Welcome to Sunderland RCA

 Kevin Gordon at full pelt in the first Ryhope derby. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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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Ryhope CW 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Monday, 29 August 2016 - 11:00am
Northern League 1
Colin Larkin battles with ex-RCA player Richard Paxton.

Colin Larkin battles with ex-RCA player Richard Paxton during the first Ryhope derby. Photograph: Simon Mears.

More of Simon's photographs are here.

Goalscorers: RCW: Weirs. SRCA: Larkin.

It is a fact that Ryhope CW, formed in 1892 and Sunderland RCA, formed in 1961 have never met in a competitive match until this derby match on 29 August 2016. It is also fair to say that this was an eagerly anticipated match between two very evenly matched teams who had both had hard fought draws just 48 hours earlier, RCW against Shildon and RCA against Morpeth Town.

Martin Swales, returning to his old club, had a number of selection problems. Ross McNab, injured on Saturday, was ruled out and leading goal scorer Stephen Callen was unavailable due to holidays. There was some good news as Liam McBryde passed a fitness test and went onto the bench. James Armstrong and club captain Clayton Davis came into the starting eleven.

The teams took to the pitch on a beautiful sunny day and lined up in front of a good sized crowd.

Sunderland RCA 2 Morpeth Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

​Club Captain Clayton Davis on the ball during SRCA's well earned draw againts FA Vase holders Morpeth Town. Photograph: Simon Mears​.

See more of Simon's match photos here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen, Swansbury:  Morpeth: Robinson, Graydon.

The management team gave late fitness tests to Cassidy and McBryde, surprisingly Cassidy was passed fit while McBryde was still unable to play. In defence Lay (holiday) was replaced by Hodgson and J Davis returned to the centre of midfield having served his one match suspension.

View from the cemetery - August 2016 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 27 August 2016

So, off and running with a couple of good wins, nay three wins, in hand already, and maybe a little disappointed not to be unbeaten. Is this RCA? Not our usual start to the season, that's for sure. Long may it continue. And of course the long awaited, fifty years or more, derby with the CW to look forward to on Monday. Monday morning mind, which maybe optimistic in crowd terms, given the likelihood that the residents of these parts will have been celebrating late the night before. But a big day, however many turn out, over 150 years of history between the two clubs and this the first league meeting between the two. Has there ever been a proper cup tie even? Not sure, but no doubt El Queso will know.

Sunderland RCA 2 Ashington 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 21 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
​Ross McNab in action during the 2 - 1 home win over Ashington. Photograph: Simon Mears

​Ross McNab in action during the 2 - 1 home win over Ashington. Photograph: Simon Mears.

More of Simon's pictures are here.

Goalscorers: SRCA, Larkin, Charlton:  Ashington: McAndrew.

Prior to the match, there were two topics of conversation, the weather, if the rain would hold off long enough to get the game played, and the return to the starting line-up of club captain Clayton Davis, as it happened neither materialised. The heavy rain forecast turned out to be intermittent showers and Clayton was injured in the warm up and took no part in the match.

Further problems concerned the goal keeper Neal Bussey who also pulled up during the warm up and was replaced by Jordan Harkess.

The injury to C Davis meant that the returning striker Callum Hassan was promoted to the starting eleven to make his second debut for the club and Craig Hodgson was selected to take the place of the suspended Johnnie Davis.

On cue the rain started just prior to the teams coming out although it was not the predicted deluge that we were expecting.

Durham County Challenge Cup

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 19 August 2016

DURHAM COUNTY CHALLENGE CUP COMPETITION 2016/2017

FINAL TO BE PLAYED AT VICTORIA PARK, HARTLEPOOL.

Preliminary Round to be played during the week preceding Saturday 17th September 2016

THERE IS NO EXTRA TIME OR REPLAYS IN THIS COMPETITION

1 Tow Law Town v South Shields Harton & Westoe CW

2 Crook Town v Esh Winning

3 Willington AFC v Sunderland Silksworth CW

4 Stockton Town v Annfield Plain

5 Seaham Red Star v Sunderland West End

6 Billingham Town v Boldon CA

7 Jarrow FC v Hebburn Town

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