Romford Raiders
League EPIHL
Founded 1987
Home ice Romford Ice Arena
Capacity 1,500
Ice size 184ft x 85ft
City Romford, London, England
Colours White, Gold, and Blue
Head coach Jesse Hammill

The Romford Raiders are an ice hockey team based at the 1,500 seat Romford Ice Arena in Romford, Havering, East London. They compete in the EPIHL. Their development team was the Romford Spitfires who played in the ENIHL before being succeeded in 2009/10 by the Romford Fury. The team colours are white, gold and blue.

History[edit | edit source]

The club was founded in 1987 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.

Romford'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.

The Club also have a range of other teams including the Rascals (U10s), Raptors (U12s), Hurricanes (U14s), Hornets (U16s) and Tornadoes (Recreational). Each of the Romford teams is named after aircraft. Romford is situated within the London Borough of Havering which has a strong and important aviation history. The airfields in Hornchurch were used in the Battle of Britain and World Wars I and II. RJIHC Site

Notable Players[edit | edit source]

Former Coaches[edit | edit source]

Honours[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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