Norman John Trollope MBE
(born 14 June 1943) is a former footballer
and coach who served Swindon Town
for twenty years.
A Swindon Town legend, Trollope holds the record for the number of league
appearances made for one club - turning out for the Town in 770 games between 1960 and 1980, an achievement which saw him receive the MBE.
Trollope made his debut for the club on 20 August 1960 in a 1-1 draw with Halifax Town
, when he was aged seventeen and missed two matches that season. Trollope was an ever-present in the side in the 1962-63 season - a trend which continued for seven seasons. A run of 368 consecutive matches was brought to an end in August 1968, when he sustained a broken arm in a match at Hartlepool United
. He didn't return to the team until January - by which time he had missed most of the Town's amazing League Cup run. He only appeared in the competition twice that season - in the first game against Torquay United
, and in the victorious final at Wembley
Trollope continued to be a regular member of the side right up until the 1978-79 season, when he made sixteen appearances. He announced his retirement at the end of the season, and moved into the club's backroom staff. However, after an appalling start to the 1980-81 season, Trollope was pushed back into action - a move which allowed him to break the... Read More