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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

ABBOTT Peter Ashley F 
Born : Rotherham 1 October 1953  
PLAYING CAREER
Manchester United (Oct 1970) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 12 Oct 1973) -
Swansea City (Feb 1974) - Hartford Bicentennials (US) (cs 1976) - Crewe Alexandra (Aug 1976) -
Southend United (Jul 1977)

Peter made just two Combination appearances while at the County Ground, prior to his loan being terminated ten days early.


BROOM Glynn L CD 
Born : Twerton, Bath 17 September 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 16 Dec 1969 app Apr 1971 pro 19 Nov 1973) -
Bath City (cs 1976) - Yeovil Town (Jul 1979)

Glyn made his reserve debut shortly before the end of 1971/72 and became a regular in the side from October 1973, eventually totalling almost 100 appearances. Now a paramedic with the South Western Ambulance Service.


GARDNER Clive J WF 
Born : Wellington, Somerset 20 March 1957  
PLAYING CAREER
Radlett & Rowlyng FC - SWINDON TOWN (sb 26 Jan 1973 app Aug 1974) -
Taunton British Railways - Taunton Town

A left-winger, Clive made his reserve team debut in March 1974, going on to make almost 60 appearances.


GILL Kenny (Kenneth) John D / M 
Born : Swindon 5 November 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 22 Mar 1970 pro 12 Jul 1974) - Devizes Town (cs 1975) -
Frome Town (cs 1977) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1979) - Newport County (nc Sep 1985) -
Yate Town - Swindon Athletic (cs 1989) - Cirencester Town

Kenny came up through the ranks after joining Town aged 14. He could not break into Danny Williams first team squad after signing a pro contract - but went on to make 19 League appearances for Newport, either side of his 30th birthday.


GOUGH Allan R CH 
Born : Cheltenham 3 July 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 2 Mar 1971) - Kidderminster Harriers (trial cs 1973) -
Swansea City (cs 1973) - Gloucester City (Oct 1973) - Cinderford Town (cs 1978)

A 6'3" defender at just 17, Allan helped Town to reach the F A Youth Cup quarter-finals in 1972/73. He made 16 Combination appearances.


KEARNS Mick (Michael) G 
Born : Banbury, Oxon. 26 November 1950  
PLAYING CAREER
Banbury United - Oxford United (Jul 1968) - SWINDON TOWN (guest May 1970) -
Plymouth Argyle (loan Oct 1972) - Charlton Athletic (loan Feb 1973) -
Walsall (Jul 1973) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (Jul 1979) - Walsall (Aug 1982)

Mick was hastily 'borrowed' for Town's Anglo-Italian Cup adventure following Peter Downsborough's injury in a friendly at Yeovil a few days after the opening fixture. Roy Jones played in the remaining four games while Mick looked on from the bench. Three years later, Les Allen wanted to sign him but he failed a medical on one of his knees. Mick went on to play more than 300 games !


MUNDY Chris (Christopher) Charles M 
Born : Marlborough 23 May 1954 Died : Great Ryburgh, Norfolk 30 September 2008, aged 54
PLAYING CAREER
Hungerford Town - SWINDON TOWN (sb 31 Oct 1968 app 24 Jul 1969)

Signed at 14, Chris failed to show his early potential and had made just a couple of Combination appearances before being released in May 1972.


NEWMAN Steve (Steven) J G 
Born : Swindon 11 November 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 17 Jun 1969 app 24 Apr 1971 pro 15 Nov 1973)

Promoted to the reserve side for the final two games of 1971/72, Steve starred in the Youth Cup side which reached the quarter-finals of the F.A.Youth Cup in the following season.


SCARROTT Steve (Stephen) W FB 
Born : Cheltenham 15 October 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 28 Oct 1970 pro 17 Oct 1973) - Bath City (loan Mar 1974) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1974) - Gloucester City (cs 1977) - Trowbridge Town -
Cheltenham Town - Gloucester City (plyr-mgr Nov 1985) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1987)

Steve first broke into the reserve side in September 1971. By 1973/74, he was a regular at left-back, before ending his Town career out on loan at Twerton.


STROUD Vince (Vincent) H HB 
Born : Ealing, London Q2 1952  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 18 Oct 1968 pro 3 Apr 1970) - Hereford United (cs 1973) -
Bath City (cs 1974) - Trowbridge Town - SWINDON TOWN (loan Apr 1979) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1980)

The older brother of Ken, the two siblings often lined up in the same reserve side.


TURNER Gary G M 
Born : Surrey 13 March 1956  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 2 May 1972 app 14 Jul 1972)

Gary played in the side which won the Midland Youth championship in 1973, but made only half a dozen Combination appearances before being released in 1974.


WALKEY Steve (Stephen) M 
Born : Frome, Somerset 20 October 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 13 Jan 1971 pro 25 Oct 1973) - Bath City (cs 1974) -
Trowbridge Town - Frome Town

Steve was a member of the side that lifted the Midland Youth title in 1973 - when he scored nine goals in all competitions. Given a free transfer in April 1974, he was playing for his home town club ten years later.


YOUNG Andy (Andrew) E D 
Born : Swindon Q4 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 22 Mar 1970 pro 15 May 1973) - Hungerford Town

Andy made 40 Combination appearances after being promoted to the pro ranks. The father of striker Alan Young, Andy left the club in 1975.