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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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.

Birtley Town 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 2 August 2020
Saturday, 1 August 2020 - 2:00pm

The first friendly of the new season and we travel to Birtley Town, the weather is kind a downpour two hours before the match and then the sun came out.

The pitch was in excellent condition and all the new Covid-19 restriction were in place. Players arriving with their kit on is a bit surreal as is the team talks taking place in the main stands or on the pitch.

Only a few committee men and the odd injured player from both teams formed the crowd.

Another two put pen to paper

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 19 July 2020

After the annoncement earlier in the week regarding James Armstrong's appointment as Coach he has now agreed to register as a player to give further options on the left hand side of the pitch. He is joined by former Hull City Academy player Tom Best who impressed during his loan spell at the end of last season.

Welcome on board to both James and Tom.


Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 19 July 2020

The FA has released key dates for the forthcoming season.  These are subject to further approval of the Government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority:

The Ebac Northern League is at Step 5-6:

Start Dates:The following start dates are proposed for the commencement of the 2020-21 Season and conditional on Spectator Approval;

FA Announce Return to Grassroots football

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 19 July 2020

FA statement re: the return of grassroots football:

The FA can confirm that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020.

As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.

The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.

Latest Registrations

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 15 July 2020

The Management team are please to announce that they have retained the registrations of both Mark Davison and Ross McNab. Both are well known to supporters of RCA having been involved with the club for a number of years.

In addition we have secured the registration of promising young goalkeeper Niall Frampton who has impressed with his attitude and general abilty during our pre-season training sessions. 

Update from the FA / Northern League

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 10 July 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am sure you will have seen the news regarding the various announcements that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport made at 5.00pm yesterday 09th July 2020.

This is clearly a positive step towards the resumption of the National League System. The following statement is on and you are able to send to your Clubs;

Max Registers for another season

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 July 2020

Max puts Pen to Paper

We are pleased to announce that Max Allen has registered with RCA for another season. After being released by Newcastle at the start of last season Max was picked up by the RCA management team, thrown in at the deep end so to speak and produced some outstanding defensive performances.

Manager, Martin Swales is delighted with this signing “we are over the moon that Max has decided to sign for another season, he has the potential to be one of the best defenders in this league.

Assistant Manager Mark Cowan commented, " Max is a quiet unassuming player off the pitch but once he starts playing there are few better young full backs in the Northern League."

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