Colin Larkin attacks during the second half at Dunston UTS.

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 - January 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 19 January 2019

So, that’s it for the Vase for another season. Just never quite felt that it was likely this year, we haven’t been able to settle into a run, too many injuries, too many niggling knocks and too many times the ball didn’t quite run for us. Never mind, always next year. No surprise either that the only Northern League teams left in have been drawn together. I don’t think it’s fiddled as so many think, or at least only in the sense that the regionalisation is drawn so tight and goes on through so many rounds that we are bound to be thrown together with fellow Northern League sides more times than anybody wants. Either West or Hebburn have every chance of making it to Wembley, and every good luck to them. No doubt we couldn’t have afforded the new suits anyway.

Still a lot of games to play, even if it is a short season this year. Plenty of league games and one cup competition left, against the modern might of South Shields; must feel like a long way from Peterlee. But from our point of view a County Cup and fourth in the league sounds alright to me, silverware and safely out of trouble at both ends of the table. So there you go boys, crack on.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas McAloon fires in a first half shot.

More photos from the match are here.

Following last week’s agonising FA Vase defeat at home to West Auckland Town, Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to high-flying Dunston UTS.

RCA made two changes to the side that lost last Saturday to West Auckland - Jordan Lavery, making his full RCA debut, replaced the injured Ross McNab at left back, and Thomas McAloon started on the left wing in place of Dominic Moan.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Dunston UTS: Dryden; Marrs; Halliday (c); Stafford; Grant-Soulsby; Capewell; Jack Elliott; Pearson; Fitzpatrick; Heslop; Brooks. Subs: Callum Elliott; Haley; Nellis; Jackson.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Lilley; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Croft; Tsapalos; Kyle Davis; Moan; Davison.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland 1 (AET)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 7 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Luke Page in acrobatic action during the first half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA crashed out of the FA Vase fourth round, after a last minute goal in extra time gave West Auckland the win and progression in the tournament.

Both sides battled throughout the 120 minutes of action, but ultimately a Lewis Dodds tap-in was the difference between the Northern League teams.

RCA had chances throughout to take the lead with Michael Charlton having the best opportunity mid-way through the first half hitting the post when one on one, after a clever flick from Nathan O'Neill played him in.

Equally, Scott Pocklinton was called into action a number of times saving well with his feet early on and tipped a looping cross away from goal later in the half. 

View from the cemetery - January 2019

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 5 January 2019

When I was a kid one of the highlights of Christmas was watching the BBC stars visit young people unlucky enough to be in hospital over the holiday season. The bigwigs of the Beeb with their usual impeccable judgement always picked celebrities who were noted for their rapport with the young. As well as the sainted Roy Castle, these kind hearted notables included the likes of Rolf Harris, Jimmy Saville and Stuart Hall, along with the Salvation Army band and God knows who, I shudder to think, dressed up as Santa Claus. By the way, did anybody else’s dad routinely refer to Santa Claus as “Old Raggy Tash”? I always wondered. Anyway, not knowing then what we all know now, I used to think these kids were dead lucky, and wished I was one of them, though only with something enough to keep me in hospital for a few days, tonsillitis or some such, nothing too serious or painful, just enough to ensure I got a present off Rolf or Jimmy, even if it did mean listening to the Sally Bash band or heaven forbid, Helen Shapiro, who I seem to remember was often up for this gig. I was a lovely child. Where are they now.

Buildbase FA Vase preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 30 December 2018

Captain Greg Swansbury on the attack during RCA's terrific Third Round Vase victory at Shildon.

This Saturday, 5 January, is Sunderland RCA’s biggest match of the season so far, as West Auckland Town visit Meadow Park for a Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round tie - kick-off for this huge game is 3pm.

An intriguing match is in prospect, with West Auckland yet to concede a goal in this season's Vase competition, however, RCA have beaten West twice this season, coming back to win after being a goal down at half-time on both occasions.

Ashington 2 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 December 2018
Saturday, 22 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hodgson breaks up an Ashington attack during the second half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA made the trip to Woodhorn Lane to play an Ashington AFC team whose luck in recent months seems to have deserted them.
It was nice to meet up with Ex RCA player Wayne Buchanan who was returning after suffering a broken leg on the first day of the season.
Injuries continue to restrict the Management team with key players sidelined and so it was that they made two changes to the team that started on Wednesday in the Durham Challenge Cup with Lilley replacing Hodgson and Moan coming in for Page.
The teams lined up as follows:
Ashington AFC: Grant, McAndrew, Hutchinson, Henderson, Caygill, Vipond, Cunningham, Ross, Atkinson, Edwards, Butler Subs: Bowey, Buchanan, Smith, Bell, Hanson.

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury, Moan, Charlton, O’Neill, Larkin, Davis, McAloon Subs: Page, Tsapolos, Hodgson, Croft, Howard.

Sunderland RCA 3 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Durham County FA Challenge Cup

Double scorer Colin Larkin in action during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

West Auckland's match report is here

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the Durham Challenge Cup second round. Given the weather conditions and the fact that this was the third home game in 6 days, it was a testament to the dedication of a few ground staff that this match was able to go ahead.

By a strange quirk of fate the next three home matches are against the same opponents, West Auckland Town, so this was being billed as a dress rehearsal for the FA Vase due to be played on 5 January 2019.

RCA made two changes in the line up from Saturday’s win against RCW in came Pocklington and Jury replacing Tsapalos and Elliott. C Davis who was due to play was injured in the warm up and replaced by Jury.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Pocklington, Jury, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, O’Neill, Davis, Larkin, McAloon. Subs: Lilley, Tsapalos, Moan, Croft.

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Hegarty, Price, Colquhoun, Hunter, Portas (c), Xydias (Morris, 79′), Francis, Wearmouth (Burnicle, 65′), Purewal, Mitchell. Subs: Cobain, Morris, Bradley, Burnicle, Morris.

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