Craig Hodgson in action during the home win over Thornaby.

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. 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 accompanied children is free.

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View from the Cemetery January 2020 - 1

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Sunday, 12 January 2020

Well, a win or two to celebrate is good, yes? A very nice feeling. And good wins at that, against good opposition. All credit to the lads and the management team, a bit of a tweak to the system and a consistent selection, and hey presto! Things can and have got radically better.

There is no doubt however that the win over at North Shields last week was the one to make people sit up and take notice. Result or no result, North Shields are a big strong, committed and capable team, on a real good run of form and they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, no question. But it didn’t help them much as we controlled their attacks in the first half when they had all the benefit of the conditions, and when the weather situation was reversed after half time we came on very, very strong.

Sunderland RCA 4 Thornaby 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 12 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Thomas Best scores RCA's third goal of the match.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Thornaby to a very blustery Sunderland LGV Park for this EBAC Northern League Div. 1 match.

Thornaby have had an indifferent season with some good performances where results have gone against them including our meeting earlier in the season. They did, however, have a very good FA Cup run early in the season.

The RCA ground staff worked wonders to get the pitch ready for today’s match and it was a relief when the referee pronounced the match was on despite the high winds which would undoubtedly spoil what promised to be a competitive match.

After three matches with an unchanged team the management team was forced to make changes with Preston and McNab injured in Wednesday’s match and O’Neill pulling up during the warm-up so into the starting eleven came C Davis, Hodgson and Hennis.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, C Davis, Hodgson, Allen, Swansbury ©, Best, Hennis, Lawson, Davison, K Davis, Elliott. Subs: Leonard, Ezard, Slack, Moan, Dorward.

Thornaby:  Dawson, Johnson, Howes, Green, Guru, Posthill, Scaife-Wheatley ©, Rowe, Preston, Ward, Cooke. Subs: Bailey, Jackson, Chapman, Drummond, Foley.

Sunderland RCA 5 Ashington AFC 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 9 January 2020
Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

Mark Davison's sublime free-kick flies into the net.

More photos from the match are here.

Connor Lamb's match report is here.

'A Life of Pie', the Northern League Blog is here.

At the third time of asking, the previous two called off due to bad weather, Sunderland RCA welcomed Ashington to Sunderland LGV Park for this Ebac Northern Legue Div. I fixture.

RCA were unbeaten in their last four matches while Ashington had won only one of their last four. However matches between these two sides have always been very competitive so an entertaining night was in prospect.

With no new injury worries the RCA management team were able to name an unchanged side for the third game in a row.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson. Subs: C Davis, Ezard, Leonard, Hennis, Moan.

Ashington: McHugh, Gibson, Gaffney, Edwards, Coppen, Bramley, Luke, Ross, Johnston, Brannen, Slater. Subs: Robson, Williamson, Kalthubber, Biwer, Scott.

North Shields 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 January 2020
Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Dylan Elliott scored RCA's third goal with a terrific strike.

For more photos from the match please click here.

Sunderland RCA travelled up the A19 to North Shields’ Daren Perssen Stadium for the first match of 2020. Having won their last two matches and with players returning to full fitness the New Year looks full of promise.

However their opponents, North Shields, have only lost once in the last 14 matches and that was by an in form Shildon team.

The RCA management team decided to stick with the same starting line-up that was successful in last weekend’s derby victory.

The teams lined up as follows:

North Shields: Purvis, Cassidy, McDonald, Ormston, New, Buchanan, Robinson, C Patton, McCarthy, Carr ©, K Patton. Subs: Campbell, Smith, Christensen, Hall, Williams.

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson Subs: C Davis, Ezard, Leonard, Hennis, Moan.

Sunderland RCA 4 Ryhope CW 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 29 December 2019
Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

Goal scorer Mark Davison on the attack during the second half of the match.

More photos from the match are here.

Sunderland RCA welcomed local rivals Ryhope CW to Sunderland LGV Park for the last match of 2019 for yet another Ryhope Derby, the fifth this season.

Injuries continue to blight RCA with the latest news that Stephen Callen is likely to miss the remainder if the season with ankle ligaments damage.

The RCA management team made a tactical change for this match in an effort to win the mid-field battle which, in previous encounters between the two teams, had been largely dominated by Hotchkiss and Co. Sacrificing two wide players for a more compact central midfield playing a 4-3-1-2 formation.

There were number of changes from the last match played against Northallerton Town with Dorward, Lilley, Hennis, Ramshaw, Callen and Leonard replaced by Allen, Swansbury, Elliott, Davison, K Davis and making his debut for RCA Tom Best on Work Experience from Hull City.

The teams lined up as follows:

SRCA:  Dean, Allen, McNab, Preston, Swansbury ©, Best, Elliott, O’Neill, Davison, K Davis Lawson Subs: Lilley, Ezard, Leonard, Dorward, Moan.

Ryhope CW: Winter, Braithwaite, Walker, Riding ©, Lay, Trewick, Weirs, Hotchkiss, Rae, Bird, Judson, Subs: Harkess, Wallace, Vincent, Ellis, Jones.

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