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Super Joe. RCA's forward Joseph Hughes was not on the scoresheet against Newcastle Benfield, but his early excellent run into the opposition penalty area did the damage and set up Michael Charlton for his goal.

Sunderland RCA play 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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In and Out

Sunderland RCA FC can announce the signing of Stephen Bogie from Ashbrooke Belford House FC.

SRCA would like to place on record their thanks to the Management team and Committee of Belford House FC for allowing this signing to proceed so quickly.

Dan Smart has left to join Chester Le Street FC.

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West Auckland Town FC 4 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Saturday, 15 November 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: West: Moffatt (2) Richardson (2)

RCA made the trip to table topping West Auckland Town and were in good spirits after the excellent mid-week performance against Dunston UTS.

Unfortunately Martin Swales missed this one due to sickness which meant that his assistant Gee Errington made the team selection. His job was made more difficult when it was revealed that Brown, Barton, L Wood, G Wood and Austin-Wilson were unavailable and added to that list was Hughes who was declared 80% fit and took his place on the bench.

Into the line-up from the match on Tuesday came, Preston, Armstrong and McNab with Davis pushed forward as the lone striker.

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Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Northern League Cup

Goalscorers: Dunston: Ormston, Bulford. SRCA: None.

RCA travelled up the A1 to play Dunston in the EBAC Northern League Cup at the Dunston UTS Stadium. Another top v bottom game but, as they say, anything can happen in football.

Martin Swales' problems started before kick off. Held up in traffic, he arrived to the news that Ross Preston had failed a fitness test and was unavailable and within minutes of the warm up starting Joe Hughes pulled up with a recurrence of a hernia problem which has plagued him all season.

The eventual starting eleven included new signing Clayton Davis, making his debut after transferring from Washington FC. Danny Austin-Wilson replaced Hughes up front, Jury was installed in the centre of midfield to replace the injured Gary Wood and Callen returned to the team after suspension. The team: Carmichael, Richardson, Bythway, Wray, Brown, Davis, Jury, Charlton, Barton, Austin-Wilson, Callen, Subs: McNab, Morris, Henderson (D).

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Sunderland RCA FC 3 Stockton Town FC 1

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Durham Challenge Cup 1st Round

Goalscorers: SRCA: Wray, Charlton, Brown; Stockton Town: Stockton;

Stockton Town were the visitors to Meadow Park for tonight's Durham Challenge Cup first round tie. 

Stockton, unbeaten in 22 games thus far this season and running away with the Wearside league, were looking to pit their skills against a Sunderland RCA side, who under new manager Martin Swales, looked to be improving rapidly. Since Martin's appointment RCA have played 10, won six, drawn two and lost two; unfortunately the majority of the won games have been in cup competions like tonight.

The RCA team looked a little experimental with Austin-Wilson in at left back, Brown pushed into midfield/forward role, Armstrong sitting in a holding role, Stanger wide right and Hughes recalled to play as the solitary front man. Both Gary and Lewis Wood were suffering from knocks picked up on Saturday and on the bench we saw the welcome return of Barton after a lengthy period out with an ankle injury and John Jury after missing Saturday's match due to the birth of his son Joel.

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View from the Cemetery - November 2014 - Part 2

I see the concern over the ludicrous decision to go to Quatar for a World Cup is still bubbling away, did FIFA really think they could get away with this one? Evidently yes, Mr Blatter did. And who is to say he is wrong? It's an interesting fact that very often the only talent you need to rise far through bureaucratic organisations is a limitless supply of what is in Yiddish called Chutzpah. Chutzpah is variously defined as "the quality of audacity, insolence or cheek" or my favourite, "unmitigated effrontery or impudence". Can't help thinking of old Sepp can you? Do you remember his speech when making the announcement? Lots of guff about sportsmanship and the importance of being good losers, all while looking intently at Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Prince William in the front stalls. Bet he walked backstage and said he thought that went well. Mind, if it happens, which I continue to doubt, it will at least be too hot and alcohol too expensive for there to be much in the way of bother. Unlike Russia. That will be fun. England supporters versus Russian fascists and the Spetsnaz. Could be a close run thing...

Sunderland RCA FC 1 Handsworth Parramore FC 0

Saturday, 1 November 2014

FA Vase 1st Round Proper

Goalscorers: SRCA: Austin-Wilson;  Handsworth: None

RCA welcomed Handsworth Parramore FC of the North East Counties League to Meadow Park for this First Round tie of the FA Vase.

The visitors, like ourselves, have recently changed managers and are in a period of transistion.

With a number of the first team squad missing the manager gave debuts to our two latest signing and brought into the squad club stalwart Wayne Henderson (16 seasons with the club) for his first appearance of the season. Into the team Richardson, replacing Jury (wife due to give birth), Armstrong, for Hughes (working), Coe, for Charlton (Cup tied) other notable absentes were Barton (injured) and Callen (suspended). The team was as follows:

Carmichael, Richardson, Bythway, Brown, Preston, Armstrong, Stanger, Wood L, Coe, Wood G, McNab: Subs: Austin-Wilson, Morris C, Wray, Henderson D, Henderson W.

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