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Sunderland RCA FC are pleased to announce the signing of Ex-Sunderland and Hull City professional James Armstrong.

James, the son of Sunderland's Gordon Armstrong, was released by Hull City and signed for Spennymoor Town earlier in the season. 

"We are delighted to have signed James from Spennymoor Town" said Manager Martin Swales, "he will give us more options in mid-field".

This signing added to the earlier signing this week of Luke Richardson gives us more strength in depth.

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Match postponed

Tonight's Durham County Challenge Cup match against Stockton Town has been postponed because of the weather.

We are sorry for the disappointment and any inconvenience caused.

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FA VASE 1st Round Proper

Sunderland RCA FC have been drawn at home against Handsworth Parramore FC in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase.

The match will take place on 1 November 2014.

Handsworth and Parramore FC was formed after a merger between Handsworth F.C. and Parramore F.C. 2014 and the club was placed in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division where they currently lie 5th. I believe that they are currently playing their home games in Worksop.

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The Meadow Park lioness

We might be looking at a trend here...

RCA season ticket holders Simon Mears and Dave Rochfort flank Dave's dog Cooper, an 18 month old shih tzu. She's a very appropriate dog to support RCA because 'shih tzu' is Mandarin for 'lion' and the breed is characterised as alert, lively, courageous and clever.

Cooper is partial to a bit of our famous corned beef pie. And who can blame her?

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Rosie supports her master

Whether paying rapt attention to the match or posing for the camera, RCA hound in the ground Rosie was an excited spectator at Meadow Park when RCA played a friendly match with Sunderland West End. Seen here with her mistress and regular RCA supporter Jacquie Brown, Rosie is one of three dogs in RCA midfielder Andrew Brown’s family. If she hadn’t been on a lead, she would have been on the pitch as the home team’s 12th man.

More photos from the match here.

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Martin Swales appointed as new RCA manager

The new management team at RCA: Martin Swales, right, and Gary Errington before Saturday's match at Jarrow Roofing. Martin and Gee take formal charge away at Celtic Nation on Tuesday, 23 September.

The club are pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Swales as our new team manager. In what was a very strong field of candidates, which reflected well on Sunderland RCA's reputation as a club, Martin's local football knowledge and his obvious commitment and desire to manage RCA gave him the edge in the opinion of the club management committee.

We are confident that Martin will be a successful appointment and look forward to working with him to move the club up the Northern League First Division table and develop and grow the club in coming seasons.

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Management change at the club

David Lee and Stephen Halliday have left their roles in the Sunderland RCA managerial team with immediate effect. The club thanks David and Steve for their efforts and hard work over the past year and wishes them both well for the future.

RCA will be looking to appoint a new manager as soon as possible, anyone interested in the vacancy is asked to contact Colin Wilson on 07802 523533.

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