Adam McGuinness makes a run down the wing at Whickham. 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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FA Vase: match day travel

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 20 January 2017

Saturday travel to Newport Pagnell is now confirmed: 33 seater coach leaving Meadow Park at 8:30am on Saturday, 28 returning that night. Seat bookings can be confirmed and paid for from tomorrow at the Shildon game. £25. When it's full it's full!

Whickham 0 Sunderland RCA 5

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Brad Wilson made an impressive Northern League debut in the League Cup victory at Whickham. Photograph: Simon Mears.

For more photos from the match please click here.

RCA goal scorers: Callen; Charlton; Cassidy; Larkin; Preston.

Following last Saturday’s abandoned match at Newcastle Benfield, Sunderland RCA made the trip to Whickham for a Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup Third Round tie. For RCA, this was a third Division Two side to be faced in this season’s League Cup - having beaten Esh Winning and Northallerton Town in previous rounds. Whickham, meanwhile, had a good win at Jarrow Roofing in the previous round.

RCA were looking to put in a much-improved performance from our last visit to The Glebe in February for a Durham County Challenge Cup match in which the team - clearly still reeling from an FA Vase Fifth Round exit just days earlier - were woeful and deservedly beaten 2-0 on the night by a very good Whickham side.

RCA made sweeping changes to the side that beat AFC Mansfield in the FA Vase 10 days ago. Neal Bussey returned in goal after nearly four months out with a broken ankle. Kevin Gordon replaced Clayton Davis at right back. The returning Nathan Cummings slotted in at centre back in place of Greg Swansbury - who took a place on the bench. Ross Preston was recalled and captained the side. Adam McGuinness, who was cup-tied at Mansfield, was in at left back. Kieron Martin returned on the right wing with Stephen Callen partnering Colin Larkin up front.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Whickham: Mordey, Lancaster, Hedley, Clasper, Soutar, Martin, Broadhead, Peareth (c), Aiston, Nicholson, Candlish.

RCA: Bussey, Gordon, McGuinness, Preston (c), Cummings, Armstrong, Cassidy, Charlton, Callen, Larkin, Martin.

Travel options for Newport Pagnell in the FA Vase

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 12 January 2017

The club can offer a limited number of fans places to travel with the team to Newport Pagnell.

Coach travel, and B & B at Milton Keynes Novotel will cost £52.00 per head for fans, sharing a room, or £75.00 for single occupancy (limited numbers). Coach will leave Meadow Park at 3.00 pm on Friday the 27th, aiming to be in Milton Keynes by 7.00 / 7.30 pm. The hotel is two or three miles from Milton Keynes centre, and has gym, pool and sauna facilities as well as bar and restaurant. It would be helpful if people willing to share with each other could confirm arrangements when booking.

The coach will take people to the game on Saturday, and will return to Ryhope, leaving around 6.00 pm and, after the usual short stop in Wetherby, aiming to be home by 11.30 pm.

Additionally if there is sufficient demand a coach will travel on the day, costing around £25 per head depending on numbers. This will not be viable unless enough people wish to travel. It will leave Meadow Park at 8.30 am, aiming to be in Newport Pagnell by around 1.00 pm, and return on the same timescale as the overnight transport.

Numbers need to be confirmed with the Hotel by Monday, so fans wishing to travel are asked to confirm with Colin Wilson on, or by phone on 07802 523533.

AFC Mansfield 0 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 8 January 2017
Saturday, 7 January 2017 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

The Butler did it: John Butler celebrates scoring the winner in the FA Vase match at AFC Mansfield. Photograph: Simon Mears.

For more photos from the match please click here.

RCA goal scorer: John Butler.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Nottinghamshire and to the Forest Town Arena - home of AFC Mansfield - for today’s eagerly anticipated FA Vase Fourth Round tie.

Here’s how the day the unfolded:

FA Vase preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 4 January 2017

RCA's run in the Vase this season began with a home win over Stockton Town. Photograph: Simon Mears.

This Saturday, January 7th, as most supporters will know, Sunderland RCA travel to AFC Mansfield in the Fourth Round of the FA Vase.

AFC Mansfield play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division - level nine in the football pyramid - the same level as the Northern League First Division.

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