The DARRYL MORVAN STAND is named
Darryl Morvan is the final Oxford City Stars legend to have a stand at Oxpens Road named after him after being voted as player of the 80s by Stars fans in an online vote. Morvan was up against nine other 80s legends and managed to pull in over a quarter of the votes. Stands have already been named after Scott Gough, Dan Prachar and Dave Carr, with the city end of the rink being named the Elliott End after Darren Elliott and his dad Norman.
Darryl Morvan was one of the original Oxford City Stars playing in the championship winning side of 1984/85. A defensive stalwart had previously played at Streatham, he was also a lively character.
Darryl played for Oxford all the way through the 1980s, and the 1990s, even when he was living in Amsterdam. He would fly back at weekends and still find the time to lace them up for the Stars.
In total Darryl played 223 games for the Stars, netting 27 goals and 136 assists. He also took 521 penalty minutes. He is 5th in the Stars all time appearance list and 4th in the Stars all time penalty minutes.
After his playing days were over Darryl has plied his knowledge to coaching, includes two stints in charge of the Stars. He is currently coach to the Stars under 20 team.
Stars director James Schall played alongside Darryl in the 80s, he said: â€œMy personal view starts as a fan during the first season of the Stars, I remember Darryl being a strong D man, someone who was big and brave who played beyond his years, then as a teammate Darryl was someone you looked up to, a leader in the dressing room, a player that took a hit and just got on with it. As Darryl became a coach for me he passed on hockey wisdom plus a respect and leadership quality which you don’t lose off the ice. Now as a fellow hockey guy he’s always ready for a chat and happy to talk about the game and the Stars. I also know Darryl is incredibly proud of his time in our city of Oxford. The choice for him to be player of the 80s shows a massive respect by our fans, which sometimes as a player is difficult to understand that level of adulation. Here our fans have paid Darryl back a tiny bit for every hit and goal by this recognition.â€