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 Aaron Lawrence/Kelvin Beckett
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.

History[edit]

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).

Ground[edit]

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

The A and B teams (third and fourth respectively) play their home games at Netherne Amateur Sports Club, Woodplace Lane, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 1NB

Current Teams[edit]

Adult Sides[edit]

First Team
Surrey Elite Intermediate League (Intermediate Football)

Reserve Team
Surrey Elite Intermediate League (Intermediate Football)

A Team
Redhill and District League Division Three (Junior Football)

B Team
Redhill and District League Division Four (Junior Football)

Sunday Team
Redhill and District League Division Two (Junior Football)

Vets Over35
Friendlies

Youth Sides[edit]

Under 18s
Under 16s
Under 15s
Under 14s
Under 13s

Under 12s Predators
Under 12s Eagles
Under 12s Falcons

Under 11s Eagles
Under 11s Falcons
Under 11s Hawks

Under 10s Eagles
Under 10s Falcons

Under 9s Eagles
Under 9s Falcons
Under 9s Hawks
Under 9s Kestrels - A AA

Current Management[edit]

First Team Managers
Aaron Lawrence
Kelvin Beckett

Reserve Team Managers
Dave Harwood
Tristan Davies

A Team Manager
Marc Connolly

B Team Managers
Nathan Phillips
Aaron Morris

Sunday Team Manager
Chris Comben

Vets Over 35 Manager
Nigel Lomas

Honours[edit]

  • Surrey Senior Cup:[2]
    • 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
  • Redhill and District Sunday Senior Cup:
    • Runners-Up (1): 2014-15

Records[edit]

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

References[edit]

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