I recently found old team sheets dating between 1978 and 1984 and am gradually loading up the stats onto our website. Unfortunately there is no record of goalscorers, but this will make the appearances more accurate.
Laxey were in the First Division at the start of the 1978-79 season, but had lost several players who moved on. Young players coming through included Gary Beattie, David Cole, who went onto a professional career, and Carl Senogles, they were then only about 16 years of age. Paul Renard had been a first team regular but missed most of the season with broken ribs.
It was not a good season. The team failed to win any games in the league, and the only points they gained were for five draws. Of the 22 league games played, they lost 17.
There was a mini-FA Cup run, with two wins to get to the quarter final, which was lost.
The worst defeat was a 9-0 loss away at Ramsey, the best a 2-1 win in the FA Cup against Gymns. Obviously relegation followed.
Key players of that season were:
Trevor Cowin - played 24
Johnny Grubb 24
Ian Quayle 23
Gary Beattie 21
Nigel Brown 20
John Leece 20
Willy Cowley 18
Carl Senogles 18
Stephen Peel 17
Davey Quayle 17
Phil Garrett 15
David Cole 14
Roy Christian 12
John Brown 9
David Ball 9
Other Notables Paul Renard 4 and Peter Kinnish 2
There have been a couple of David Quayles playing for Laxey, this one was then the long haired artist/signwriter, still now playing a mean bass in various groups.
John Brown was the uncle of Johnny Callow