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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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ALLISON Neil James CD 
Born : Kingston-upon-Hull 20 October 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Hull City (Jul 1992) - SWINDON TOWN (1 Nov 1996) - Sligo Rovers (Dec 1996) -
North Ferriby United (Feb 1997) - Chesterfield (nc Mar 1997) - Guiseley (cs 1997) -
Woodlands Wellington (Sin) - Geylang United (cs 1997) - Gainsborough Trinity (Dec 1998) -
Ossett Town (cs 2005) - North Ferriby United (2006)

After making nearly 130 League appearances for his home town club, Neil came to Swindon on a 'free'. But he swiftly moved on to Ireland having managed just three reserve games.


BENNETT Steve (Steven) James D 
Born : Cirencester, Glos. 29 March 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Poulton - Fairford Town - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1996) - Gloucester City ( Oct 1998) -
Hungerford Town - Cirencester Town - Gloucester City (Jul 2001) - Swindon Supermarine

Steve made just one start in the reserve side at Chelsea in November 1997, after a couple of substitute appearances.


BETTERTON Anthony Graham G 
Born : Swindon 24 October 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1996) - Bristol City (cs 1998) -
Salisbury City (cs 1999) - Highworth Town (Aug 2000) - Pewsey Vale (cs 2002) -
Swindon Supermarine (loan Dec 2002 perm Jul 2003) - Shrivenham (cs 2006) -
Highworth Town (Jul 2012)

Anthony played in just four reserve games - his debut coming in a 6-2 home defeat to Arsenal in January 1997. His other three appearances were all in November of that year.


BOLI Roger Zouko F 
Born : Adjame, Ivory Coast 29 June 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Romainville (Fr) - AJ Auxerre - LOSC Lille (cs 1988) - RC Lens (cs 1989) -
Havre AC (cs 1996) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 21 Jul 1997) -
Walsall (Aug 1997) - Dundee United (Jul 1998) - AFC Bournemouth (Oct 1998)

Roger, then 32, played in the 2-2 friendly draw with Tottenham, alongside Wayne Allison.


BURKE Nicky F 
Born : Waterford, Rep. of Ireland 3 January 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
Leeds United (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997) - Barry Town (cs 1999) -
Exeter City (trial Apr 2000) - Llanelli (cs 2001) - Port Talbot Town (Jan 2002) -
Barry Town (2002) - Carmarthen Town (Aug 2003) - Bridgend Town - Massachusetts Twisters (US)

Nicky reached the subs bench for the reserves six months into his time as a trainee. But he was released without gaining a contract and spent most of his subsequent career in south Wales.


COUPE Matt (Matthew) William E D 
Born : St Asaph, Denbighs. 7 October 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1995) - Forest Green Rovers (Aug 1997) -
Gloucester City (cs 1999) - Clevedon Town (cs 2000) - Bath City (Jun 2001) -
Aberystwyth Town (Jun 2001) - Forest Green Rovers (Jan 2002) - Chippenham Town (loan Jan 2003) -
Bath City (Feb 2003) - Gloucester City (Sep 2010) - Chippenham Town (Jun 2014) -
Bath City (cs 2015) - Mangotsfield United (Nov 2016) - Cirencester Town (Feb 2017) -
Swindon Supermarine (Oct 2017)

Matt was released after completing his term as trainee at the County Ground, but went on to have a 20-year career in non-League football.


CRAWFORD Jimmy (James) M 
Born : Chicago, USA 1 May 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Terenure College AFC - Bohemian (Aug 1991) - Newcastle United (Mar 1995) - Rotherham United (loan Sep 1996) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 3 Feb 1997) - Dundee (loan Feb 1998) -
Reading (Mar 1998) - Shelbourne (Aug 2000) - Sporting Fingal (Feb 2008)

Jimmy came to the County Ground on a two-match trial - appearing in successive 2-2 draws with the Combination side.


CULBERTSON Ricky (Richard) David James D 
Born : Ballymena, Co.Antrim 10 August 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Cullybackey Blues - Ballykeel Red Star - Norwich City (sb 1996) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997 pro 1 Sep 1999) -
Ballymena United (loan 3 Sep 1999) - Larne (loan 17 Dec 1999) -
Ballymena United (May 2000) - Ballyclare Comrades - Ballymena United (Feb 2002) -
Brantwood - Carrick Rangers (Jul 2004) - Army (2005) - Ballymena United (trial Jul 2008) -
Ballykeel - Chimney Corner (p/co Mar 2011) - Wakehurst (cs 2011) -
Ballykeel (cs 2014) - Carniny Rangers (cs 2015) - Wakehurst (cs 2016) -
Ballymena Town - Carniny Rangers (cs 2018) - Braid United (Aug 2019) -
Galgorm Blues (Nov 2019)

A former captain of Northern Ireland's under-15s, Ricky made his debut for the reserves in September 1998 when he came on at half-time against Queens Park Rangers with Town 0-4 down ! He helped his side stem the tide to just one more goal, but he saw an early bath following a clash with Vinny Jones !


