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Marshall stunned by Raiders loss

17:00 14 August 2014

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall has been left stunned by the sudden death of manager and long-time supporter Mick Cahill (pic; John Scott)

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall has been left stunned by the sudden death of manager and long-time supporter Mick Cahill (pic; John Scott)

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Player-coach hoping to keep team on ice

Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall revealed the death of team manager Mick Cahill late last week had left him stunned.

And the long-serving Marshall is now hoping the club can remain on ice, following owner Ollie Oliver’s decision to step down with the new season less than a month away.

Marshall said: “I’m absolutely gutted. It’s overwhelming to be honest.

“I’d known him for over 20 years. He had seen me grow up as a player and supported me when I started coaching, helping any way he could, and never had a bad word to say about me.

“There’s not a lot I didn’t discuss with Mick down the years. He always had my back 100 per cent and would assist any way he could on the bench. I didn’t have to worry while I was on the ice.

“We had the same views and he would put players in their place if they played up. He was always a fair guy and there’s a lot to learn from someone like him.”

Cahill had missed large parts of last season due to ill health, as Raiders tried to settle in their new surroundings at Lee Valley following the closure of the Romford ice rink.

But Marshall was looking forward to seeing him back at games this winter, adding: “He had it hard last year and I felt the impact of that, but we had a really good chat about a month ago.

“We ran through the team and he seemed like his old self again. It sounded like he was on the mend and was looking at going back to work. He was a Romford legend and put a lot more in that people realise.”

Oliver’s subsequent choice to call time on his involvement with the club, after four successive seasons at the helm and six in total, has left a supporters group, led by former owner John Scott, scrambling to put together a rescue package to ensure they can begin the campaign against Cardiff on September 6.

And Marshall is hoping all the hard work does not go to waste, adding: “I’ve got respect for anyone who takes a team over and Ollie has done a lot for the club. It’s a shame.

“Some people have stepped forward and it looks like we could still go ahead with the season. The boys are standing by, waiting for the go-ahead, and hopefully we can get back on ice.

“Mick wouldn’t have wanted to see the team go under so lets hope we can keep going and do him proud.”

Anyone who would like to help with sponsorship or donations can email john@londonraidersihc.co.uk.

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