Welcome to Sunderland RCA

The Army defence. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Sunderland RCA play in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 at Meadow Park. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £5.00 and £3.00 for concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance. Season tickets, which include all official cup games, are £60 and £45 concessions. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.

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Penrith 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 May 2016
Saturday, 7 May 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Reece Noble makes a clearance. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Penrith: None SRCA: Hughes, Gordon.

Please click here for Simon Mears' photos.

Photos from John France - @john28france - and Ben France - @BenFrance.

RCA travelled over the Pennines to play Penrith for their final game of the 2015-16 season. The news that Cameron McCulloch would not be able to play due to leg injury was a severe blow to the squad not least because the other on loan keeper Michael Woud had been called up by New Zealand to play in a tournament in Brisbane and was flying to Australia on Saturday morning.

This on top of a mini injury crisis which saw Noble, Armstrong, Proctor and Butler carrying knocks from the Guisborough Town match on Thursday. It is a testament to their character that they made the trip and declared themselves willing to start unlike some others who just didn't make the effort.

Colin Larkin took over management duties in the absence of the manager and assistant manager who had prior commitments.

With no recognised keeper it was refreshing to hear that five players volunteered to put on the keeper's jersey. In the end Larkin went in goal, took the unusual step of putting centre forward Stephen Callen into the centre of defence to partner Ross McNab and Joe Hughes went up front with Luke Proctor.

The Team: Larkin, Noble, Armstrong, Callen, McNab, Butler, Gordon, Charlton, Hughes,Proctor and Graham: with the only fit substitute Callum Charlton although Luke Richardson travelled and made himself available to play if required even though only 70% fit.

Thank you Michael

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 7 May 2016

In the latter part of this season RCA fans have become used to seeing the tall figure of Michael Woud between the sticks during his loan spell from Sunderland AFC.

Michael has now made the long trip to Australia for the New Zealand men's national team camp, which will includes three friendlies against teams in Brisbane. After that it's the comparatively short hop home to New Zealand for a month's rest before flying back back for pre-season with SAFC.

Michael tells us that he has enjoyed the crack and highs and lows and has learned a lot from his time with RCA.

Good luck Michael and don't forget you're always welcome at Meadow Park.

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Sunderland RCA 0 Guisborough Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 6 May 2016
Thursday, 5 May 2016 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Kevin Gordon clears the ball late in the match. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: None Guisboroug: Earl (3), Roddam

Please click here for Simon Mears' photos from the match.

The last home game of the season against Guisborough Town saw RCA make the almost obligatory changes to the team due to injuries and work commitments. In came McCulloch, Hope, Buchanan and Charlton, replacing Woud (heading home to New Zealand for a well-earned rest), Lane, McNab and Larkin (work commitments). A number of these players were carrying knocks and showed great character in pulling on a shirt for the club.

After their shock 1 - 0 defeat against Durham earlier in the week, Guisborough fielded what looked, on paper, like a strong side. The inclusion of two ex RCA players Wood and Carling injected a bit more competitiveness to the match.

Happy Birthday George

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 6 May 2016

Love the tracksuit! George Herd with football pals and fellow former RCA men, Neil Hixon and Gary Shields at the Guisborough match on Thursday, 5 May. George celebrates his 80th birthday today, Friday 6 May. Everyone at the club wishes him many happy returns.

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Morpeth Town 0 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Monday, 2 May 2016 - 1:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton comes in for the usual attention. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: None.

Please click here for Simon Mears’ photos from the match.

Sunderland RCA travelled up to Morpeth for their second encounter with Morpeth Town in five days. Although it was overcast and there had been some heavy showers in the morning the pitch looked in remarkably good condition.

Both teams made five changes to their respective teams with RCA bringing in Woud, Armstrong, McNab, Proctor and Butler.

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