The friendly between Sunderland RCA and Sunderland West End, due to be played on Saturday, 22 August 2020, has been cancelled on health and safety grounds.
Club news items from previous seasons are held in the Archive area.
Spectators to be allowed! So, to enable Covid 19 track and trace, if you plan to come to Sunderland RCA home games this season please forward your name and telephone number and / or email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org - your details won’t be used for anything else.
After the annoncement earlier in the week regarding James Armstrong's appointment as Coach he has now agreed to register as a player to give further options on the left hand side of the pitch. He is joined by former Hull City Academy player Tom Best who impressed during his loan spell at the end of last season.
Welcome on board to both James and Tom.
The FA has released key dates for the forthcoming season. These are subject to further approval of the Government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority:
The Ebac Northern League is at Step 5-6:
Start Dates:The following start dates are proposed for the commencement of the 2020-21 Season and conditional on Spectator Approval;
FA statement re: the return of grassroots football:
The FA can confirm that the UK Government approved its plan for the return of outdoor grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020.
As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.
The FA has been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these can now be published.
The management team are please to announce that they have retained the registrations of both Mark Davison and Ross McNab. Both are well known to supporters of RCA having been involved with the club for a number of years.
In addition we have secured the registration of promising young goalkeeper Niall Frampton who has impressed with his attitude and general abilty during our pre-season training sessions.
I am sure you will have seen the news regarding the various announcements that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport made at 5.00pm yesterday 09th July 2020.
This is clearly a positive step towards the resumption of the National League System. The following statement is on www.thefa.com and you are able to send to your Clubs;
Max puts Pen to Paper
We are pleased to announce that Max Allen has registered with RCA for another season. After being released by Newcastle at the start of last season Max was picked up by the RCA management team, thrown in at the deep end so to speak and produced some outstanding defensive performances.
Manager, Martin Swales is delighted with this signing “we are over the moon that Max has decided to sign for another season, he has the potential to be one of the best defenders in this league.”
Assistant Manager Mark Cowan commented, " Max is a quiet unassuming player off the pitch but once he starts playing there are few better young full backs in the Northern League."
RCA New Signings
First of our new signings and we welcome Jonny Carr back to RCA. Jonny has spent the last 4 years in America playing for Hartwick College in New York and Lake Erie College in Ohio, where he captained the side in the league winning season last year. Being voted regional player of the year and then ultimately winning All American Player of the Year was a great accolade for Jonny.
Jonny told us “I graduated in May and came home for good, so looking to get back playing over here. I choose to join RCA purely based off how much I enjoyed my time there before and obviously I know some of the lads from that time and even some of the new ones, so I always knew I wanted to come back once I came home and back to Sunderland.”
Assistant Gary Errington had been keeping tabs on Jonny’s progress over the past few years and said “Once I knew Jonny was back home I was straight on the phone to see if he would be interested in joining us. He’s a great young player and had great success out in America and obviously delighted he’s back at RCA. He fits in well with what we are trying to build and he’s a kid with a big future.” Welcome back Jonny.
Sunderland RCA FC can announce that their Contracted and re-registered players for the forthcoming 2020-21 season are as follows.
Players on contract for the 2020-21 season
The club has exercised an options on Greg Swansbury,Robbie Dean, Dylan Elliott, Stephen Callen and Nathan O'Neill.
Players who return to parent clubs following loan spells
Connor Slack and Ryan Leonard (Sunderland AFC) Tom Best (Hull City) and Jack Leonard (Hartlepool).
Players who have signed ENL registration forms: