Adam McGuinness clears the ball under pressure.

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 £6.00 and £4.00 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 £70 and £50 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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Ashington 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Colin Larkin - tracked by former RCA defender Wayne Buchanan - fires in a terrific shot, minutes before opening the scoring.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - Ashington: Stevens (2); McAndrew. RCA: Larkin.

Sunderland RCA were back on the road again for tonight's Northern League match at Ashington, with both sides looking for at least a top eight finish at the end of the season.

RCA made two changes to the side that won handsomely at Whitley Bay last Tuesday - Greg Swansbury and Nathan O'Neill were replaced by James Armstrong and Jonathan Davis, with Craig Hodgson switching from midfield to central defence to partner Ross Preston, who captained the side.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Ashington: Grant; Christensen; Salmon; Stephenson; Scott (c); Buchanan; McAndrew; Downey; Stevens; Cartwright; Pearson.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; Preston (c); McGuinness; Davis; Charlton; Armstrong; Larkin; Page; Callen.

View from the far side

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 17 March 2018

Rugby is the overwhelming sporting interest in New Zealand, which makes you wonder why Sky call their Rugby channel Sky Football. But there you go.

Anyway you have little choice but to watch it when talking to the wife loses its appeal. And the standard is fantastic; of the rugby I mean, not the wife's conversation. Watched a game the night which finished 38-36, absolutely superb, ten tries, fast, great ball handling and a punch up every ten minutes, which adds to the entertainment value. It bears little resemblance to our fat posh boys waddling about, that's for sure. It's not footy though is it?

I'm keeping in touch and I see we had a belting win up at Whitley Bay the other night, I know they have their troubles at the moment, but even so a great win. And fifty points with a dozen games to go, we could be getting nose bleeds here, and what if we finish top four or five and FA come knocking? I only ask.

I see that one of the proposals being mooted to cope with the league's problems is to move to Scotland, in footballing terms at least. Blimey, given the standard up there we could be playing Celtic in a few years time. Interesting thought but not a starter I think, shame.

Whitley Bay 2 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton scored RCA's sixth goal on a memorable night at Hillheads.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - Whitley Bay: Johnston; Cornish. RCA: Larkin; Swansbury; Callen (2); O'Neill; Charlton.

After what has seemed like months without a match - thanks to the 'Beast from the East' and the subsequent heavy rain, which resulted in three postponements - Sunderland RCA were finally back in action tonight with a trip to Hillheads to take on Whitley Bay.

RCA made two changes to the side that impressively beat North Shields on 17 February, last time out - Reece Noble replaced Clayton Davis at right full back and Adam McGuinness replaced Ross McNab at left full back.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Whitley Bay: Harley; Salmon; Walker; Haley; Groves; Summers; Potter; Glen-Ravenhill (c); Brooks; Johnston; Cornish.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Swansbury (c); Preston; McGuinness; Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Fixture update

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 12 March 2018

Saturday's postponed match at home to Jarrow Roofing will now be played on Tuesday, 10 April, with a 7:30pm kick-off.

As a result, the Morpeth Town match has been moved back 24 hours to Thursday, 12 April, again with a 7:30pm kick-off.

One other fixture has been brought forward - the away match at Bishop Auckland, originally scheduled for Saturday, 21 April, has been moved to Wednesday, 18 April, with a 7:45pm kick-off.

Sunderland RCA 4 North Shields 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 18 February 2018
Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

No Larkin about: Colin Larkin - scorer of two first half goals for RCA - makes a driving run.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For North Shields' match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Larkin (2); O'Neill; McNab. North Shields: Holmes; McFarlane.

After two weeks without a match due to the postponement of last Saturday's fixture at Dunston, Sunderland RCA were back in action this afternoon, with third-placed North Shields the visitors to Meadow Park.

RCA made two changes to the side narrowly beaten at home by Whitley Bay a fortnight ago, with Colin Larkin and Clayton Davis replacing James Armstrong and Reece Noble.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Davis; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

North Shields: McCafferty; Robson; Summerly; Ormston; Pell (c); Dodds; McFarlane; Foster; Harmison; Richardson; Holmes.

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