RCA line up ahead of the FA Cup match at Scarborough Athletic, wearing the new away shirt sponsored by PCI services.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope 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 £6.00 and £4.00 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 £70 and £50 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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Scarborough Athletic 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 17 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 3:00pm
FA Cup

Luke Page fires in a second half shot.

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Goal scorers - Scarborough: Coulson; Read.

9:36pm, Tuesday, 5 September - the final whistle blows at Clayborn to bring to a close a superb performance from Sunderland RCA and a 4-0 win against Liversedge in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie, setting up this afternoon's Second Qualifying Round visit to Scarborough Athletic.

Following the six changes for the midweek defeat by Stockton Town, RCA reverted back to the same XI that started the match against Billingham Synthonia last Saturday.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Scarborough: Taylor; Valentine; Merris (c); Thirkell; Turnbull; Hewitt; Dean; Daly; Sinclair; Coulson; Wright.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; Swansbury (c); McGuinness; Preston; Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 1 Stockton Town 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Colin Larkin chases a through ball as RCA try to get back into the match.

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Goal scorers - Sunderland RCA: O'Neill. Stockton Town: Coleman; Woodhouse; Craggs; Carter.

Sunderland RCA were back in Northern League action at Meadow Park tonight against another newly-promoted side, Stockton Town.

Stockton have had a real baptism of fire since being promoted to Division One and are yet to record a point after all eight matches in the league so far this season ended in defeat. But this is a club that has become accustomed to winning - their last five seasons have seen them crowned as champions: in the Wearside League, Stockton won the league on four consecutive occasions, each season finishing with over one hundred points. They finally took promotion after ground grading issues were resolved and were promoted to the Northern League second division where they were again crowned champions last season at the first attempt.

Stockton did give RCA a very close match last season in the FA Vase, when an extra-time penalty from Colin Larkin was all that separated the sides.

RCA are currently in a rich vein of form - unbeaten in seven matches, winning six of them, and, as a result, making tremendous progress in the FA Cup as well as holding a top eight position in the Division One table.

Presumably with one eye on Saturday’s big FA Cup match at Scarborough, and guarding against further injury, RCA made six changes to the side that beat Billingham Synthonia at the weekend. Out were Neal Bussey, Adam McGuinness, Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott, Michael Charlton and Colin Larkin. In came Jack Patton (to make his debut for RCA), Jak Ashton, Luke Richardson, James Cassidy, Jonathan Davis and John Butler.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Patton; Noble; Ashton; Preston (c); Richardson; Page; Cassidy; J. Davis; Butler; O'Neill; Callen.

Stockton Town: Arthur; Garbutt; Ward; N. Mulligan; Poole; D. Mulligan; Woodhouse; Craggs; Coleman; Carter; Hayes.

Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Reece Noble in action for RCA in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round match against Liversedge at Meadow Park.

This Saturday, 16 September, Sunderland RCA are back in Emirates FA Cup action with a Second Qualifying Round trip to Scarborough Athletic.

Although Scarborough Athletic have only existed for just over ten years, the club was formed from the dissolved Scarborough FC, which has a long history dating back as far as 1879, and includes being a Football League side in the late 1980s and most of the 1990s.

View from the Cemetery - September 2017 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 11 September 2017

So does death count as a disability? More to the point will it count as a concession down at Scarborough next Saturday? I suppose not. I can't miss this one, even in my state, but have you seen the price of getting in? I can't be climbing over walls. Good job the club are putting on dead cheap transport to get there. If you see what I mean. Still we mustn't grumble, has football in Ryhope ever been in such good nick? Not for a long long time I guess. Both clubs going well in the League, the CW tonking Guisborough in the Vase the other day and our bold boys well on the way to Wembley in the big boys cup. Yes, this old cemetery is just about the centre of the football world right now. Can it last? It's only September after all. Enjoy it while it's there is my advice, you never know what's round the corner. He said optimistically.

Billingham Synthonia 1 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 10 September 2017
Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Stephen Callen competes for the ball with Synners' Christopher Salmon.

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Goal scorers - Billingham Synthonia: Hassan. RCA: O'Neill; Elliott; Larkin (2).

Sunderland RCA were back in Northern League action today with a trip to newly-promoted Billingham Synthonia. After spending two seasons in Division Two, it is fair to say that Synners have had a tough start back in Division One, losing an FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie on the opening day of the season and the following five league matches without even scoring a goal. However, their last two league matches have brought away draws at Washington and Jarrow Roofing which will bring hope that a corner has been turned.

RCA, meanwhile, have had a terrific start to the season with some impressive victories, none more so than the fabulous 4-0 win in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round replay at Liversedge on Tuesday.

RCA made one change from the side that started the match at Liversedge on Tuesday - Craig Hodgson, injured during the match, was ruled out and back into the starting line-up came Dylan Elliott.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Synners: Gibbs; Edwards; Gavin; Nelson; Tunstall; Ramage; Hillerby; Seaton (c); Hassan; Scaife-Wheatley; Salmon.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; Swansbury (c); McGuinness; Preston; Elliott; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

Liversedge 0 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 - 7:45pm
FA Cup

Dylan Elliott capped a terrific second half performance with another cracking goal.

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Goal scorers - RCA: O'Neill (2); Elliott; O.G.

Following Saturday’s goalless Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round match at Meadow Park, Sunderland RCA made the trip to West Yorkshire for the replay with Liversedge. Prior to kick-off, both sides were aware that the winners would face a trip to Northern Premier League Division One North side Scarborough Athletic in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday, 16 September.

There was good news on the injury front for RCA as both Stephen Callen and Colin Larkin were fit again and in the starting line-up. Callen started on the left wing in place of James Cassidy, and Larkin started up front, with Ross Preston moving back to centre half and Craig Hodgson switching to central midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Liversedge: Waggett; Fell; Brook; Elliott; Walker; Jackson (c); Kennyon; Kane; Morton; Fogarty; Wales.

RCA: Bussey; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Swansbury (c); Preston; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; Callen.

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