Mark Davison scored a brace in the League Cup victory at Crook Town.

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 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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Sunderland RCA 2 Guisborough Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 18 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal Scorers: Sunderland RCA FC: Davison; K Davis. Guisborough Town: OG; Roberts.

Sunderland RCA entertained an improving Guisborough Town in this Ebac Northern League match. The RCA management team made three changes to the side that won 6 – 1 in the Brooks Mileson League Cup at Crook on Wednesday. Ross McNab, John Jury and Craig Hodgson replaced Clayton Davis, Kyle Davis and Dylan Elliott. There was also a place on the bench for Luke Page who returned after a lengthy lay off.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Jury; McNab; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; O'Neill; Davison; Larkin; McAloon. Subs: Elliott; Page;Kyle Davis; Lilley; Kokoska.
Guisborough Town: Nixon, Snook, Ferguson, Bythway, Close, Guru, Roberts, Robinson, Hume, Lawson, Young. Subs: Crust, Marshall, McNeill, Seaton, Webster.

View from the cemetery - November 2018

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Sunday, 18 November 2018

Very good little run out to Garstang the other week I am told, bonny little town, good pubs and beer, very good RCA away support, and a good club enjoying their first ever Vase run. Sounds like a fairly typical RCA performance as well, completely on top in the first half, loads of chances and four goals before the break, game won, then a full scale wobble, followed by settling things late on. Still, can’t complain about 6-2 away. Pity the next round is Shildon, shame for the league to have one of us certainly going out, an inevitable result of the geographical grading system used by the FA. I am not sure that cries of fix are true, but it certainly sways things away from the Northern League. And a bit worrying for us as there is no doubt Shildon are just about our number one bogey side over the past few years. Nearly always problems when we go there, players injured or some such, so let’s hope this time we are full strength or near enough. If we are then there is no need to worry about Shildon, only need to worry what state of mind we will turn up in. If we have our full cup tie fighting head on then Bob’s your uncle. They beat us at Meadow Park earlier this season, but that was more than a bit unlucky; they defended for their lives then hit us on the break. Fair enough, but I don’t think they will be able to play like that at home in a Vase tie, their numerous and vocal fans wouldn’t stand for it, and toe to toe I fancy us strong.

Crook Town 1 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 15 November 2018
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 7:30pm
Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup

Michael Charlton scores RCA's second goal.

More photos from the match are here.

Goal scorers - Crook Town: Husband. Sunderland RCA: Davison (2); Charlton (2); Preston; own goal.

Sunderland RCA travelled to Crook Town this evening for a Second Round tie in the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup.

RCA made three changes to the side that lost narrowly to North Shields on Saturday - Kyle Davis, Dylan Elliott and Thomas McAloon replaced Ross McNab, Dominic Moan and Craig Hodgson, with the evergreen and ever-versatile Colin Larkin slotting in at left-back.

The two sides lined up as follows:

Crook Town: Makepeace; Verity; Webster; Husband; Alex Wilson; Gaston (c); Peel; Hume; Caley; Joe Smith; Johnston. Subs: Hope; James Wilson; Jarvie; Dunwell; Tunstall.

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; Clayton Davis; Larkin; Preston; Swansbury (c); Elliott; Charlton; O'Neill; Kyle Davis; Davison; McAloon. Subs: Hodgson; Kokoska; Jury; Lilley.

Rob returns

Submitted by Simon Mears on Monday, 12 November 2018

Sunderland RCA are pleased to announce that Rob Jones will be taking over as Club Secretary with immediate effect.

Rob is, of course, familiar to many at Meadow Park having already been RCA's Club Secretary before leaving to join Darlington FC. In fact, this is his third stint as secretary at the club and, of course, he is massively experienced in football administration.

Welcome back, Rob.

North Shields 2 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Simon Mears on Sunday, 11 November 2018
Saturday, 10 November 2018 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Recent signing Thomas McAloon on the attack during the second half of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

For North Shields' match report please click here.

Goal scorers - North Shields: Johnston (2). Sunderland RCA: Davison.

Following the excellent victories against Sunderland AFC in the Durham County Challenge Cup and at Garstang in the Buildbase FA Vase last Saturday, Sunderland RCA returned to Northern League action this afternoon with a trip to North Shields.

RCA made two changes to the side which won at Garstang last Saturday - Clayton Davis replaced John Jury at right back, and Michael Charlton returned to the side in place of the injured Luke Page, with Nathan O'Neill slotting into central midfield.

The two sides lined up as follows:

North Shields: Purvis; Donnison; Spooner; Forster; Coppen; Hughes (c); Taylor; Ormston; Johnston; Carr; Robinson. Subs: McGeoch; McManus; McNamara; McRoberts; Hayhurst.

Sunderland RCA: Tsapalos; McNab; Clayton Davis; Preston; Swansbury (c); Hodgson; Charlton; O'Neill; Davison; Moan; Larkin. Subs: Kyle Davis; Lilley; McAloon; Armstrong; Kokoska.

Garstang 2 Sunderland RCA 6

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Monday, 5 November 2018
Saturday, 3 November 2018 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Garstang FC's match report is here.

A lovely little town in rural Lancashire for Sunderland RCA to visit, and a super sports set up right at the head of the High Street, with football, rugby, cricket, bowls and tennis all available to the sports minded of Garstang. The football pitch looked in very good condition although was bound to be a bit slippy with the light rain that was falling on and off, the clubhouse was packed with locals as well as the excellent and noisy RCA following, and all looked set for a classic Vase tie, with RCA clearly favourites but Garstang, enjoying their first ever Vase campaign, well up for keeping their run going. Couldn’t wait!

Garstang FC: Kitchen, Birch, Nagy, O’Connor, Swindlehurst, Sailor, Graham, Entwistle (captain), R. Coar, Hothersall, McKenna. Subs Ross, Barrett

Sunderland RCA: Tsapolos, Jury, McNab, Preston, Swansbury (captain), Hodgson, Moan, Page, Davison, O’Neill, Larkin. Subs Armstrong, Ramshaw, Lilley, K. Davis, C. Davis

Around 200 people were in attendance as the game kicked off in a light drizzle that was to come and go throughout the game. RCA quickly settled into a smooth rhythm, keeping the ball well and moving it around, but without causing too much in the way of problems for the Garstang defence, despite winning a few corners. That changed after 19 minutes as the game burst into life. A Luke Page shot from around 15 yards took a wicked deflection and the Garstang keeper was left completely wrong footed as the ball ballooned into the net. Two minutes later and the advantage was doubled. It had been fairly obvious from the off that the RCA attack had a real advantage in the air and so it proved as a ball into the box was won, and although the keeper did well to parry the effort he could only knock the ball into the path of a diving Nathan O’Neill, who wasn’t likely to miss from around one yard. To their credit the Garstang heads didn’t drop, but playing into the wind and rain and against a dominant RCA midfield they were finding it hard to cross the half way line.

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