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Max Allen

Defender

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

Forward

“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.

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Jonathan Ball

Goalkeeper

Jonathan returns to the club after an absence of 8 years during which time he has gained massive Northern league experience most recently at West Auckland Town. Jonathan has developed into a very good keeper safe hand and good awareness he has good distribution skills and can quickly turn defence into attack.

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.

Dane Burlace

Midfielder

Dane has signed after being released by Leeds United. He was offered a professional deal at Leeds United after spell in the Newcastle United Academy. He impressed when playing for Leeds Under 19s team. Dane won the League Football Education's ‘Goal of the Season’ in the 2018-19 season. An attacking defender / midfielder he will be an asset to the club. Injury in pre – season has curtailed his training and it is unlikely he will be in the starting eleven soon. One for the future..

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.

Michael Coghlan

Midfielder

Michael will need little introduction to supporters of, shall we say a certain age, rolling back the years he returns to the club after a ten year absence but seems to have lost none of his desire for the game. An excellent passer of the ball he has extraordinary vision and reads the game very well. 

Aaron Croft

Midfielder

Aaron has returned to the club after a short spell at Billingham Synthonia, he is currently working as a coach at Middlesbrough Foundation having previously held the same position at Sunderland AFC. He is a pacy midfielder with good awareness and passing abilityand is comfortable in all midfield positions which an asset to the team. Previous clubs include, Washington, Seaham Red Star and Easington. 

Joshua Croft

Defender

Josh has signed for RCA after being released by South Shields Academy he played in the same Shields team as Michael Annang-Colquhoun. A left sided player he has been on the management team radar for some time. Definitely a one for the future.

Mark Davison

Forward

 "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.

Joshua Elcoate

Midfielder

Josh has recently signed from Seaham Red Star. He is a young dynamic box to box midfielder who is good on the ball and very creative.  

Ben Errington

Defender

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

Midfielder

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.

Josef Herdman

Midfielder

Josef has signed from Spennymoor United's Academy squad. He is another young prospect for the future. Pacy and a good passer of the ball he also reads the game well.

Thomas Hunter

Midfielder

Tom has signed from Chester Le Street Town, a dynamic, hard working player who possesses a good pass and is level headed. Another youngster who will improve in time. Tall and very pacey he also possesses the ability to cross the ball very accurately as demonstrated on a number of occasions already. His time will come at this level.

 

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

Forward

“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

Midfielder

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.

Adam Lennox

Midfielder

Adam has signed after being recommended by the coaches at both Durham under 18’s and Sunderland College. Adam seems to make the midfield tick with his awareness and ability to spot a situation and break up attacks whilst also possessing defence splitting passes. His time will undoubtably come.

 

Keaton Marrs

Goalkeeper

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.

Noel Partridge

Defender, Midfielder

Noel has impressed the new Management team when playing for the youth team. He is a solid midfielder who possesses a good range of passing and could, if he applies himself, become a regular in the first team. A definite one to keep your eye on.

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..

Layton Watts

Midfielder

Layton has been signed from Guisborough Town, He returns for his second spell at the club having previously playing 7 times under Martin Swales in the 2020-21 season. A fiercely competative midfielder he is tenacous in the tackle and delivers balls into the box. 

Matthew Weirs

Forward

Matty joins us from Whitley Bay FC. A quick tricky forward who scores goals. He has a lot of experience of playing at this level having previously been at Ryhope CW, Bishop Auckland and Crook Town.

 

Matthew Weirs

Midfielder

“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.

 

Christopher Winn

Forward

“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

Manager

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.

Leon Carling

Assistant Manager

.Leon Joins Dan and Steve on the management team. Leon is an ex-RCA player and is aware of the clubs history and ambitions. Leon is also a well respected Northern League player having played for Norton and Stockton, RCA , Guisborough and Bishop Auckland to name but a few. He has a great understanding of the Northern league and players in this league. He was vocal on the pitch and is the same on the touchline. Leon is well able to lead by example having only recently “retired” from playing, (He Thinks)!!