Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Lee Cresswell in action against Morpeth on Monday. 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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Morpeth Town 0 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Monday, 2 May 2016 - 1:00pm
Northern League 1

Michael Charlton comes in for the usual attention. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: None.

Please click here for Simon Mears’ photos from the match.

Sunderland RCA travelled up to Morpeth for their second encounter with Morpeth Town in five days. Although it was overcast and there had been some heavy showers in the morning the pitch looked in remarkably good condition.

Both teams made five changes to their respective teams with RCA bringing in Woud, Armstrong, McNab, Proctor and Butler.

Sunderland RCA 2 Morpeth Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Saturday, 30 April 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Kieran Graham in second half action. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRCA: Wightman, Hughes. Morpeth: None

Please click here for photos from the match by Simon Mears.

Sunderland RCA were at home to FA Vase finalists Morpeth Town. This was Morpeth’s third match this week having already played on Monday (won against Washington) and Wednesday (lost against West Auckland) while we had already played against Marske on Tuesday, so both teams fielded changed teams for tonight’s match.

At 5:30pm this match was in doubt as torrential rain and sleet poured down on Meadow Park. The match referee, Mr Barry Gordon arrived to inspect the pitch at 5:45pm and declared it playable. The ground staff are to be applauded for the efforts they made in getting this game on.

The RCA management team had a dilemma defensively with the suspension of Buchanan and the injuries to Richardson and Armstrong and so Byrne was drafted in with Larkin moving from striker to central defence and two wingers, Lane and Gordon taking up defensive full back positions. Hughes and Wightman and McCulloch returned to the team which was as follows: McCulloch, Gordon, Lane, Byrne, Larkin, Noble, Graham, Charlton, Wightman, Hughes and Callen, subs: Butler, Woud and Proctor.

Marske United 3 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 28 April 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorers: Marske: Kelly, Butterworth, Mulligan: SRCA: None.

RCA travelled to current League champions Marske and with only twelve fit/semi-fit players, two of whom were goalkeepers, it made team selection pretty straightforward. The team that lined up was as follows, Would, Noble, Hope, Buchanan, Richardson, Butler, Graham, Charlton, Larkin, Callen, Lane, with McCulloch the only sub available at kick off although Hughes and Armstrong were delayed on-route from Leeds.

The Marske ground staff had worked hard all afternoon to get the pitch fit and the condition of the playing surface was excellent at kick off.

Whitley Bay 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 24 April 2016
Saturday, 23 April 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Midfield class from Thomas Butler. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goal scorers: Bay: Kempster SRCA: Larkin, Hope

Please click here for Simon Mears' photos from the match.

RCA’s injury ravished team travelled through the Tyne Tunnel to play Whitley Bay, and the injury crisis went from bad to worse as first Kevin Gordon declared himself unfit with a neck injury and then James Armstrong was injured in the warm up and replaced by Luke Richardson.

The good news was the return to the starting eleven of Michael Charlton after a lengthy absence with an ankle injury. Thomas Butler and Ross McNab were also recalled by the management team.

Whitley Bay were also suffering with injuries and had a number of players were nursing little knocks. The Bay team also included ex RCA players Callum Patton and Ashley Davis.

Both teams still required points to ensure first division survival for next season and with the fixture backlog it was becoming impossible to forecast what sort of team clubs would be able to field.

Seaham Red Star 6 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 22 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Kevin Gordon waits for the ball to come down. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: SRS: Bird (2), McBryde (2), Reay, Kerr. SRCA: Noble, Callen, Larkin, Charlton.

Please click here for Simon Mears photos from the match.

RCA, with nine games in 19 days, understandably made changes for tonight’s derby against the highflying Seaham Red Star. Into the starting eleven came Armstrong, Callen and Wightman with the team re-shuffled so that Noble returned to central midfield, Hatch reverted to central defence and Richardson switched to right back.

Thinking ahead to next Season

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 21 April 2016

Sunderland RCA can announce the following pre-season friendlies have been arranged for the 2016 - 17 season.

We will entertain Pickering Town FC of the Toolstations Northern Counties East League on Saturday 30th July 2016. The kick off time to be arranged nearer the time. (Probably 3.00pm).

The second friendly will take place at Meadow Park on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 against a Sunderland AFC XI and will be a 7.00pm Kick off.

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