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Raiders to make early Romford return

PUBLISHED: 20:35 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:35 03 January 2018

Ice has now been laid in the new Romford Leisure Development Centre

Ice has now been laid in the new Romford Leisure Development Centre

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London Raiders management have announced that the team will return to their spiritual home in Romford earlier than expected when the new rink opens next month.

Raiders have been playing home fixtures at Lee Valley for the past four-and-a-half seasonns, since the old rink in Rom Valley Way was knocked down.

It was thought they would return for the season of the 2018/19 season, but the club have revealed they will host Cardiff Fire at the Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre when it opens its doors to the public for the very first time on Saturday, February 3.

A club statement said: “The Raiders can at last announce that we are going home in precisely one month from today, to be part of that celebration and to be playing in our new home on the very first day it is open.

“We aim to make it a memorable evening of entertainment.”

Raiders are set to entertain Peterborough at Lee Valley this Sunday, when they will also be raising money for their chosen charity, the National Autistic Society, with a ‘Teddy Bear Toss’.

Swindon, Bracknell and Basingstoke will then play the team’s remaining fixtures in east London, before Raiders make their return to Romford to complete the campaign.

The statement added: “We have just four home games remaining at Lee Valley and would like to recognise the hospitality shown by our temporary hosts and voice our gratitude to them for helping to facilitate the Raiders survival until this moment.

“The Raiders fan base has shifted a little west in the last five years and we do hope those local to Lee Valley will continue to support us in the new rink and witness the continued progress of the Raiders, supported at lats by their own junior development system.

“It will also be great to welcome back the vast number of lapsed Raiders fans that have regularly promised their return as soon as the Raiders are home.”

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