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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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 !


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.


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.