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Max Allen


Max joined the club two seasons ago and has developed into an outstanding defender. He is well liked by the supporters who have taken him to their hearts. Max is comfortable in any defensive role, he is dependable and quickly adapts to situations as they occur. He is a solid defender who is comfortable on the ball and has the ability to pick out a decisive pass. An exciting year in prospect for this 20 year old.

Michael Annan-Colquhaun


“Micky” has signed for RCA  during the close season from Whitley Bay. He is a very quick and tricky forward with an eye for goal. He scares defenders with his pace and fast feet.

Sponsor: Goodharts Solicitors

Thomas Bell

Full back

Tom is a product of our youth set up. Having impressed the management team in pre-season a decision was taken to promote him to the first team squad as midfield / defensive cover. His first priority will be to show he has the determination and character to get into the first team while maintaining a commitment to the under 17's.

Jonathon Carr

Defender, Midfielder

Jonathan returned to RCA last season from a successful foray in the USA where he played for Hartwick College, Cleveland FC and Lake Erie College where he was voted player of the season and also captained the side. Upon his return to England he has chosen to re-sign for RCA after an absence of 4 years. 

Jonathan is a solid player who has good vision, loves to get stuck in and relishes a competitive game. He also possesses a wide range of passes. A quiet lad off the pitch, but a bit of a tiger once he crosses the white line. Welcome back.

Kieran Charlton


Recently signed from Workington, Kieran is a Ryhope lad who has decided to sign for his home town club after having had spells at South Shields and Blyth Spartans before joining Workington last season. He is a left full back who can also play left wing back. A good tackler and distributor of the ball he also possesses a wicked cross and has an abundance od pace.

Mark Davison


 "Sparky" starts his 5th consecutive season for RCA. He is one of the most respected strikers in the Northern League. A strong and direct centre forward who can be relied upon to score with head and feet as well as setting up opportunities for others, "Sparky"  was RCA's leading goalscorer last season and is looking forward to bagging a few in the coming season. Previous clubs include: Ryton, Washington, Spennymoor and Morpeth.

Ben Errington


Ben has signed for RCA after being released from South Shields in the summer. He is a tall central defender who is very good in the air and has deceptively quick feet. He Reads the game well and his no nonsense approach to defending may be old school but its effective. We are expecting Ben will mature as a player at RCA and are happy to help with his development. 

Daniel Hawkins


Dan is a very experienced Northern League player and has joined us, having played for Seaham Red Star last season. He is a versatile midfielder who loves a tackle, a good distributor of the ball and inspires others around him.

Craig Hennis


Craig rejoins us from Bishop Auckland, having previously played for Washington FC.

He is a versatile central midfielder who works tirelessly for the team. A tenacious tackler with good distribution skills he also possesses a good engine which allows him to work box to box. He is an excellent addition to the team.

Josef Herdman


Josef has signed from Spennymoor United's Academy squad. He is another young prospect for the future. Good hands, commands his box and a good distributor of the ball he also reads the game well.

James Hopkinson


James has signed after some impressive performances for the Under'23s. James is a tall keeper who commands his area and has good communication and distribution skills. All of the above can be improved with regular training and development with the first team coaching staff.

Simon Jakab

Central defender

Simon has signed after leaving Consett where he was part of the team which contested the delayed FA Vase final last season and comes highly recommended. A tall central defender who is good in the air reads the game well and does the simple things well. Always looks in control. 

Andrew Johnson


“AJ” has signed from Seaham Red Star. What can we say about “AJ” that hasn’t already been said a thousand times. He is a prolific goal scorer, holding the record for goals scored at Bishop Auckland where he found the net 240 time in 281 appearances.  Not only does he score goals but he holds the ball up well and creates goal scoring opportunities for others. a well respected Northern League striker.

Nathan Lawrence


Nathan has signed pre-season from Consett, having previously played for Bishop Auckland. Nathan is a good ball winner and very good in the air. A product of the Gateshead College Academy, he’s a high-energy player who is equally effective as a right sided midfielder or defender.

Keaton Marrs


Keaton has re-signed for the club on a duel registration with Morpeth, Having spent three month Training in Sweden, he was recruited to play for IFK Mora after being released by Mansfield Town. His previous clubs include Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United. Keaton is a good shot stopper and commands his area well and is calm under pressure, he also has excellent distribution skills.

Taylor Richardson

Forward, Midfielder

Signed from Seaham Red Star, Taylor is a dynamic player who is purely and simply an entertainer. He is quick, agile and fiercely competitive. A quiet, unassuming, lad off the pitch; watch for the fireworks once he crosses the white line. Opposition defences be warned. Will surely become a firm favourite with supporters.

Greg Swansbury

Central defender

Club Captain, Greg is starting his fifth season at RCA. At 6'4", Greg is a powerful, imposing, no nonsense, old school central defender. As expected, he is good in the air, but he is also deceptively good on the ground with great awareness of situations as they develop. His leadership on the pitch is inspirational and he always leads by examble and is 100% committed to the football club both on and off the pitch..

Matthew Weirs


“Matty” joins us from Whitley Bay but fans will remember him from his time at neighbours Ryhope CW. He is a tricky, pacey attacking midfielder who scores his fair share of goals from midfield.


Sponsor: Guy Jarvis Motors

Christopher Winn


“Chris” has signed from Bishop Auckland and is another player with a vast wealth of knowledge playing at this level. He can play as an out and out striker or on the wing, he has a deceptive change of pace and is a natural goalscorer. Fully fit he will be a massive asset to the club.



Steve Riley


Sunderland RCA's manager Steve has a wealth of Northern League experience 20years as a player and more recently over the last 10 years in team management roles. He assisted our previous manager Martin Swales during Ryhope CW successful rise from the Wearside league to the Northern League before becoming manager at Bishop Auckland where he was manager for 5 years. During his time at Bishop’s they never finished outside the top half of the table and enjoyed cup success reaching the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in 2017. He briefly helped at RCA under “Swaz” as coach.

Dan Madden

Assistant Manager

.Dan joins  Steve and Leon on the Management team. Dan is a well respected Northern League defender who, after being released from Sunderland signed for Durham City in 2011. Since then Dan has had a great run in the Northern league and played in a number of teams including Marske United, Bishop Auckland. He bring a wealth of coaching experience to the club and this can only benefit the players and the Club.

Rhys Jobling


Rhys joins Steve and Dan on the management team as Goalkeeping Coach. He has a wealth of Northern League experience having played for Durham City and Bishop Auckland in the past. He is a bit of a joker around the players but when it comes to the coaching side he becomes very serious and committed. 


Eleanor Hampton


Experienced Physiotherapist.