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Tuesday, 15 April. As the RCA players leave the pitch after their warm up the last of the day's sun draws long shadows over the Penrith pitch at the Frenchfield Park scenic setting.

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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Penrith FC 5 Sunderland RCA FC 1

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

EBAC Northern League Div. I

Goalscorers: SRCA: Morris :  Penrith: og. Hall, Rigg, Coleman, Wilson.

The 170 mile round trip to Penrith turned into a disasterous night for RCA as another abject second half performance saw them well and truely beaten by a much better organised and disciplined Penrith outfit.

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Shildon AFC 4 Sunderland RCA FC 0

Kyle Fryatt evades Shildon captain and ex-RCA player Mark Hudson in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goal scorers:  SRCA : none,      Shildon: Emms (2), Richardson (2).

Please click here for photos from the match.

Ashington’s win against Team Northumbria on Thursday guaranteed First division status for RCA for next season. This is a great achievement for David Lee and Stephen Halliday with the small squad of players at their disposal and the commitment of the players to the club has been first rate.

Today’s match against title chasing Shildon was a time to relax and try and enjoy the game. With Ross Preston leaving for Thailand on business and not available for the rest of the season it was left to Daniel Wray to step back into the central defensive position, Jim Wilson came in for Callum Patton in the only other change to the team that won so convincingly at Bedlington last week.

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Sunday Football Feast

Meadow Park is home to three Sunday cup finals in the next few weeks, beginning with the Billy Pemberton Memorial Cup which will be contested by Gatsby’s and Hendersons Butchers this coming Friday, 18 April with an eleven o’clock kick off.

Next up, on Sunday, 4 May with a ten thirty kick off, is the Total Sport Challenge Trophy between Ryhope CW Sunday and Hendersons Butchers or The Guide Post.

The following week, Sunday, 11 May at ten thirty, sees Humbledon Plains Farm take on Hylton Castle TWR in the Sunderland Sunday League Cup Final.

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Bedlington Terriers FC 2 Sunderland RCA FC 4

RCA captain Gavin Barton leads by example as he tackles and wins the ball.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers: SRCA: Barton (2), Hughes, McAvoy: Bedlington: Williamson, Dobson

Please click here for photos from the match.

This match was billed as a six-pointer, two teams at the wrong end of the table playing for their survival in the ENL first divison. Neither team were looking at the results of other clubs to help them, the pre match talk on the terraces was of getting something out of todays match to relieve the pressure at the bottom.

RCA recalled captain Gav Barton to the team replacing Jim Wilson and the evergreen Wayne Henderson was brought into cover for Aaron Brown who has left for foreign lands. Danny Wray was unavailable due to work commitments.

Both teams started, understandably, nervously and the opening ten minutes were very scrappy with neither team coming to terms with a very uneven surface.

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Sunderland RCA FC 1 Ashington FC 2

RCA forward Joe Hughes in first half action.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

EBAC Northern League Division 1

Goalscorers:  SRCA: Fryatt  Ashington: Walton (2)

Please click here for photos from the match.

Please click here for Ashington manager's comments on the match.

Please click here for Dave Lee's comments on the match.

With both Wray and Barton missing because of work commitments the managers were forced to make changes to the team that performed so well last Saturday at Guisborough Town. In came Hughes to partner Patton up front, Horsman moved to central defence and Aaron Brown, playing his last match for RCA before leaving for Scandanavia, was brought in at left back.

This game had everything, three goals, two disallowed goals, penalty appeals turned down, woodwork rattled and a sending off and that was just the first half. The game turned in the final five minutes after RCA had dominated for most of the second half and Ashington took full advantage the winner coming in the 89th minute.

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View from the cemetery - March 2014 - Part 4

Last home game of the season, and still in March? What has happened? Is summer football starting after all? Or is it just the vagaries of the old Golightly computer? Seems a bit odd whatever the reason, and with all to play for as well. There seem to be a lot of conspiracy theories around at the moment, so is this the making of another one? Has the fat lad upset someone in authority? Again? Makes you wonder. Never mind, some of us will just moulder on down here while you lot enjoy the delights of Crook and Bedlington and such like, not to mention Penrith on a Tuesday night; always a fun ride out. Shouldn't complain of course, those lads are back and forth across the A66 every other week, and still have a boatload to go. And they put up a decent show here on the Meadow a fortnight since, although as an unbiased supporter I thought the second half effort from our bold lads deserved a point at least. And by all accounts the same applied down at Guisborough last week. Well, nobody ever said it was fair, or if they did they are daft.

The reason football is the best game in the world is because the best side doesn't always win. Or so I reckon anyway. Which doesn't mean you should rely on luck, doing things right is the way to go, and by and large it pays off overall. The late, great Bob Paisley used to maintain that you should always ignore results good or bad when looking at your team, because there was nothing much you could do about results, what mattered was performances, and if you got that right the results would follow. All very true no doubt, although some think a little bit bribery also helps sometimes....

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