Published: 24th March, 2020
With 175 years of history to draw from – there are always plenty of great stories to tell at The Kia Oval.
Now, as part of the Club’s 175th anniversary celebrations, Surrey have launched ‘Reyflix’ – a series of long form films looking back at some of the finest moments in the history of the Club and the iconic ground it has called home since 1845.
‘Reyflix’ – housed for free on the Club’s YouTube channel – includes the premiere of three brand new films made with veteran Sky Sports presenter – and former Surrey General Committee Member – Charles Colvile, looking back at the careers of two of Surrey’s finest ever performers: Micky Stewart and Robin Jackman.
Recorded at The Oval over the last eighteen months, the films see Colvile interviewing Stewart and Jackman in the club’s Committee Room – with both players talking in detail about their careers, which included some of the greatest days in Surrey history and saw them playing and living alongside some of the biggest names to ever have represented the Club.
Such was Stewart’s contribution, there is a third film in the collection, where Micky speaks to Colvile about his second career, as the Club’s first ever Cricket Manager – after which he went onto perform the same role for England and lay down many of the fundamental techniques of the modern coaching manual that are still used today.
Charles Colvile said: “As a Surrey supporter for the better part of my life, it was a great pleasure to work with the Club on producing these interviews.
“In my opinion, Micky and Robin are amongst the finest players to have ever played for Surrey and I hope these films provide new insights and perspectives for all fans to enjoy.”
As well as the films with Stewart and Jackman, the Reyflix collection – available free of charge to all on YouTube – contains:
‘The Final Test’
A film made by the Club in 2016, narrated by former Club President Sir Trevor McDonald about the extraordinary Test Match heritage of The Oval and many of its greatest matches. Interviewees include: Michael Holding, David Gower, Sunil Gavaskar, Kevin Pietersen, Mark Butcher, Michael Vaughan, Jonathan Agnew, Mahela Jayawardene, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, Farookh Engineer, Alec Stewart, Michael Atherton, Simon Jones, Devon Malcom and Phil Tufnell – as well as cricketing historians Gideon Haigh and David Frith.
‘Creating New History’
A film made by the Club in 2018, telling the story of Surrey won the 2018 County Championship. Look back on the greatest moments from a memorable campaign and hear the inside story from the players, coaching staff and those who were there to see it happen.
A series of short films, made in 2014, with players, fans and celebrities discussing what Surrey and The Oval have meant to them throughout their lives. Contributors include Sir John Major, Greg James, Dermot O’Leary and Sir Trevor McDonald as well as Adam Hollioake, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe, Pat Pocock, Zafar Ansari, Gareth Batty, former Academy off spinner Chris Jones and the great Daphne Hubbard, a true legend of Surrey CCC whose always smiling face greeted Members outside the Pavilion for many years.
‘The Brown Cap’
A series of short films with former Surrey players discussing the honour associated with receiving their County Cap, the ‘Brown Cap’. The films feature players including Mark Butcher, David Sydenham, Chris Lewis, David Smith, Jason Ratcliffe and Zafar Ansari, speaking to Charles Colvile during a special private dinner for all Surrey capped players that was held at the Kia Oval at the start of 2018.
Another chance to enjoy the Surrey TV ‘Christmas Special’ from 2015, a loving homage to the BBC classic Mastermind, hosted by BBC London’s Mark Church and featuring five men of Surrey attempting to answer a round of questions on Club history followed by a round of General Knowledge teasers. Contestants are: former Club Captain Gareth Batty, Club Legend Pat Pocock, Test Match Special’s Daniel Norcross, BBC London pundit Johnny Barran and Wisden Cricket Monthly writer Henry Cowen.
There is also another opportunity to watch the recent interviews conducted with Chief Executive Richard Gould and Chairman Richard Thompson, where the two discuss the challenges facing English cricket (prior to the Covid-19 pandemic), their passion for Surrey CCC and the bigger picture of how they feel the game should be developing in years to come.