Carl Lawson in action for RCA during the recent match at home to Seaham Red Star.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Sunderland LGV 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 in Ryhope. 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. Season tickets do not include any cup matches. 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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View from the Cemetery

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Tuesday, 17 March 2020

This below is the View that is in the programme for the Shildon game, but not many people have seen that…

Bear in mind it was written on Thursday night/Friday morning. Hope you enjoy and hopefully we will be back at some time. I will try and post something to the website every now and then anyway. Be lucky.


Shildon match postponed

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 13 March 2020

Saturday's home match against Shildon has been postponed due to concerns over the spread of Coronavirus.

Furthermore, all Northern League fixtures have been postponed until Friday, 3 April.

As a result, RCA's next four matches will need to be rescheduled - Shildon (home), Penrith (home), West Auckland Town (away), and Billingham Town (away).

RCA's next match is, therefore, currently scheduled to be Guisborough Town at home on Saturday, 4 April.

The Northern League statement can be read here.

Whitley Bay 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 March 2020
Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

A windswept Hillheads was the venue for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.

Neither team has set the league alight this season, but RCA would be looking to avenge the 6-2 drubbing handed out by their hosts earlier in the season.

The spread of the Coronavirus has meant that the “Respect” handshake has been suspended until further notice. The players, therefore, would be led out by the referee and promptly enter the field without the handshake taking place.

The RCA Management team minus the manager (suspended) made one change to the team who drew on Tuesday at Ashington, with Hennis returning to the midfield in place of J Leonard.

The teams lined up as follows:

Whitley Bay: Lister, Bexton, Martin, Bennett, Taylor, Lowery, Fairley, Anderson, Annang-Colquhoun, Robinson, Shepperd. Subs: McFarlane, Jennison, Davison, Olsen, Orrell

SRCA: Dean, Allen, Lawson, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Best, O’Neill, Elliott, K Davis. Subs: Croft, Ezard, J Leonard, Dorward, Slack.

Ashington 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA travelled up to Ashington for this Northern League Division 1 fixture. Only a month ago they had beaten Ashington 5-1 but how fortunes seemed to have changed with RCA only winning one of their last five matches while Ashington had won one and drawn two of theirs.

The management team made three changes to the team beaten by Seaham Red Star at the weekend with Allen, Best and J Leonard replacing, Green, Hennis and Davison and a change of formation to 3-5-1-1.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:Dean, Allen, R Leonard, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Best, J Leonard, Elliott, K Davis, O’Neill, Lawson. Subs: Davison, Ezard, Slack, Hennis, Green.

Ashington: McHugh, Kalthoeber, Gaffney, Luke, Gourley, Bramley, Johnston, Emmerson, Taggart, Price, Hanson. Subs: Anderson, Edwards, Eastlake, Ross, Scott.

Sunderland RCA 2 Seaham Red Star 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 1 March 2020
Saturday, 29 February 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Kyle Davis in action for RCA during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA having won their last match against Newcastle Benfield made only one change for the match against near neighbours Seaham Red Star, bringing in K Davis for Allen.

Thomas Best re-signed on a work experience programme and Nathan O’Neill returned from holiday were on the bench alongside Moan, Slack and Allen.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Green, C Davis, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Lawson. Subs: Best, O’Neill, Moan, Allen, Slack.

SRS: Bannon, Hailes, Weldon, Henderson, Myers, Gillesphey, McRoberts, Gardiner, Wilson, Robinson ©, Coulson. Subs: Tumilty, Waite, Dart.

View from the Cemetery - February 2020

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 20 February 2020

So, when does a bit of a slump become a crisis? Must be getting close. I know you can make a fair few excuses, with various disruptions but even so, we need to start picking up a few more points from somewhere soon. Five league defeats in a row and a loss in a cup tie as well makes for fairly grim reading. Last Wednesday night up at Whickham was disappointing mainly because we started so well, and pretty much controlled the first half. But, as is our downfall at the moment, we only had a one goal lead to show for it, and as soon as we turned round for the second half it was clear, if we needed reminding, that Whickham know how to play their pitch. Everything went down their left and eventually they made hay from a series of opportunities to level things up and then win the game in the last ten minutes. We had a couple of chances and a Dylan Elliott effort rules out for offside but by the end Whickham were well worth their win, their first at home since August. Worrying, very worrying.

Newcastle Benfield 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 20 February 2020
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Mark Davison

Mark Davison runs down the clock in the final seconds of the match.

Sunderland RCA headed up the A19 to play Newcastle Benfield at the Sam Smith Sports Ground in this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.  Defeat in this game would set an unwanted record of seven straight League defeats.

The game also saw RCA Captain Greg Swansbury reach his 150th match for the club.  

The teams lined up as follows:

Newcastle Benfield: Grainger, Turnbull, Glen-Ravenhill, Varga, Scorgie, Robson, Slaughter, Noble, Brayson, Cooper, Giraud. Subs: Parker, Novak, Knight, Haley, O’Reilly.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, Green, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, R Leonard, Elliott, Davison, K Davis, Lawson. Subs: Slack, Ezard, Dorward, J Leonard, Moan.

Whickham 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 13 February 2020
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Craig Hennis in action during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA travelled to the First Mortgage Glebe Stadium to play bottom of the table Whickham FC who haven’t won a home match since mid August 2019.

On a freezing cold night the teams lined up as follows:

Whickham: Wilson, McAndrew, Exley, Peareth ©, Galbraith, Lindo, Scothern, Burrell, McCarthy, Newton, Robson.

Subs: Cowburn, Stevens, Statt, Cranson, Howard.

Sunderland RCA: Dean, Allen, Dorward, Hodgson, Swansbury ©, Hennis, O’Neill, Elliott, Davison, Slack, J Leonard.

Subs: Davis, Ezard, R Leonard, Green, Lawson.

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