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Notable Former Players

THE Club are compiling a list of former players who have played professional football, or who just have a story to tell!

Charlie Henry - Having come through the Swindon Town youth system, Henry was successfully converted by Lou Macari from a full-back role into an attacking central midfielder, and made over 250 appearances for Swindon. He enjoyed a successful spell at Cinder Lane in the early nineties.

Steve Jones - Spotted playing County League football, the defender was invited to make the step up to join the Reds and after a season in the reserves - soon proved his worth at first team level. A real asset with a great attitude, he shone under manager Paul Richardson before short spells with FGR and Cheltenham Town - before a £25,000 switch to Swansea City. He was part of the Swansea side that reached the Third Division play-off final in the 1996/97 season and the following season overcame a broken leg to help Swansea reach the play-offs again under manager John Hollins. In the following 1999/2000 season Jones featured heavily again as Swansea were crowned Third Division champions.

Paul Richardson - Richardson was born in Selston and began his career with Nottingham Forest where he quickly established himself as a ball playing midfielder. He became a regular member Forest's squad until Brian Clough took over as manager in January 1975. With Clough wanting to bring in his own players Richardson was sold to Third Division Chester having made 249 appearances scoring 21 goals for Forest. He spent just one season at Chester, helping them reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time, before George Eastham signed him for Stoke City in the summer of 1977. He became a key player for Stoke in the Second Division playing 34 times in 1977/78. Under new manager Alan Durban Richardson played 46 games in 1978–79 scoring seven goals including the goal which clinched promotion. Stoke were needing to beat Notts County on the final day of the season to confirm promotion but with 88 minutes gone the score was still 0–0, until Richardson headed Stoke to a 1–0 victory and a dramatic promotion. He played 40 matches in 1979/80 and 22 in 1980/81 before leaving for Sheffield United in August 1981. He helped the Blades win the Fourth Division title in 1981–82. He later enjoyed short spells at Blackpool, Swindon Town and Swansea City. He later worked for the BT Group and enjoyed a successful spell as manager of Fairford Town in the early nineties after leaving The County Ground.

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