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.
Whoever decided that a Bank holiday derby match should be between RCA and Morpeth Town really need to get hold of a map or a SATNAV, there are certainly nearer first division teams who could be classed as a derby.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 27 August 2014
For obvious reasons we don't get to see a lot of televised football in this place, but I did manage to see a bit of Manchester United this week. Typical of Sunderland that they manage a draw against the Reds and it turns out to be the worst anybody has done against them so far this season. Some side those Wimbedon exiles, and the troubles of the long time big boys does seem to give a lot of people pleasure. The Germans have a word for it, though we normally use two....
Back to the real thing though. Not a great start to the season, he says diplomatically. Although from what I saw we should probably have won against West Allotment and the replay with Bishops was a close run affair, but most people only see the result, and make their mind up on that basis. Never mind, nothing' s won or lost in August, it's a long season. And the new kit looks very smart.
After Friday's excellent performance in the second half at Heritage Park it was back to Meadow Park for this FA Cup Replay.
Unfortunately due to work commitments both Coe and Lewis Wood were unavailable for the replay and Hughes was injured playing on Sunday. Their places were taken by Brown and Horsman with Halliday returning after suspension and taking his place on the bench. The team was reshuffled to accommodate the changes in personnel.
Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 18 August 2014
A factor in this new season which had escaped my attention until Sunday, and which for some reason has tickled me more than somewhat, is the new name under which the Conference clubs will be operating this year. You probably already noticed. It is now the Vanarama Football Conference no less. Vanarama are no doubt a top class outfit, the go to guys if you need to lease a van, part of the Autorama Group, based in the fine footballing town of Hemel Hempstead, and obviously determined to raise their profile through the medium of football. Good luck to them I say. But I can’t help thinking that as they started casting the net for new sponsors the good people of the Conference management committee were hoping for something maybe a little bit more upmarket, or at least more upmarket sounding. BT Sport maybe, or perhaps British Gas. Or if not more upmarket then one of the apparently endless supply of betting firms now on the go; the Paddy Power Conference, or the Bet 365 Conference. But no, after much diligent effort it is the Vanarama Conference after all. And very good it sounds.
Please click here for a multimedia take on the match from RCA fan @SR3Boy Mike Carter.
Please click here for Peter Jackson's match photos.
It is a quirk of fate that we seem to draw Bishops in some cup competition or other during a season so it was no surprise to see the FA Cup draw pair us together. Matches in cup competitions have always been hard fought encounters and tonight's match would be no exception.
The RCA team saw the return to defence of Wray in place of Horsman, Stanger returned to the centre of midfield replacing Hughes. Andrew Brown also returned to the bench after injury.
Bishops were in great spirits, having won their opening two encounters in the league at Celtic Nation and West Auckland.