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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

BARNETT Dave (David) Paul D 
Born : Swindon 20 November 1969  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 12 Oct 1984 pro 13 Jul 1988) - Fairford Town (Dec 1988)

After joining Town at 14, Dave made his debut in the reserve side in October 1986. He was handed a pro contract after completing two years as a trainee but left the County Ground just six months later.


BULL Gary William F 
Born : West Bromwich 12 June 1966  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 11 Sep 1982) - Paget Rangers - Southampton (Oct 1986) -
Cambridge United (Mar 1988) - Barnet (Mar 1989) - Nottinghan Forest (Jul 1993) -
Birmingham City (loan Sep 1994) - Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Aug 1995) -
Birmingham City (Dec 1995) - York City (Mar 1996) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (trial ) -
Scunthorpe United (Jul 1998) - Grantham Town (cs 2000) - Lincoln United (cs 2003) -
Boston Town (cs 2005)

After leaving the County Ground Gary made the same switch - from Paget to The Dell - that Jon Gittens had made a year earlier. Gary went on to net over 60 goals in 250 League appearances.


CARMICHAEL Jack D 
Born : Newcastle-upon-Tyne 11 November 1948  
PLAYING CAREER
Possilpark YMCA - Arsenal (Nov 1966) - Peterborough United (Jan 1971) - New England Tea Men (US) (Apr 1980) -
SWINDON TOWN (25 Sep 1980) - Jacksonville Tea Men (US) (16 Mar 1981) -
Peterborough United (nc Jan 1983)

Jack arrived from North American Soccer League football along with Chris Turner. But unlike his fellow defender, Jack signed a contract to keep him at the County Ground until the summer season in the USA started again. He made 16 Combination appearances, netting once.


GENOVESE Dom (Domenico) F 
Born : Peterborough 2 February 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Stamford - Manchester United (trial Aug 1984) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Sep 1984) -
Boston United (Nov 1984) - Nuneaton Borough (cs 1985) - Boston United (Nov 1985) -
Kettering Town (cs 1986) - Grantham Town (Jan 1987) - Cambridge City (cs 1987) -
Peterborough United (Mar 1988) - Cambridge City - Wisbech Town - Grebbestad IF (Swe) -
Kettering Town - Cambridge City - Holbeach United (cs 1991)

Seven weeks after appearing as a substitute for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly at the County Ground, Dom arrived here on trial. He made five Combination appearances without scoring.


GOULD Stuart Lloyd D 
Born : Swindon 7 September 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Highworth Town (jnrs ) - St Josephs YC - SWINDON TOWN (sb 6 Oct 1981 app 14 Jul 1982) -
Hungerford Town (cs 1985) - Aldbourne Park - Highworth Town

Captain of Swindon Boys in 1980/81, Stuart went on to make over fifty appearances for the Combination side, before returning to local football.


GUEST Brendan John D 
Born : Barnsley 19 December 1958  
PLAYING CAREER
Lincoln City (Dec 1976) - SWINDON TOWN (19 Jul 1980) - Bath City (loan Sep 1980) -
Forest Green Rovers (Feb 1981)

At the start of 1980/81, the reserves first five results - all losses - mirrored those of the first team. Brendan appeared in all five and was soon farmed out on loan. He made five appearances for the England under-19 side.


HALLWORTH Jon (Jonathan) Geoffrey G 
Born : Stockport 26 October 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Ipswich Town (May 1983) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 26 Nov 1984) -
Bristol Rovers (loan Jan 1985) - Fulham (loan Mar 1985) - Oldham Athletic (Feb 1989) -
Cardiff City (Aug 1997) - Newport County (Mar 2001) - Bangor City (Aug 2002)

With 16 year-old Alan Churchward the only cover for Scott Endersby, Jon came on what would end up as a six-week loan - during which he made just three appearances for the Combination side.


