Reigate Priory’s history can be traced right back to 1870, not long after the FA was actually formed in 1863.
In 1871, the club was one of only 15 teams that contested for a £20 silver trophy, the first ever FA Challenge Cup competition.
Reigate Priory were also present when the Surrey FA (founded in 1887) decided to become affiliated to the FA on the 16th March 1882. The club was one of the original 10 teams present at the meeting that took place in Guildford.
At the same time a County Senior Cup competition was introduced. The first winners of the Surrey Senior Cup were Reigate Priory who were victorious six times before the end of the century.
Priory also made an excursion into European Football in 1910 where they won the International Cup du Nord beating Cercle Athletique Paris 3-0 in the Final.
The club continues to establish itself in the Surrey South Eastern Combination with 3 senior saturday sides playing in this league. The Reigate Priory Veterans (over 35’s) continues to be an integral part of the club, enabling ex players, coaches, managers and club officials to meet up regularly and play other established Vets sides.
Reigate Priory continue to expand its Youth Section and will be represented by 44 Youth Teams from as young as 9 to as old as 18. The junior teams have fed the men’s teams with many of our exciting young players. The Youth Section have also been awarded FA Charter Standard status.
Reigate Priory continues to develop with an increasing number of teams for the new season enabling the club to provide an extended football experience catering for a variety of levels. Each year we welcome new members to Reigate Priory, so if you are interested in joining an established, friendly and sociable club then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Ray Connolly – Club Chairman