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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

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.


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.


FELLNER Gerhard F 
Born : Saalfelden, Austria 24 April 1970  
PLAYING CAREER
Casino Salzburg (Aut) (Jul 1989) - SR Donaufeld (Sep 1991) - Puch (Jul 1992) - Braunau (Jul 1993) -
SKN St Polten (Jul 1996) - Falkirk (Mar 1997) - SWINDON TOWN (trial 7 Jul 1997) -
SKN St Polten (Aut) (Jul 1997) - Admira Wacker Modling (Jul 1998) - St Mirren ( Aug 2002) -
LASK Linz (Aut) ( Jan 2003) - SV Grieskirchen (Jan 2004) - Pasching (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 - Armadale Thistle -
Stoneyburn - Haddington Athletic

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.


HODGSON Richard James M 
Born : Sunderland 1 October 1979  
PLAYING CAREER
Nottinghan Forest (Oct 1996) - TP Seinjoki (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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.