DIX Neil F 
Born : Swindon 29 January 1981  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997) - Highworth Town (cs 1999) -
Cirencester Town (cs 2001) - Devizes Town (Mar 2003) - Swindon Supermarine (Jul 2005) -
Wootton Bassett Town (cs 2007) - KCFC (cs 2008)

Neil started the 1998/99 season with a brace in a 5-1 Combination win at Barnet. But he failed to realise his potential and was playing in the Wilts League Second Division by 2008.


FELLNER Gerhard F 
Born : Saalfelden, Austria 24 April 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
SV Casino Salzburg (Aut) (Jul 1989) - SR Donaufeld (loan Sep 1991) - FC Puch (loan Jul 1992) -
SV Braunau (Jul 1993) - VSE St. Pölten (Jul 1996) - Falkirk (Mar 1997) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Jul 1997) -
VSE St. Pölten (Aut) (Jul 1997) - VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (Jul 1998) - St Mirren ( Aug 2002) -
LASK Linz (Aut) ( Jan 2003) - SV Grieskirchen (Jan 2004) - FC Superfund (Jul 2004) -
LASK Linz (Jan 2005) - First Vienna (Jul 2007) - SV Karlstetten (Jul 2010) -
SC Litschau (Jul 2011)

The Austrian appeared in Town's first four pre-season friendlies, scoring three times. But there was little money available to boss Jimmy Quinn to allow him to make a reasonable contract offer.


FINLAYSON Alex (Alexander) John F 
Born : Edinburgh 30 January 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1995 pro Jul 1997) - Salisbury City (loan 2 Sep 1997) -
Worcester City (loan 24 Dec 1997) - Cambridge United (nc 25 Mar 1998) -
Barry Town (cs 1998) - Gala Fairydean (Jan 1999) - Newtongrange Star (cs 1999) -
Haddington Athletic (cs 2001) - Dalkeith Thistle (cs 2009) - Armadale Thistle (Mar 2011) -
Stoneyburn (Aug 2012) - Haddington Athletic (cs 2014)

Alex netted 28 goals for the youth and reserves sides during his second season as a trainee but boss Steve McMahon did not consider him ready for the first team.


GUSTAFSON VON ZEIPEL Jens Gåvan F 
Born : Stockholm, Sweden 3 April 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Hammarby IF (Swe) (1992) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 6 Dec 1999) -
Enköpings SK (Swe) (Apr 2001) - Haningealliansens FF (Apr 2005) - Boldklub Saturnus (Apr 2008) -
FC Sampierdarenese Stoccolma (Apr 2013)

Jens played on trial in a 2-0 reserves win at Oxford in Dec 1999. A Sweden under-21 international, he was still playing in 2020 at the age of 47.


HODGSON Richard James M 
Born : Sunderland 1 October 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Nottinghan Forest (Oct 1996) - TP Seinajoki (Fin) (loan cs 1998) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 15 Nov 1999) -
Scunthorpe United (nc Mar 2000) - Darlington (Aug 2000) - Farnborough Town (Aug 2003) -
Bristol Rovers (trial Dec 2003) - Stevenage Borough (Mar 2004) - Forest Green Rovers (loan Aug 2004) -
Crawley Town (Oct 2004) - Cambridge United (Oct 2004) - Pahang (Mly) (Jan 2005) -
Crawley Town (Jun 2005) - Carshalton Athletic (cs 2005) - Gravesend & Northfleet (Dec 2005) -
Farnborough Town (cs 2006) - Blyth Spartans (Mar 2007) - Sunderland Nissan (Sep 2007) -
Whitley Bay (cs 2009) - Sunderland RCA (2010) - Bedlington Terriers (Sep 2010) -
Crook Town (Jun 2011)

Richard played on trial in Town's 2-1 reserves win over Portsmouth four months before being released by Forest.


HODSON Stuart David U 
Born : Wigan, Lancs. 11 November 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1996) - Cirencester Town (cs Jan 1998) -
Pewsey Vale - Cirencester Town (Dec 2002) - Swindon Supermarine (cs 2003) -
Fairford Town (cs 2004) - Highworth Town - Greenmeadow FC

Released at the end of his stint as a trainee, Stuart spent the remainder of his career in local football where he both enjoyed success and suffered from disciplinary issues. During his time at Pewsey in 2002, he was handed a 16-week ban - while in 2008/09 he was top scorer for Greenmeadow with 36 goals.


