Season highlight: Luke Page scores for RCA during the terrific FA Vase Third Round victory against Shildon at Dean Street on 1 December 2018.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

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, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games. 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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Reports and information from previous seasons are here.

Grass Routes, former Northern League Chairman Mike Amos's blog, is here.

Transfer News

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 24 May 2019

Robert Dean - playing here for Marske United - saves a shot from RCA's Dylan Elliott during a match at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

Sunderland RCA are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Robert Dean from Marske United. After winning three Northern League titles and the FA Vase, the ex-Spennymoor Town and Marske United keeper is a huge signing for the club. Rob will be joined at the club by young keeper Kieron Ezard, who is keen to prove himself in the Northern League working with Robert as well as goalkeeping coach James ‘Lenny’ French.

New kits for 2019-20 season revealed

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 13 May 2019

Our new 2019-20 kits can now be revealed, with something special added to each. For the home kit (below), we are supporting The Bradley Lowery Foundation, with the logo displayed on the right arm of the shirt.

For the away kit (below), we are supporting the If U Care Share Foundation, which is raising awareness in dealing with the prevention and intervention of suicide. Both fantastic causes, which we are honoured to be associated with.

Thanks to Farrellys Sports for the fantastic kit designs.

Many thanks also to Mohsen Hussein of Pizza Uno and Joe Olabode of PCI Services for their generous, ongoing support of RCA as main home and away shirt sponsors. 

Captain signs up for next season

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 9 May 2019

Greg Swansbury in action against South Shields during last season's Durham County Challenge Cup match.

Great news with captain Greg Swansbury tonight signing a contract with Sunderland RCA.

Greg has had some good offers since the end of season, but has committed his future with his home town club.

Manager Martin Swales had this to say: “Signing Greg is a great achievement for the club and is a statement of our intent for the coming season. Greg’s performances over the past few seasons have been nothing short of incredible and he’s a real leader on and off the pitch. I’ve always maintained that Greg and Ross Preston are the best centre backs in the league, and with teams from higher up in the pyramid chasing Greg, it just shows how highly he’s rated. A great lad, great player and a real leader.”

2019-20 Sponsorship Packages

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 6 May 2019

We have some exciting sponsorship packages available for the 2019-20 season:

  • Player Sponsorship
  • Pitch Advertising
  • Matchday Sponsorship

With many more packages available on request.

We will also be launching our fully bespoke Home and Away kits in the next week, with sponsorship packages available for these as well. If you would like any further information, please email us at sunderlandrca@gmail.com or you can send us a message through Facebook.

Fans' Player Of The Season result

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The poll for Fans' Player Of The Season has now closed and the result is in!

To view the final vote please click here.

A reminder that the Presentation Night is on Saturday, 4 May, 7pm start, and will be held at The Penshaw Suite, Nissan Sports Complex, Washington Road, SR5 3NS.

Entry is £5 - payable on the door - and includes food and live music, as well as the presentations.

All welcome.

New ground sponsor

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 15 April 2019

Thanks to the continuing and generous sponsorship of local businessman Dave Crouch, of Sunderland LGV Driver Training, from next season Meadow Park will be renamed as:

Sunderland LGV Park

Dave is pictured above with manager Martin Swales shaking hands on the deal.

Sunderland RCA 6 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 14 April 2019
Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's second goal from the penalty spot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA entertained bottom club Penrith in this, the last match of the season. Penrith have had a bit of a torrid season but seemed to have turned the corner in the last few months culminating in reaching the Cumberland  Cup final on the 30th April.

The RCA management team were forced into making two changes with both Larkin and K Davis suffering injuries in Tuesday night’s victory against Seaham Red Star. Charlton and Moan replaced the injured pair in the starting line up.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Lilley, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (c), Elliott,  Charlton, Page, O’Neill, Moan, McAloon. Subs: Elliott, McAloon, Kyle Davis, Moan, Lilley.

Penrith: Forrester, Hebson, Paul, Law, Eleftheriadis, Johnson, J Brown, Moynan, M Brown, Lee,  Holliday. Subs: Shields, Hayton.

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