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The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Saturday, 31 July 2021

The first of a regular report from our manager Steve Riley on how he sees things in the life of RCA.

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

Firstly I would like to start by welcoming our opponents and neighbours Ryhope CW to Sunderland LGV Park. I have fond memories of my time with the CW with Swaz. I’m sure as fans you will be looking forward to the game, and it doesn’t get much harder than starting the season with a derby game.

These are my first programme notes of the season, and my first since being appointed as manager of the club.

The club has had to make quite a few changes over the close season due to martin’s resignation and a host of players leaving the clubprior to my appointment, meaning we have had to have a major rebuild of the playing squad. Myself and my two assistants, Leon and Dan, have worked tirelessly over the last two months to get a side together that we think will compete well in the league.

Obviously, when bringing so many players into a team it takes time for them to settle in, get used to different training methods and formations, as well as gelling as a team., but to the players credit they came into pre season training and have worked extremely hard to hopefully be ready in time for the start of the season.

Sadly COVID has played a part in our training, meaning we had to cancel a couple of training sessions, and also games, which unfortunately has meant. that we may be a little behind where I would want us to be at this stage. I am sure however that the determination and willingness to do well for the club will help us through the early stages of the season and allow us to improve as a group.

Summer Work at Sunderland LGV Park

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 2 July 2021

Thanks to gaining some excellent grant aid this summer, from the FA, Football Foundation and Sunderland City Council, plus support from fans and friends of the club, Sunderland RCA have been able to progress a number of important projects at our Sunderland LGV Park ground over the past few months, with a total cost of £31,000.

Many, many thanks to our benefactors, which as well as the organisations named above and many of our regular friends and supporters, have included former City Councillor Paula Hunt, Orange Box Self Storage Ltd, Ken Stenger at Longden, Walker and Renney solicitors, Kitchen Magic, and a number of others.

The work completed has included our main stand, named after the man who built it, the always remembered Ray Baines, being shot blasted and repainted. This work was long overdue and as a result the stand is now looking good and, more importantly, is safe and secure for a good few more years. And has a lot fewer holes to let the rain in!

Durham Corinthians v Sunderland RCA

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Important Information:

The above friendly will be played at New Ferens Park, Durham, DH1 1GG.

While there is plenty of free parking all around the stadium it should be noted that the car park next to the ground is a PAY CAR PARK owned by a private company. There is access to the ground from 2pm, but please don’t arrive any earlier as access will not be permitted.

All spectators will be required to leave contact details for NHS Track and Trace when entering the ground. Please use the NHS Covid App to assist the staff at the gate.

We look forward to seeing you at New Ferens Park for our first match under the new management team of Steve Riley, Dan Madden and Leon Carling. Exciting times ahead.

Competition Winners

Submitted by Rob Jones on Friday, 28 May 2021

The winners of the MyClub Outlet competition each receiving a voucher for £50 are listed below: 

Terry Docherty

Mark Padden

Paul Best

Les Dodd

Dave Hill

Sean Butler

George McKitterick

Keith Stoker

Neil McNab

Paul Bell.

Happy shopping as the club receives 50% of any money spent on the MyClub Outlet.

Thank you to all who took part in the competition.

Martin Swales resigns

Submitted by Rob Jones on Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Sunderland RCA FC reluctantly have to announce that Martin Swales has tendered his resignation as manager after seven excellent years of service.

Much increased work and personal demands mean Martin has decided to stand down. We are very sorry to lose him.

The club wants to put on record our thanks and great appreciation for his unstinting efforts in maintaining RCA as a well respected and competitive members of the EBAC Northern League First Division, as well as leading the club on a number of memorable FA Cup and FA Vase runs.

As well as his football work he has been an assiduous fund raiser, and involved in all parts of the club's progress over the years, we are greatly indebted to him. 

RCA wish Martin and his family all the best for the future, and hope to see him often at Sunderland LGV Park.

We will immediately begin the search for a new manager for Sunderland RCA FC.