Tuesday, November 24, 2009

First Team Thirty Years ago - 1979 - 1980 season

Back in the Second Division after relegation, the First Team had a much more successful year.

Young players consolidating their places were Carl Senogles, Phil Garrett, David Cole, Gary Beattie, David Ball, and Ian McMullin, who also had a spell as Junior Island goalkeeper. Moving on were Johnny Grubb, who went on to play for the Island, and Ian Quayle.

We have inputted records of 18 league games and 7 cup games, and on those inputted, the team:-

Won 13; Drew 2; Lost 9; Scored 77 goals and conceded 52. On present points system they scored 26 points of the 17 games recorded. One match, against Union Mills, on the first day of the new decade, New Year's Day, 1980, was abandoned.

In Cup Runs, they won the first round of the Woods Cup but lost in the quarter-finals 3 - 0 to St. Georges. In the FA Cup, after winning the first round, they were knocked out 5 - 0 by Union Mills. A good run in the Hospital Cup saw them win two games and eventually lose in the semis to Peel, 5 - 1.

Appearances were as follows:

Phil Garrett 25
John Leece 25
David Cole 25
Trevor Cowin 23
Davey Quayle 23
Roy Christian 22
David Ball 22
Carl Senogles 21
Gary Beattie 20
Ian McMullin 19
Paul Desmond 15
Paul Renard 13
Neil Kinrade 13
Stephen Moore 6
Willy Cowley 5
David Wallis 5
Stephen Peel 4

And one appearance each from Greg Kneale, Nigel Brown, Peter Kinnish, Derek Atkinson, Brian Gordon and Tony Boner.

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