Raiders: The Early Years

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 February 2018

Romford Raiders celebrate winning the league title in 1987-88

Romford Raiders celebrate winning the league title in 1987-88


Ice hockey first came to Romford back in 1987, when the Raiders took to the ice in the old Heineken League Division Two.

And the rink on Rom Valley Way was soon packed out as Canadian player-coach Gord Jeffrey and fellow countryman Marc Chartier inspired the new team to instant success.

Crowned champions in their inaugural campaign, they secured another promotion two seasons later and then finished fourth in Division One in 1990-91 after signing new imports Rob Stewart and Andy Heinze.

The ‘gold and blue army’ established themselves as a hard-working team, with a solid core of British players, as the Romford public took them to their hearts.

Here in the first of a series of galleries from our archives are some select images from the lenses of Martin Dalton, David Kilburn and John Sibley.

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