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Fixture Amendments

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 3 July 2022

Please note the following fixture changes announced by the Ebac Northern League today which affect Sunderland RCA.

Tuesday 6th September 2022      Whickham           v         Sunderland RCA                (from 07/01)

Tuesday 13th September 2022    Sunderland RCA          v         Whitley Bay               (from 17/12)

Saturday 17th December 2022    Whitley Bay         v         Sunderland RCA                (from 30/08)

Comings and Goings

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 24 June 2022

As with all pre-seasons their have been a number of players leaving the club most notably:

Ben Errington and Matty Weirs to Bishop Auckland, also leaving is Jonathon Carr who has joined second division Easington Colliery.

We wish them every success at their new clubs (except when they play RCA of course) and as always they will be welcome back at anytime.

Steve has made a number of new signings with more in the pipeline.

The Bradley Lowery Cup

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 20 June 2022

Sunderland RCA FC are proud to present, in conjunction with the Lowery Lads an action packed day of fun at "Sunderland LGV" Park.

While it is free to enter and all are welcome a small donation towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation Fund would be gratefully accepted.

Prior to the main event at 2.30pm, Sunderland RCA YFC will showcase the skills of their under 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's with a number of small sided matches.

Website server maintenance

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Wednesday, 15 June 2022

The Sunderland RCA website is hosted by Zen Internet on a cPanel server. Zen will shortly be carrying out maintenance on its cPanel estate. For our server, this is planned to run from 22:00, Tuesday, 5 July until 6:00 the following day, with an expected outage of two hours during this period. Services should be considered ‘at risk’ for the eight hour period.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Presentation Evening

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 May 2022

A joint presentation evening took place last night at the Alexandra Texas Steakhouse function room for the First team, the Under 23s Development team and the Under 18s.

Awards were handed out to all the youth team squads with special awards given to Anth Butt and James Hopkinson for the Manager's Player of the season and Tom Surtees and James Hopkinson receiving the Players' Player of the season.

The First team awards were given out as follows:

  • Fans' Player of the season: Simon Jakab
  • Top Goalscorer: Mark Davison
  • Management's Player of the season: Kieran Charlton
  • Committee's Player of the season: Simon Jakab
  • Players' Player of the season: Kieran Charlton.

Special thanks to Mark, Ged and Paul for their assistance in the raffle and bingo. Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners on the night and thank you to the bar staff and DJ who helped the night go smoothly.

To the sponsors of all three teams, a massive thank you for your support during the last two years. It is very much appreciated.

New teams join league

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 12 May 2022

The FA has released the list of teams allocated to Step 5 and 6 for the National League System – our first and second divisions.

Pickering Town FC, who play at the Recreation Club ground in North Yorkshire, will join Division One, with Billingham Town relegated to Division Two.  Penrith has been given a reprieve from relegation.

The promotion of Carlisle City and Heaton Stannington to Division One has been confirmed.

Durham City has been relegated out of the league and the FA has increased the number of clubs in Division Two – which will now run with 22 teams.

(With North Shields and Consett promoted out of the league, the first division will remain at 20 teams.)

The other clubs joining the league are Prudhoe YC FC Seniors, Chester-le-Street United and Boro Rangers from the Northern Alliance, Wearside League and North Riding League respectively.

These decisions are subject to appeal to the FA.

Prudhoe play at Kimberley Park (where Newcastle University also play), Chester-le-Street United play at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street and Boro Rangers will play at New Ferens Park in Durham.

Note: All the above allocations are subject to appeal to the FA.

Easter fixture change

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 7 April 2022

Please note that our Ebac Northern League fixture against West Auckland Town scheduled for Saturday, 16 April 2022 has been brought forward to Friday, 15 April 2022 with a kick off time of 12 Noon.

We look forward to seeing you there for what should be a cracking match.

Riley Report - March 2022

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 4 March 2022

The Riley Report 

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

It been quite a while since our last game and unfortunately we have been on the end of two defeats which were hard to take for different reasons. 

Against Bishop Auckland it was a case of not turning up on the day and being second to everything which as I have said in the past we can’t afford to do, and we got done by that in a game we should have comfortably won.

Benfield was a totally different game, we were the better side for 90% of the game, but just couldn’t find the net. We got beaten by a mistake from our keeper coming for a ball he was never going to get in the last ten minutes and, although of course nobody makes mistakes on purpose, these things are hard to take when we played so well and deserved a point at the very least.

Ebac Northern League Cup Competitions

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 21 February 2022

The League Management Committee has decided to run two separate cup competitions for Division One and Division Two.

Previously the plan was to run the Brooks Mileson League Cup which is for teams in both divisions, along with the Ernest Armstrong Cup which is just for Division Two clubs.

However, the two competitions were suspended before the first round matches due to uncertainty over the pandemic and the weather affecting the league fixture programme.