The First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup has given us an away tie at either Goole AFC or Dunston FC who replay at Goole on 3rd September 2019.
Club news items from previous seasons are held in the Archive area.
Please note the following changes of fixtures due to our progression in the FA Cup.
Ashington (Away) will now be played on Tuesday, 17th September 2019 Kick off at 7.30pm
Hebburn Town (Home) will now be played on Wednesday, 25th September 2019, Kick Off 7.30pm
Shildon (Home) will now be played on Saturday, 14th March 2020, Kick off 3.00pm
The game today takes on a different meaning after the tragic loss of Richie Jordan, who played for both clubs and there’ are many close connections from both RCA and CW committees, management, players and supporters. A tragic loss and once again, from everyone connected with both clubs, our condolences go out to Richie’s family and friends at this sad time.
We would like to welcome everyone back to the newly named Sunderland LGV Park and thank you for your continued support going into the 2019/20 season. A lot of people have been asking what the plans are for this campaign. In previous seasons the answer might have been “a good Vase run and finish third or fourth.” Now it’s confirmed that there are three promoted, we still want the Vase, a good FA Cup run, silverware in any shape or form, but our main aim is to get the club promoted, not second or third, but to win the league. Admittedly, a big ask, yet something we all want and we all believe it’s achieveable. Our first priority was to keep the players we already have and then build from there. Unfortunately we lost Luke Page to Dunston and Jordan Lavery to Shildon, both big players for us last season and a bit of a blow to our plans.
We had loads of interest for the likes of Swanna, Ross Preston, Dylan, Nath, Callen etc, players who would walk into any team in the league, players we needed to keep if we wanted to be successful and that’s what we’ve done: kept a great squad together and a great set of lads. We value the effort and commitment of everyone of our lads who have performed brilliantly over the past few seasons and with the addition of keeper Robbie Dean and young Kieron Ezard, we are confident we can push on again this season. We’ve also brought in three youngsters in Lewis Green, Max Allan and Henry Dorward, who have really impressed in pre season. We also have a couple of other ‘irons in the fire,’ so watch this space. First and foremost though, we need to keep faith with the lads we have, a fully fit and hungry group of players who deserve some success in what will be a tough season.
So as it stands we’ve had two tough games, a 2-1 home win against North Shields and the same result away from home against Guisborough Town. Two games in which the lads came from behind and battled right to the end and showed the quality we have throughout. A good start and hopefully we can build on that and take into the league game with Ryhope CW next Wednesday. First up though, we welcome our neighbours in the Emirates FA Cup, who, unbelievably, we were drawn against last year in the same round. Always a tough game against our neighbours and I’m sure it will be an entertaining match.
All at Sunderland RCA are devastated to hear of the tragic death of our old team mate Richie Jordan. Taken far too soon, but will always be remembered as a great lad, good friend and footballer. Our thoughts are with his family.
Always playing with a smile and great heart, Richie had two spells with RCA, the last in the 2014-15 season, when he signed from Crook Town. He also played for Ryhope CW and in the Sunderland Sunday League with RCA The Barnes.
Due to circumstances out of our control we have had to cancel the pre-season friendly with Barnoldswick Town scheduled to be played on 27th July 2019.
Whilst deeply disappointed, we understand the reasons why the manager at Barnoldswick has made his decision and wish them well in the coming season.
Another 3 players have re-registered for the 2019 - 20 season.
Welcome back Ross McNab, Sam Lilley and Kyle Davis.
The following players have re-registered for the 2019-20 season:
Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott, Mark Davison, Nathan O'Neill, Craig Hodgson, Michael Charlton, Stephen Callen and Aaron Croft.
We also welcome new signings Robbie Dean and Kieron Ezard.
There will be more to follow in the next week or so.
Sunderland RCA fixtures for 2019 - 20 season released today.
Note all fixtures are subject to change at short notice due to weather and cup ties, updates will be posted on the website as they occur.
RCA will play Barnoldswick Town from the North West Counties League in a pre-season friendly at the Sunderland LGV Park on Saturday, 27 July 2019 with a kick off time of 3.00pm.
Full list of friendlies to date are:
Robert Dean - playing here for Marske United - saves a shot from RCA's Dylan Elliott during a match at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.
Sunderland RCA are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Robert Dean from Marske United. After winning three Northern League titles and the FA Vase, the ex-Spennymoor Town and Marske United keeper is a huge signing for the club. Rob will be joined at the club by young keeper Kieron Ezard, who is keen to prove himself in the Northern League working with Robert as well as goalkeeping coach James ‘Lenny’ French.