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Thank you, Simon

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 12 July 2018
Simon Mears

The 2017-18 season marked the end of an off-the-field era for Sunderland RCA: super supporter Simon Mears has hung up his camera and put away his reporter's notebook, bringing to an end a period when we have enjoyed extremely well written match reports, praised for their objectivity and analysis by the opposition, and super match action photos. Simon also contributed news items and maintained the fixtures list on the club website. Thanks very much, also, to Simon for his Twitter and Facebook work, carried out with diligence and professionalism. All in all, a tremendous amount of high quality work for the club.

From next season, Simon will be ground hopping, but I'm sure we will see a lot of him when and where RCA are playing.

Lucky 7

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Thursday, 12 July 2018

You might not know but Sunderland RCA run a very exciting football predictions competition through the season, the Lucky 7, which simply requires you to predict the results of 7 Premier league games to win an excellent cash prize of at least £150.00 each week, for a stake of £1.00 a line with rollovers reaching several hundred. It's done by email so if you would like to enter or learn more send email Colin Wilson at for more details and to get on board.

You have to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 7 July: first pre-season look out

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Alex Ramshaw

New signing Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from Seaham Red Star, in action on the wing in the first half of the friendly with Northumbria Police.

Dylan Elliott opened the scoring in last Saturday's 8 - 0 win over Northumbria Police at Nissan, converting a cross from Mark Davison on 15 minutes. Clayton Davis was the provider for Sparky to score two minutes later. In the second half, RCA ran riot. Jonathan Davis's goal five minutes after the restart was followed by four from the unstoppable Luke Page with Jak Ashton scoring with the last kick of the game.

2018-19 Northern League fixtures

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Friday, 22 June 2018

The Northern League has published its 2018-19 fixtures. We kick off the season at home to Newcastle Benfield, which should be a cracker, followed by a visit to the Glebe Sports Ground for an evening match against newly promoted Whickham.

Please click here for a complete list of our league fixtures. Some evening matches may be 7:45 kick offs. I'll look to update the times if they are. So far, all our evening kick off times are 7:30pm.

The Awards

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sunderland RCA's end of season Awards Evening was held on Saturday, 9 June at the Grosvenor Casino - in Sunderland city centre. After such a terrific season it felt that every player deserved an award. And, thanks to tremendous efforts from the management team and Mark Cowan and Carl Morris in particular, it was a bumper night. Thanks everyone who came and thanks to our many sponsors for your support during the year and on the night. It makes the difference. Thanks, too, to Gordon Armstrong - a great RCA supporter - for presenting the awards. The night, though, was principally about the players. Well done to them all.

Margaret Swales, Greg Swansbury and Gordon Armstrong.Mrs Margaret Swales, Greg Swansbury and Gordon Armstrong. Greg was joint winner of the Management Player of the Season award, sponsored by Kitchen Magic.

Mark returns and welcome Alex

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Saturday, 9 June 2018

Mark Davison and Sunderland RCA manager Martin Swales

Terrific news for RCA fans: we welcome strikers Mark Davison and Alex Ramshaw to Meadow Park.

Mark returns to the club for the third time, having played for Spennymoor, Washington and Morpeth Town. Always popular, always in the goals, it's great to have Mark - and his family - back with the club.

Alex Ramshaw

Also adding to the excitement as we build for the new season is Alex Ramshaw, who has joined us from neighbours Seaham Red Star.

Our Swaz named Manager of the Season

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Sunday, 20 May 2018
Martin Swales

Our manager, Martin Swales, has been named Non League Manager of the Season by Mark Carruthers in the Sunday Sun.

Congratulations Martin. It’s the icing on the cake of a fantastic season.

Mark Carruthers comments that RCA “have finished above some big-name clubs and it has been down to Swales’ ability to get the most out of his players and their willingness to do everything their manager asks of them.”

Mark also mentioned the outstanding season from Dylan Elliot in the Young Plsyer of the Year category.

New website for the Northern League

Submitted by Tim Robinson on Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Ebac Northern League’s new website will be available on the afternoon of Tuesday, 22 May.

The website will be at

The site has a new design and is more accessible for mobile devices. It retains many of the features of the current site, including data from previous seasons. However, a number of new features have been added to the new site for the 2018/19 season:

  • the details of forthcoming fixtures will include a map for the home ground
  • league tables will be automatically updated as the results are posted
  • the results for individual games will include goalscorers, times of goals, significant incidents such as red cards and missed penalties, the referee and the attendance
  • photographs and graphics will also be included in news section
  • the links section to the clubs in the league will include links to each club’s website as well its social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.

The League welcome comments that people have on the new website. These can be sent to:

Presentation Night

Submitted by Simon Mears on Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sunderland RCA's presentation night is to be held on Saturday, 9 June, at the Grosvenor Casino - RCA's home shirt sponsor.

The event - which will celebrate a fantastic season for the club, where we equaled our best ever finish in the Northern League Division One - will run between 7 and 11pm and is only £5 per ticket, which includes buffet and a pint.

The awards will be presented by Sunderland AFC legend, Gordon Armstrong.

Everyone welcome.

Grosvenor Casino
6 Lambton Street