Josh Gray makes his RCA debut at home to Bishop Auckland.

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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Transfer news

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Thomas McAloon has been transferred to Consett. Tom played 21 times for RCA since joining last year and scored two goals.

We wish him well at Consett where he is already known to the supporters having played for them previously.

Sunderland RCA 2 Bishop Auckland 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 September 2019
Saturday, 14 September 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott fires in a shot late in the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Bishop Auckland were the visitors to “LGV Park”, for this EBAC Northern League fixture and after Wednesday’s drubbing at the hands of Dunston the management team were looking for a positive reaction from the the players.

Injuries continued to be a major cause for concern in team selection but with two new signings to boost the squad there was some light at the end of the tunnel.

Josh Gray and Alex Storey were both selected to make their debuts in the following line up:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Storey, Swansbury ©, K Davis, Charlton, Elliott, Slack, O’Neill, Gray. Subs:Dorward, Ezard, Moan, C Davis, Lilley.

Bishops:Liversedge, Robinson, Ryan, Hoganson, Hart, Hall, Judson, Potter, Fryatt, Tumilty, Parnaby, Prudhoe. Subbs: Chandler, Lee, Kanyondo, Nixon.

Second new signing of the week

Submitted by Rob Jones on Saturday, 14 September 2019

The latest addition to the RCA Squad is Alex Storey, a 21 year old central defender who was released in the summer by Sunderland having played regularly in the Under 23 team. He comes highly recommended.

We welcome Alex into the fold and he will be a great asset to the club in the coming seasons.

Latest Signing

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 12 September 2019

We are pleased to announce the signing of Josh Gray from Consett FC.

Josh is a left sided midfielder whose previous clubs include: Darlington and Blyth Spartans before playing for a number of Northern League clubs.

Sunderland RCA 0 Dunston 5

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 12 September 2019
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 - 7:30pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Connor Slack looks for a consolation goal late in the match.

More photos from the match are here.

RCA entertained Dunston in The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay at The “LGV Stadium”. After Saturday’s 0-0 draw the tie had to be settled tonight.

Problems in team selection for RCA focused mainly on the two winger’s, Callen was off on his honeymoon while Leonard picked up a knock on Saturday and was unavailable. Into the team came Clayton Davis and Michael Charlton.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA: Dean, Allen, Moan, Swansbury ©, McNab, K Davis, C Davis, D Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Charlton. Subs: Slack, Ezard,Dorward, Green, Croft, Lilley, Hodgson.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday ©, Pearson, Capewell, Hall, Wright, Page, Scott, Heslop, Brooks. Subs: C Elliott, Harrison, Lowther, Thear, Grant-Soulsby.

View from the cemetery - September 2019

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Another very decent week for RCA, despite mounting injury and unavailability problems. A good win down at Thornaby I am told, with the Teessiders belying their lowly league position with a very spirited performance which stretched us to the limit before we managed to squeeze out the win. Followed by a big day out in Gateshead for the FA Cup match at our old rivals Dunston. Not a classic by all accounts but on paper a very good draw, and a chance to finish the job on Wednesday night. Swaz came up with a demon plan to stop Pagey playing which worked fairly well, unless he just felt guilty about deserting his old mates for the bright lights of the big city. I never knew he was such a fan of long bus rides.

Anyway on we go, ten games into the season and you really can’t complain. Elsewhere Stockton are going like trains, Hebburn are doing as well as expected, despite the odd blip, and Consett are not quite living up to the pre season hype. Billy Town are doing very well and both Northallerton and Thornaby look capable of making a fist of it over the season. So, a good season building up, no easy games and lots and lots of them. I’m not sure the idea of the four group games in the Mitre Brooks Mileson League Cup will end up looking like such a good idea as the winter draws on though. RCA are already looking at a minimum of forty nine games this season, probably and hopefully more, and that sounds more than plenty to me.

Dunston 0 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 8 September 2019
Saturday, 7 September 2019 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup


The FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round and it’s a trip to Dunston’s UTS Stadium for the loyal RCA supporters.

Another ground that has seen a massive transformation during the close season with the addition of new perimeter fencing and dug outs. The pitch itself also looked in good condition.

As always we received a warm welcome from our hosts at Dunston and with a near 400 crowd the scene was set for a good game of football.

After naming the team RCA were struck by what is now being called the No:4 Jinx, Ross Preston originally down as No: 4 on the teamsheet pulled up in the warm up and was replaced by Sam Lilley he also pulled up with a recurrence of an old injury and he was replace by Dominic Moan, third selection change in 20 minutes all revolving around the No 4 shirt.

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Moan, Swansbury (c),K Davis, Leonard, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: Ezard, Slack, Charlton, Dorward, C Davis.

Dunston: Dryden, Marrs, Halliday (C), Craig Scott, Capewell, Grant-Soulsby, Heslop, Page Fitzpatrick, Cedwyn Scott, Hall.Subs not used: Elliott, Ward, Lowther, Wright, Brooks,Thear.

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