REIGATE PRIORY FC        

founded 1870

One of Surreys most established football clubs

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Reigate Priory FC  1892 -1893

Winners Surrey Senior Challege

Winners All Surrey Senior Challenge Shield

    Reigate Priory Reserves 1899 - 1900

Winners Holmesdale Cup

        

  

Reigate Priory FC 1906/07

MR WP DANIELS MBE

AFA SURREY SENIOR CUP WINNER 1908/09

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 Reigate Priory FC 1912-13

 Winners Surrey Charity Cup                                                       

               

     

Reigate Priory FC 1911

       

                     Reigate Priory FC 1948 - 1949           

Runners Up SAL Div 3

Winners AFA Senior Cup

     

                                                       

     

                  

     

     

                     

                                                          

 

 

REIGATE PRIORY FC HISTORY

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.

(Any past members which have old photographs/memorabilia , the club would be interested in scanning for the development of the clubs history database. Please contact Simon Avery 07983400285 or

email simonavery@hotmail.com)

FURTHER TEAM PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARCHIVES

OLD REIGATE

YEAR
THE EARLY YEARS
CUP HONOURS
LINKS in History
1870/1 Reigate Priory FC formed 1870.
1871/2 In Augural FA Cup - Drawn Away to Royal Engineers ( Game scratched) FA CUP (FULL)
1872/3 FA CUP 1st Round - Home - Lost 4-2 Windsor Home Park. HISTORICAL KITS
1873/4 FA CUP 1st Round - Away - Lost 3-2 Woodford Wells. ROYAL ENGINEERS
1874/5 FA CUP 1st Round ( Bye ) - 2nd Round - Away Maidenhead - Lost 2-1.
FA VASE 1st Round Away Epsom & Ewell Lost 4-0.
1875/6 FA CUP 1st Round - Home - Won 1-0 Barnes  
2nd Round Away Cambridge University Lost 8-0
FA VASE 1st Round Home Heathside Sports Lost 1-0.
1876/7 FA CUP 1st Round - Away Clapham Rovers lost 5-0.
FA VASE (Prel) Away Farnham Town Lost 2-0.
1877/8

FA VASE (Prel) Away Lion Sports Won 2-1.2nd Round Home Ruislip Manor Lost 5-0.

Founder member Surrey County FA.

1878/9    
1879/0    
1880/1    
1881/2    
1882/3 First Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup - beat East Sheen 2 - 1  
Surrey Senior Cup
 
1883/4 Finalists in Surrey Senior Cup - lost to Barnes 3 - 1  
Finalist SS Cup
 
1884/5 Finalists in Surrey Senior Cup lost to East Sheen 2 - 1  
Finalist SS Cup
 
1885/6 Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup - beat Dorking 2 - 1  
Surrey Senior Cup
 
1886/7 Finalists in Surrey Senior Cup lost to Guys Hospital 2 - 0  
Finalist SS Cup
 
1887/8    
1888/9    
1889/0 Finalists in Surrey Senior Cup - lost to Royal Scots 5 - 2  
Finalist SS Cup
 
1890/1 Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup - beat Surbiton Hill 3 - 1  
Surrey Senior Cup
 
1891/2 Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup - beat Guys Hospital 3 - 1  
Surrey Senior Cup
 
1892/3    
1893/4 Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup - (1 - 1 ) , beat Guys Hospital 4 - 0  
Surrey Senior Cup
 
1894/5    
1895/6    
1896/7 Winners of the Surrey Senior Cup beat Weybridge 3 - 2  

Surrey Senior Cup

Surrey Senior Shield

 
1897/8    
1898/9    
1899/0    
YEAR
1900 ONWARDS
1ST TEAM
RESERVES
CUP HONOURS
CHAIRMAN
1900/1  
The Holmesdale Cup
 
1901/2  
Finalist SS Cup
 
1902/3    
1903/4    
1904/5    
1905/6    
1906/7    
1907/8

Southern Amateur League

Senior B
CHAMPIONS

 Founding member   

SAL & AFA

AFA Surrey Senior Cup
 
1908/9 Southern Amateur League Senior A 7th    
1909/0 Southern Amateur League Senior A RELEGATED  
International Cup du Nord
 
  Winners International Cup du Nord

Semi Final

Beat Kent Artillery Third Regiment

3-0

FINAL

Beat Cercle Athletique Paris

3-0

 
1910/1 Southern Amateur League Senior B 7th    
1911/2 Southern Amateur League Senior B 3rd    
1912/3 Southern Amateur League Senior B
Runners Up
 
