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Lenny's lines

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

RCA's goal keeping coach Lenny French reports on life at Meadow Park.

First, I would like to thank everybody at the club for their warm welcome.

It’s been a bit of an indifferent start to the season, a couple of defeats followed by a couple of good wins.

One thing that stands out for me is the quality in the depth of the squad of players we have. Every player wants to be here, every player goes out and gives 100% for 90 minutes. Being 4-0 down away from home to a side from a higher league and bringing it back to 6-6 just shows what characters are in the squad.

Saturday saw Ashington visit Meadow Park and also had young Andy step up and make his first start in the sticks as Socks was unavailable.

We went down to ten men early on in the game, but that didn’t stop the desire to win the game and we went on to not just win but to dominate the game, every player from 1 to 17 worked hard for each other, and that is what’s going to bring success to the club.

Lastly, I’m looking forward to getting back and working with Socks and Andy, they seem to have been having it easy these last few weeks.

Enjoy tonight’s game!



Player profile: Clayton Davis

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

1 - Nickname:

Wig, Wiggy, Baldy or anything else associated with a receding hair line.

2 - Position:

Anywhere down the right hand side - or the bench after how I’ve started the season.

3 - Previous clubs:

Washington, Ryhope CW, Hebburn, Jarrow Roofing.

4 - Best moment in football:

Walking out at Meadow Park under lights stood next to Mark Davison - the boy is genius.

5 - Best goal:

Don’t score many, but the one at Dunston wasn’t bad! Someone said the groundsman was last seen on the A1 at Team Valley looking for the pegs.

Gee's craic

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 1 September 2018

RCA's Assistant Manager, Gary Errington, reports on the Clitheroe match.

Wow! They say anything can happen in the FA Cup and they’re not wrong. I’ve never been involved in a game quite like it. We were 4-0 down after 50 minutes and then the fight back began. Not before a good tongue lashing in the dressing room and a few home truths told to the shell-shocked squad. It was a time for leaders and characters to step up as we were getting outworked and outplayed, but the reaction was superb. It was a game with not great deal of quality but a lot of big hearts from the boys.  We ended up with a 6-6 draw against Clitheroe, who were more shell-shocked than us at end of game. It felt like a victory for us.  The management team were so pleased with the reaction and never-say-die attitude. A special mention to the traveling support, who were great, and the singing was superb and we at the club all appreciate it.

The journey home was superb with a great team bonding drinking session which included some great singing from the new lads who just joined the club. There is always a downside of these trips and this was who had to sit next to Swaz on the way home and go through his holiday pictures again. Luckily it wasn’t me. 

Keep up with the Larks

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 18 August 2018

RCA's forward and coach, Colin Larkin, reports on the build up to the visit of Dunston UTS.

I'd like to start with last Saturday's excellent Emirates FA Cup performance against our neighbours Ryhope Colliery Welfare. For a club like ourselves the financial gain of progressing is big, but to put one over our rivals in the manner we did was bigger. The game was spoilt with injury to Swanna and Stevie Callen's sending off. Both players have been stand out performers this season. On the positive side it was great to see Sparky get his first goals for the club.

With such a big squad we had a friendly for the lads who were short on game time against Easington CW at Nissan. It was also a chance to introduce our new loan signing from Blyth Spartans, Jordan Watson, to the lads. With shirts up for grabs, everyone put in a top performance against a very good Easington side who were full of energy. Clinical finishing from Dom Moan (2), Dimi, Nath O'Neill and Alex Ramshaw and stand out performances by Adzey and JD have given Swaz a major headache for today’s game.

Player profile: Dylan Elliott

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 18 August 2018

1 - Nickname

The Bairn

2 - Position

Centre midfield

3 - Previous clubs

Sunderland AFC, Hartlepool United, Bishop Auckland and Easington Colliery.

4 - Best moment in football

It has to be my five day trip to Paris for a European tournament with Sunderland u12s. It was a great experience.

Travel to Clitheroe

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 14 August 2018

On Saturday, 25 August 2018 at 3:00pm, we play Clitheroe of the in the Evo-Stik West Division in The Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round. If you are interested in joining coach travel organised by the club, please email Colin Wilson at

Clitheroe's ground is:

Pendle Road

Mark's message

Submitted by Mark Cowan on Saturday, 11 August 2018

I’d just like to start by wishing Lenny a speedy recovery from his heart attack last week, not just from me, but from everyone connected with the club. Also a special mention to our Physio Rachel Davison, who did a great a job in looking after Lenny while waiting on the ambulance. I’d also like to thank everyone for welcoming me to the club since taking over Stevie’s role at the beginning of the season. It’s a learning curve for me, but one I’m really enjoying and I've got a great set of lads to work with.

So, we didn’t have the best of starts on Saturday against Newcastle Benfield on the opening day of the new season. After going in at half time 0-0 and having most of the possession, I thought we could go on to win it. They got their goal early in the second half and we didn’t really recover from it and at times we tried to rush the play looking for an equaliser.

We had a good opportunity to put this right on Wednesday when we went up to face newly promoted Whickham and got a great response from the lads. We had to work hard as Whickham tried to stop us from playing, but after taking control of the game and showing our quality, we came away with all three points. Good to see Stevie Callen get two goals and Adzey get on the score sheet - but Pagey is adamant it’s his goal! A well deserved clean sheet to go with a well deserved win.

Jak Ashton leaves for Easington

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 9 August 2018

Good luck and best wishes to Jak Ashton who has joined fellow Northern League side Easington.

Jak signed for RCA in the 2017-18 season from Dunston UTS, having previously been at Queen of the South, in Dumfries, and Gateshead. An intelligent and skillful player, Jak’s position is left back, but he can also play left midfield. A terrific signing for Easington.