Mark Davison scored a brace in the 7-1 League Cup win at Washington.

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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200 appearances for Michael Charlton

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 17 October 2019

Michael Charlton receives a silver salver for reaching 200 appearances for RCA from chairman Graham Defty.

Congratulations to Michael Charlton who has just clocked up 200 appearances for RCA. The milestone came in the recent League Cup victory at Crook Town on Wednesday, 2 October, a match in which Michael, fittingly, also scored with a terrific, long-range strike - his 40th goal in RCA colours.

RCA Manager Martin Swales said this of Michael: "Michael and I have worked together now for over ten years, going back to our Belford House days. He's a great lad, has been a great servant to the club and has shown tremendous loyalty over the last five or six years."

Well done, Michael, from everyone at RCA!

Washington 1 Sunderland RCA 7

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 17 October 2019
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - 7:45pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Super Callen goes ballistic! - Stephen Callen scored four goals in a terrific performance for RCA.

For more photos from the match please click here.

RCA travelled to Durham’s New Ferens Park stadium to play Washington FC in the Mitre Brooks Mileson League cup Group “B” match.

After the defeat on Saturday against Whitley Bay the RCA Management team decided to make several changes to the team, this allowed for some players to get time on the pitch and allowed players returning from injury a chance to improve their fitness before the important league fixture on Saturday against Hebburn Town.

The teams lined up as follows:

WASHINGTON FC:  R Lumsden, Gibson, Horsfall, Colquhoun, Goodman, Hutchinson ©, Ramshaw, Hennis, Toward, Akal, Broomfield. Subs: Pye, Hanson, Quine, McGeoch, A Lumsden.

SRCA: Ezard, Allen, Gray, Preston, Swansbury ©, Croft, Charlton, Dorward, Davison, Callen, Leonard. Subs: Hodgson, Dean, Elliott, O’Neill, McNab.

View from the Cemetery October 2019 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

A cracking game and very good performance against Billingham Town in the League Cup on Wednesday night. Opinions are divided as to the value of the new group stage for the League Cup, but a goodish crowd turned out and were well entertained by this match. I thought, from my restricted view, that what looked like a young Billingham side started very well, passing and moving with purpose, but came up against something like a full strength RCA defence which meant that very little of their attacks reached Robbie Dean in any way likely to cause him any great discomfort.

At the same time the feeling that RCA would create a decent chance every few minutes or so, which was a feature of the first few weeks of the season but had disappeared lately, came back. The midfield trio of Dylan, Dom and Nathan got hold of and produced a lot of good ball for Sparky and young Ryan. RCA lined up with something between a back three and a back five, depending on where the nominal full backs found themselves at any given time, and how much they had on their plates. It did seem to offer quite a bit of flexibility going forward, and plenty of cover at the back. There is many a stalwart that frowns on these fancy variations, preferring the flat back four at all times, not to mention being nostalgic for the old W formation of Stanley Matthews day, when a half back was a half back and nothing like an inside forward. Still as such types are in their nineties now maybe we can move on...

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Sunderland RCA 2 Whitley Bay 6

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 13 October 2019
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Ryan Leonard shields the ball from Whitley Bay captain Craig Spooner.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Whitley Bay were the visitors to “LGV Park” on Non-league day. We also welcomed from Norway an amateur football team called the Hellhounds. Originally going to the Sunderland v Fleetwood match at the SoL they decided to come to see RCA when that match was cancelled.

The RCA Management team minus the manager (in London) made one change to the team who beat Billingham Town in mid week. Craig Hodgson replacing Sam Lilley and the formation changing again to what looked like a 4-4-2.

The teams Lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Moan. Subs: Dorward, Ezard, Croft, Gray,Lilley.

Whitley Bay: Lister, Bexton, Martin, Spooner, Lowery, Taylor, McDonald, Orrell, Hird, Robinson, Salmon. Subs: Stephenson, Bramley, Proctor, Doyle.

Sunderland RCA 4 Billingham Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 10 October 2019
Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - 7:30pm
Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Double scorer Nathan O'Neill fires in a second half shot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here

RCA welcomed Billingham Town to “LGV Park” for this Mitre Brooks Mileson League Cup Group “B” match.

The RCA Management team made two changes to the side that drew at Seaham Red Star on Saturday, with Ross Preston, returning after a lengthy absence through injury, replacing Aaron Croft and Dominic Moan given his chance in midfield in place of Kyle Davis. They also changed the formation, starting with 3-5-2.

The teams Lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Lilley, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Moan, Allen, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Leonard. Subs: Gray, Charlton, Green, K Davis.

Billingham Town: Sharman, Wilson, Dixon (c), Crainey, Flounders, Summers, Hawkins , Bartliff, Hannah, Roddam, Hogan. Subs: Sutton, Mitchinson, Briggs, Gales, Hudson.

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