Luke Richardson on the ball at Sam Smith's Park.

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, which include all official cup games, are £70 and £50 concessions. 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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Newcastle Benfield 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 19 November 2017
Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

James Cassidy - scorer of RCA's early goal - in a sprint for the ball during the second half of the match.

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Goal scorers - Benfield: Brayson. RCA: Cassidy.

Following the huge disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Vase on Tuesday evening, Sunderland RCA were back in Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to Newcastle Benfield.

RCA made two changes to the side knocked out of the FA Vase on Tuesday - Adam McGuinness and Luke Richardson replacing Ross McNab and Dylan Elliott.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Benfield: Grainger; Evans; Novak; Laidler; Esdaille; Mellish; Carr; McEvoy; Brayson (c); Orrell; McCarthy.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Page; O'Neill; Richardson; Callen.

Sunderland RCA 1 Runcorn Linnets 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 8:00pm
FA Vase

Ross Preston gave RCA a half-time lead with a powerful header.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Preston. Runcorn: O’Brien; Houghton.

Following the stalemate at the Millbank Linnets Stadium between Sunderland RCA and Runcorn Linnets on Saturday, the sides met again tonight at Meadow Park, with a Third Round tie at home to Marske United up for grabs for the victors.

RCA made one change to the side that drew at Runcorn on Saturday, with Ross McNab replacing Adam McGuinness, who took a place on the bench.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Noble; McNab; Hodgson; Preston (c); Armstrong; Cassidy; Elliott; O'Neill; Page; Callen.

Runcorn: Holmes; Atherton; Morris; Moore; O'Brien; Nolan; Holt; Hamid (c); Bryant; Shanley; Houghton.

View from the Cemetery - November 2017 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Monday, 13 November 2017

A fun packed day out to Cheshire, enjoyed by all on Saturday I am told, with a good game, lots of red and yellow cards, some deserved, some maybe not so deserved, extra time, some nervous moments and a replay to look forward to after all was said and done. My spies tell me that we seem to have misplaced our shooting boots a little bit of late and that maybe cost us, with enough chances to have won the game, although to be fair Runcorn won the woodwork hitting competition 2-1 so they will be feeling aggrieved a bit. We started like trains I hear, then faded a bit, had more long spells on top as the game went on, but always had to be careful of the Linnets on the break. Good wide men and very much a shoot-on-sight policy are their trademarks by all accounts. A nice flat pitch as well, be a bit different tonight methinks.

A very good and game mascot as well, though not so good in his stint as goalkeeper when the subs were shooting in, and anyway it was not clear what exactly he was supposed to be. Pobably a Linnet we all assumed, a small finch with a very melodious song as I’m sure you all know, but Linnets don’t come in lurid shades of green and yellow as I recall, more brown with a dash of red. Still we nitpick here. I have always been a fan of the football mascot and the Runcorn chap seemed well behaved, unlike some of his colleagues over the years. Who can forget Cyril the Swansea Swan pulling the head off Millwall’s Zampa the Lion, or Robbie the Bobby of Bury removing the lugs from the Peterborough Bunny? And most famously of all that lupine lunatic, Wolfie of Wolves and his fight with the Three Little Pigs at Bristol City? All over a penalty competition. Which he won of course. Only a town like Hartlepool though could take their club’s mascot, the infamous H’Angus the Monkey, put him in a suit and tie and elect him as mayor, and keep him in office so long the authorities had to abolish the post to get rid of him. But can you remember his name?

Runcorn Linnets 1 Sunderland RCA 1 (AET)

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 12 November 2017
Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 3:00pm
FA Vase

Goalscorers - Runcorn: Wellstead. RCA: Elliott.

Sunderland RCA made the long trip to Runcorn Linnets for the FA Vase Second Round tie. Runcorn had won their previous Vase match against fellow Northern League Division One side Team Northumbria after a replay. For RCA, this was our first taste of Vase football this season after being exempt from the previous rounds for reaching the Fifth Round last season.

RCA made three changes to the side that beat West Auckland Town on Tuesday - Reece Noble and Adam McGuinness returned in defence, replacing Luke Richardson and Ross McNab, and Colin Larkin, injured early on in Tuesday's match, was ruled out and replaced by James Armstrong.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Runcorn: Holmes; Atherton; Lawton; Morris; Moore; Nolan; Simpson; Hamid (c); Houghton; Shanley; Wellstead.

RCA: Finch; Noble; Hodgson; McGuinness; Preston (c); Elliott; Callen; Page; O'Neill; Armstrong; Cassidy.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Nathan O'Neill on the ball during the first half of the match.

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Goal scorers - RCA: Page (2). West: Parker.

Sunderland RCA welcomed West Auckland Town to Meadow Park for a match brought forward from Saturday due to both sides’ involvement in the FA Vase.

RCA made three changes to the side that lost at Seaham Red Star on Saturday - in came Luke Richardson, Ross McNab and James Cassidy, replacing Reece Noble, Adam McGuinness and Michael Charlton.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Finch; Richardson; McNab; Hodgson; Preston (c); Elliott; Cassidy; Page; Larkin; O'Neill; Callen.

West: Bell; Cobain; Richardson; Galpin; Parker; Mitchell; Bell; Francis; Connor; Wood (c); Wearmouth.

Gordon Armstrong talk in

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 30 October 2017

Sunderland RCA are delighted to announce that Sunderland AFC legend Gordon Armstrong will be holding a talk in at Meadow Park on Saturday, 25 November, after RCA have taken on Newton Aycliffe in the Northern League.

Gordon made a massive 416 appearances for SAFC, scoring 61 goals and is ranked 7th in SAFC's all-time list of appearance-makers, and is probably best remembered for the tremendous header he scored in the Roker End at Roker Park against Chelsea in the FA Cup Sixth Round replay in 1992 to set up a Semi-Final with Norwich City.

For only £10, RCA are offering entry into the match versus Newton Aycliffe (kick-off 3pm), a pint, and entry into the clubhouse for the talk in with Gordon which is expected to run from 5:30pm until around 7pm. RCA season ticket holders will only be charged £5.

There will also be a raffle to win an RCA home shirt, signed by Gordon.

Space in the clubhouse is limited, so tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. To reserve a ticket, please contact or pop into the clubhouse on our next home match against West Auckland Town on Tuesday, 7 November, subject to availability.

The match is kindly sponsored by Viper Goalkeeping and R Green Roofing.

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