KNIGHT Tony (Anthony) G 
Born : Romford, Essex 6 March 1959  
PLAYING CAREER
Luton Town (May 1976) - Dover Athletic (cs 1978) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Aug 1979) -
SWINDON TOWN (loan 26 Feb 1981)

The keeper made his Town debut in a 2-0 Combination win at Cardiff and made a further four appearances before returning to the Goldstone. He played in just six League games - all for the Hatters - during his short career.


LEE Sheldon B M 
Born : India 2 February 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 11 Jul 1984)

Normally utilised as a wide left player, Sheldon's apprenticeship was cancelled when his family emigrated to Los Angeles in December 1985.


OAKEY Graham FB 
Born : Droitwich, Worcs. 5 October 1954  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City (Oct 1972) - Washington Diplomats (US) (loan cs 1977) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 30 Dec 1979) -
Worcester City (Aug 1980) - Stourport Swifts (Dec 1980)

Graham was signed as cover at left-back for the injured Andy Ford, but a postal strike delayed his registration and then bad weather put paid to his first team debut !


OSBORNE Peter Cyril M 
Born : Oxford 11 January 1966  
PLAYING CAREER
Plymouth Argyle (sb ) - Oxford United (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (app 6 Apr 1982) -
Oxford United - Witney Town - Clanfield

Peter played wide on either flank. Released midway through his second season as an apprentice - on 11 January 1984, he played 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly at Forest Green in the August. This prompted the offer of a further trial which Peter declined.


ROUND Dave (David) Leslie CD 
Born : Rowley Regis, Worcs. Apr-Jun 1962  
PLAYING CAREER
Dudley - SWINDON TOWN (app 13 Sep 1979 pro 29 Nov 1980) - Stourbridge (cs 1983) -
Redditch United

A powerful centre-back, Dave made around 100 Combination appearances in two-and-a-half years as a pro.


RUSSELL Colin F 
Born : Liverpool 21 January 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
Liverpool (Apr 1978) - Huddersfield Town (Sep 1982) - Stoke City (Mar 1984) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Aug 1984) -
AFC Bournemouth (Aug 1984) - Doncaster Rovers (Jul 1986) - Scarborough (Oct 1987) -
Wigan Athletic (Jul 1988) - Colne Dynamoes (cs 1989) - Bangor City (cs 1990) -
Morecambe (cs 1992) - Droylsden (cs 1993) - Warrington Town (cs 1994)

Colin was given a one-week trial, playing in a friendly at Forest Green, but immediately after signed on at Dean Court.


SHEPPARD Jimmy (James) M 
Born : Boscombe, Bournemouth 11 March 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (app 13 Jul 1981) - Andover (cs 1983) -
Poole Town - Bashley (Aug 1984) - AFC Lymington (cs 1996) - Lymington & New Milton (cs 2000) -
Brockenhurst - Lymington & New Milton - Bashley (cs 2002) - Lymington & New Milton (cs 2004)

The former Town apprentice made just half a dozen reserve appearances before going on to spend much of his playing career close to his native south coast.


TEASDALE Mark G 
Born : Consett, Co.Durham 11 November 1961  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trial 13 Apr 1981) - Devizes Town (cs 1981) -
Oxford City (cs 1983) - Gloucester City (cs 1986) - Swindon Athletic (Mar 1989) -
Trowbridge Town (cs 1990) - Cheltenham Town (Aug 1995) - Salisbury (Feb 1996) -
Cirencester Town (cs 1996) - Bath City (cs 1998) - Swindon Supermarine (cs 1999)

Mark was given a four-game trial in the reserve side, keeping a clean sheet against Fulham in the final game.


WILKINS Graham George FB 
Born : Hillingdon, Middx. 28 June 1955  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (Jul 1972) - Brentford (Jul 1982) - Southend United (loan Mar 1984) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 24 Sep 1984) - Southall - Hendon (Jan 1985) -
Egham Town

The oldest of four footballing brothers, Graham was one of two Town trialists who appeared in a 2-1 Combination win over Oxford United.