JONES Mark Andrew F 
Born : Willenhall, Staffs. 7 September 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Aston Villa (sb ) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sep 1996) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Feb 1999) -
Cheltenham Town (loan Oct 1999) - Chesterfield (Aug 2000) - Raith Rovers (loan Feb 2001 perm Nov 2001) -
Hednesford Town (cs 2002) - Bromsgrove Rovers (loan cs 2003)

Mark was given a one-game trial whilst with Wolves, playing in a home Combination game against Norwich.


JOSEPH Roger Anthony D 
Born : Paddington, London 24 December 1965  
PLAYING CAREER
Southall (Aug 1983) - Brentford (Oct 1984) - Wimbledon (Aug 1988) - Millwall (loan Mar 1995) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Oct 1995) - Chelsea (nc 1996) -
Leyton Orient (nc Nov 1996) - West Bromwich Albion (nc Feb 1997) -
Leyton Orient (Aug 1997) - Southall (Aug 2001) - Kings Lynn (Nov 2001) - AFC Wimbledon (cs 2003) -
Leatherhead (cs 2003) - Southall (cs 2004) - AFC Wimbledon (Jan 2005)

Roger turned out at centre-half for Town's reserves in a 1-0 home win over Luton.


KACHLOUL Hassan M 
Born : Agadir, Morocco 16 February 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Nimes Olympique (Fr) (cs 1992) - USL Dunkerque (loan cs 1995) - Metz (cs 1996) -
SWINDON TOWN (trial 22 Sep 1997) - AS St Etienne (Oct 1997) -
Southampton (Oct 1998) - Aston Villa (Jul 2001) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan Sep 2003) -
Livingston (Mar 2005)

The Moroccan was on show in a home Combination fixture against Norwich. He was on the scoresheet, but Town went down 2-1.


LÉONI Stéphane D 
Born : St Mihiel, France 5 March 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Metz (Fr) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 8 Sep 1997) - Bristol Rovers (Aug 1998) -
Oxford United (trial Sep 1999) - Dundee United (Jun 2000) - Leyton Orient (trial Jul 2001) -
Chesterfield (trial Aug 2001) - Rushton & Diamonds (trial Aug 2001) -
Oldham Athletic (trial Sep 2001) - CS Sedan-Ardennes (Fr) (Jan 2002) -
AS Beauvais Oise (Jun 2002) - Stade Brestois 29 (trial 2003) - Sp Vgg Greuter Fürth (Ger) (Feb 2004) -
Rouen (Fr) (Jul 2004) - Racing Club de Strasbourg (Oct 2005) - Sete 34 (Dec 2005) -
Metz (Jun 2006) - AC Ajaccio (trial Dec 2008) - AS Cannes (May 2009) -
Differdange (Lux) (Aug 2010) - SC Amiens (Fr) (Sep 2012) - SCO Amneville (cs 2014)

Given a one-match trial at right-back in a Combination fixture against Charlton.


MACDIARMID Phil (Philip) Edward M 
Born : Liverpool 17 June 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Queens Park Rangers (sb ) - Derby County (sb ) - Liverpool (sb ) -
SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1996) - Bristol City (cs 1998) -
Southport (cs 1999) - Marine (cs 2000) - Rhyl - Leigh RMI - Runcorn FC Halton -
Congleton - Connahs Quay Nomads (Aug 2006) - Leek Town (Jan 2007) - Connahs Quay Nomads (Jan 2008) -
Caernarfon Town (Sep 2008) - Old Holts (Jan 2009)

One of a number of Merseysiders to go through the trainee process at Swindon while Steve McMahon was in charge, Phil went on to work for the Liverpool academy.


MASON Paul David M 
Born : Kensington, London 3 September 1963  
PLAYING CAREER
Liverpool (sb 1974) - Everton (app Jul 1979) - Tranmere Rovers (nc 1980) -
Port Sunlight (cs 1981) - FC Groningen (Hol) (1984) - Aberdeen (Jul 1988) -
Ipswich Town (Jun 1993) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 16 Nov 1998) -
Woodbridge Town

Paul came to the County Ground on a one-game trial - playing in Town's Combination fixture against Brighton.


QUAYLE Mark Leslie F 
Born : Liverpool 2 October 1978  
PLAYING CAREER
Everton (Oct 1995) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 27 Oct 1997) - Cambridge United (trial Dec 1997) -
Notts County (Jun 1998) - Grantham (loan Feb 1999) - Grimsby Town (trial Jun 1999) -
Leigh RMI (trial ) - Oldham Athletic (trial ) - Ilkeston Town (Feb 2000) -
Altrincham (Aug 2000) - Morecambe (Oct 2000) - Telford United (loan Aug 2001) -
Leigh RMI (Sep 2001) - Telford United (Dec 2001) - Nuneaton Borough (May 2002) -
Chester City (loan Feb 2003) - Scarborough (Jul 2003) - Northwich Victoria (Jul 2004) -
Scarborough (Jul 2005) - Hyde United (loan Mar 2006) - Lancaster City (Sep 2006) -
Colwyn Bay (plyr-co Jan 2007)

Mark was on a weekly contract at Goodison when he was invited down on trial. He hit three goals in six reserve appearances but was unable to secure a permanent stay.


