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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.

FIND PLAYER BY SURNAME: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | V | W | Y

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

ALLEN Keith D FB 
Born : Cheltenham 30 April 1952  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 19 Aug 1967) - Hereford United (trial Sep 1971) -
Worcester City (Oct 1971) - Bromsgrove Rovers (May 1975) - Cheltenham Town -
Gloucester City (Feb 1976) - Clevedon Town (cs 1978)

Keith made his Combination debut at just 15 - in November 1967 - and was a regular in that side until being released in May 1971.


CLARK David IF 
Born : Wootton Bassett 2 December 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 29 Apr 1963 pro 29 Nov 1965)

David was a regular in the Combination side's number ten shirt between 1965 and 1967, netting nine goals in fifty appearances. But he was then played a little deeper at left-half in his third season as a pro before being released at the end of it.


CLAYPOLE Darryl S FB / WF 
Born : Market Bosworth, Leics. March 1952  
PLAYING CAREER
Leicester City (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 30 Aug 1967 pro 17 Mar 1970)

Darryl first broke into the reserve side in August 1967, at just 15. He started on the left-wing but by 1970/71 he was a regular at left-back. Darryl had made almost 70 Combination appearances when he was released in May 1971.


CORBETT Dave (David) John WH 
Born : Swindon 7 September 1947  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 29 Apr 1963 pro 8 Sep 1965) - Cheltenham Town (Feb 1966)

The son of 1940's forward Jim (q.v.), Dave made just a handful of reserve appearances after signing as a pro on his 18th birthday.


FREEMAN Dave (David) H M 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 25 Aug 1966) - Clanfield (cs 1968)

After making almost 60 appearances for Town's reserves and 'A' team, Dave left to assist Clanfield. But a serious injury - a ruptured spleen - during training in October 1968 almost ended his career. But he returned to action before the end of the season and in December 1970 took over the captaincy from former Swindon skipper Keith Morgan.


HANDRICK Roger Ian WH 
Born : Chaddesdon, Derbys. Oct-Dec 1942  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (2 Dec 1968)

A late arrival into the professional game, Roger appeared in all 35 Combination games in 1969/70 but was then released.


JEFFREY James Barry FB 
Born : Bath Jul-Sep 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 3 Jul 1964 pro 25 Aug 1966) - Bath City (cs 1968)

A right-back who made his debut for the reserves as a first-year apprentice in October 1964, Barry went on to make just over fifty appearances in the Combination side.


LLOYD Robert Clive IF 
Born : Merthyr Tydfil, Glam. 4 September 1945  
PLAYING CAREER
Norwich City (Sep 1962) - Cardiff City (Aug 1964) - SWINDON TOWN (23 Aug 1965) -
Portmadoc ( Jan 1966) - Merthyr Tydfil (cs 1967) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1968) -
Hereford United (cs 1969) - Merthyr Tydfil

Clive had made three senior appearances while at Ninian Park, but made only seven reserve appearances during a brief spell at the County Ground.


LLOYD Paul Anthony G 
Born : Paddington, London 10 August 1946  
PLAYING CAREER
Penhill - SWINDON TOWN (am Jan 1966) - Trowbridge Town - Devizes Town

Paul was originally signed as youth team goalkeeper, but the club then realised he was too old ! He managed just a single appearance in Town's reserve side, when he was unfortunately on the end of a 7-1 defeat to a Peterborough side that included seven first team players who were involved in a pay dispute. Later in his career, as a manager, Paul took Devizes to the quarter-finals of the F A Vase.


MASCIA Enzo (Vincenzo) WF 
Born : Italy 4 February 1950  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 13 Jul 1965 pro 10 May 1967) - Bristol Rovers ( 13 Jun 1969) -
Clanfield (cs 1970) - Trowbridge Town - Calne Town (cs 1972)

A former schoolboy sprinter, Enzo was a regular on the right wing in the Combination side after turning pro at 17. After making around 70 appearances he was released in May 1969. Despite not making a first team appearance, Enzo made the front cover of the Town programme in January 2003. In a case of 'mistaken identity' he was shown as one of four of the club's top goalscorers instead of Don Rogers !


MATCHWICK Peter E R F 
Born : Gloucester Apr-Jun 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 30 Aug 1968) - Cheltenham Town (am Oct 1968) -
Wilton Rovers - Gloucester City (Mar 1975)

Peter made a dozen appearances in the Combination and Hellenic sides (scoring four goals) - all of which were on a Saturday. From the October, he dovetailed these with six mid-week appearances for Cheltenham in the Midland Floodlit League.


NEWMAN Haydn C U 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1947  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (am 20 Jul 1966) - Chippenham Town (cs 1967) -
Devizes Town (cs 1968)

A right-sided player, Haydn was a regular in the 'A' team from the start of 1964/65. He travelled to Gilliingham as twelfth man for the reserve side in October 1966, but was not called upon and left the County Ground at the end of the season.


PERRY Vince (Vincent) I WF 
Born : Keynsham, Somerset Apr-Jun 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 3 Jul 1964 pro 21 Jun 1966) - Welton Rovers (cs 1967) -
Devizes Town

Predominantly a right-winger, Vince spent two seasons in Town's Combination squad - one either side of him signing a pro contract at the County Ground.


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.


WRINTMORE Ken (Kenneth) J F 
Born : Bath March 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app Mar 1963) - Bath City (Jan 1966) - Trowbridge Town (May 1968)

Ken made his debut in the Hellenic League side at the start of 1963/64 but did not get a chance in the reserve side until the end of December 1965 when he played in a 2-2 draw at Ipswich. He was released soon aftewards.