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Max Allen


Max has joined the club after being released from Newcastle United. He is a solid dependable defender who is comfortable on the ball. He joined Newcastle in 2017 on a two year scholarship and played in the majority of the under 18s matches during his time at the club.

Anthony Callaghan

Utility player

RCA welcome back Anth to the club. The former Washington, South Shields and Blyth player is great addition to the squad. he is a left sided player who is comfortable playing at full back, wing back or up front,  He has got great composure, pace and flair. Who can forget the wonder goal he scored at Celtic Nation on a freezing cold night with only 11 fit players. More of the same please Anth.


Stephen Callen


Stephen starts his sixth season with RCA. Stephen is a pacy and dynamic player who is equally at home on either wing or played up front as a striker. Strong and powerful, he has great touch and control on the ball and possesses a terrific shot which will see him produce his fair share of goal scoring opportunities. Having missed most of last season after undegoing a groin operation he is keen to get back to full fitness and play a full part in the coming season.

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Jonathan Carr

Defender, Midfielder

Jonathan has returned from a successful foray in the USA where he played for Hartwick College, Cleveland FC and Lake Erie College where he was voted player of the season and also captained the side. Upon his return to England he has chosen to re-sign for RCA after an absence of 4 years. 

Jonathan is a solid player who has good vision, loves to get stuck in and relishes a competitive game. He also possesses a wide range of passes. A quiet lad off the pitch, but a bit of a tiger once he crosses the white line. Welcome back.

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Clayton Davis

Midfielder, Winger

Clayton is also starting his sixth season at the club. He is a dynamic, speedy winger / defender who loves to take on defenders. Clayton is also a great crosser of the ball and chips in with the odd goal. He is one of those rare breed of players who always has a smile on his face and is great to have around. Previous clubs include Washington, Hebburn and Ryhope CW.

Mark Davison

Mark Davidson


Mark Davison needs no introduction for Northern League football fans. A strong and direct centre forward who can be relied upon to score with head and feet as well as setting up opportunities for others, Sparky is returning for his third spell with RCA. We are delighted to have him back. Mark's travels have taken him to Ryton, Washington, Spennymoor and Morpeth.

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Robbie Dean


"Deano" has signed from Marske United where he was part of the team that secured promotion from the Northern League in the 2017/18 season having also helped them win the title in 2014 / 15. He played over 200 games for the Seasiders. He was also part of Spennymoor Town's FA Vase winning team in 2013 when they beat Tunbridge Wells at Wembley. "Deano", is a great shot stopper and a keeper with great vision, able to turn defence into attack, his distribution is first class. He brings a wealth of experience and we are plaesed to have him at the club. 

Dylan Elliott


Dylan, who is now beginning his fourth season with RCA, joined us from Easington Colliery. He was at Sunderland AFC from the age of 8 to 15, before joining Hartlepool United on a scholarship from the age of 16 to 19. Dylan has also had Northern League experience, spending two months at Bishop Auckland, and is an excellent signing for RCA. Dylan was named Sponsors' Player of the Season for 2017-18. He is a competitive central midfielder with a phenomenal range of passes and is always fully committed in the tackle.

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Kieron Ezard


Signed in the close season from Stockton Town, Kieron is a young, up and coming prospect for the future. He has a safe pair of hands, is a good shot stopper with very good distribution.  

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Niall Frampton


After impressing in pre-season training the management team have signed Niall. He is seen as a define one for the future.

He has quick reflexes and is a great shot stopper, he deals with crosses efficiently and has confodence in abundance. Niall has agreed to sign for /rca despite having received offers from other clubs.

Craig Hodgson

Central defender, Midfielder

Craig is now into his fourth season at RCA having previously played for Dunston UTS and Bishop Auckland. He can play as a central defender or in the centre of midfield and he is equally effective in either role. He reads the game well, is good in the air, loves a tackle and has the vision to pick out attacking passes quickly. Craig was joint winner of the Management Player of the Season award for the 2017-18 season. 

