Season highlight: Luke Page scores for RCA during the terrific FA Vase Third Round victory against Shildon at Dean Street on 1 December 2018.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Sunderland LGV 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 in Ryhope. 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 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. Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for accompanied children is free.

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Reports and information from previous seasons are here.

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

New kits for 2019-20 season revealed

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 13 May 2019

Our new 2019-20 kits can now be revealed, with something special added to each. For the home kit (below), we are supporting The Bradley Lowery Foundation, with the logo displayed on the right arm of the shirt.

For the away kit (below), we are supporting the If U Care Share Foundation, which is raising awareness in dealing with the prevention and intervention of suicide. Both fantastic causes, which we are honoured to be associated with.

Thanks to Farrellys Sports for the fantastic kit designs.

Many thanks also to Mohsen Hussein of Pizza Uno and Joe Olabode of PCI Services for their generous, ongoing support of RCA as main home and away shirt sponsors. 

Captain signs up for next season

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 9 May 2019

Greg Swansbury in action against South Shields during last season's Durham County Challenge Cup match.

Great news with captain Greg Swansbury tonight signing a contract with Sunderland RCA.

Greg has had some good offers since the end of season, but has committed his future with his home town club.

Manager Martin Swales had this to say: “Signing Greg is a great achievement for the club and is a statement of our intent for the coming season. Greg’s performances over the past few seasons have been nothing short of incredible and he’s a real leader on and off the pitch. I’ve always maintained that Greg and Ross Preston are the best centre backs in the league, and with teams from higher up in the pyramid chasing Greg, it just shows how highly he’s rated. A great lad, great player and a real leader.”

2019-20 Sponsorship Packages

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 6 May 2019

We have some exciting sponsorship packages available for the 2019-20 season:

  • Player Sponsorship
  • Pitch Advertising
  • Matchday Sponsorship

With many more packages available on request.

We will also be launching our fully bespoke Home and Away kits in the next week, with sponsorship packages available for these as well. If you would like any further information, please email us at sunderlandrca@gmail.com or you can send us a message through Facebook.

Fans' Player Of The Season result

Submitted by Simon Mears on Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The poll for Fans' Player Of The Season has now closed and the result is in!

To view the final vote please click here.

A reminder that the Presentation Night is on Saturday, 4 May, 7pm start, and will be held at The Penshaw Suite, Nissan Sports Complex, Washington Road, SR5 3NS.

Entry is £5 - payable on the door - and includes food and live music, as well as the presentations.

All welcome.

New ground sponsor

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 15 April 2019

Thanks to the continuing and generous sponsorship of local businessman Dave Crouch, of Sunderland LGV Driver Training, from next season Meadow Park will be renamed as:

Sunderland LGV Park

Dave is pictured above with manager Martin Swales shaking hands on the deal.

Sunderland RCA 6 Penrith 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 14 April 2019
Saturday, 13 April 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's second goal from the penalty spot.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA entertained bottom club Penrith in this, the last match of the season. Penrith have had a bit of a torrid season but seemed to have turned the corner in the last few months culminating in reaching the Cumberland  Cup final on the 30th April.

The RCA management team were forced into making two changes with both Larkin and K Davis suffering injuries in Tuesday night’s victory against Seaham Red Star. Charlton and Moan replaced the injured pair in the starting line up.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Patterson, Lilley, Lavery, Preston, Swansbury (c), Elliott,  Charlton, Page, O’Neill, Moan, McAloon. Subs: Elliott, McAloon, Kyle Davis, Moan, Lilley.

Penrith: Forrester, Hebson, Paul, Law, Eleftheriadis, Johnson, J Brown, Moynan, M Brown, Lee,  Holliday. Subs: Shields, Hayton.

View from the cemetery - April 2019 - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Saturday, 13 April 2019

All done and dusted by five tonight, and you can all enjoy a few months of summer, while the groundstaff of Graham, Dave and George graft on the pitch. No doubt it will look a picture come August. They love it really, and where would we be without them? They can be a bit grumpy at times, but they are priceless. Anyway, been a cracking season, with a lot of ups and a few downs, so for this final View of 2018/19 I thought I would give you the benefit of my review of the highlights and lowlights of the year.

Best games for me? Well, the trips in the FA Cup and Vase to Clitheroe and Garstang will not be forgotten in a while, great fun and plenty of goals, not to mention a decent pub or two, and that last five minutes down at Clitheroe was something else. And the win in the mist at Shildon, which has been a long time coming, or so it seems it to me. It was fantastic to finally break our Shildon hoodoo with good wins in both the Vase and League, and both away as well. We continued our habit of often being better away from home than at Meadow Park, or it seemed that way to me. Just one of those things I think, but it is striking how often it has been the case over the past few years, and this season was no exception. Good wins as well against Consett, Bishops and Hebburn, with that first twenty minutes against Hebburn at Meadow Park maybe the best we played all year. All three clubs have had great seasons, which makes the wins special, and of course there was  the memorable win over Sunderland AFC in the County Cup, which always looks good on the CV. 

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