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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

BROOKE Garry James M 
Born : Bethnal Green, London 24 November 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Aug 1978) - GAIS Gothenburg (Swe) (loan Jan 1980) - Norwich City (Jul 1985) -
Groningen (Hol) (Dec 1986) - Wimbledon (Aug 1988) - Stoke City (loan Mar 1990) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 20 Aug 1990) - Brentford (Aug 1990) -
Baldock Town (Oct 1990) - Colchester United (loan Jan 1991) - Reading (nc Mar 1991) -
Wivenhoe Town (cs 1991) - St Albans City ( ) - Romford - Worthing -
Cornard United - Braintree Town

Gary's only contribution to the Town record books was an appearance in a reserve team friendly at Cirencester.


CLARKE Tony (Antony) D 
Born : Leamington Spa 21 September 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Mansfield Town - Eastwood Town - SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Jan 1990 pro 16 Aug 1990) -
V S Rugby (Oct 1990) - R C Warwick (cs 1992) - Nuneaton Borough - Tamworth -
Bedworth United - Rushall Olympic - Blakenall

Tony made five Combination appearances - four of which were away but which all resulted in wins ! He moved on just two months after signing on as a pro.


COSTELLO Greg (Gregory) D 
Born : Dublin 5 April 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Home Farm - Queens Park Rangers (app May 1986) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 19 Mar 1990 pro 16 Aug 1990) -
Shelbourne (Jan 1991) - Kilkenny City (cs 2000) - Athlone Town (Jan 2001) -
Shamrock Rovers (cs 2001)

Greg was first invited over from Dublin for a one-match trial and signed a pro deal five months later. He played in the first 14 reserve games before deciding to return to Ireland.


ELSEY David John D 
Born : Swindon 19 November 1975  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1992) - Cheltenham Town (cs 1995) -
Gloucester City (cs 1997) - Fairford Town (loan ) - Bath City (cs 1998) -
Mangotsfield United (cs 1999) - Yate Town (Mar 2003)

David came through the youth ranks to reach the reserve side in September 1992, at just 16. By 1994/95 he was a regular at left-back, going on to make 45 Combination appearances.


GRANVILLE John Hubert G 
Born : Scarborough, Tobago 6 May 1956  
PLAYING CAREER
Oakland Stompers (US) (1978) - South California Lazers (1978) - Cleveland Cobras (1979) -
ASL Sports (Tri) (1980) - Slough Town (cs 1984) - Millwall (Oct 1985) -
Los Angeles Aztecs (US) (1986) - Wycombe Wanderers (cs 1987) - Aldershot (Aug 1991) -
Chertsey Town (cs 1992) - Chesham United (cs 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 31 Oct 1994) -
Doc's Khelwalaas FC (T&T) (2000) - Hayes (cs 2001)

John made just one Combination appearance, at home against Luton Town. In July 2007 he returned to the County Ground as goalkeeping coach.


HAMBLIN Chris (Christopher) Paul G 
Born : Bristol 26 May 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1993) - Gloucester City (cs 1995) -
Evesham United - Trowbridge Town (cs 1996) - Boston College Eagles (US) -
Boston Bulldogs

Still only 16 - and lacking height at just 5'9" - Chris made his debut in Town's Combination side in April 1994, in a 0-6 home defeat by Crystal Palace.


HARFORD Paul Raymond Thomas CD 
Born : Chelmsford 21 October 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn 1991) - Blackburn Rovers (Aug 1993) - Wigan Athletic (loan Sep 1994) -
Shrewsbury Town (loan Dec 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 26 Feb 1995) -
Farnborough Town (Jul 1996) - Sacramento Knights (US) (loan May 1998) -
Welling United (trial Oct 1998) - Sutton United (Oct 1998) - Aldershot Town (May 2001) -
Bracknell Town (plyr-co May 2002) - Leatherhead (plyr-asst mgr Dec 2002)

The son of Ray, the 6'4" central defender played in two reserve games in the space of three days - at home against Watford and away at Portsmouth.


HARVEY Iain David M 
Born : Bath 5 September 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 23 Apr 1992 trn Jul 1994) - Bath City (cs 1996) -
Odd Down (loan ) - Clevedon Town (cs 1997) - Bath City (Jul 2001) -
Yate Town (loan Dec 2003) - Tiverton Town (Aug 2004) - Chippenham Town (Jul 2005) -
Bristol Manor Farm (plyr-asst mgr Jan 2016)

Iain joined his home-town club after ending his time at the County Ground as a trainee - and later spent ten years at Hardenhuish Park.


