RCA's Craig Hodgson hurdles a challenge during the 3-2 victory at Newton Aycliffe. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope 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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View from the Cemetery - October 2016 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Friday, 21 October 2016

For those gentlemen not yet dead, but maybe rapidly approaching it, there is a newish pastime available of which I have been hearing a few tales, and I might have mentioned before: I speak of Walking Football for the over fifties. I use capital letters because by all accounts some people are starting to take it seriously. The idea is to keep those with a love of the game, but no longer keen on, or that capable of, running about and getting kicked, involved and enjoying it again. Good idea. The FA are even talking about producing a set of rules. A reliable source tells me this is all well and good, except nobody takes any notice of the minimal rules that apply now. My reporter also says it's a real good game if played in the right spirit, with an emphasis on good passing and clever movement, but some, mostly he reckons those who didn’t play much in their younger days, but have managed to stay reasonably fit by avoiding cigarettes and alcohol and by going to the gym, have a tendency to spoil it by running about aimlessly and wellying the ball in all directions and none. This may be nothing but prejudice of course from someone who fancies himself as an undiscovered Paul Scholes. Anyway it seems to be booming, which is a good thing of course, keeping the elderly on their feet and dancing is to be encouraged, but I can’t see it becoming a spectator sport, unless the sight of old men falling over and falling out floats your boat.

Newton Aycliffe 2 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 October 2016
Saturday, 15 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​Kieran Graham in action during the second half of the match against Newton Aycliffe: Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: Aycliffe: Campbell (2), SRCA: Callen, McGuinness, McBryde.

Colin Larkin, Liam McBryde and James Cassidy returned to the starting line-up after missing the mid-week League cup fixture against Esh Winning.

With five players on holiday and three on the injury list it was a miracle that we could field a team at all but on paper this looked a competitive team. There were a number of players still carrying niggling injuries and it was a test of their character that they were willing to play through the pain barrier.

Esh Winning 1 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

​Kieran Martin, makes another forward run in the Brooks Mileson League Cup match against Esh Winning. Photograph by Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs here.

Goalscorers: Esh: Hird,  SRCA: Forster (2) Callen, Martin, J Butler

Team selection for the League Cup match against Esh Winning fell to Assistant Manager Steven Stewart and he chose a blend of youth and experience whilst also pitching in some players who were returning from injury, he gave a debut to Jordan Cook while returning to the fold were Adam McGuinness and Brad Forster. There were welcome returns from injury for Kevin Gordon and Stephen Callen while both James Armstrong and Kieran Graham took their respective places on the bench. The team was: Harkess, Richardson, McGuinness, Preston, Forster, Hodgson(c) Gordon, Cook, Callen, J Butler, Martin: Subs: Stewart, Guthrie, T Butler, J Armstrong, Graham.

Sunderland RCA 1 Dunston UTS 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 October 2016
Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Club Captain Clayton Davis holds off a Dunston defender during the 2 -1 defeat. Photograph by Simon Mears,

More of Simon's photographs can be found here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Larkin, DUTS: Luccock, Burrell.

Some good news on the injury front as Stephen Callen returned to the squad for the match against Dunston UTS and after limping off on Tuesday Liam McBryde declared himself fit enough to go on the bench. Into the starting eleven came Clayton Davis.

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