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.
For the season 2010/11 the club continues to establish itself in the Surrey Elite Intermediate League and will enter the 1st and Reserve team squads. Additionally , it will run a further five senior sides playing in the Redhill & District League and a Vets over 35 team on a friendly basis with the addition this season of Reigate Priory Lions playing in the Leatherhead & District Sunday League and Reigate Priory Sunday playing in the Redhill & District Sunday League.
Reigate Priory continue to expand its Youth Section and will be represented by 17 Youth Teams from as young as 3 to as old as 17. The junior teams have fed the men’s teams with many of our exciting young players.
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 2010