Colin Larkin attacks during the second half at Dunston UTS.

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 are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games. 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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View from the cemetery - January 2019 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Tuesday, 22 January 2019

So, tonight is our last chance in Cup competitions this season. Been a funny Cup year, starting with a great win in a Ryhope derby in the FA Cup, the first ever FA Cup meeting between the clubs as far as anybody knows, and followed by that astonishing match down at Clitheroe, 6-6, not a common scoreline. If it had gone to extra time there is little doubt we would have won it, well on top and playing nine men, but even so I doubt if anybody expected us to lose the replay with a much stronger side out. There you go though.

The Vase was a roller coaster, tight game against our old foes from Bridlington and then a super day out at Garstang, one of the best of the many good trips we have had in recent seasons, or so I am informed, and followed by a cracker of a match down at Shildon. Then West Auckland.

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Durham County FA Challenge Cup preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 21 January 2019

Stephen Callen in action for RCA during South Shields' last visit to Meadow Park.

On Tuesday, 22 January, Sunderland RCA are in Durham FA Challenge Cup, Quarter-Final action, when South Shields are the visitors to Meadow Park. Kick-off for this big match is 7:30pm.

The two sides have played some terrific matches in recent seasons, and Tuesday should be no exception.

Sunderland RCA 2 West Auckland Town 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 20 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


Photographs from Andy Mitchell are here.

Sunderland RCA entertained West Auckland Town in the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. RCA winning two of the three played so far but notably losing to a last minute goal in the FA Vase.

The teams lined up as follows:    

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington, Howard, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, K Davis, Moan, Davison, O’Neill, McAloon.  

Subs: Page, C Davis, Croft, Lilley, Larkin.                                                       

West Auckland Town FC: Bland, Morris, Price, Cobain (C), Hunter, Colquhoun, Mitchell, Snaith, Dowson, Purewal, Burnicle.                                   

Subs: Dodds, Heggarty, Heaney, Francis, Coulson.

Goalscorers: O.G. (Cobain), Davison.

View from the cemetery - January 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 19 January 2019

So, that’s it for the Vase for another season. Just never quite felt that it was likely this year, we haven’t been able to settle into a run, too many injuries, too many niggling knocks and too many times the ball didn’t quite run for us. Never mind, always next year. No surprise either that the only Northern League teams left in have been drawn together. I don’t think it’s fiddled as so many think, or at least only in the sense that the regionalisation is drawn so tight and goes on through so many rounds that we are bound to be thrown together with fellow Northern League sides more times than anybody wants. Either West or Hebburn have every chance of making it to Wembley, and every good luck to them. No doubt we couldn’t have afforded the new suits anyway.

Still a lot of games to play, even if it is a short season this year. Plenty of league games and one cup competition left, against the modern might of South Shields; must feel like a long way from Peterlee. But from our point of view a County Cup and fourth in the league sounds alright to me, silverware and safely out of trouble at both ends of the table. So there you go boys, crack on.

Dunston UTS 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas McAloon fires in a first half shot.

More photos from the match are here.

Following last week’s agonising FA Vase defeat at home to West Auckland Town, Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to high-flying Dunston UTS.

RCA made two changes to the side that lost last Saturday to West Auckland - Jordan Lavery, making his full RCA debut, replaced the injured Ross McNab at left back, and Thomas McAloon started on the left wing in place of Dominic Moan.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Dunston UTS: Dryden; Marrs; Halliday (c); Stafford; Grant-Soulsby; Capewell; Jack Elliott; Pearson; Fitzpatrick; Heslop; Brooks. Subs: Callum Elliott; Haley; Nellis; Jackson.

Sunderland RCA: Pocklington; Lilley; Lavery; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; Page; O'Neill; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Croft; Tsapalos; Kyle Davis; Moan; Davison.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland 1 (AET)

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 7 January 2019
Saturday, 5 January 2019 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Luke Page in acrobatic action during the first half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA crashed out of the FA Vase fourth round, after a last minute goal in extra time gave West Auckland the win and progression in the tournament.

Both sides battled throughout the 120 minutes of action, but ultimately a Lewis Dodds tap-in was the difference between the Northern League teams.

RCA had chances throughout to take the lead with Michael Charlton having the best opportunity mid-way through the first half hitting the post when one on one, after a clever flick from Nathan O'Neill played him in.

Equally, Scott Pocklinton was called into action a number of times saving well with his feet early on and tipped a looping cross away from goal later in the half. 

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