After tonight's FA Vase 2nd round match we will play Tadcaster Albion in the 3rd round on December 12th.
Club news 2015-16
Adam Drysdale, has suffered a broken ankle and fibula. He has undergone surgery today to reset the leg and ankle. Everyone at the club would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
The next round of the Durham Challenge cup paired us against Durham City away. Due to problems obtaining the a suitable venue this match was put on hold until a permanent agreement was reached between Consett and Durham City.
With the new arrangements in place I can announce today that the Durham Chellenge cup will be played at Consett's Belle Vue ground on Tuesday, 22 December 2015. (Weather permitting).
To mark his final season after 20 years as Northern League chairman, Mike Amos, 70 next year, plans a 500 mile sponsored walk – around 12 pre-match miles to each of the League's 44 grounds.
The Sunderland RCA leg of the Northern League Chairman’s Last Legs Challenge* will start at:
9:00am, Saturday, 19 December from Bournmoor Church
You can join us at later stages of the route.
The first half of the route takes in the River Wear to Cox Green, Penshaw Monument, Herrington Park and The Board Inn, East Herrington, where there will be half time sandwiches and refreshments provided between 11:15 and 12:00. The second half begins with a couple of substitutions and continues to Silksworth Country Park, down the old pit railway track over Ryhope Colliery with full time arrival at Meadow Park for 2pm refreshments – plenty of time to enjoy the pre match for RCA v West Allotment Celtic.
Walkers can also join the group at the top of Penshaw Monument for the team photograph.
This is a pit-themed walk covering three old colliery sites and you need to bring your own helmet!
All walkers are invited to donate a Fiver (or Tenner) and a further bucket collection will be held at Meadow Park - over £10,000 has been raised to date and Mike's target is £20,000.
RCA's Ross McNab in action during our FA Vase First Round win at Silsden.
This Tuesday, 15 December we will be extending a very warm welcome to the players, officials and fans of Tadcaster Albion, for what we think is the first ever visit of the Yorkshire club to Meadow Park. It's the Third Round of the FA Vase, a big day for clubs at our level, but only one of us can take the dream any further, and both clubs will be determined to be the successful ones.
Tadcaster come here in great form, top of the Northern Counties East League with only three league defeats this season, and they like scoring goals, so they will present us with a real challenge, and a new set of opponents to learn about quickly. We will need to be right up for it, a bit more than last time at West Auckland, where we weren’t at our best and paid the penalty. But we have risen to a lot of challenges so far this season, so hopefully we can rise to this one.
After two trips away in the last couple of rounds it is nice to get a home draw, and hopefully a few new faces will take the chance to check out the match day atmosphere here at Meadow Park.
The increasingly bad weather has led to our FA Vase match against Tadcaster Albion being postponed.
We are sorry for the disappointment and inconvenience caused.
The draw for the 4th round of the FA Vase was drawn today, Sunderland RCA or Tadcaster Albion will be at home to Sleaford Town. Match to be played on 9th January 2016.
The 4:30 pitch inspection for the rearranged FA Vase Third Round match against Tadcaster Albion has been positive and the match is on.
Jordan Harkess suffered a broken jaw in the FA Vase match against Tadcaster Albion. During the match on Tuesday he received treatment after a collision with a Tadcaster forward but was able to carry on. It was subsequently discovered that he had broken his jaw and will undergo surgery on Thursday. All at SRCA wish him a speedy recovery.
I spent most of Tuesday watching old blokes walk around the pitch shaking their heads, sometimes in the rain, and sometimes not. This was followed by the on-off pitch inspection including the referee. I used to be indecisive but nowadays of course I’m just not so sure...
All's well that ends well, a treat to get the game on, and the pitch stood up to it well, although whether the poor buggers trying to fix it up the next day would agree is a different matter. Still, no doubt it was playable, and a very decent spectacle for the just about alright attendance was provided. Just about alright is true though, not really any sign yet again of any enthusiasm for non league football from the good people of the City of Sunderland. Funny place, Sunderland, and funny people to be fair, and I speak as one of them, formerly. By and large the overriding emotion of my good people is a downbeat assumption in all situations that something else will go wrong soon enough, and best not get too excited, and the key thing is to identify all possible problems, however unlikely, as soon as ever you can, and emphasise them religiously. Unlike the Mags who assume whatever the results, they are in fact on a par with Barcelona, except a bit sharper. My old man used to say that with most people in Sunderland if you gave them a gold bar they would ask indignantly "how on earth they were supposed to carry that home?”. Understandable maybe, but it can’t have been like that all the time. When Sunderland was growing from nothing through the 19th century it must have been full of optimists, digging pits and building ships and what have you. Ancient history now though, we will just have to stick with the miserable b*****ds for the foreseeable future.