On Sunday 7 November 2021, Surrey FA President Ray Lewis presented Reigate Priory with their commemorative plaque, acknowledging 150 years of the football club's existence.
Received by Club President, Jes Chandler, and Chairman, Ray Connolly, the award celebrates Reigate Priory as one of the world’s longest-established football clubs active in the game.
Reigate Priory was formed in 1870 and was one of only 15 teams that entered in the first-ever FA Challenge Cup competition in 1871. Today, the club has four senior sides and a veteran's side, while the youth set-up currently runs 44 teams in the 2021/22 season.
The presentation of the award took place during Reigate Priory’s participation in The Generation Cup, a special event dedicated to celebrating the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup. Like Reigate Priory, the FA Challenge Cup was established 150 years ago, with the first matches taking place on 11 November 1871 following a proposal by the then-Secretary of the Football Association, Charles W. Alcock, who had a vision to bring hope, opportunity, and equality to football.
Throughout Surrey, we will be continuing to celebrate clubs that have achieved centenary status and beyond. Once again, we would like to congratulate Reigate Priory on this wonderful achievement.