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Callum Hope

Utility player

We welcome back Callum after an abence of 4 seasons. he is a product of the Stadium of Light Academy where he spent several years before being released and joined Gateshead before signing for Durham City. Callum ihas worked hard recently on his fitness after losing his love for football he will be a great asset to the team if he regains his appitite for the game. He can play in midfield or up front. He is a great link up player who chips in with his fair share of goals.

Ross McNab

Full back

Ross starts his fifth season with the club after returning from Billingham Synthonia. A left sided player, Ross has developed into a very good full back who is equally at home playing in the centre of defence. Defensively he is very competent, loves to get forward in support of his midfield and has a great range of passing. Injury free he is a great asset to the squad and a pleasure to have around the club.

Nathan O'Neill


This is Nathan's fourth season at RCA, having signed from neighbours Ryhope Colliery Welfare. Tall and dominating in the air, Nathan is capable of scoring all kinds of goals, from two yard tap-ins, and headers to 25 yard screamers. He has also proved his effectiveness in a central midfield role when needed. There are not many better strikers in the Northern League when he is firing on all cylinders.

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Ross Preston


Ross begins his a fourth season with the club after returning from Washington. He returns to Meadow Park to reunite his partnership with "Swanna". Ross is a powerful centre back who is good in the air, is a good distributer of the ball and has the ability to read the game and make it look easy. He is cool under pressure and is rated very highly at SRCA. 

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Greg Swansbury

Central defender

Greg starts his fourth season with RCA since signing from Washington and now captains the side. At 6'4", Greg is a powerful, imposing, no nonsense, old school central defender. As expected, he is good in the air, but he is also deceptively good on the ground with great awareness of situations as they develop. Greg was joint winner of the Management Player of the Season and winner of the Players' Player of the Season awards in the 2018-19 season, a testimony to his leadership on the pitch. He leads by examble and is 100% committed to the football club.

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Martin Swales

Martin Swales


Sunderland RCA's manager Martin has a wealth of Northern League experience both as a player and as a manager. He managed the very successful Ryhope Colliery Welfare team who in Season 2010-11 won all four competitions in the Wearside League. Repeating the feat the following year and also clinching promotion for RCW to the Northern League Division 2. He has also managed Bishop Auckland for a short time. He is passionate about his football, especially in the local area, and instills a sense of belief in his players.

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Mark Cowan

Mark Cowan

Assistant Manager

Mark has been a big supporter of RCA off the field and has now jumped over the fence to join the football management. After a bad knee injury put pay to his footballing career as a youngster, Mark, from Birtley, ran teams in the Gateshead and District Sunday League. Mark brings commitment, energy, enthusiasm and management experience to the organisation of the team.

Gary Errington

Gary Errington

Assistant Manager

"Gee" returns for yet another spell at RCA, He can't keep away.Having played for the club in his Hey-day he knows haw the club operates and brings with him a wealth of experience. He was also a member of the very successful Easington CW FC team which reached the first round proper of the FA Cup. "Gee" comes in alongside Mark Cowan as Martin Swales assistants. Never see him without a smile on his face.

James - Lenny - French

Lenny French


Lenny, who has joined RCA as a goalkeeping coach, played Northern League football for most his career and worked with Martin Swales as a coach at Ryhope CW and Bishop Auckland. With considerable Northern League experience at Hartlepool Town, Chester-le-Street, Esh Winning, Washington and Ryton, he's a great addition to our team.

Scott Dickinson

Scott Dickinson



Mohsen Hussein


Mohsen is a local business man who has run local football teams in the Sunderland area and has been recruited by Sunderland RCA for his ideas on young local footballers to come through the junior systems. Mo is currently doing UEFA B badges and has lots of connections with his national football team, Egypt, who he follows whenever he can. Mo will be a great asset to RCA with his local and training knowledge.