Season highlight: Mark Davison opens the scoring for RCA during the second half of the impressive 3-1 win at North Shields on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

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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Grass Routes, former Northern League Chairman Mike Amos's blog, is here.

Club Just Giving appeal

Submitted by Martin Swales on Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Weʼre trying to raise £3,000 or the extensive electrical work required for the floodlights and clubhouse.

Please donate here.

We would like to start be wishing everyone well during these unprecedented and testing times.

As you will know, our season came to an abrupt halt in March. The club, which is ran by a volunteer committee and management team, have lost out on our main income source which helps the club operate and maintain the ground. With the integration of our junior sides [Sunderland RCA UNO] into the club next season, essential work and ground maintenance is crucial to the future plans of the club.

The financial implications of this lost revenue have been a huge blow to the club and has affected our plans for the extensive electrical work needed on the floodlights and the clubhouse in preparation for the new season.

Whilst we appreciate that families and businesses have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we still need to raise the funds which will enable us to prepare for the new season and have this much needed electrical work carried out.

The pandemic has also affected our sponsors who support us throughout the season and will certainly make sponsorship harder to come by next season.

If you're able to help us with these essential maintenance works, a donation of any affordable amount would be greatly appreciated, no matter how small.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Sunderland LGV Park and your support is, as always, hugely appreciated.

Please donate here.

The Gee Force returns

Submitted by Martin Swales on Sunday, 31 May 2020

After a season's sabbatical, RCA's former Assistant Manager, Gary Errington, will be returning to the club for next season.

Welcome back, Gee. We've all missed the craic.

Here's Gee's Twitter take on the news:

After a season out of football, I have decided to accept an offer from Sunderland RCA to come back to the club as Assistant Manager. I can't wait to get started again and fight like cat and dog with Swaz.

2019-20 Season Review

Submitted by Harvey Hinkler on Saturday, 9 May 2020

Gaffer Martin Swales and his assistant Mark Cowan, alongside players Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott, Craig Hodgson and Carl Lawson, reflect on the 2019/2020 season.

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.


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.

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