Mac attack: Liam McBryde delivers a cross during the first-half of the match at North Shields. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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 £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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Jarrow Roofing 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

John Butler making his debut against Jarrow Roofing: Photograph by Simon Mears.

Further photographs from Simon here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: None Roofing: Chow.

RCA gave debuts to new signings Ross Preston and John Butler, though whether they are technically debuts is open for discussion as both players have played for RCA previously.

The squad was further enhanced by the return of Swansbury.

Sunderland RCA 0 North Shields 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 September 2016
Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
Neal Bussey pictured during the match against North Shields where he kept RCA's first clean sheet of the season. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Neal Bussey pictured during the match against North Shields where he kept RCA's first clean sheet of the season. Photograph: Simon Mears.

​More of Simon's photographs from the game are here.

Goal scorers: None.

On the injury front it was a case of three in and two out as Larkin, Charlton and Gordon all passed fitness tests, Hodgson and Armstrong were ruled out.

As the manager was away on business it was down to Assistant Steven Stewart to make his first team selection of the season and it just happened to be against North Shields who are unbeaten so far this season. The eleven chosen where: Bussey, Noble, McNab, Larkin, Lay, J Davis, Gordon, Charlton, Hassan, McBryde, Cassidy Subs: Richardson, Harkess, Butler, Pounder and Stewart. (Well we can forgive him for naming himself as a substitute).

The visitors also had a managerial change although this one was of a more permanent nature as Jon McDonald takes over from Graham Fenton who has joined South Shields.

View from the cemetery - September 2016 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 15 September 2016

Bit of a crash landing for our lads on Tuesday night. Most people expecting a steady win for us without too much trouble and instead, and for the first time this season, we were second best from start to finish. Good few lads missing, but even so a decent side out on the pitch, but there you go. And a tough game coming up against a booming North Shields, clearly determined not to be left behind by the moneybags over on the brighter side of the Tyne. Still a bit of adversity is good for us generally, so maybe this will be a shot in the arm at just the right time. After Saturday a run of away games, including an immediate return against North Shields, which is not ideal, never like the idea of sides playing each other too close together, grievances have a tendency to fester, but equally it is true that year after year we seem to be better away than at home. God knows why, you would think the Ryhope slope would be a distinct advantage, especially the knowledge that everybody, and I mean everybody, plays better up the slope than down.

Sunderland RCA 1 Newcastle Benfield 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

​James Cassidy in control of the ball before setting off on another attacking run: Photograph: Simon Mears

​More of Simon's photographs from last night's match here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Armstrong.  Benfield: McEvoy, Hudson, Scott.

RCA faced a Newcastle Benfield team who were fresh from an 8 - 1 win over Alnwick Town in the FA Vase on Saturday.

The injury list remains horrendously long with Larkin, Callen, Pounder, Charlton and Graham out, add to that C Davis working and Swansbury on holiday and RCA were well below par in terms of numbers.

Drafted into the squad were Richardson, Lay and Wightman (a late replacement when Graham suffered a recurrence of a groin injury in the warm up.)

The visitors also had their selection problems but re-organised the team to suit.

Guisborough Town 2 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 11 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Callum Hassan holds off two Guisborough Town players during the drawn match at the King George V ground. Photograph: Simon Mears

​More photos of the game here.

Goalscorers: Guisborough: McPhillips (2),  SRCA: McBryde, C Davis.

The injury list is getting longer by the game with Larkin and Charlton added to it and failing late fitness tests. Included in the team for the trip to Guisborough were club captain Clayton Davis, Hodgson and Cassidy.

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