Callum Guy in action against West Auckland Town.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Sunderland LGV Park, Ryhope in the Ebac Northern League Division 1

We are pleased to announce that, despite the cost of living crisis, the price of admission at our home games for the 2022-23 season will remain the same as last season.

At Sunderland RCA we believe we offer the best value for money in the Ebac Northern League Division 1. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £6.00 Adults and £4.00 for Concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance.

Season tickets prices for the 2022-23 season are £75 for Adults and £50 for Concessions. Note: Season tickets do not include any cup matches.

Sunderland RCA is a family friendly club: new fans and spectators are always welcome and entry for children accompanied by a responsible adult is free (except in FA competition matches) 

We are always looking for volunteers to help with match day preparations anyone who can give up a few hours during the week would be most welcome. There is always something that needs doing and a cup of tea from Defty's Diner awaits those who give up their free time. Anyone interested contact Secretary Rob Jones. 07932951842

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View from the Cemetery - August - 2

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Marks so far? Before Saturday I’m guessing about 5/6 out of 10, but after Saturday's game? Got to be 8/9. Great show, completely deserved win which could easily have been even more decisive than it was, which was pretty decisive anyway. Thought we were really good from front to back, solid defending and three excellent goals. And a word for the manager and his assistants: the organisation and commitment was plain for all to see. The lads have set themselves a standard early on, and to be fair, not just with the Hebburn victory. The results of Carlisle City and to a lesser degree West Allotment over the past week have shown our two draws, particularly over in Cumbria, in a brighter light than maybe some of us thought at first glance. (PS Tuesday night saw a last minute winner for West Auckland settle a very tight game, disappointing but no great disaster.)

Very early days of course, no point in getting carried away, but I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one with a spring in my step heading away from Sunderland LGV Park on Saturday afternoon. Good stuff!

In the League I think most of us might well have guessed that Ashington and Newton Aycliffe would be part of the group of clubs with six points from the first two games, but not many would have expected the Bishops, Guisborough and Whickham to be the other three, although Bishops certainly look like they are making an effort this season. No point judging until after maybe ten game in any event, but everybody does ...

The next round of the Cup sees us visiting Whickham after they disposed of Frickley, who we met last season. Always a tricky trip up to the Lang Jacks, a pretty unique pitch, usually blowing a gale, and a right battle. Sounds great.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Auckland Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Tuesday, 9 August 2022 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Callum Patton shields the ball from former RCA defender Danni Lay.

More photos from the match are here.

West Auckland Town were welcomed to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern League Division 1 fixture.

As neither team had recorded a win in their previous league matches a competitive match was expected. The performance of RCA on Saturday against a strong Hebburn side meant that confidence was high before the match.

The management team made an unexpected three changes to the starting line-up, with Lawrence, Guy and Charmey replacing Allen, Johnson and Annang-Colquhoun.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Lawrence, Charlton ©, Nelson, Hawkins, Jakab, Patton, Moan, Davison, Guy, Charmey. Subs:  Johnson, Annang-Colquhoun, Richards, Richardson, Ene.

West Auckland Town: Wilkinson, Wade, Hegarty, Potter, Lay ©, Stafford, Jackson, Noble, Heslop, Ellis, Nicholson. Subs: Hindson, Fryatt, Wright, Blinco, Bennett.

Sunderland RCA 3 Hebburn Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 7 August 2022
Saturday, 6 August 2022 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Mark Davison heads home RCA's third goal of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

We welcomed Hebburn Town from the Northern Premier League Division One East to Sunderland LGV Park for this Extra Preliminary FA Cup tie.

This was Hebburn’s first competitive match of the season, with RCA having already had two, so a competitive match was expected. There has always been a healthy but respectful rivalry between the two sides from their encounters in the Northern League.

Marrs and Hawkins returned from holiday and were included in the starting eleven with Moan and Annang-Colquhoun added to the team as the manager made a number of changes.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Nelson, Charlton ©, Allen, Jakab, Hawkins, Moan, Patton, Davison, Johnson, Annang-Colquhoun. Subs: Guy, Richardson, Richards, Charmey, Ene, Kharufa, Lowerson.

Hebburn Town: Newbrook, Groves ©, Waters, Carson, Devitt, Phillips, Spence, Reid, Henderson, Martin, Purewal. Subs: Murray, Archer, Busola-Bada, Rutherford, Moore.

View from the Cemetery - August - 1

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 4 August 2022

Well, that didn’t take long. You sit down, have a cup of tea, watch Wimbledon, and the play-off final of course, and here we are back again for the new season.

Good few changes around the place, few decent players been tempted away by hopes of glory, and a couple of others gone to Bishop Auckland. Only joking, looks like they may well be a force this season, they certainly are trying.

The usual mad summer competition for players all over the Ebac Northern League and elsewhere, but it always settles down. We may have lost a few, and we wish them well, but we have signed a good few as well. Including strengthening our international contingent with a Romanian and a Frenchman. I’ll let you guess which is which by the names. You might be wrong.

More importantly the bulk of last year's team have re-signed, and I thought as a rebuilding exercise last season went better than we could have hoped, so I think that is a good thing. A mix of youth and experience, got to be the way to go. Could be an exciting year.


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