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Stephen Callen's 100th game

Submitted by Simon Mears on Saturday, 12 November 2016

Stephen is pictured here with proud parents Jackie and Tony and the 100th game salver prior to the FA Vase match against Stockton Town. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Sunderland RCA striker Stephen Callen has reached 100 games for the club. The milestone came in the Durham County Challenge Cup match at Billingham Synthonia on October 26th 2016. Now in his third season with the club, Stephen is RCA's leading scorer in the current campaign with 9 goals in all competitions - despite missing 7 matches with a hamstring injury. A terrific achievement and here's to the next 100 games.

More new signings this week

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 4 November 2016

RCA have more returning players than pigeons to a pigeon fancier's cree.

Latest addition to the return brigade is goalkeeper Josh Carmichael who we have signed from South Shields. A warm welcome back to Meadow Park Josh. Also signing this week is Mark Robinson who is a promising central midfielder, with Johnnie Davis unable to play for the next three months due to work commitments the manager was keen to sign cover in that area and Mark fits the bill.

Welcome to the club.

FA Vase 2nd Round Draw

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 24 October 2016

The draw for the second round of the FA Vase has given us a home match against Stockton Town of the EBAC Northern League Div II.

The tie will be played on 12th November 2016 at Meadow Park with a 15.00pm kick off.

The draw for Northern League clubs:

1 Newton Aycliffe v Worksop Town

2 Pickering Town v Shildon

6 Billingham Town v Sunderland Ryhope CW

7 Hallam v Morpeth Town

9 Sunderland RCA v Stockton Town

A Life of Pie

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 6 October 2016

Meadow Park was honoured with the presence of the Secret Hopper on Tuesday night for the visit of Bishop Auckland. Not so secret as all that however; he came into the clubhouse to say hello before the game. Anyway his reflections on the match can be found on the Northern League web site, and very fair they are too if you ask me. Be interesting to compare with our secretary’s view of proceedings.

For those who don’t know, the Secret Hopper is the name of the writer, or writers, of the new Northern League blog, which goes under the name of A Life of Pie. Do have a look if you haven’t already, a new edition is up most days, it's well written, admirably objective and very handy for keeping in touch with what's happening round and about the league.

At the same time it is good to know, that the old blog, by our much respected former chairman, continues in a new guise as Grass Routes and it is well worth a look.

From my point of view I think both blogs are very welcome, and maybe it is a bit of a pity that the new regime at the Northern League don’t feel able either to host Mike’s blog, or provide a link to it from the League website. “Let a hundred flowers bloom", as old Chairman Mao said. Mind, he also said “change must come through the barrel of a gun” which is probably more appropriate for meetings of the Northern league.

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