A star performer for North Naracoorte in the Kowree/Naracoorte Football League, James Laxton was invited to train with Norwood in 1938 and impressed in his first internal trial on April 2.
From Naracoorte, he had been awarded the medal for the best all-round footballer in the KNFL for 1935, 1936 and 1937. Playing predominantly as a wingman/rover, Laxton also captained North Naracoorte in 1936 and 1937.
He was named 19th man in his league debut for Norwood, against Sturt in round 7 - Norwood won by one point.
Clever and athletic, Laxton had the pace and skills to play in a variety of positions. He was named as a half forward flanker in most of his league appearances, including the 1938 second semi-final against South Adelaide. However, in the preliminary
final loss to Port Adelaide the following week, he was moved to the centre late in the match.
Whilst he struggled to keep a regular league spot in his only season at Norwood, Laxton tied for second place in the 1938 Reserves Magarey Medal count - playing at centre and half forward.
In February 1939 he asked permission to train with North Adelaide with the view of joining the Roosters, but returned to play with North Naracoorte soon after.
In 1950 he again won a Mail Medal while playing as captain coach of South Naracoorte in the Kowree/Naracoorte Football League
A talented sportsman, Laxton was also a Sheffield runner.
James Walter Laxton served in World War 11
R Cialini Jan 2019
* Picture supplied by David Collins and Tony Paget, Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League