Stephen Callen scored a terrific goal in the victory over Jarrow Roofing, which, sadly, turned out to be their final visit to Meadow Park.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Meadow Park, Ryhope in the Northern League Division 1. We also play in the Sunderland Sunday League Premier Division.

Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 at Meadow Park. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £6.00 and £4.00 for concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance. Season tickets, which include all official cup games, are £70 and £50 concessions. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.

The Fans Forum is here.

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Reports and information from previous seasons are here.

Grass Routes, former Northern League Chairman Mike Amos's blog, is here.

Please vote for the Fans' Player of the Season

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 15 May 2018

A fantastic football year has come to a close and it's time to vote for your choice for Fans' Player of the Season.

Please click here to register your vote. You will also be asked for your name and email address. After you have submitted your choice an email will be sent to you, within 24 hours, to reply to in order to verify your vote. Please do not expect to receive the email immediately after you have voted. If you do not receive an email asking you to verify your vote please check your spam / junk email folder. Please vote only once.

Please do not vote if you are a Sunderland RCA player, coaching staff or committee member.

Your name and email address will be used to and only to support the integrity of the poll. They will not be retained or passed to a third party. Players will not be told who voted for them. The poll is hosted by Google on a secure server.

The poll closes at 10:00pm on Tuesday, 29 May.

Please contact me via the site's contact form - use the web site comment or query category - if anything goes wrong.

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.

New website for the Northern League

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Ebac Northern League’s new website will be available on the afternoon of Tuesday, 22 May.

The website will be at

The site has a new design and is more accessible for mobile devices. It retains many of the features of the current site, including data from previous seasons. However, a number of new features have been added to the new site for the 2018/19 season:

  • the details of forthcoming fixtures will include a map for the home ground
  • league tables will be automatically updated as the results are posted
  • the results for individual games will include goalscorers, times of goals, significant incidents such as red cards and missed penalties, the referee and the attendance
  • photographs and graphics will also be included in news section
  • the links section to the clubs in the league will include links to each club’s website as well its social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.

The League welcome comments that people have on the new website. These can be sent to:

Presentation Night

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sunderland RCA's presentation night is to be held on Saturday, 9 June, at the Grosvenor Casino - RCA's home shirt sponsor.

The event - which will celebrate a fantastic season for the club, where we equaled our best ever finish in the Northern League Division One - will run between 7 and 11pm and is only £5 per ticket, which includes buffet and a pint.

The awards will be presented by Sunderland AFC legend, Gordon Armstrong.

Everyone welcome.

Grosvenor Casino
6 Lambton Street

Sunderland RCA 4 Jarrow Roofing BCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Friday, 4 May 2018
Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Nathan O'Neill bursts through the Jarrow Roofing defence.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For Connor Lamb's match report please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Callen (2); Elliott; Charlton. Jarrow Roofing: Anderson.

Sunderland RCA went into tonight's match with Jarrow Roofing knowing that a win would guarantee fourth-place and would equal RCA’s best ever Northern League finish.

RCA again made one change to the side that won at Newton Aycliffe last night, with Stephen Callen returning in place of Colin Larkin.

The two sides lined up as follows:

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Callen. Subs: Larkin; Limbo; McGuinness; Noble; Ashton.

Jarrow Roofing; Regan; Varga; Walton; Vipond; Myers; Marshall (c); Gardiner; Petrache; Campbell; Anderson; Palmer.

Newton Aycliffe 0 Sunderland RCA 2

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 3 May 2018
Wednesday, 2 May 2018 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA captain Greg Swansbury sees the ball out of play late in the match, recording a third successive clean sheet.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Goal scorers - RCA: Elliott; Page.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Newton Aycliffe tonight knowing that wins tonight and at home to Jarrow Roofing on Thursday would guarantee a fourth-place finish.

RCA made one change to the side that hammered Bishop Auckland on Monday night, with Colin Larkin replacing Stephen Callen.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Aycliffe: McLaren; Banks; Weldon; Brown (c); Browne; Grant-Soulsby; Jewson; Costello; Stephenson; Trotter; Matthews.

RCA: Pocklington; Armstrong; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; Hodgson; O'Neill; Page; Larkin. Subs: Ashton; Morris; McGuinness; Noble; Limbo.

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