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.
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 - Defender - 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.
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.
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.
Callum Guy - Midfielder - Callum has been signed from Consett, He has been on the managers radar since impressing in pre-season with the squad but decided to sign for Consett. Callum was previously at Blyth Spartans where he made 13 appearances in the National League North. Callum is a graduate of the South Shields Academy and made 15 appearances for the first team scoring three goals. Other than Consett his only other Northern League experience was gained at West Auckland. Callum is a dynamic midfielder who likes to get in the thick of the action but also possesses a gaood array of passing skills.
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 - 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.
Michael Hoganson - Defender, Midfielder - Michael joins us after leaving Whickham. He is an experienced defender and was part of the Newcastle United’s youth setup before joining Championship side Derby County. He then went out on loan to Conference side Alfreton Town. Michael moved back to the North East to play for Newcastle Benfield and gained more experience when he joined Spennymoor Town before signing for Steve at Bishop Auckland where he played for four years before joining West Auckland in the 2019-20 season. He can play anywhere on the left side of the pitch, has pace to burn and can deliver a telling cross his experience at a higher level will stand him in good staed at RCA.
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 - 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.