Mark Davison

Mark Davison in action in the FA Cup tie replay at Ryhope Recreation Ground.

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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Sunderland RCA 1 Whickham 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 August 2019
Saturday, 17 August 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1


RCA’s management team were forced to make one change to the team who played in the mid-week FA Cup win over Ryhope CW with Sam Lilley coming in for the injured Ross Preston. They also had new on-loan signing Ryan Leonard on the bench.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Lilley, Swansbury ©, Hodgson, C Davis, Elliott, Davison, O’Neill, Callen. Subs: Charlton, Croft, Dorward, Leonard, Moan.

Whickham: Bartlett, Howard, Kay, Little, Galbraith, Newton, McAndrew, Burrell ©, Bulford, Pattison, Thear. Subs: Finnigan, Cowburn, Grieve, Gibbon, Robson.

View from the cemetery - August 2019 - 3

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 17 August 2019

Well, that was a week and a half wasn’t it? Great, but sad day last Saturday, and a fantastic turn out by the people of Ryhope and the friends, the many friends, of Richie to support his family in their grief. Understandably the game took second place on the day, and it was probably only right that it ended in a draw, it wasn’t a day for winners and losers. The replay took a while to catch light, and was another very tight affair, with RCA probably the better side for the first seventy minutes and the CW coming on strong at the end, and the last few minutes not for the faint hearted. I’m pleased RCA won, but you had to feel for the CW, who continue their steady improvement of the past couple of seasons and will feel they should have won it with that penalty. And we only have to do it a minimum of another three times this season. Can we stand the pressure? Only a fortnight since the start and it feels like a lifetime already.

Sunderland Ryhope CW 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 7:30pm
The Emirates FA Cup
Stephen Callen celebrates after scoring RCA's winning goal.

Stephen Callen celebrates after scoring RCA's winning goal.

Please click here for match photos by Simon Mears.

After the emotionally charged match on Saturday there was a different feel about the replay as both teams realised that there had to be a result here tonight, bragging rights apart there was the matter of progressing in the FA Cup competition. RCA’s management team made one change to the line up with Mark Davison returning to replace Michael Charlton, they also made a change to their formation.

The opening minutes of the game were very tentative as both teams tried to settle into there respective game plans. The visitors were the first to have a chance as Callen latched onto a ball from Hodgson, dribbled past two defenders before   stabbing the ball towards goal where Winter managed to get a hand to it and the ball was eventually scrambled clear for a corner. Davison headed the resulting corner wide of the post. The Welfare responded quickly and a ball from Trewick was picked up by Rae who sent in a low drive which brought a good save from Dean in the RCA goal.

Sunderland RCA 0 Ryhope CW 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 11 August 2019
Saturday, 10 August 2019 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup
Nathan O'Neill

Nathan O'Neill and Karl Jones contest the ball.

Please click here for Simon Mears’ photos from the match.

On an emotional day at Sunderland LGV Park football was always going to take second place as both teams and sets of supporters paid their respects to former player Richie Jordan. The teams mixed together and with the management teams, stood side by side respectfully observing a minute’s silence in his memory.

The RCA management team made three changes to the side that won as Guisborough in mid-week with Clayton Davis, Stephen Callen and Nathan O’Neill replacing Dominic Moan, Kyle Davis and Mark Davison.

New season welcome from Swaz and Mark

Submitted by Martin Swales on Saturday, 10 August 2019

The game today takes on a different meaning after the tragic loss of Richie Jordan, who played for both clubs and there’ are many close connections from both RCA and CW committees, management, players and supporters. A tragic loss and once again, from everyone connected with both clubs, our condolences go out to Richie’s family and friends at this sad time.

We would like to welcome everyone back to the newly named Sunderland LGV Park and thank you for your continued support going into the 2019/20 season. A lot of people have been asking what the plans are for this campaign. In previous seasons the answer might have been “a good Vase run and finish third or fourth.” Now it’s confirmed that there are three promoted, we still want the Vase, a good FA Cup run, silverware in any shape or form, but our main aim is to get the club promoted, not second or third, but to win the league. Admittedly, a big ask, yet something we all want and we all believe it’s achieveable. Our first priority was to keep the players we already have and then build from there. Unfortunately we lost Luke Page to Dunston and Jordan Lavery to Shildon, both big players for us last season and a bit of a blow to our plans.

We had loads of interest for the likes of Swanna, Ross Preston, Dylan, Nath, Callen etc, players who would walk into any team in the league, players we needed to keep if we wanted to be successful and that’s what we’ve done: kept a great squad together and a great set of lads. We value the effort and commitment of everyone of our lads who have performed brilliantly over the past few seasons and with the addition of keeper Robbie Dean and young Kieron Ezard, we are confident we can push on again this season. We’ve also brought in three youngsters in Lewis Green, Max Allan and Henry Dorward, who have really impressed in pre season. We also have a couple of other ‘irons in the fire,’ so watch this space. First and foremost though, we need to keep faith with the lads we have, a fully fit and hungry group of players who deserve some success in what will be a tough season.

So as it stands we’ve had two tough games, a 2-1 home win against North Shields and the same result away from home against Guisborough Town. Two games in which the lads came from behind and battled right to the end and showed the quality we have throughout. A good start and hopefully we can build on that and take into the league game with Ryhope CW next Wednesday. First up though, we welcome our neighbours in the Emirates FA Cup, who, unbelievably, we were drawn against last year in the same round. Always a tough game against our neighbours and I’m sure it will be an entertaining match.

View from the cemetery - August 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 10 August 2019

The season always starts with a rush in August, today is our third game, with two more to come next week, and in total eight by the end of the month. A very early make or break time, particularly with the FA Cup, which carries good rewards nowadays, as well as excitement, publicity and sometimes a decent away trip or two into the strange lands of Yorkshire or Lancashire. And a repeat of last season’s FA Cup derby game today. How unlikely is that? The first of at least four RCA v CW derby matches this season.

A very good start last Saturday against a strong North Shields side despite missing a few lads with holidays etc, but that gave the chance for a couple of good debuts by Max Allen and Henry Dorward, fine footballers names, and promising performances. The North Shields Ultras were out in their usual throng, noisy and giving the officials a hard time, as well as enjoying lively discussions with the locals about the current and new laws; but largely behaved themselves, and certainly did their bit for takings in the clubhouse. They were a good deal quieter as they left mind. Canny lads really.

Guisborough Town 1 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 8 August 2019
Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 7:45pm
Northern League 1


RCA’s first away trip of the season took them to Guisborough Town and for once the traffic was light and everyone arrived pretty much on time.

The management team made two changes to the side that won on Saturday with Dylan Elliott and Mark Davison starting in place of Thomas McAloon and Stephen Callen.

Teams: Guisborough Town: Catterick, Marron, McAvoy, Hawkins, Marshall, Rowbotham (C), Howard, Snaith, Earl, Coleman, Ferguson.  Subs: Graham, Holdsworth, McNeill, Taylor, Robinson.

SRCA: Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury (C), Hodgson, Davis, Moan, Davison, Elliott, Charlton. Subs: McAloon, O’Neill, Dorward, Green, Whitehead.

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