Aaron Croft on the attack during the terrific win over Consett at Meadow Park.

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 are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games. 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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View from the cemetery - March 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 16 March 2019

Back on track last week with a comprehensive win over Consett, we played well and won well. That means that we have beaten the two sides who will probably finish second and third in the league home and away with an aggregate score of 10-3, and yet are a good eight to nine points behind them at the moment. Frustrating isn’t the word. I think we are better than either Bishops or Consett all things being equal, but a combination of bad luck with injuries and some inexplicable results against sides near the bottom means we most likely can’t prove it this season. Annoying. Still we are on a great run at present, five wins out of six and a fairly full squad to pick from at present. Another strong end to the season looks on, let’s go for it. Been good as well to see Dylan Elliott back in the last few weeks after a few knocks and setbacks this season, and I have also noticed Stevie Callen taking part in the warm ups recently. Be great to see Steve get a few runs before the end of term, having missed most of the season, with a sportsman’s injury, not alcohol related. On we go.

Match Highlights: vs Consett (H) 8 March

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 11 March 2019

Highlights from this week's 4-1 home win against Consett AFC. A brace from Colin Larkin earned him man of the match, while goals from O'Neill and McAloon sealed the win.

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Sunderland RCA 4 Consett 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 10 March 2019
Saturday, 9 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Nathan O'Neill in action during the first half of the match.

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Sunderland RCA welcomed second placed Consett to Meadow Park for this Northern League encounter. RCA were looking to bounce back after last week’s defeat at Hebburn. The management team made four changes bringing in Anthony Patterson (on work experience from SAFC) for his debut in goal, there were also starts for Elliott, McAloon and Moan who replaced Pocklington, Preston (injured), Davison (injured) and Charlton.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA:  Patterson, Howard, Lavery, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Elliott, McAloon, Page, Moan, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs: Charlton, Croft, Lilley, McNab, Davison.

Consett: Hayes, Green, Holden, Slocombe, Purewal ©, Hawkins, Lawrence, Smith, Sweet, Cornish, Juul. Subs: Cassidy, Mackay, Craggs, Carr, Wilkinson.

View from the cemetery - March 2019

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 9 March 2019

Are the famous old neighbouring townships of Ryhope and Seaham rapidly becoming a proverbial football hotbed? It is starting to look like it. Modesty prevents me from waxing too lyrical about ourselves, for a bit anyway, but the CW and Red Star are certainly starting to attract some notice. Tuesday night’s comprehensive win for the Colliery over at Dunston must be on paper one of their best results for a long time. Very well done indeed. And the Red Star boys are not doing so dusty of late either, with five league wins since Christmas compared to three before then. All three of us looking good to go for another season in the top flight next year, FA shenanigans notwithstanding, and now the only thing we need to do is get more people to come and watch. Lots of good competitive derbies with three sides fighting to be local top dogs can only help. We have Red Star to play in April and so do the CW, so lets hope the interest is good for both of those games, it certainly should be.

Hebburn Town 3 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 3 March 2019
Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Captain Greg Swansbury scores RCA's first goal of the match.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Hebburn Town for this afternoon’s Northern League Division One fixture.

Going into the match, both sides were in good form in the league, with Hebburn unbeaten in their last five, including the remarkable 9-0 win at Whitley Bay a fortnight ago. RCA, meanwhile, are on a terrific run in the league, winning the last five matches, and moving up to sixth place in the league table in the process, and with the chance to match last season's fourth-place finish still very much in sight.

RCA made two changes to the side that won with a stoppage time goal at Newton Aycliffe - Michael Charlton and Mark Davison replaced Thomas McAloon and Dominic Moan, both of whom took places on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Hebburn Town: Jennison; Read; Shaw; Storey (c); Gilhespy; Donaghy; Suddick; Spence; Armstrong; Richardson; Robson. Subs: Sullivan; Stephenson; Chow; Dibb-Fuller; Malley.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Howard; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; Davison; O'Neill; Larkin. Subs: Elliott; McAloon; Moan; Lilley; McNab.

Newton Aycliffe 0 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Luke Page scored a dramatic stoppage time winner for RCA.

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Sunderland RCA travelled to Moore Lane to play Newton Aycliffe in the rearranged EBAC Northern League division 1 fixture.

The RCA management team made only one change to the team that beat Bishops on Saturday, O’Neill replacing the injured Davison who failed a late fitness test.

Stephen Callen continued his rehabilitation with an extensive warmed up with the team prior to the match.

The teams lined up as follows:   

Sunderland RCA:  Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury ©, McAloon, C Hodgson, Page, O’Neill, Moan, Larkin.                                  

Subs: Charlton, Croft, Lilley, McNab, Elliott.                                                                   

Newton Aycliffe: Pickford, Gash, Matthews, Harrison, Mitton ©, Brown, Wood, Howes, Hudson, Carr, Costello.

Subs: Gavin, Home-Jackson, Thompson, Byrne, Rowe.

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