Max Allen - Defender - Max starts his third season at the club. He was restricted by injury last season but hopes to remain injury free this season. He has developed into an outstanding defender who is comfortable in any defensive position. e is dependable and quickly adapts to situations as they occur. A solid defender who is comfortable on the ball and has the ability to pick out a decisive pass. Another plus for this defender, he is well liked by the supporters who have taken him to their hearts.
Michael Annan-Colquhaun - Forward - “Mickey” has signed for another season at RCA. He is a very quick and tricky forward with an eye for goal scoring 13 goals last season his aim is to improve on that this season. His lightening quick pace scares defenders and he has added positional sense to his game which helps his teammates. Another player who is well liked by our supporters always plays with a smile on his face. - 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.
Kieran Charlton - Defender - Signed from Workington last season, Kieran is a Ryhope lad who has commited to another season at his home town club He has previously played for South Shields and Blyth Spartans before joining Workington. 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 of pace. He never accepts second best from either himself or his team mates, a completely committed player.
Mark Davison - Forward - "Sparky" starts his 6th 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. "Sparky", will be looking to strike up a partnership with "AJ" Andy Johnson another prolific striker.
Daniel Hawkins - Midfielder - Dan is a very experienced Northern League player and has committed to a second season at RCA. He is a versatile midfielder who loves a tackle, a good distributor of the ball and inspires others around him. Dan is captain of the team and last season played in a variety of different positions and showed his competitiveness in all of them.
Craig Hennis - Midfielder - Craig has put pen to paper on another season at RCA. Last season he proved that he can command the central midfield position but he has to keep his standards high in all games. 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. His previous clubs include Washington and Bishop Auckland.
Josef Herdman - Goalkeeper - 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 - Goalkeeper - 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 extended his contract at RCA for another year. Simon was part of the Consett team which contested the FA Vase final. Last season he was outstanding playing in 44 of the 45 games played and maintaining the highest level of performance. He is tall central defender who is equally as comfortable in the centre of midfield, good in the air he reads the game and reacts accordingly, he does the simple things well. Simon always looks in command.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rhys Jobling - Coach - 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 - Physiotherapist - Experienced Physiotherapist.