As well as your venerable correspondent's musings, which you may find witty, lucid and concise; or maybe not, there are of course other writers and writings available on the website. Not least the match reports, which many people have had a go at over the years, some better than others, but all game chaps, and which have been the province of our sadly departed secretary Mr Jones for the past few seasons. And very good his were too. A tough act to follow. But someone has to do it, and we have a new guy, no less than Simon the photographer, who having replaced the legendary Tim with élan, has also ventured to write the last few match reports. Who knew? It turns out our snapper is a veritable Oscar Wilde, a maestro of the pen, a reborn Neville Cardus, a new Brian Glanville. In short, very good indeed. Very, very good. Gets all the facts in, as required of journalists, and adds a few flights of fancy to keep the more literary types engaged. He could of course be making a rod for his own back with his outstanding first efforts, he might have been better advised to start slowly and build up. I certainly did the start slowly bit. Anyway looks like a right good signing, long may he continue. And if he gets head hunted by The Sunday Times we can all say we knew him first.
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Due to internal restructuring at SAFC, Elliott Dickman has been left in a position where he feels he is unable to send a competitive squad to play the match arranged for next Wednesday, 3 August 2016.
He has asked for us to re-schedule the match for later in the season when he will be better placed to field a team strong enough to compete at our level.
We are looking at the possibility of playing a friendly sometime in October and will keep you informed.
Sunderland RCA begin the new campaign on Saturday, 16 July, with a pre-season friendly away to Richmond Town FC. Kick off 2.00pm
The address of the ground is Slee Hill, Richmond, DL10 4RH.
Would supporters note that SRCA have kept their admission prices at £5 for adults and £3 concessions for the coming season, for those wishing to purchase season tickets for the 2016-17 season these have also been kept at the same cost as last season namely £ 60 Adults and £45 concessions. To purchase season tickets see either Graham Defty or Colin Wilson.
We believe that these prices reflect real value for money and that they are the cheapest in the Northern League Division 1.
For the home friendly against Pickering Town FC on Saturday 30 July, kick off 3.00pm there will be a nominal charge of £2 admission.
For the home friendly with Sunderland AFC on Wednesday, 3 August, Kick off 7.00pm there will be a nominal charge of £4 Adults, £2 concessions.
In the latter part of this season RCA fans have become used to seeing the tall figure of Michael Woud between the sticks during his loan spell from Sunderland AFC.
Michael has now made the long trip to Australia for the New Zealand men's national team camp, which will includes three friendlies against teams in Brisbane. After that it's the comparatively short hop home to New Zealand for a month's rest before flying back back for pre-season with SAFC.
Michael tells us that he has enjoyed the crack and highs and lows and has learned a lot from his time with RCA.
Good luck Michael and don't forget you're always welcome at Meadow Park.
Love the tracksuit! George Herd with football pals and fellow former RCA men, Neil Hixon and Gary Shields at the Guisborough match on Thursday, 5 May. George celebrates his 80th birthday today, Friday 6 May. Everyone at the club wishes him many happy returns.
Sunderland RCA can announce the following pre-season friendlies have been arranged for the 2016 - 17 season.
We will entertain Pickering Town FC of the Toolstations Northern Counties East League on Saturday 30th July 2016. The kick off time to be arranged nearer the time. (Probably 3.00pm).
The second friendly will take place at Meadow Park on Wednesday, 3rd August 2016 against a Sunderland AFC XI and will be a 7.00pm Kick off.