Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis en route to scoring a fine solo goal in the Esh Winning friendly played at North Durham Academy's 4G pitch.

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 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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Summer in Stanley

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Monday, 16 July 2018
Luke Richardson on the ball

Luke Richardson weighs up his options as Mark Davison overlaps in the second half of the match.

In weather as absurd for football as it was for Stanley, RCA took on Esh Winning in their third pre-season friendly, on the 4G playing surface at North Durham Academy. Foreign holidays, the Durham Miners Gala, England and Belgium vying for third place in the World Cup and an emergency hospital admission meant RCA's squad and coaching presence were thin. So: fair play to those who turned out for a match that lacked the glamour of last Thursday, but was nonetheless an important step to match readiness for the season kick off on Saturday, 4 August at home to Newcastle Benfield. It also extended new Assistant Manager Mark Cowan's 100% record! For today's match Mark was assisted by Peter Elliott.

Sunderland RCA 2 Sunderland AFC U23s 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Nathan O’Neill

Nathan O'Neill - scorer of RCA's late penalty - fires in an acrobatic first half shot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Please click here for Connor Lamb’s match report.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Sunderland AFC under 23s to Meadow Park for what promised to be a contest as keenly fought as last season's pre-season friendly.

After a fairly even first half hour, where RCA created a couple of good openings through Page and Callen, the match burst into life in the 37th minute when Benji Kimpioka scored a terrific six-minute hat-trick to give SAFC a three-nil half-time lead.

The visitors added a fourth in the second half, before RCA responded well to score two goals in the final five minutes, with Reece McEwan slotting home from inside the penalty area, and Nathan O'Neill scoring from the penalty spot.

Thanks very much to all involved at Sunderland AFC for making the match possible.

Summer in the Cemetery

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 12 July 2018

I have been on my travels as usual in the close season. Yes it has been wonderful thank you very much; but no live football to report on this time, or any live sport for that matter, though I did check out a couple of Croatian non-league grounds, both with very good facilities, including excellent BBQs, and both added to my suggested list of potential overseas trips for the lads when club funds permit. I’m not holding my breath.

And of course there is the World Cup. I'm writing this before the quarter finals but it looks like the Boys from Brazil for me, much as I hope I'm wrong and England can do it. The highlight for me so far, excluding England of course, came as I watched Croatia beat Argentina in a bar in Novigrad. The celebrations were something else; where do you buy those flares? We need some of them for the Vase games. I haven't seen smoke like it since Gary Shields retired. Southgate seems to be playing his hand as well as he can, although I think Sterling is a luxury we can't afford and the no nonsense Vardy style would be more my plan, but that's just opinions and it's the managers that matter, quite right too. At least we look like a team, and the coaching staff have done their homework. None of this 'you can't practice penalties' rubbish as per Hoddle, or, Mr Woy and his 'by Jove this Iceland lad takes good throw ins, who knew?' Well you should have for a start, sunshine. No, the constant lazy amateurism of past years seems behind us, thank god. We could still use at least one genuine left footer mind; and Rose may find, or have already found his way in, and even given his defensive frailties that would be a good thing in my humble opinion. Let's see how it ends.

And what about Swaz's bold boys and the Northern League? Got to be expecting another good season with the boys from the past couple of seasons and a some good additions. We will be fancied of course, but more than a few clubs look like they are hoping to do well, including at least one of the promoted clubs, making good signings and talking the talk, but it's the football that matters as you all know. I'm looking forward to it, the last few seasons have been great, can we go a bit further this time? Time will tell.

Thank you, Simon

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Simon Mears

The 2017-18 season marked the end of an off-the-field era for Sunderland RCA: super supporter Simon Mears has hung up his camera and put away his reporter's notebook, bringing to an end a period when we have enjoyed extremely well written match reports, praised for their objectivity and analysis by the opposition, and super match action photos. Simon also contributed news items and maintained the fixtures list on the club website. Thanks very much, also, to Simon for his Twitter and Facebook work, carried out with diligence and professionalism. All in all, a tremendous amount of high quality work for the club.

From next season, Simon will be ground hopping, but I'm sure we will see a lot of him when and where RCA are playing.

Lucky 7

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 12 July 2018

You might not know but Sunderland RCA run a very exciting football predictions competition through the season, the Lucky 7, which simply requires you to predict the results of 7 Premier league games to win an excellent cash prize of at least £150.00 each week, for a stake of £1.00 a line with rollovers reaching several hundred. It's done by email so if you would like to enter or learn more send email Colin Wilson at for more details and to get on board.

You have to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 7 July: first pre-season look out

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Alex Ramshaw

New signing Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from Seaham Red Star, in action on the wing in the first half of the friendly with Northumbria Police.

Dylan Elliott opened the scoring in last Saturday's 8 - 0 win over Northumbria Police at Nissan, converting a cross from Mark Davison on 15 minutes. Clayton Davis was the provider for Sparky to score two minutes later. In the second half, RCA ran riot. Jonathan Davis's goal five minutes after the restart was followed by four from the unstoppable Luke Page with Jak Ashton scoring with the last kick of the game.

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