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Transfer News

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 24 May 2019

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.

New kits for 2019-20 season revealed

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 13 May 2019

Our new 2019-20 kits can now be revealed, with something special added to each. For the home kit (below), we are supporting The Bradley Lowery Foundation, with the logo displayed on the right arm of the shirt.

For the away kit (below), we are supporting the If U Care Share Foundation, which is raising awareness in dealing with the prevention and intervention of suicide. Both fantastic causes, which we are honoured to be associated with.

Thanks to Farrellys Sports for the fantastic kit designs.

Many thanks also to Mohsen Hussein of Pizza Uno and Joe Olabode of PCI Services for their generous, ongoing support of RCA as main home and away shirt sponsors. 

Captain signs up for next season

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 9 May 2019

Greg Swansbury in action against South Shields during last season's Durham County Challenge Cup match.

Great news with captain Greg Swansbury tonight signing a contract with Sunderland RCA.

Greg has had some good offers since the end of season, but has committed his future with his home town club.

Manager Martin Swales had this to say: “Signing Greg is a great achievement for the club and is a statement of our intent for the coming season. Greg’s performances over the past few seasons have been nothing short of incredible and he’s a real leader on and off the pitch. I’ve always maintained that Greg and Ross Preston are the best centre backs in the league, and with teams from higher up in the pyramid chasing Greg, it just shows how highly he’s rated. A great lad, great player and a real leader.”

2019-20 Sponsorship Packages

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 6 May 2019

We have some exciting sponsorship packages available for the 2019-20 season:

  • Player Sponsorship
  • Pitch Advertising
  • Matchday Sponsorship

With many more packages available on request.

We will also be launching our fully bespoke Home and Away kits in the next week, with sponsorship packages available for these as well. If you would like any further information, please email us at or you can send us a message through Facebook.

Fans' Player Of The Season result

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The poll for Fans' Player Of The Season has now closed and the result is in!

To view the final vote please click here.

A reminder that the Presentation Night is on Saturday, 4 May, 7pm start, and will be held at The Penshaw Suite, Nissan Sports Complex, Washington Road, SR5 3NS.

Entry is £5 - payable on the door - and includes food and live music, as well as the presentations.

All welcome.

New ground sponsor

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 15 April 2019

Thanks to the continuing and generous sponsorship of local businessman Dave Crouch, of Sunderland LGV Driver Training, from next season Meadow Park will be renamed as:

Sunderland LGV Park

Dave is pictured above with manager Martin Swales shaking hands on the deal.

Thanks very much, Tim

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 14 April 2019

Yesterday’s cracking win over Penrith wasn't just the last match of the season, it was also Tim Robinson's final match as a volunteer at Sunderland RCA, although he will still be watching the lads from time to time as a supporter.

Over the last 12 years, Tim has made a significant contribution to RCA off the field - committee member; match reporter; club photographer; programme editor and contributor; secretarial work; social media contributor; clubhouse service assistant; club website creator, developer, administrator and contributor - and all done with complete professionalism.

From a personal point of view, Tim has taught me - from scratch - to produce photographs for the club, which has created an interest in photography for which I am, and shall remain, extremely grateful.

Thanks again, Tim.

Player profile: Sam Lilley

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 13 April 2019

1 - Nickname - Sam or me and Dom [Moan] get called the Chuckle Brothers, not sure why the lads think we aren’t the brightest.

2 - Position - Centre half, right back or the bench.

3 - Previous Clubs - Middlesbrough and Scunthorpe.

4 - Best moment in football - Playing in the same team as my Dom [Moan].

5 - Best goal scored - Only ever scored one so it’s got to be that one. 35 yard volley from the edge of the 18 yard box! Probably one of the best headers you’ll ever see.

6 - Best player you’ve played with and against - Best player I’ve played with by a country mile is Dom [Moan], great player. Against, is probably Dom and only ever played against him in training when he asked me to let him score.

7 - Best and worst in training - Best is Dom Moan. Always gives a full 40%. Worst has got be Swaz for obvious reasons. Nobody wants to be on his side in training as he’s that bad, not sure I can put into words how bad he is.

8 - Best and worst craic - Best is Dom. Me and my Dom are always debating Brexit, politics, the environment - don’t get me started on the damaging effects plastic is having on the environment - real important stuff that the other lads don’t really understand and I’ve also just found out that a ‘joiner’ is someone who joins pipes together. Worst has got to be Swaz, tries to be funny when he’s clearly not.

9 - Best and worst dressed - Best is Dom. Proper stylish and is always smart, like a model, straight out the catalogue or the catwalk. Worst is Swaz. Doesn’t realise he’s nearly 60 and tries to copy off me and Dom with his dress sense. He’s now started wearing ‘Gordon McQueens’ which look like a size 3 and jeans with a turn-up, just looks stupid.

10 - Favourite player at RCA - Easy, Dom Moan. Great player, great lad and my cousin. Can play in a few different positions, is quick, strong and has an eye for goal. The complete player in my eyes.

Highlights: V Seaham Red Star

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Thursday, 11 April 2019

Highlights from midweek's 2-1 victory over local rivals Seaham Red Star. Goals from and Davis and O'Neill gave RCA the three points, while the visitors scored a sublime first half goal from Kerr.

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