Craig Hodgson keeps Ashington at bay - earning RCA a first clean sheet of the season.

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, which include all official cup games, are £70 and £50 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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Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round draw

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 21 August 2017

Sunderland RCA have drawn Liversedge at home in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

The match will be played at Meadow Park on Saturday, 2 September, with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Liversedge play their football in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and join a growing list of clubs that RCA have faced in FA Vase and FA Cup matches in recent seasons from the same division.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ashington 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 20 August 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 3:00pm
FA Cup

Stephen Callen scored two cracking second half goals.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: O'Neill; Callen (2); Elliott.

Sunderland RCA were back in Emirates FA Cup action against Ashington today, just a fortnight after the excellent win over Garforth Town in the Extra Preliminary Round.

RCA made two changes the side that lost at Marske United on Tuesday, with Clayton Davis making a first start of the season and Nathan O'Neill starting up front - replacing Reece Noble and Ross Preston.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Bussey; Charlton; Hodgson; McGuinness; Swansbury (c); Elliott; C. Davis; Page; Larkin; O'Neill; Callen.

Ashington: Grant; Christensen; Hornsby; Antony; J. Harmison; Buchanan; Sampson; Downey; Pearson; B. Harmison (c); McAndrew.

Prior to the match there was an impeccably observed minute's silence to pay respects to 18-year-old Kieran Oliver, a young Northern League match official who was tragically killed in a car crash last week, and the recent attacks in Spain.

View from the Cemetery - August 2017 4

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 17 August 2017

Matches, Croatia and Serbian football, SAFC surprise, athletics, Mo, sprinters.

Did you watch the Athletics World Championships over the past couple of weeks? Didn’t see much myself, but I did watch over the last weekend. Pity about Mo Farah not winning again, except that I sort of think that it is better for real champions to compete until they are beaten fair and square rather than retiring wondering if you might have won another one or two. Go out on your shield, as they say in the fight game. And the sprint relays were good. Noticing the way the ladies team, all fit girls obviously, went loopy as the boys, all fit lads obviously, won made me wonder what they would all be doing by way of celebration that night, probably a nice cup of tea and early to bed I reckon. Possibly.

I did spend some time wondering which country ANA stood for, until the commentator pointed out it was "Accredited Neutral Athlete" or Russian for short. Never mind, they all seemed as fast as ever, despite having no further access to pharmaceuticals, allegedly. Does make you wonder what the point is of banning the country, but allowing the athletes to take part anyway.

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 17 August 2017

Ross Preston in action for RCA in the Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round match against Garforth Town.

This Saturday, 19 August, Sunderland RCA take on Ashington in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. As regular Northern League Division One opponents, of course, RCA and Ashington need no introduction to one another.

Marske United 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton makes a driving run down the wing.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - Marske: Gott; Round. RCA: O'Neill.

Sunderland RCA’s first away match of the season was a trip to Marske United.

Marske, like RCA, are unbeaten this season. In the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, the original tie ended in an epic 4-4 draw at the GER Stadium in a match that swung back and forth. Marske were victorious in the replay, winning by a single Craig Gott strike. Their only Northern League match was at Seaham Red Star, where the visitors recovered from conceding an early goal to win the match 4-1.

RCA followed up wins in the FA Cup and Northern League with a 1-1 draw with Washington on Saturday. Last season Marske won all three of the matches between the sides - both Northern League fixtures and a League Cup Quarter Final at Meadow Park.

RCA reverted back to the side that beat Penrith the previous Tuesday, with Craig Hodgson returning in midfield and Nathan O'Neill taking a place on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Marske: Dean; Crossen; O’Sullivan; Rowbotham; Carling; Wheatley; Bulmer; Gott; Earl; Round; Kelly.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; McGuinness; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Elliott; Larkin; Page; Callen.

New training kit sponsor

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 14 August 2017

Mo from Pizza Uno Sunderland and RCA manager Martin Swales with the new training kit.

Sunderland RCA are pleased to announce another sponsorship agreement -  this one is with Pizza Uno, Sunderland to sponsor RCA's new training kit.

The lads were given their new kit for the warm-up prior Saturday's home match with Washington.

It's great to see an increasing number of local firms supporting RCA.

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