Recent signing Craig Hennis makes his debut at Bishop Auckland.

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. Season tickets do not include any cup matches. 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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Bishop Auckland 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 10 November 2019
Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Stephen Callen takes on Bishop Auckland's Liam Potter.

For more photos from the match please click here.

We travelled to Heritage Park today for this EBAC Northern League fixture. In our previous encounter this season Bishops came out on top in a 5 goal thriller.

With Robbie Dean suspended RCA brought in young keeper Kieron Ezard, other changes from the FA Vase team were as follows, Preston, O’Neill and Croft replaced by Allen, Elliott and making his debut in he centre of midfield was Craig Hennis.

The teams lines up as follows:

Bishop Auckland: Liversedge, Robinson, Hoganson, Potter, Bott, Fairley, Morris, Fryatt, Richardson, Parnaby, Waller. Subs: Johnson, Winn, Prudhoe, Tumilty, Hart.

SRCA:  Ezard, C Davis, McNab, Allen, Swansbury ©, Lilley, Hennis, Hodgson, Davison, Callen, Elliott. Subs: Gray, Leonard, Moan, O’Neill.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 4 November 2019
Saturday, 2 November 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Mark Davison has a first half shot blocked.

For more photos from the match please click here.

RCA travelled to the Energy Check Sports Ground for the second time in a fortnight to play Ebac Northern League leaders Hebburn Town in the Second Round of the FA Vase.

Forced changes meant that Leonard (Work Experience) and Allen were unavailable while Croft was preferred to Elliott who was still feeling the effects of a virus. Into the side came Clayton Davis and Sam Lilley.

The teams lined up as follows:

HEBBURN TOWN: Jennison, Groves, Lough, Spence, Carson, Donaghy, Robson, Taylor, Armstrong, Richardson, Dibb-Fuller.

SRCA:  Dean, Lilley, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, O’Neill, Davison, Callen, Croft. Subs: Elliott, Ezard, Moan, Gray, Allen.

View from the Cemetery - October 2019 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 29 October 2019

A couple of wins since the last time we spoke, which is good. Evidently the game against Washington through at Durham, if you follow me, was a bit of a stroll against a game but struggling Washy team. Steve Callen filled his boots to the tune of four; he looks a bit of a shoo-in for leading goalscorer this season if current form continues, although Sparky and Nathan may have other views on this, and young Dylan, ensconsed as penalty taker at the moment may be the dark horse. Dunston on the other hand was a tough match against a very good side who started particuarly well. We worked our way into it though, helped by a bit of a worldy from new boy Josh Gray, who seems to be finding his feet, and now the shooting boots to fit them. Pagey worked hard for Dunston but couldn’t find them a way back, so it's RCA who have the pleasure of a trip to the Brewery Field to see how wide the gap is, or not, between the National League North and the Northern League First. No doubt Spenny may well give a few squad players a game, it's unlikely that the DFA Challenge Cup is high on their priorities this season, but it may be their best chance of a trophy. If they can get past us of course, a task which they should not underestimate. I think Spenny could well be reaching the limits of their current realistic ambition. A fair number of the National League North teams are full time I understand, and that is a whole new kettle of fish, in financial, fitness and professionalism terms. Don’t get me wrong, Jay Ainsley and Brad Groves, and the rest of the team behind the team at Spennymoor have worked wonders, and I take my hat off to them without reservation, but standing still now be their greatest achievement. Good luck to them anyway.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Monday, 28 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Aaron Croft clears the ball during the first half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

The League Cup Group stage match against local rivals Ryhope CW took on more significance for the visitors as a RCW draw or better would see them progress in the competition, RCA having already assured themselves of a place in the last 16 with their win against Washington FC last week.

As usual for this competition the RCA Management team made a number of changes giving younger players more experience at this level and players returning from injury much needed playing time.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Ezard, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Croft, Moan, O’Neill, Gray. Subs: Dean, Callen, Green, C Davis

RCW:  Harkess, Walker, J Weirs, Riding ©, Jones, Trewick, Bird, Hotchkiss, Rae , M Weirs, Ellis. Subs: Winter, Pearn, Wallace, Devlin.

Ryhope Legends

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 27 October 2019

Joe Dixon and Charlie Grose pictured at the Hemsworth MW FA Cup match on Saturday, 24 August 2019.

On Monday, 28 October, Sunderland RCA meet near neighbours Ryhope CW for the third time this season in the final group match of the Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

To mark the occasion, here is a short piece focussing on two men who can only be described as legends of football in Ryhope.

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