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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

BRAIDWOOD Jason Paul M 
Born : Reading 16 February 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (sb 8 Jul 1988 trn 13 Jul 1989) - Wycombe Wanderers (Jul 1991) -
Basingstoke Town - Andover (cs 1992) - Thatcham Town

Jason made a handful of Combination appearances during the last six months of his time as a trainee. He later managed Thatcham, Andover, Kintbury, Newbury and Hungerford.


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.


CHIEDOZIE John Okay WF 
Born : Owerri, Nigeria 18 April 1960  
PLAYING CAREER
Orient (Apr 1977) - Notts County (Aug 1981) - Tottenham Hotspur (Aug 1984) - Derby County (Aug 1988) -
Notts County (nc Jan 1990) - Chesterfield (nc Mar 1990) - AFC Bournemouth (nc 1990) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 1990) - Bashley (trial Oct 1991) -
Barking (Dec 1991) - Bashley (cs Jan 1992)

After being released midway through 1989/90, John was given a pre-season trial by Town - scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for the reserves at Hungerford. He gained 9 full caps for Nigeria.


CLARKE Tony (Anthony) 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.


COOK Shane Anthony G 
Born : Bristol Oct-Dec 1975  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol City (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jan 1992) -
Cheltenham Town (cs 1994) - Gloucester City (Feb 1996) - Witney Town (cs 1996)

Following Fraser Digby's injury at Hillsborough in the final game of 1993, Shane sat on the bench for the Premiership games against Chelsea and Coventry. While at Whaddon Road, he was still employed by Town - as Football in the Community Officer.


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 ( Aug 1999) - Yate Town

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.


FISHLOCK Murray Edward D 
Born : Marlborough, Wilts. 23 September 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Pewsey Vale - Gloucester City (cs 1992) - Trowbridge Town (cs 1994) -
Hereford United (Sep 1994) - Yeovil Town (cs 1998 to Jan 2000) - Woking (Jan 2002) -
Melksham Town (loan Feb 2002) - Chippenham Town (Aug 2002) - Pewsey Vale

A left-back, Murray made his debut for the Combination side in August 1991, in a 2-2 home draw with Millwall.


FRASER Jimmy (James) F 
Born : Swindon 22 November 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Ferndale YC - Croft YC - SWINDON TOWN (app Jul 1993) - Portsmouth (cs 1995) -
Kidderminster Harriers - Worcester City - Bath City ( Sep 1998) - Basingstoke Town (Jun 2001) -
Chippenham Town (loan Feb 2002)

From 1999, Jimmy combined playing part-time football while coaching in Town's Centre of Excellence. In 2004 he joined the Chelsea Academy set-up and by 2020 he was assistant head of youth development at Stamford Bridge.


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.


GREEN Richard Edward CD 
Born : Wolverhampton 22 November 1967  
PLAYING CAREER
Shrewsbury Town (Jul 1986) - SWINDON TOWN (25 Oct 1990) - Gillingham (6 Mar 1992) -
Walsall (Aug 1998) - Rochdale (loan Sep 1999) - Northampton Town (Jan 2000) -
Rochdale (cs 2001)

Brought in as cover when Colin Calderwood was out with a long-term injury and loanee Nick Tanner had returned to Liverpool, Richard made five appearances on the bench without being required. He was left in the Combination side by Glenn Hoddle for the whole of the following season.


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
Wootton Bassett Town (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (sb 27 Nov 1991 pro Jan 1996) -
Scarborough (loan Feb 1996) - Gloucester City (Mar 1996) - Bath City (cs 1999) -
Worcester City (May 2001) - Forest Green Rovers (Jul 2004) - Merthyr Tydfil (Nov 2004) -
Bath City (Jun 2005) - Wootton Bassett Town

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.


HONOR Chris (Christian) Jonathan FB 
Born : Bristol 5 June 1968  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol City (Jun 1986) - Torquay United (loan Nov 1986) - Hereford United (loan Dec 1989) -
Swansea City (loan Jan 1991) - Airdrieonians (Aug 1991) - Cardiff City ( Feb 1995) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial May 1995) - Bath City (cs 1995) -
Slough Town (Sep 1995) - Fulham (trial Jul 1996) - Bath City (Sep 1996) -
Newport AFC (Dec 1996) - Partick Thistle (trial Sep 1997) - Forest Green Rovers -
Newport County (loan Feb 2000) - Basingstoke Town (Jul 2000) - Bath City (Jul 2002) -
Yate Town (cs 2003) - Brislington

After four seasons in Scotland, Chris was looking for a club 'closer to home' and came on trial for two Combination games at the end of 1994/95.


JAMES Stuart Edward D 
Born : Bristol 12 September 1975  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1992 pro Jul 1994) - Chelsea (trial Jul 1995) -
Weymouth (nc Aug 1995) - Bath City (Oct 1995) - Newport AFC (cs 2000) -
Bath City (Oct 2002) - Salisbury City (Jul 2003)

Stuart made his debut for the reserves in February 1993, going on to make over fifty Combination appearaances. His first as a pro did not end well, as he was sent off at Crystal Palace on the opening day of the 1994/95 season ! The closest Stuart came to making the first team was three weeks later - as an unused substitute in an Anglo-Italian Cup tie in Venice.


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.


LAIDLAW Jamie Daniel F 
Born : Doncaster 22 July 1977  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1993) - Yeovil Town (Mar 1996) - Bashley (Feb 1997) -
Farnborough Town (Nov 1997) - Bashley - Newport IOW - Chichester City United (cs 2000) -
Bognor Regis Town (Mar 2002) - Chichester City United (Jul 2003) - Winchester City (Apr 2004) -
Gosport Borough (cs 2005)

The son of Joe - who netted over 100 League goals during his career - Jamie found them hard to come by at Combination level, netting just a handful in thirty 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.


SPALDING Lee Andre D 
Born : Swindon 21 August 1972  
PLAYING CAREER
Highworth Town - SWINDON TOWN (trn 23 Mar 1989 pro 21 Mar 1991) -
Wycombe Wanderers (May 1991) - Forest Green Rovers (cs 1992) - Newport IOW (cs 1993) -
Highworth Town

Lee was handed a monthly pro contract after his spell as a trainee - which was only renewed once. Signing for the Chairboys, he helped them to a runners-up slot in the Conference. During his second spell at Highworth, Lee went into coaching and was later manager at Supermarine.


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.