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Aaron Croft profile

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 23 March 2019

1 - Nickname - “Crofty”

2 - Position - Central midfield

3 - Previous Clubs - Seaham Red Star, Jarrow Roofing, Chester-le-Street, Easington, Hebburn and Washington.

4 - Best moment in football - Winning the All England Cup at Ewood Park and scoring a bullet.

5 - Best goal scored - Don’t score many cos I like to give the other lads a chance, but I’d say either my goal at Ewood in the final or playing for Hebburn against Newcastle Benfield, taking on four players and slotting it bottom corner.

6 - Best player you’ve played with and against - Best player played with Ryan Donaldson and best player played against Julio Arca.

7 - Best and worst in training - Would have been Pocks cos he was never there, but worst has to be Swaz when he joins in. Kills which ever team he is on and doesn’t move out of a 10x10 area. Best trainer has to be Swanna! Standard 10/10 winning attitude as he does in a game and puts a shift in.

8 - Best and worst craic - Best crack Ross or Spider - not Pagey! Worst craic definitely Tom Mac, quieter than me and always looks wiped out.

9 - Best and worst dressed - Haven’t had a night out with the lads yet so a tough one. Going off the little knowledge I have, Swaz worst dressed cos he dresses like he is 18 again. Best dressed will probably be me, but we will have to wait for the next night out.

10 - Favourite player at RCA - Swanna, played with him the most out of all the lads at Washington and Plains Farm, could definitely have played at a higher standard and a great lad! Nothing less than 100% in every game, nee wonder the lad’s more grey than Philly Schofield!

Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 23 March 2019

It‘s been a while since we did this, and for obvious reasons, not enough room in the programme to talk about everything. Focusing on the past eight or nine games, has seen us get back to some form. Seven wins out of nine isn’t bad going, considering who we’ve had to play. South Shields were never three goals better than us and we certainly were the better side against Hebburn, just unfortunate we didn’t get anything out of it. For me, injuries have played a crucial part in our season, key players missing a big part of the season, we get one player back and lose another! Saying that, however, the lads who have come in have took their chance and been fantastic, which is testament to the character we have throughout the whole squad. This group of lads, every single one of them, are an absolute pleasure to work with, show great desire, commitment and have a great sense of togetherness, which plays a big part in the club‘s success, and, if it we hadn’t had so many injuries, I have no doubt we would be top three going into today’s game against Newton Aycliffe. We played Newton Aycliffe a few weeks back and the character shown, battling right to the end, proves the lads really are in this together. Same against Whitley Bay and the same against Whickham on Tuesday night.

So what are our aims for the remainder of the season? Simple, we’ve got five games left and we want to win our remaining fixtures, and see where we finish. We did it last season, so there’s reason why we can’t emulate that and try and beat last seasons top four finish. I fully expect Newton Aycliffe to give us another tough game, like they did at their place, but if we stick together, show the same level of commitment, show our quality and desire, I’m sure we can come away with all three points.

Match Highlights: vs Consett (H) 8 March

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Monday, 11 March 2019

Highlights from this week's 4-1 home win against Consett AFC. A brace from Colin Larkin earned him man of the match, while goals from O'Neill and McAloon sealed the win.

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Two evening fixtures

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Details of two fixture updates:

Following the postponement of our away fixture against Newton Aycliffe, the match has been rearranged for Tuesday, 26 February.

Our previously postponed home game against Whickham has been brought forward to Tuesday, 19 March.

Highlights: v South Shields

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 25 January 2019

Here are the match highlights from the 5-2 Durham FA Challenge Cup defeat at home to South Shields on Tuesday, 22 January.

Highlights filmed by Ryan Prentice.

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.

Buildbase FA Vase preview

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 30 December 2018

Captain Greg Swansbury on the attack during RCA's terrific Third Round Vase victory at Shildon.

This Saturday, 5 January, is Sunderland RCA’s biggest match of the season so far, as West Auckland Town visit Meadow Park for a Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round tie - kick-off for this huge game is 3pm.

An intriguing match is in prospect, with West Auckland yet to concede a goal in this season's Vase competition, however, RCA have beaten West twice this season, coming back to win after being a goal down at half-time on both occasions.

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