Rocester Players A-Z




Shawn Salmon (D.O.B. March 1988)

Signed in August 2009, striker Shawn scored four goals in 17 appearances before leaving three months later to join Highgate United.





Danny Smith (D.O.B. October 1986)

Talented right-back who was on Stoke City's books before moving into non-league football with Leek Town. Dan joined Rocester from Nantwich Town in September 2007, and in his only season at Hillsfield he picked up a Staffs Senior Cup winners medal and won both the Players Player and Supporters Player of the Season awards. He left to join Kidsgrove Athletic in June 2008.

Tobias Salmon (D.O.B. February 1984)

Elder brother of Shawn, Tobias's spell at Hillsfield began in September 2009 and lasted just two months. He scored four goals in 10 appearances for the club.



Karl Smith (D.O.B. June 1986)

Karl had several spells with the club between 2004 and 2010, playing mainly in goal for the reserve team. He has made just four first team appearances during that time, but always acquitted himself well whenever called upon. He has also played for Holt JCB in the Staffordshire County League.

David Shaw (D.O.B. October 1977)

Striker who represented most of the clubs in and around the Potteries before joining Rocester from Leek Town in November 2006. He rejoined Kidsgrove Athletic in June 2008 before a brief second spell back at Hillsfield. A fans favourite, his 92 appearances produced 53 goals - including the opener in the 2008 Staffs Senior Cup Final win over Kidsgrove Athletic at Vale Park.

Mick Smith

Liam Shaw (D.O.B. October 1990)

Striker, younger brother of David, signed in December 2013 from Staffordshire County League side Wolstanton United. Liam made 111 appearances with many of those coming from the bench, and scored 15 goals before switching back to County League football after the 2016-17 season to get more regular football. A popular squad member who always played with a great attitude and never gave less than 100%.



Tommy Smith (D.O.B. March 1987)

Tenacious and hard-working striker who was a product of the reserve team. Tommy made his debut during the 2004-05 season but an 18-month injury lay-off restricted his progress. He helped Rocester win the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 2008 before starting the 2008-09 season with Leek Town. He had a second spell with the Romans between October 2008 and May 2009.

Kevin Sheldon (D.O.B.   /  /  )

A diminutive right-winger who played League football for Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic during the 1970s and early 1980s. Known as 'Bomber', Kevin played a handful of games for Rocester after his Football League career had been cut short through injury. He briefly joined the coaching staff in October 2008.





Liam Sowter (D.O.B. September 1988)

An attacking midfielder who signed for Rocester in July 2007 from Burton Albion. Liam spent three years on the books of Derby County before joining Burton for a season. A member of the 2008 Staffordshire Senior Cup winning team, he moved to Mickleover Sports in January 2009 having scored four goals in his 46 appearances. He took his appearances up to 48 after returning on loan in April 2010.

Ashley Sheridan (D.O.B. October 1979)

Left-sided player signed in August 2007 from Stafford Town, where he had played for over four years. Stone Dominoes and Biddulph Victoria were also among his former clubs. A match-winner on his day, creative with an excellent touch and an eye for goal. Played a major role in Rocester's 2008 Staffordshire Senior Cup win. Scored 18 goals in his 83 appearances, the last of which came in December 2009.


Scott Staniland (D.O.B. October 1993)

A former Borrowash Victoria player, Scott joined the Romans from Shepshed Dynamo in December 2014. A left-sided attacking midfielder and dead-ball specialist, Scott made 22 appearances and scored seven goals before leaving to join Quorn at the end of the 2014-15 season.

George Shepherd

George became the first Rocester player to appear in the Football League when he played for Derby County against Burnley at the Baseball Ground on 21st February 1920. He was an inside-left who was described in the local press at the time as being "young, very speedy, has good control over the ball and is not at all a bad shot."

  Jack Stubbs

Stuart Simpson (D.O.B. October 1987)

Left-sided midfielder who represented the Staffordshire F.A. at U-16 level and played Youth football for Chasetown, Hednesford Town and Stafford Rangers. Stuart spent two seasons in the West Midlands League with Riverway, where he picked up both the Managers’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards. He joined Rocester in July 2010 and left a year later to join Stafford Town after making 25 appearances and scoring one goal.


Charlie Swanwick

Father of Peter. Charlie was a prolific goalscorer for Rocester in the early 1930s when the club played in the Leek & Moorland League. He scored well over 50 goals in two seasons before moving on to play for a number of other local clubs. Charlie was called up to play for Stoke City in the late 1940s before playing his final Rocester games during the 1953-54 season.

Alan Smith


Peter Swanwick (D.O.B. December 1945)

Son of Charlie. Legendary goalkeeper who rarely missed a match in 20 years between the sticks covering the mid-1960s through to the mid 1980s. Peter was a  loyal club man who helped Rocester win a number of honours including the Staffordshire County League Division One title in 1971. He also excelled at cricket, representing Staffordshire as wicketkeeper for four years.

Alan Smith

A great all-round sportsman and a real competitor. After finishing his playing days, as the club's Manager Alan assembled a decent side at Rocester during the early 1980s.







Steve Swanwick

Grandson of Charlie, Nephew of Peter. Steve continued a family tradition of involvement with Rocester Football Club when he was appointed reserve team manager in May 2006. He stepped up to take over the first team in February 2008 and led the side to victory in the Staffordshire Senior Cup Final against Kidsgrove Athletic barely 10 weeks into the job.