Reigate Priory F.C.

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Reigate Priory
Reigate Priory F.C. logo.jpg
Full name Reigate Priory Football Club
Nickname(s) Priory
Founded 1870
Ground Park Lane
Reigate, Surrey
Chairman Ray Connolly
Manager Andy Davies
League Surrey Elite Intermediate League
2013–14 Surrey Elite Intermediate League, 11th

Reigate Priory Football Club, is a football club based in Reigate, Surrey, England. They play in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League.


The club can trace its history as far back as 1870, not long after The Football Association was formed in 1863. In 1871 the club was one of only 15 teams that played for a £20 silver trophy, the first ever FA Challenge Cup competition. The team were drawn in the first round against the Royal Engineers, who went on to lose in the final. Reigate Priory withdrew before the game, and Royal Engineers were awarded a walkover.[1]

Reigate Priory was also present when the Surrey County F.A. (founded in 1877) decided to become affiliated to the Football Association on 16 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 this trophy, Priory were victorious six times in the competition before the end of the 20th century. [2]

The club is one of the oldest football clubs in the world still playing on its original ground. It numbers among its former members WW Read, with whom it enjoyed a long and happy association right through his sporting life.[3]

In 2008 the club became founder members of the Surrey Elite Intermediate League.

As of the 2014-15 season, the club is enjoying its 7th consecutive season in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League, having finished the 2013–14 season in 11th place (out of 16 teams).


1 team and reserves Reigate Priory play their home games at Park Lane, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8JX.

Current squad[edit]

Manager: Andy Davies

Assistant: Mark Peters

Club Captain: Luke Reid

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Colin Finlay
2 England DF Ryan Hill
3 England DF Adam Doick
4 England MF James Stone
5 England DF James Leask
6 England MF Karl Paddley (Vice-Captain)
7 England DF Steve Beckett (Captain)
8 England MF Danny Roberts
No. Position Player
9 England DF Dan Benson
10 England FW Chris Byrne
11 England FW Rob Stratton
12 Poland FW Marek Koutsavakis
14 England MF Jaime Philcox
15 England MF Dan Mottram
16 England MF Martin Forsyth
17 England MF Sean Blackwell


  • Surrey Senior Cup:[4]
    • Winners (6): 1882-83, 1885-86, 1890-91, 1891-92, 1893-94, 1896-97
    • Runners-Up (4): 1883-84, 1884-85, 1886-87, 1889-90


  • FA Vase
    • First Round 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78

Famous ex-players[edit]


  1. ^ "Football Club History Database - F.A. Cup 1871-72". Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Saturday Senior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  3. ^ Read, Walter William: Annals of Cricket (S. Low, Marston, 1896), p. 171.
  4. ^ "Saturday Senior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ Reigate Priory at the Football Club History Database

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°14′15.69″N 0°12′55.76″W / 51.2376917°N 0.2154889°W / 51.2376917; -0.2154889