Surrey Charity Cup
 
1913/4 Southern Amateur League Senior A 8th    
1914 THE GREAT WAR 1914 -18    
1915 THE GREAT WAR 1914 -18    
1916 THE GREAT WAR 1914 -18    
1917 THE GREAT WAR 1914 -18    
1918 THE GREAT WAR 1914 -18    
1919/0 Southern Amateur League Senior A 8th    
1920/1 Southern Amateur League Senior A RELEGATED   CG Silcock
1921/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 4th   AJL Malcomson
1922/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 7th   SC Roberts
1923/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 7th  
R/U Surrey Senior Cup
BG Ashtree
1924/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 11th   L Knight
1925/6 Surrey Senior League    
1926/7 Surrey Senior League    
1927/8 Surrey Senior League FA CUP Lost Away to West Norwood 7 - 4  
1928/9 Surrey Senior League FA CUP   Lost Home to Leyland Motors 2 - 1 ( after replay )  
1929/0 Surrey Olympian League FA CUP Lost Away to West Norwood 7 - 0 
R/U AFA Junior Cup
 
1930/1 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 8th   Cr Gerrard
1931/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 9th Div 3 8th
AFA Intermediate Cup
W Gorringe
1932/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 4th Div 3   W Gorringe
1933/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 6th Div 3 3rd
R/U ES Hosp Senior Cup
W Gorringe
1934/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 6th Div 3
Runners Up
W Gorringe
1935/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th  
Reigate Borough Cup
W Gorringe
1936/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div2B 8th Div 2A 7th
W Gorringe
1937/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div2B
Runners Up
Div 2B 9th
Reigate Borough Cup
LE House
1938/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div2B 8th Div 2B
Runners Up
ES Hosp Senior Cup
LE House
1939 2nd World War    
1940 2nd World War    
1941 2nd World War    
1942 2nd World War    
1943 2nd World War    
1944 2nd World War    
1945 2nd World War    
1946/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2B
Runners Up
Div 2B 4th
Reigate Borough Cup
DF Hurdle
1947/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2B 9th Div 2A 8th   DF Hurdle
1948/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3
Runners Up
Div 3 3rd AFA Senior Cup J Cuthill
1949/0 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 6th Div 3
Runners Up
R/U Surrey Senior Cup
TF Durrant
1950/1 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 3rd Div 3 5th   TF Durrant
1951/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 7th Div 3 8th
R/U Surrey Senior Cup
TF Durrant
1952/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 9th Div 3 10th   TF Durrant
1953/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 7th Div 3 3rd   TF Durrant
1954/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 7th   TF Durrant
1955/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 9th Div 3 10th   TF Durrant
1956/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 11th   TF Durrant
1957/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 11th   TF Durrant
1958/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 10th Div 3 8th   TF Durrant
1959/0 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3
Runners Up
Div 3 6th   TF Durrant
1960/1 Southern Amateur League   Div 3 6th   TF Durrant
1961/2 Southern Amateur League   Div 3 10th   TF Durrant
1962/3 Southern Amateur League SEASON ABANDONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER   TF Durrant
1963/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 2 RELEGATED Div 3 10th   TF Durrant
1964/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 8th Div 3 9th   TF Durrant
1965/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 9th Div 3 4th   TF Durrant
1966/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 9th Div 3 3rd   TF Durrant
1967/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3 10th   MJ Webster
1968/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3 9th   A Watts
1969/0 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 10th Div 3 10th   A Watts
1970/1 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3 10th   A Watts
1971/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3 8th   A Watts
1972/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3
Runners Up
  A Watts
1973/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 7th Div 3 RELEGATED A Watts
1974/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 8th Div 3 11th   A Watts
1975/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 4th Div 3 7th   A Watts
1976/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3   Div 3   A Watts
1977/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 10th Div 3 11th   A Watts
1978/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 6th   A Watts
1979/0 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 8th   A Watts
1980/1 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1981/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1982/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 4th Div 3 CHAMPIONS  
1983/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 6th Div 3 9th    
1984/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1985/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1986/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 5th Div 3 7th    
1987/8 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 10th Div 3 12th    
1988/9 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1989/0 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1990/1 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1991/2 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1992/3 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 12th    
1993/4 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1994/5 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 12th Div 3 10th    
1995/6 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1996/7 Southern Amateur League Senior Div 3 11th Div 3 12th    
1997/8 Surrey SE Combination Premier Relegated        
1998/9 Surrey SE Combination Junior Div 5 3rd    
R/U Surrey Vets Cup
Ray Connolly
1999/0 Surrey SE Combination Junior Div 5 CHAMPIONS       Ray Connolly
2000/1 Surrey SE Combination Junior Div 4 Withdrawn       Ray Connolly
2001/2 Redhill & District League Division 1 3rd Div 2 4th
R&D Inter Cup
Ray Connolly
2002/3 Redhill & District League Premier 5th Div 1 7th
R&D R/Up Junior Cup
Ray Connolly
2003/4 Redhill & District League Premier 8th Div 1 CHAMPIONS Ray Connolly
2004/5 Redhill & District League Premier 4th Div 1 3rd
R&D Senior Cup
Ray Connolly
2005/6 Redhill & District League Premier 3rd Div 1 4th Ray Connolly
2006/7 Redhill & District League Premier
CHAMPIONS
Div 1 5th
R&D Senior Cup
Ray Connolly
2007/8 Crawley & District League Premier 3rd Div 1 6th   Ray Connolly
2008/9 Surrey Elite Intermediate League Intermediate Division 12th Res 7th   Ray Connolly
2009/10 Surrey Elite Intermediate League Intermediate Division 14th Res 8th   Ray Connolly
2010/11 Surrey Elite Intermediate League Intermediate Division         Ray Connolly

