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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.

Richie Jordan

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 5 August 2019

All at Sunderland RCA are devastated to hear of the tragic death of our old team mate Richie Jordan. Taken far too soon, but will always be remembered as a great lad, good friend and footballer. Our thoughts are with his family.

Always playing with a smile and great heart, Richie had two spells with RCA, the last in the 2014-15 season, when he signed from Crook Town. He also played for Ryhope CW and in the Sunderland Sunday League with RCA The Barnes.

Latest to Sign

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 23 June 2019

The following players have re-registered for the 2019-20 season:

Greg Swansbury, Dylan Elliott, Mark Davison, Nathan O'Neill, Craig Hodgson, Michael Charlton, Stephen Callen and Aaron Croft.

We also welcome new signings Robbie Dean and Kieron Ezard.

There will be more to follow in the next week or so. 

Transfer News

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 24 May 2019

Robert Dean - playing here for Marske United - saves a shot from RCA's Dylan Elliott during a match at Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

Sunderland RCA are pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Robert Dean from Marske United. After winning three Northern League titles and the FA Vase, the ex-Spennymoor Town and Marske United keeper is a huge signing for the club. Rob will be joined at the club by young keeper Kieron Ezard, who is keen to prove himself in the Northern League working with Robert as well as goalkeeping coach James ‘Lenny’ French.

New kits for 2019-20 season revealed

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 13 May 2019

Our new 2019-20 kits can now be revealed, with something special added to each. For the home kit (below), we are supporting The Bradley Lowery Foundation, with the logo displayed on the right arm of the shirt.

For the away kit (below), we are supporting the If U Care Share Foundation, which is raising awareness in dealing with the prevention and intervention of suicide. Both fantastic causes, which we are honoured to be associated with.

Thanks to Farrellys Sports for the fantastic kit designs.

Many thanks also to Mohsen Hussein of Pizza Uno and Joe Olabode of PCI Services for their generous, ongoing support of RCA as main home and away shirt sponsors. 

Captain signs up for next season

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 9 May 2019

Greg Swansbury in action against South Shields during last season's Durham County Challenge Cup match.

Great news with captain Greg Swansbury tonight signing a contract with Sunderland RCA.

Greg has had some good offers since the end of season, but has committed his future with his home town club.

Manager Martin Swales had this to say: “Signing Greg is a great achievement for the club and is a statement of our intent for the coming season. Greg’s performances over the past few seasons have been nothing short of incredible and he’s a real leader on and off the pitch. I’ve always maintained that Greg and Ross Preston are the best centre backs in the league, and with teams from higher up in the pyramid chasing Greg, it just shows how highly he’s rated. A great lad, great player and a real leader.”