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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.

Sunderland RCA 2 Sunderland AFC U23s 4

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Nathan O’Neill

Nathan O'Neill - scorer of RCA's late penalty - fires in an acrobatic first half shot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Please click here for Connor Lamb’s match report.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Sunderland AFC under 23s to Meadow Park for what promised to be a contest as keenly fought as last season's pre-season friendly.

After a fairly even first half hour, where RCA created a couple of good openings through Page and Callen, the match burst into life in the 37th minute when Benji Kimpioka scored a terrific six-minute hat-trick to give SAFC a three-nil half-time lead.

The visitors added a fourth in the second half, before RCA responded well to score two goals in the final five minutes, with Reece McEwan slotting home from inside the penalty area, and Nathan O'Neill scoring from the penalty spot.

Thanks very much to all involved at Sunderland AFC for making the match possible.

Thank you, Simon

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Simon Mears

The 2017-18 season marked the end of an off-the-field era for Sunderland RCA: super supporter Simon Mears has hung up his camera and put away his reporter's notebook, bringing to an end a period when we have enjoyed extremely well written match reports, praised for their objectivity and analysis by the opposition, and super match action photos. Simon also contributed news items and maintained the fixtures list on the club website. Thanks very much, also, to Simon for his Twitter and Facebook work, carried out with diligence and professionalism. All in all, a tremendous amount of high quality work for the club.

From next season, Simon will be ground hopping, but I'm sure we will see a lot of him when and where RCA are playing.

Lucky 7

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 12 July 2018

You might not know but Sunderland RCA run a very exciting football predictions competition through the season, the Lucky 7, which simply requires you to predict the results of 7 Premier league games to win an excellent cash prize of at least £150.00 each week, for a stake of £1.00 a line with rollovers reaching several hundred. It's done by email so if you would like to enter or learn more send email Colin Wilson at for more details and to get on board.

You have to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 7 July: first pre-season look out

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Alex Ramshaw

New signing Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from Seaham Red Star, in action on the wing in the first half of the friendly with Northumbria Police.

Dylan Elliott opened the scoring in last Saturday's 8 - 0 win over Northumbria Police at Nissan, converting a cross from Mark Davison on 15 minutes. Clayton Davis was the provider for Sparky to score two minutes later. In the second half, RCA ran riot. Jonathan Davis's goal five minutes after the restart was followed by four from the unstoppable Luke Page with Jak Ashton scoring with the last kick of the game.

2018-19 Northern League fixtures

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 22 June 2018

The Northern League has published its 2018-19 fixtures. We kick off the season at home to Newcastle Benfield, which should be a cracker, followed by a visit to the Glebe Sports Ground for an evening match against newly promoted Whickham.

Please click here for a complete list of our league fixtures. Some evening matches may be 7:45 kick offs. I'll look to update the times if they are. So far, all our evening kick off times are 7:30pm.

The Awards

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sunderland RCA's end of season Awards Evening was held on Saturday, 9 June at the Grosvenor Casino - in Sunderland city centre. After such a terrific season it felt that every player deserved an award. And, thanks to tremendous efforts from the management team and Mark Cowan and Carl Morris in particular, it was a bumper night. Thanks everyone who came and thanks to our many sponsors for your support during the year and on the night. It makes the difference. Thanks, too, to Gordon Armstrong - a great RCA supporter - for presenting the awards. The night, though, was principally about the players. Well done to them all.

Margaret Swales, Greg Swansbury and Gordon Armstrong.Mrs Margaret Swales, Greg Swansbury and Gordon Armstrong. Greg was joint winner of the Management Player of the Season award, sponsored by Kitchen Magic.

Mark returns and welcome Alex

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 9 June 2018

Mark Davison and Sunderland RCA manager Martin Swales

Terrific news for RCA fans: we welcome strikers Mark Davison and Alex Ramshaw to Meadow Park.

Mark returns to the club for the third time, having played for Spennymoor, Washington and Morpeth Town. Always popular, always in the goals, it's great to have Mark - and his family - back with the club.

Alex Ramshaw

Also adding to the excitement as we build for the new season is Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from neighbours Seaham Red Star.

Our Swaz named Manager of the Season

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 20 May 2018
Martin Swales

Our manager, Martin Swales, has been named Non League Manager of the Season by Mark Carruthers in the Sunday Sun.

Congratulations Martin. It’s the icing on the cake of a fantastic season.

Mark Carruthers comments that RCA “have finished above some big-name clubs and it has been down to Swales’ ability to get the most out of his players and their willingness to do everything their manager asks of them.”

Mark also mentioned the outstanding season from Dylan Elliot in the Young Plsyer of the Year category.