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Presentation Evening

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 15 May 2022

A joint presentation evening took place last night at the Alexandra Texas Steakhouse function room for the First team, the Under 23s Development team and the Under 18s.

Awards were handed out to all the youth team squads with special awards given to Anth Butt and James Hopkinson for the Manager's Player of the season and Tom Surtees and James Hopkinson receiving the Players' Player of the season.

The First team awards were given out as follows:

  • Fans' Player of the season: Simon Jakab
  • Top Goalscorer: Mark Davison
  • Management's Player of the season: Kieran Charlton
  • Committee's Player of the season: Simon Jakab
  • Players' Player of the season: Kieran Charlton.

Special thanks to Mark, Ged and Paul for their assistance in the raffle and bingo. Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners on the night and thank you to the bar staff and DJ who helped the night go smoothly.

To the sponsors of all three teams, a massive thank you for your support during the last two years. It is very much appreciated.

New teams join league

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 12 May 2022

The FA has released the list of teams allocated to Step 5 and 6 for the National League System – our first and second divisions.

Pickering Town FC, who play at the Recreation Club ground in North Yorkshire, will join Division One, with Billingham Town relegated to Division Two.  Penrith has been given a reprieve from relegation.

The promotion of Carlisle City and Heaton Stannington to Division One has been confirmed.

Durham City has been relegated out of the league and the FA has increased the number of clubs in Division Two – which will now run with 22 teams.

(With North Shields and Consett promoted out of the league, the first division will remain at 20 teams.)

The other clubs joining the league are Prudhoe YC FC Seniors, Chester-le-Street United and Boro Rangers from the Northern Alliance, Wearside League and North Riding League respectively.

These decisions are subject to appeal to the FA.

Prudhoe play at Kimberley Park (where Newcastle University also play), Chester-le-Street United play at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street and Boro Rangers will play at New Ferens Park in Durham.

Note: All the above allocations are subject to appeal to the FA.

Easter fixture change

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 7 April 2022

Please note that our Ebac Northern League fixture against West Auckland Town scheduled for Saturday, 16 April 2022 has been brought forward to Friday, 15 April 2022 with a kick off time of 12 Noon.

We look forward to seeing you there for what should be a cracking match.

Riley Report - March 2022

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 4 March 2022

The Riley Report 

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

It been quite a while since our last game and unfortunately we have been on the end of two defeats which were hard to take for different reasons. 

Against Bishop Auckland it was a case of not turning up on the day and being second to everything which as I have said in the past we can’t afford to do, and we got done by that in a game we should have comfortably won.

Benfield was a totally different game, we were the better side for 90% of the game, but just couldn’t find the net. We got beaten by a mistake from our keeper coming for a ball he was never going to get in the last ten minutes and, although of course nobody makes mistakes on purpose, these things are hard to take when we played so well and deserved a point at the very least.

Ebac Northern League Cup Competitions

Submitted by Rob Jones on Monday, 21 February 2022

The League Management Committee has decided to run two separate cup competitions for Division One and Division Two.

Previously the plan was to run the Brooks Mileson League Cup which is for teams in both divisions, along with the Ernest Armstrong Cup which is just for Division Two clubs.

However, the two competitions were suspended before the first round matches due to uncertainty over the pandemic and the weather affecting the league fixture programme.

Riley Report - January 2022

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Good Afternoon

It been a long time since my last report and seems as if we haven’t played for at least a month, and they say a week is long time in football.

Unfortunately last week’s game had to be postponed due to a big outbreak in the squad with Covid including myself and members of coaching staff. We have been quite lucky that in the past it has just been a single individual that has caught it and we have still managed to field a side, but even if we had called up the youth players signed on we would have struggled to get 11 players on the pitch last week.

Thankfully most of our squad will now have had Covid so we are hoping that we have no more disruptions to our season because of it.

Ryhope Derby Match Postponed

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 7 January 2022

Please note that tomorrow’s  (08/01/2022) Ebac Northern League fixture: Ryhope CW v Sunderland RCA has been postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the RCA squad.

We thank both RCW's officials and the League Management Committee for their understanding with regard to this matter and look forward to the rearranged fixture.

Michael Hoganson latest RCA signing

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Sunderland RCA manager Steve Riley is thrilled to finally complete the signing of Michael Hoganson.

The experienced defender was part of the Newcastle United’s youth setup before joining Championship side Derby County. He then went out on loan to Conference side Alfreton Town.

Hoganson moved back to the North East to play for Newcastle Benfield and gained more experience when he joined Spennymoor Town before signing for Steve at Bishop Auckland where he played for four years before joining West Auckland in the 2019-20 season.