RAWLINS Matt (Matthew) Benjamin F 
Born : Bristol 12 September 1975  
PLAYING CAREER
Arsenal (trn Jul 1992) - Wolverhampton Wanderers (cs 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 11 Sep 1995) -
Bristol City (trial ) - AFC Bournemouth (trial ) - Cardiff City (trial ) -
Sligo Rovers - Cheltenham Town - Mangotsfield United - Weston-Super-Mare - Chippenham Town -
Yate Town - Clevedon Town (cs 1999) - Gloucester City (cs 2000) -
Chippenham Town (Jan 2001) - Yate Town (Sep 2003) - Taunton Town (cs 2004) -
Weston-Super-Mare (cs 2005) - Chippenham Town (Jan 2006) - Clevedon Town (Jul 2006) -
Yate Town (cs 2007) - Taunton Town (loan Mar 2008 perm Aug 2008) -
Frome Town (Oct 2008) - Odd Down (cs 2009)

Matt played in Town's Combination home fixture - but played at Witney - against his former club Arsenal.


ROBINSON Karl Joseph CD 
Born : Liverpool 13 September 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Liverpool (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1997) - Caernarfon Town (cs 1999) -
Marine (Feb 2000) - Bamber Bridge (Mar 2001) - Oswestry Town (cs 2001) -
Rhyl (Jan 2003) - Kidsgrove Athletic (Jul 2003) - Prescot Cables (Nov 2003) -
St Helens Town (cs 2005) - Alsager Town (Mar 2006) - Warrington Town (cs 2006)

The former Town trainee quit playing at 28 to concentrate on coaching and was appointed assistant to M K Dons manager Paul Ince in 2009.


ROWE Zeke (Ezekiel) Bartholomew F 
Born : Stoke Newington, London 30 October 1973  
PLAYING CAREER
Chelsea (Jun 1992) - Woking (loan Dec 1992) - Barnet (loan Nov 1993) -
Bangor (loan Sep 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 25 Mar 1996) -
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan 28 Mar 1996) - Peterborough United (Jul 1996) -
Kettering Town (loan 1997) - Doncaster Rovers (loan Feb 1998) -
Welling United (Mar 1999) - Kings Lynn (Mar 2001) - Hinckley United (cs 2002)

The Chelsea striker made two Combination appearances in three days for Town, scoring in a 1-1 draw with West Ham. The day after his second game, he agreed a loan move to the Goldstone !


TCHOUTANG Bernard Samuel F 
Born : Yaounde, Cameroon 2 September 1976  
PLAYING CAREER
Tonnerre Yaounde (Cmr) - Vanspor (Tur) (cs 1994) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 1 Aug 1997) -
RC Genk (Bel) (cs 1997) - Roda JC Kerkrade (Hol) (Jan 1998) - Metallurg Donetsk (Ukr) (cs 2002) -
Viborg FF (Den) (cs 2003) - Payhang (Mly) (Jan 2005) - Hapoel Petah Tikva (Isr) (cs 2006) -
KS Elbasani (Alb) (cs 2007)

Bernard's two-match pre-season trial was his only venture into the UK during his career. After being given an hour against Southampton, he lasted a full 90 minutes against Manchester United.


THORNE Wayne Paul D / M 
Born : Reading 28 July 1980  
PLAYING CAREER
Bristol Rovers (sb ) - Norwich City (sb ) - SWINDON TOWN (trn Jul 1996) -
Gloucester City (Sep 1998) - Clevedon Town (Jan 2001) - Chippenham Town (May 2002) -
Weston-Super-Mare (cs 2004) - Mangotsfield United (loan Jan 2006) -
Melksham Town (Sep 2006) - Torrington - Melksham Town (p/mgr cs 2008)

The younger brother of Gary - who made a couple of first team appearances for Town - Wayne was released at the County Ground without being offered a pro contract.


WHEELDON Tommy (Thomas) Vincent CD 
Born : Liverpool 3 May 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
SWINDON TOWN (trn cs 1995) - Salisbury City - Cinderford Town (cs 1997) -
Witney Town (Oct 1997) - Calgary Storm (Can) (cs 2002)

The son of Town's under-18's coach Tommy senior, he made just half a dozen reserve appearances after his two years as a trainee. He gained a BSc degree in Sports Science at the University of Surrey before moving out to Canada.