor along with 'keeper Mike Turner.


HORNE Stan (Stanley) Frederick M 
Born : Clanfield, Oxon 17 December 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
Bampton Youth - SWINDON TOWN (gsf 29 Feb 1960) - Newcastle United (gsf 2 Jan 1961) -
Aston Villa (Dec 1961) - Manchester City (Sep 1965) - Fulham (Feb 1969) - St Louis Stars (US) (cs 1972) -
Chester City (Aug 1973) - Rochdale (Dec 1973) - Denver Dynamos (US) (cs 1974)

Stan arrived shortly after his 15th birthday, but did not progress beyond the 'A' team during his 11 month stay. He went on to make more than 200 League appearances.


JAMES Jimmy (James) R WF 
Born : Chippenham Q3 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Malmesbury Town - SWINDON TOWN (am 28 May 1962 pro 17 Sep 1964) -
Chippenham Town (cs 1965)

Jimmy played almost all his football in the 'A' team. He scored the winner in a 5-4 Youth Cup victory at Portsmouth in December 1963, to set Town en route for the final.


LLOYD John David FB 
Born : Hitchin, Herts. 10 December 1944  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 1 Jun 1960 pro 8 Jan 1962) - Oxford United (10 Oct 1964) -
Aldershot (Feb 1969) - Margate (Jul 1970) - Ramsgate (cs 1971)

John missed most of the 1962/63 season due to injury, but was a regular at left-back in the Combination side in the following season. He made more than 70 League appearances after moving to the Manor Ground.


PLUMB Dick (Richard) Keith F 
Born : Swindon 24 September 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 16 May 1962 pro 28 Dec 1963) - Bristol Rovers (1 May 1965) -
Yeovil Town (Oct 1968) - Charlton Athletic (Sep 1970) - Exeter City (Aug 1972) -
Yeovil Town (Jan 1974) - Chard Town (Aug 1978) - Trowbridge Town

Dick forced his way into the reserve side towards the end of 1962/63 but was unable to impress boss Bert Head sufficiently to give him a try in the Second Division.


PROSSER Dennis Oliver 'Nat' WH 
Born : Hampstead, London 12 November 1947 Died : Tetbury 18 May 2014, aged 66
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 29 Dec 1962)

A member of the F.A.Youth Cup finalists side in 1964, Nat suffered a badly broken leg in a third team game at Clandown just nine months later, in January 1965. He never fully regained fitness and his contract was cancelled on 9 February 1966.


RICHARDSON Dave (David) FB 
Born : Billingham, Co.Durham 11 March 1932 Died : Leicester 28 October 2008, aged 76
PLAYING CAREER
South Bank - Leicester City (Nov 1949) - Grimsby Town (Jun 1955) - SWINDON TOWN (9 Jun 1960) -
Barrow (7 Jul 1961) - Oadby Town (cs 1963) - Kettering Town - Oadby Town

Dave had made 175 League appearances while at Blundell Park, but the emergence of Town's teenage full-backs John Trollope and Terry Wollen prevented him from breaking his duck at the County Ground.


SCOTT Bob (Robert) John WH 
Born : Dundee 16 March 1937  
PLAYING CAREER
Dundee East Craigie - Dundee Violet - Cardiff City (Jan 1957) - SWINDON TOWN (22 Jun 1961) -
Newport County (29 Nov 1961) - Sankeys Wellington - Southport (Jun 1963) - Boston United (cs 1964)

A right-half, Bob had the evergreen Keith Morgan barring his way to a first team place. Bob's contract was terminated on 22 November. He later moved to Johannesburg to coach.


STEWART Jimmy (James) Milne G 
Born : Perth 15 September 1943  
PLAYING CAREER
Jeanfield Swifts - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Aug 1964)

Jimmy conceded 13 goals in his four appearances for the Combination side and was not retained at the end of his one-month trial.


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.