Royal Engineers 1872 Team Photo.

THE 1871/72 FA CHALLENGE CUP.

The origins of the F.A. Cup date back to a competition held every year at Harrow School.  The students were grouped in teams or "houses", and they ran a football competition named "the cock house cup", the winners were "the cock house".  One of those players was Charles William Alcock.  In 1863, Alcock was among those who got together to form the Football Association and it was he who created the idea of a F.A. members cup.  On 20 July 1871, Charles William Alcock, Secretary of the Football Association, proposed that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association for which all clubs belonging to the F.A. should be invited to compete.  From this moment, the football's first national tournament was born.  The idea was approved and 15 member clubs answered the call for entrants : Barnes, Civil Service, Clapham Rovers, Crystal Palace, Donington School (from Lincolnshire), Hampstead Heathens, Harrow Chequers, Hitchin, Maidenhead, Marlow, Queen's Park (from Glasgow), Reigate Priory, Royal Engineers, Upton Park, Wanderers.  So, we have 14 teams from England  (13 teams were settled in London) and one team from Scotland, Queen's Park was also the first team who paid his registration.  The competition was simply named "The Football Association Challenge Cup", there was no seeding to keep the best teams apart and both sides progressed to the next round when the result was drawn.  Queen's Park of Glasgow was automatically placed to the semi finals because the cost of travelling to London, where games were played, was expensive.  Donnington School withdrew from competition without playing any game.  The first round, Harrow Chequers gave forfeit against Wanderers while Royal Engineers had a walk over against Reigate Priory.  In the second round, Wanderers won against Clapham Rovers (3-1), and Royal Engineers won against Hitchin (5-0).  The quarter finals, there were only five teams instead of eight.  Queen's Park went through with a bye, Royal Engineers beat Hampstead Heathens (2-0), Wanderers and Crystal Palace were qualified after arrangement.  At least the semi finals looked correct with four teams but even then it wasn't straightforward.  Queen's Park made the trip to London to play the Wanderers, the game ended with a draw.  The F.A. ordered a replay but the Scottish team ran out of money and withdrew.  The Royal Engineers went to the final after beating Crystal Palace (3-0), this team consisted of employees of the London tourist attraction and park.

On 16 March 1872 at the Kennington Oval, the Royal Engineers were the favourites to win the first Cup final ever.  Two-thousand spectators enjoyed this historical match, standing without flags, scarves or hats declaring their club colours.  The field had no markings, the goals had no nets and the crossbar was a simple length of tape.  When the teams entered the field, there were no recognisable goalkeepers because they wore the same jersey as their team mates.  The way of playing looked like school boys in a playground chasing the ball.  Royal Engineers set out to control the game early on but were hindered when Edmund Cresswell fell and broke his collar bone with just ten minutes gone. With no substitutes allowed the Royal Engineers were down to ten men although Cresswell did return to the game after treatment.  The Wanderers took advantage of this injury, the only goal came from a gentleman described as A.H. Chequer, and in fact his real name was Morton Peto Betts.  He got this nickname because he was a member of Harrow Chequers when his team gave forfeit in the first round against the Wanderers.  After the final whistle there were no scenes of agony and ecstasy, there was no presentation or lap of honour.  The players shook hands and left the field for a bath and their tea.  Three weeks after this day, the F.A. held a gala evening in Pall Mall and declared "the Cup" a roaring success.
The following is a list of the players :
- Wanderers :
R. De C. Welsh, Charles W. Alcock, Morton P. Betts, Alexander G. Bonsor, Edward E. Bowen, W. Crake, T.C. Hooman, Edgar Lubbock, Albert C. Thompson, Robert W. Vidal, Charles Wollaston
- Royal Engineers :
Capt. William Merriman, Capt. Francis Marindin, Lieut. Addison, Lieut. Edmund Cresswell, Lieut. Mitchell, Lieut. Renny-Tailyour, Lieut. Rich, Lieut. Alfred Goodwyn, Lieut. Muirhead, Lieut. Cotter, Lieut. Bogle

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