HEFFER Steve (Steven) Paul M 
Born : Southend 11 January 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
West Ham United (trn Jul 1989) - Southend United (trial ) - SWINDON TOWN (cs 1992) -
Grays Athletic (cs 1993) - Hendon (Dec 1993) - Boreham Wood (cs 1996) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (Jun 1999) - Thurrock (Jun 2003) - Billericay Town (Jun 2006) -
Walthamstow (Jul 2009) - Brentwood Town - Great Wakering Rovers

After coming through the Hammers trainee programme at the same time as Mike Macari, Steve made 26 Combination appearances for Town before persuing his career outside of the Football League.


HOLLOWAY Jon (Jonathan) Stuart D 
Born : Swindon 11 February 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 27 Nov 1991 pro Jan 1996) - Scarborough (loan Feb 1996) -
Gloucester City (Mar 1996) - Bath City (cs 1999) - Worcester City (Jun 2001) -
Forest Green Rovers (Jul 2004) - Merthyr Tydfil (Nov 2004) - Bath City (Jul 2005)

Jon made 24 appearances for the reserve side before continuing his playing career elsewhere. But he was soon appointed as a Football in the Community officer at the County Ground, celebrating 20 years in that post in 2016.


KERR James Stewart Robert G 
Born : Bellshill, Lanarks. 13 November 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Glasgow Celtic (May 1993) - SWINDON TOWN (loan 13 Jan 1994) -
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan Nov 1994) - Wigan Athletic (loan Aug 2001)

With Fraser Digby injured, the only cover for Nicky Hammond was youth team keeper Shane Cook. Stewart returned to Parkhead after a month and three reserve games.


LAMB Paul David M 
Born : Plumstead, London 12 September 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Northampton Town (trn 1991) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 16 Jul 1993) -
Dunstable Town (cs 1993) - Buckingham Town (cs 1994) - Bedworth United (cs 1996) -
Buckingham Town ( ) - Wealdstone (cs 1997) - Boreham Wood (Dec 2001) -
Hemel Hempstead Town (Jul 2002) - Brackley Town (cs 2003) - Aylesbury United (Jun 2004) -
Banbury United (Jul 2005) - Woodford United (cs 2007) - Bedworth United (cs 2008) -
Daventry Town (cs 2009)

Having just been released by the Cobblers, Paul played in the second half of Town's opening pre-season friendly at Supermarine.


MIDDLETON Lee John M 
Born : Nuneaton, Warks. 11 September 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Coventry City (May 1989) - SWINDON TOWN (20 Jul 1992) - Corby Town (cs 1994) -
Cambridge United (nc Nov 1995) - Atherstone United - Bedworth United (cs 2002) -
Coalville Town (cs 2003)

Lee made fifty appearances in Town's reserve side and was allocated squad number 24 for the Premiership season. His twin brother Craig, who was at Coventry with Lee, went on to make over 250 League appearances.


MORAH Ollie (Olisa) Henry F 
Born : Islington, London 3 September 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
Tottenham Hotspur (Jul 1991) - Hereford United (loan Nov 1991) - SWINDON TOWN (trial Aug 1992 perm 13 Nov 1992) -
Sutton United (cs 1993) - Woking - Cambridge United (Jun 1994) - Torquay United (loan Mar 1995) -
Welling United

Ollie netted four goals in the opening 11 Combination games, including a brace in a 3-3 draw at Palace. But after signing a contract, he appeared on only three more occasions.


REINELT Robbie (Robert) Squire F 
Born : Loughton, Essex 11 March 1974  
PLAYING CAREER
Charlton Athletic (sb Jul 1989) - Aldershot (trn cs 1990) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Apr 1992) -
Colchester United (trial ) - West Ham United (trial ) - Wivenhoe Town (cs 1992) -
Dagenham & Redbridge (trial Oct 1992) - Rovaniemen Palloseura (Fin) (trial Jan 1993) -
Gillingham (Mar 1993) - Colchester United (Mar 1995) - Brighton & Hove Albion (Feb 1997) -
Leyton Orient (Aug 1998) - Stevenage Borough (Sep 1998) - St Albans City (Jan 1999) -
Braintree Town (cs 1999) - Ford United (cs 2003) - Chatham Town (cs 2004)

When Aldershot folded in 1992 and dropped out of the Football League, Robbie was taken on trial by Town. Five years later, he made the headlines when his goal for Brighton at Hereford kept Albion in the League and sent the Bulls down.


WIMBLE Shaun Michael M 
Born : Portsmouth 28 December 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn 1994) - Woking (cs 1996) - Fulham (Nov 1996) -
Trowbridge Town (Jan 1997) - Yeovil Town (Aug 1997) - Witney Town (Oct 1997) -
Oxford City (Jul 1999) - Calgary Storm (Can) - Oxford City (cs 2000) -
Cirencester Town (cs 2004) - Oxford City (cs 2005)

Shaun broke into Town's reserve side at the end of April 1995, midway through his two years as a trainee. He went on to play almost 200 games for Oxford City.