London Raiders

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League NIHL South Division 1
Founded 1987
Colours White, gold and blue
Head coach Danny Marshall
Franchise history
1987 – 2013[1] Romford Raiders
2013 – present London Raiders

The London Raiders are an ice hockey team who play their home games at the Lee Valley Ice Centre,[2] participating in the NIHL South Division 1.

They were known as the Romford Raiders when they were 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.


Romford Raiders logo between 1987 and 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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

On 28 November 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 club's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Gord Jeffrey's long-standing record.[3]

The Romford Raiders became the London Raiders after the Romford Ice Arena was sold by Havering Council to investors. The team subsequently had to move to Lee Valley Ice Centre and became the London Raiders.[2]


  • 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[4][edit]

Number Player
32 United Kingdom Michael Gray
33 United Kingdom Frankie Sabine
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
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]


  1. ^ Mick Cahill
  2. ^ a b "NIHL News – Romford Raiders Find Salvation In Their Darkest Hour". Ice Nation UK. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 6 May 2016.