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100 goals for RCA

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ton-up: Captain Greg Swansbury scores RCA's 100th goal of the season. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Sunderland RCA have scored one hundred goals in the current season. The milestone came when RCA captain Greg Swansbury reduced the deficit in the second half of the match at Marske United on 8 April.

Welcome to the Mariners and buenas noches Julio

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Wembley bound FA Vase finalists South Shields visit Meadow Park this Thursday evening in our rearranged Northern League Division 1 match.

Amazingly, the Mariners are in action on four fronts. As well as the FA Vase final, they play Billingham Synthonia in the Durham County Challenge Cup and North Shields in the League Cup. And with North Shields leading the Northern League on 97 points from 38 games and South Shields second on 83 from 33 played they won't have given up on the quadruple. The league, though, looks a tough ask and it's our job to make it even harder.

When the South Shields team arrive, there's one opposition player who will certainly need no introduction to football fans from Sunderland. Julio Arca was signed by Peter Reid in July 2000 and he quickly established himself as a regular, save for injuries in his second season, and firm favourite.

After a second relegation season, Julio moved down the A19 to Middlesbrough in 2006, where he played until 2013, when he retired from league football.

Julio joined South Shields in 2015 and helped them to promotion scoring 12 goals.

Get yourselves down to Meadow Park. There'll be more than a bit of class on the grass.

Fixture updates

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 27 March 2017

Please note the following fixture changes.

Our home game against Jarrow Roofing has been brought forward from Easter Saturday to Tuesday, 11 April, replacing our match against Penrith, which has been moved forward to Tuesday, 25 April.

Car parking for the South Shields game

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 3 March 2017

A note for South Shields fans

Parking at the ground is very limited. Please do not expect to be able to park at the ground.

Generally, please do not attempt to park on Beechbrooke, it is self-defeating: our neighbours will be cross, the police will be called and you will be asked to move your car or worse.

There's a post on our fans forum which advises of better chances of parking at St Pauls Terrace, SR2 0HF and the bottom of Smith Street, SR2 0RG. Also, there should be plenty room on Burdon Lane.

Please click here for a map showing our ground and the surrounding area.

If you can, please consider coming by public transport. There are frequent bus services to and from Ryhope beginning and terminating at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland: the 23 for Peterlee and Hartlepool, the 24 for Durham and the 'Drifter' services 60 and 61 for Parkside and Murton. Get off the bus at the stop after the village green and cut down the footpath between the houses and playing field on the opposite side of the road.

Alf Gibbons

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 26 February 2017

All at Sunderland RCA were very saddened to hear of the death of club supporter Alf Gibbons, who was taken ill at our home game against Whitley Bay. Our thoughts are with Alf's family.

There will be a minute's silence in honour of Alf before the kick off of  Tuesday night's game against Penrith.

Football and the Cheltenham Festival

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Saturday, 25 February 2017
Cheltenham preview poster

Sunderland RCA have teamed up with Black Type to present an exciting evening's entertainment:

Thursday, 9 March

Mill View Social Club, Station Road, Fulwell, Sunderland SR6 9AE

Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start

The event will be hosted by Black Type's David Preece.

Tickets are only £10 and the price includes a £10 free* bet, first drink and entry into a draw to win a £100 bet courtesy of

* Terms and conditions apply.