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Swaz's thoughts

Submitted by Martin Swales on Saturday, 4 August 2018

Welcome back to Meadow Park everyone for the start of 2018/19 season.

I’d just like to start by thanking everyone for last season - players, management team, committee, fans and sponsors - for all your support and commitment last season.

Finishing fourth was a huge achievement for us, a small club with limited resources, and it’s testament to everyone involved with the club. As people often say we are punching above our weight in this league. What we have is a team of hard working and dedicated committee, a fantastic group of players, a great management team and a superb set of fans which makes the club what it is today.

On the playing side we’ve managed to keep all the lads who we had last season and also added a few great additions. Mark ‘Sparky’ Davison is a top, top player who has joined us from Morpeth and needs no introduction to RCA. We’ve also signed Alex Ramshaw from Seaham, who’s a player we’ve all been impressed with pre-season. As we like to have a core of local lads at the club we’ve also signed some young exciting talent in Dom Moan, Sam Lilley, Sam Robinson and young Spanish keeper Andy Kokoska.

Flashback: Goals from 2017/18

Submitted by Ryan Prentice on Friday, 3 August 2018

With the new season starting this weekend we thought we'd share all of the goals you may have missed towards the back end of last season.

Please let us know which goal you thought was the best and your predictions for the season ahead.

New goalkeeping coach

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Wednesday, 1 August 2018

James - Lenny - French has joined RCA as a goalkeeping coach. Carl Morris will continue with us, but because of family commitments - his daughter has started playing football - he cannot make every Saturday.

Lenny played Northern League football for most his career and worked with Martin Swales at Ryhope CW and Bishop Auckland. He's a great addition to our team.

Lenny started playing for Greatham in the Wearside League many moons ago. They then merged into Hartlepool Town and eventually made it into the Northern League Division 2, only to fold shortly afterwards due to financial problems. From there Lenny went to Chester-le-Street, the club he played for the longest. He then stopped playing - for all of three months. He returned to the game to play for Esh Winning when they we were promoted to the Northern League Division 1. Lenny then signed for Washington and subsequently for Ryton, gaining promotion to Division 1 with both clubs. After leaving Ryton he signed for Ryhope CW and moved into coaching. Lenny then followed Martin Swales to Bishop Auckland, finishing there last season.

Football on a bowling green

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Ross McNab

Ross McNab in first half action for RCA.

Please click here for more photos from the match. Thanks very much to Simon Mears for the photos from tonight.

After another sweltering day more suited to Perth in Australia than Perth Green in South Tyneside, RCA took the short trip to Northern League Division 2 side Jarrow for their sixth pre-season game. We had played Jarrow in a friendly before last season and they gave us a good game. That was the club's first season in the Northern League where they finished 12th. I expected a proper game which would give some indication of what we might expect this season.

Sunderland RCA 4 Billingham Synthonia 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Saturday, 21 July 2018

Dominic Moan evades a challenge during a second half attack.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Following hot on the heels of Thursday’s win at AFC Killingworth, Sunderland RCA went into this afternoon's home friendly match with Billingham Synthonia looking for a fourth victory in five pre-season matches played.

A summer evening in Killingworth

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 20 July 2018
Sam Robinson

New signing Sam Robinson turns with the ball during a first half attack by RCA in Thursday evening's pre season game at AFC Killingworth.

After having me tea at Bob and Thelma's, I made my way to Amberley Playing Fields for the pre season friendly against AFC Killingworth, who had kindly agreed to reverse the original fixture. The home club,  the product of a recent merger between Killingworth YPC and Killingworth Town, have had a great start to their pre season, beating fellow North Tyneside club Cullercoats 8 - 1.

Season tickets on sale this Saturday

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Wednesday, 18 July 2018
RCA spectators - photograph by Simon Mears

Season tickets will be available for purchase this Saturday, 21 July at the home game friendly with Billingham Synthonia, which kicks off at 3pm.

Fantastic value for money, season tickets are £70 and £50 concessions, unchanged from last season, but please note that, because of changes in FA rules, these no longer include FA Cup and FA Vase games.

Fixture updates

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 17 July 2018

There are a couple of late fixture updates for our pre-season.

The fixture with AFC Killingworth is now reversed and will be played away, with a 7:00pm kick off:

Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 7:00pm
AFC Killingworth v Sunderland RCA
Amberley Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 6SE

On Saturday, 21 July we play Billingham Synthonia at Meadow Park with a 3:00pm kick off.

Summer in Stanley

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Monday, 16 July 2018
Luke Richardson on the ball

Luke Richardson weighs up his options as Mark Davison overlaps in the second half of the match.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

In weather as absurd for football as it was for Stanley, RCA took on Esh Winning in their third pre-season friendly, on the 4G playing surface at North Durham Academy. Foreign holidays, the Durham Miners Gala, England and Belgium vying for third place in the World Cup and an emergency hospital admission meant RCA's squad and coaching presence were thin. So: fair play to those who turned out for a match that lacked the glamour of last Thursday, but was nonetheless an important step to match readiness for the season kick off on Saturday, 4 August at home to Newcastle Benfield. It also extended new Assistant Manager Mark Cowan's 100% record! For Saturday's match Mark was assisted by Peter Elliott.