Romford Raiders

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League NIHL South Division 1
Founded 1987
Operated 1987-2013
Colours White, Gold and Blue
Head coach Danny Marshall
Franchise history
1987 - 2013 Romford Raiders

The Romford Raiders were an ice hockey team based at the Romford Ice Arena in the London Borough of Havering. They were founder members of the English Premier Ice Hockey League but later competed in the National Ice Hockey League (NIHL). Their development team was the Romford Spitfires who played in Division 2 of the NIHL before being succeeded in 2009/10 by the Romford Fury. The team colours were white, gold and blue.

History[edit]

Romford Raiders logo between 1987–2013.

The club was founded in 1987 under the name 'Romford Raiders' and coached by Gord Jeffrey, who went on to become a hero amongst the Romford fans. Some of the best-known players to play for the Raiders include Rob Stewart, Dave Whistle and Mike Ellis, all of whom went on to play and coach at the highest levels in the UK.

The Raider's first ever match was played on 13 September 1987, against the Oxford City Stars. Romford's first captain, Erskine Douglas, also scored Raiders' first ever goal.

On November 28, 2010, during an English National League game against the Bracknell Hornets, Danny Marshall scored his 1,232nd point as a Raider when he assisted on a short-handed goal by Frankie Harvey. With that point, Marshall became the clubs all-time leading scorer, surpassing Gord Jeffrey's long-standing record.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • 1987/1988: Heineken League Division 2 Champions; promoted to Division 1.
  • 1989/1990: Heineken League Division 2 runners-up; promoted back to Division 1 after play-offs.
  • 1990/1991: Fourth in Division 1; narrowly missed on promotion to the Premier League.
  • 1991/1992: Reached play-offs.
  • 1996/1997: English League (Southern Conference) Champions.
  • 2000/2001: English Premier League play-off Champions.
  • 2001/2002: English Premier League Cup Winners.
  • 2004/2005: English Premier League Cup Winners; reached play-off finals.
  • 2011/2012: English national league south division 1 Winners.
  • 2011/2012: South East trophy Winners.
  • 2011/2012: English national league south division 1 Playoff finalists.

2012/13 Squad[2][edit]

Goaltenders
Number Player
32 United Kingdom Michael Gray
33 United Kingdom Frankie Sabine
Defencemen
Number Player
11 United Kingdom Billy Phillips
19 United Kingdom Jason Buckman
26 United Kingdom Julian Smith
36 United Kingdom David Oliver
44 Lithuania Andrius Kaminskas
90 United Kingdom Ryan Giles
Forwards
Number Player
2 United Kingdom Frankie Harvey
6 United Kingdom Danny Marshall (Player Coach)
7 United Kingdom AJ Smith
8 United Kingdom Matt Turner
9 United Kingdom Grant Taylor
12 United Kingdom Shaun Wallis
14 United Kingdom JJ McGrath
18 United Kingdom Shaun Yardley
20 United Kingdom Tom Davis
88 Slovakia Juraj Huska

Former coaches[edit]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]