Kyle Davis - scorer of a terrific free-kick for RCA - competes for the ball during the derby win over Ryhope CW.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 at Meadow Park. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £6.00 and £4.00 for concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance. Season tickets are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.

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Sunderland RCA 4 Ryhope CW 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 16 December 2018
Saturday, 15 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dominic Moan whips in a free-kick during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

For Ryhope CW's match report please click here.

The RCA management team were forced to make three changes to the team that lost to Stockton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday. Larkin replaced the injured Preston, O’Neill came in for C.Davis and McAloon came in for Howard who was unavailable due to sickness. The team reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos, Larkin, McNab, Hodgson, Swansbury (c), Page, Charlton, Elliott, O’Neill, Kyle Davis, McAloon. Subs: Moan, Pocklington, Clayton Davis, Lilley, Davison.

Ryhope CW: Atkinson, King, Walker, Lay, Riding (c), Trewick, Bird, Kane, Rae, Weirs, Devlin. Subs: Wallace, Nicholson, Ball, Ellis, Cocks.

View from the cemetery - December 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 15 December 2018

Sounds like the SoL faithful had a fun day out at Accrington Stanley last week. Sloppy pitch, pouring rain, mistakes and howlers, and a wide open end to enjoy it in. At least in the Northern League you can usually retreat to the bar if it gets too bad. Maybe we should start to sell Meadow Park on its comfort factor, not something you would have thought likely. Accrington are an interesting club, who have certainly had their ups and downs over the years. The first Accrington FC were one of the original founder members of the Football League but soon folded. The current club are the third Accrington and the second Accrington Stanley and have progressed from the Lancashire Combination since 1968 to League One nowadays, so a resilient bunch you have to say. Makes you wonder where RCA will be in fifty years time. It’s the closeness of this here cemetery that always bothers me.

Sunderland RCA 0 Stockton Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Clayton Davis in action during the first half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Both managers made changes from the starting eleven from Sataurday, for RCA in came Clayton Davis, McNab,Swansbury and Page. While Stockton brought in Moody and Cossavella.

RCA also made a change to their formation with the management team deciding that a 3-5-2 formation would best counter the midfield threat of Stockton.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA FC: Tsapalos, Hodgson, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Page, C Davis, Elliott, K Davis, Charlton and Howard: Subs: McAloon, Jury, Croft, Larkin and Davison.


Stockton Town FC: Moody, Bulmer, Nicholson ©, Mulligan, Robinson, Cossavella, Woodhouse, Craggs, Roberts, Coleman and Risborough. Subs: Hayes, Garbutt, Stockton, Ward, Arthur.

View from the cemetery - December 2019

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Been a funny old run of games lately. A great win down at Shildon which keeps the Vase run going, which we all enjoy of course, and other good cup results as well against Garstang, Crook and Sunderland Under 23s, but frankly ropey results in the league. Draws in home games we would have expected to win, and defeats at North Shields and Stockton add up to a worrying trend. I think we are still better than that and will prove it as the season goes on, but for now there is no doubt we have yet to consistently perform as we did at the end of last season. There are a number of reasons why, injuries to key players among them, and it is clearly frustrating for everyone but as Sean Dyche says, the only answer is to keep working hard, and Sean would know, wouldn’t he? I remain confident that this will end up being a good season, but I’m not sure how, or in which competitions.

Stockton Town 4 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 9 December 2018
Saturday, 8 December 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Stockton Town: Roberts, Mulligan, Nicholson and Woodhouse. 
Sunderland RCA: Elliott (pen) and Charlton

Sunderland RCA travelled to last season's FA Vase finalists Stockton Town in the EBAC Northern League clash.

Martin Swales and his management team were forced to make wholesale changes to the starting eleven due to injuries suspensions and player availability. Into the team came Armstrong, Lilley, Elliott, Kyle Davis and Tomas Howard who was making his debut after signing on work experience from Sunderland AFC in midweek.
The teams lined up as follows: 
Stockton Town:  Arthur; Robinson, Coulthard , Nicholson(c); Bulmer, Craggs, N Mulligan, Woodhouse, Risbrough; Roberts, Coleman.
Subs: Cossavella, Garbutt, Ward, Mohammed, Hayes.
Sunderland RCA:  Tsapalos; Armstrong (McAloon 66'), Preston(c), Elliott, Howard; Lilley (79'), Hodgson, Moan; Charlton, O'Neill, Davis.
Subs: Larkin Pocklington, McAloon, McNab, Davis.

Sunderland RCA latest signing

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 7 December 2018

Sunderland RCA have signed young defender Tomas Howard on a work experience loan from Sunderland AFC.

Howard, 18, is on a Scholarship contract with Sunderland AFC and has been a regular in their under 18 team.

Sunderland RCA would like to thank Sunderland AFC for their help in loaning us Tomas, who goes straight into the squad for Saturday's match against Stockton Town FC.

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