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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

BARRY Nigel P M 
Born : Cirencester, Glos. Jul-Sep 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 8 Nov 1976 app 4 Aug 1977) - Cirencester Town (cs 1979) -
Fairford Town

Nigel made 60 appearances for the reserves side before being released at the end of his apprenticeship.


BRINKWORTH Dickie (Richard) A F 
Born : Swindon 11 January 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 31 Dec 1974 app May 1975 pro Jan 1977) - Margate (cs 1978) -
Gloucester City (Sep 1978) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1979) - Fairford Town (cs 1981)

The younger of two brothers, Dickie progressed to the reserve side in 1975/76, joining Trevor on the scoresheet in a last day 4-0 win at West Ham. In the following two seasons Dickie made 70 Combination appearances up front but found the net on only three occasions.


BRINKWORTH Trevor G D / M 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 6 Jun 1973 app 24 Jul 1974) - Dorchester Town (cs 1976) -
Gloucester City (cs 1979) - Hungerford Town

Trevor made arooud 40 reserve appearances, playing predominantly behind his brother Dickie during the 1975/76 season.


COLLICUT Paul A CD 
Born : Shipston-on-Stour, Warks. 14 January 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol City (sb 1973) - Cheltenham Town (scs 1975) - SWINDON TOWN (14 Aug 1976) -
Trowbridge Town (Mar 1979) - Cheltenham Town (Aug 1983) - Gloucester City (trial Mar 1987) -
Forest Green Rovers (Mar 1987) - Newport AFC (cs 1988) - Cinderford Town -
Forest Green Rovers

Paul made 90 appearances for Town's Combination eleven, but with Steve Aizlewood, Colin Prophett and Russell Lewis in command at the centre of the defence he was unable to make the breakthrough into the League side.


GREEN Alan Peter Charles F 
Born : Fordingbridge, Hants. 19 April 1951  
PLAYING CAREER
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (Jul 1969) - Mansfield Town (Jul 1972) - Salisbury City (cs 1974) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 1976) - Andover (cs 1978) -
Salisbury City (cs 1980) - Andover (plyr-mgr 1981) - Basingstoke Town (cs 1983) -
Woodfalls FC (plyr-mgr )

Salisbury striker Alan joined Town on their pre-season Scottish tour, playing as a subsititute at Ayr and the full ninety minutes at Dunfermline.


HEHIR Kieran Patrick F F 
Born : Cheltenham 16 December 1955 Died : Cheltenham 7 December 2020, aged 64
PLAYING CAREER
St Marks CA - Cheltenham Town (trial Oct 1974) - St Marks CA - Cheltenham Town (nc May 1975 pro Aug 1976) -
Barry Town (loan Jan 1978) - SWINDON TOWN (nc Sep 1978) -
Evesham United (Jan 1979) - St Marks CA

Kieran played in half a dozen Combination games without a contract - scoring on his debut in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham. He had previously netted 37 goals for Cheltenham in only 89 starts.


KELLY Ged (Gerard) Anthony FB 
Born : Melton Mowbray, Leics. Oct-Dec 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 7 Jul 1976 pro Feb 1978) - Gloucester City (cs 1979) -
Fairford Town

Ged had made 30 reserve appearances before injury halted his career in December 1977. He signed a contract extension to June 1979 but never played full-time football again after he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in a knee in October 1978.


LYMER Steve (Steven) J G 
Born : Oxford Jan-Mar 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Jul 1976) - Witney Town (Jan 1979)

Steve made his Combination debut in March 1977, keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Arsenal. But he appeared in only 15 more games at that level, the last coming in November 1978.


MEAGROW Mark Henry G 
Born : Newbury, Berks. Jul-Sep 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 9 Oct 1975) - Thatcham Town - Buckingham Town

Mark made just one reserve team appearance, just a few days after signing schoolboy forms aged 15. The third different 'keeper in as many games, Mark conceded five at Southampton.


NORMAN Ken (Kenneth) A FB 
Born : Gloucester Jan-Mar 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Torquay United (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Aug 1977 pro 16 Mar 1979) -
Gloucester City (Jan 1981) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1981) - Gloucester City (cs 1985)

Ken played in the Combination side for three seasons, predominantly at right-back, making almost 80 appearances.


REILLY Derrick Kevin Anthony D 
Born : Surrey 4 July 1960 Died : Swindon 19 June 2013, aged 52
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 28 Jan 1976 app 7 Jul 1976) - Hungerford Town -
Swindon Supermarine

A two-footed defender, Derrick made just over 40 Combination appearances but was released in the summer of 1978 after failing to gain a pro contract.


RUSTELL Micky (Michael) Charles M 
Born : Beckington, Somerset 17 September 1962 Died : Warminster, Wilts. 4 February 2013, aged 50
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Jun 1979 pro 20 Sep 1980) - Frome Town (Mar 1981) -
Calne Town - Westbury United - Trowbridge Town (cs 1984) - Melksham Town (Oct 1985) -
Shepton Mallet Town

A tricky winger, Mickey impressed enough to be handed a pro contract on his 18th birthday. But his joy did not last too long as he was released before the season was out. He was killed in a road accident on the Warminster by-pass.


TANNER Keith R FB 
Born : Hammersmith, London Jan-Mar 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (asb 8 Jun 1973 app 24 Jul 1974) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1977) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1980) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1980) - Gloucester City (Oct 1982)

A regular at left-back for three seasons, Keith made 109 appearances for the Combination side and a further forty in the Midland Youth league - but was not given a pro contract by Danny Williams. Keith made his debut in the Hellenic League soon after his 16th birthday, in April 1974.


THOMPSON Mark A D 
Born : Swindon Jan-Mar 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 9 Aug 1974) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1977) -
Avebury (cs 1981) - Gloucester City (Mar 1984) - Penhill

Mark made more that 80 reserve appearances in three seasons at the County Ground but failed to secure a pro contract.


TWIGGER Liam A G 
Born : Folkestone, Kent Apr-Jun 1963  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 16 Jul 1979) - Kingsway Olympic (Aus) - Sorrento -
Balga - Inglewood United

Liam's family emigrated to Australia when he was an infant. He came back aged 16 to complete a two-year apprenticeship at the County Ground, but with no offers of a contract in the UK, he returned to Perth.


WALTERS Jimmy (James) G M 
Born : Swindon Jul-Sep 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app Jul 1978) - Fairford Town (cs 1980) -
Witney Town - Banbury United - Oxford City (cs 1984) - Hungerford Town -
Chippenham Town (cs 1990) - Swindon Supermarine (cs 1994)

A regular in the reserves with over forty appearances during his two seasons at the County Ground.