The Raiders vs Bees EA Cup game last evening (Sunday 17th) was a sad occassions as the assembled crowd bid farwell to a much loved character known to a high percentage of current and also “lapsed” fans.
An impeccably observed minutes applause was given after the following tribute was given by announcer Paul Ludlow:-
“Raiders are saddened to have to announce the passing of another long-term stalwart,of the team and ice hockey in general.
Gary King, well known to a very large number of Raiders fans, and indeed Bees fans as his adopted second club, was probably better known as Pie Man, or Piesey.
Piesey was a Raiders fan from the very first games in 1987 and travelled the country in support of the team barely missing a game for decades. He certainly liked to celebrate and made many friends around the country over a beer or two….. or three… or……. and loved to talk about the hockey here and abroad.
Piesey had been battling with poor health for a couple of years but had recently found his way back to games using wheelchair and walking frame to get to see his beloved Raiders and friends in the fan base.
He sadly and suddenly lost his battle on Thursday 14th September.
We would like to celebrate his life with a minute’s applause since in life he was rarely quiet which is probably what we will miss most about him, and remember him for.
Rest in peace Piesey with all the recently departed Raiders family”
Gary had for many seasons assisted the running of the team as a goal judge and also a penalty box attendant. We know Gary would have really enjoyed last night’s game and it was great the lads could deliver for him on what was an emotional evening for many. He had spoken to many only last week of celebrating his 61st birthday this week and planned on seeing all Raiders home games this season after his enforced absence whilst convalescing.
Raiders will at the end of the season be auctioning a jersey Gary is sponsoring with the proceeds donated to the British Heart Foundation.