Season highlight: Mark Davison opens the scoring for RCA during the second half of the impressive 3-1 win at North Shields on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

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Covid-19 track and trace: entry to our home matches

From Tuesday 15th September 2020, Sunderland RCA FC will be utilising the evePass app for entry into Sunderland LGV Park. The app is simple to use and is available for Android and Apple iOS.

Once the app has been downloaded, registration is quick and easy: input your name, phone number and email address and that’s it.

When entering Sunderland LGV Park, open the app on your phone, scan the QR Code select number in your party and close the screen, it’s simple as that. You will be automatically logged out when you leave. This is a contactless, GDPR compliant check-in which enables us to adhere to the current government guidelines regarding track and trace and to help everyone who visits, stay safe.

Sunderland RCA play at Sunderland LGV 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 in Ryhope. 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 are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season. Season tickets do not include any cup matches. 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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Sunderland RCA 1 Stockton Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 September 2020
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA welcomed Stockton Town to the Sunderland LGV Stadium for this EBAC Northern League fixture.

Both sides were involved in FA Cup action at the weekend with Stockton Town coming out on top with a late winner against Billingham Town, while RCA were very impressive in their 2-0 victory over Thornaby at Teesdale Park.

RCA were forced to make changes as both Fairley and Carr were ruled out, into the team came the experienced Preston and Larkin with Watts the provider of both goals on Saturday replacing Dorward.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, Larkin, Hope, Watts.

Subs: Best, Callen, Armstrong, Ward, Bell

Stockton Town: C.Roberts, King, McWilliams, Henry, D.Mulligan, Coulthard, Franks, Robinson (Portas 73’), Craggs (N.Mulligan 64’), Owens (M.Roberts 70’), Hayes.

Subs: Mulligan, M. Roberts, Risborough, Portas, Woodhouse.

Craig Hodgson on FA Cup draw

Submitted by Harvey Hinkler on Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Player/Coach Craig Hodgson gives his reaction to RCA drawing Prescot Cables at home in the next round of the FA Cup.

James Armstrong's reaction to FA Cup victory

Submitted by Harvey Hinkler on Sunday, 13 September 2020

Player/Coach James Armstrong gives his reaction to an impressive 2-0 win away at Thornaby to put RCA into the next round of the FA Cup.

Thornaby 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

After a week full of uncertainty surrounding football at all levels and our specific injury problems off the pitch we were finally attending a much rejuvenated Teesdale Park for this FA Cup Preliminary round match against a much changed Thornaby team who have started a massive rebuilding exercise both on and off the park in the close season.

There was a crowd of 300 to watch the match and it was brilliant to see so many familiar RCA supporters at the ground with around 50 making the trip down the A19.

The ever growing injury list has been compounded by the withdrawal of loan players and work commitments which left 11 players unavailable for selection.

This meant that the side selected was one of, if not, the youngest team ever selected for RCA with an average age of 25. The management team brought Thomas Bell into the squad. Tom played in the under’17s team which won the league cup last week.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Carr, Callaghan, Forster, Swansbury ©,Hodgson, Dorward, Elliott, Leonard, Hope, Fairley; Subs: Watts, Ward, Bell, Armstrong.

Thornaby: Konstantopoulos, Roddam, Flounder, Drummond, Frazer, Taylor, Beddows, Kenny, Murphy, Hopson © Robinson; Subs: Hannah, Gardener, Foley, Rye, Carter, McGukin.

The teams took to the pitch on a gloriously sunny day to warm applause from both sets of supporters.

Sunderland RCA 1 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 6 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Sunderland RCA welcomed Ryhope CW to The Sunderland LGV Stadium for the opening league game of the season.

Both teams were in action mid week in the FA Cup with RCA winning against Durham City while RCW were defeated by Consett.

We also welcome every one of the 206 spectators who made the effort to attend; we thank them for their patience and compliance with the COVID restrictions in place.

As always the work done behind the scenes tends to go unnoticed so we again thank the ground staff Dave and George for presenting a pitch in fantastic condition also thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard to get this match on.If you feel you would like to get involved i.e. help out in some way, either on match days or the days leading to a game, please speak to the Secretary, Chairman or any of the Committee members. “Many hands make light work”.

On to the teams for today, RCA had to make changes to the team from Tuesday night with Fairley failing a fitness test, Preston unavailable and when O’Neill pulled up in the warm-up another change was required. RCW also had injury problems with Winter and Price both unable to play.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Errington, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Callen, Hope, Davison; Subs: Best, Larkin, Carr, Armstrong, Dorward.

Ryhope CW: Harkess, Morris, Gordon, Riding ©, Walker, Trewick, K Davis, Wallace, Hird, Hotchkiss, Bird; Subs: Winter, Weirs, Vincent, Ellis, Judson.

Sunderland RCA 3 Durham City 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Tuesday, 1 September 2020 - 7:45pm
The Emirates FA Cup

The long wait is over as competitive football returns to Sunderland LGV Park after the longest close season in history.

The fact that it was an FA Cup Extra Preliminary match just added spice to the occasion.

We were delighted to welcome every one of the 170 spectators who made the effort to attend and thank them for their patience and compliance with theCOVID-19 restrictions which are in place.

Excellent work from the club's ground staff Dave and George meant that the pitch was in fantastic condition and thanks to the committee and volunteers who have worked so hard in the close season to get the ground ready the season ahead.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Forster, Callaghan, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Davis, Elliott, Fairley, Hope, Callen; Subs: O’Neill, Best, Errington, Agnew, Larkin, Carr, Ward

Durham City: Vidot, Osei-Agyenmang, Afriyie, Ampadu, Pinas, Grondin©, Rojer, De Guigne, Persee, Van Veenendaal,Wahab;Subs: Finseca, Hunt, Wainwright, Whelan, Aitouarg.

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