Mark Davison on the ball for RCA during the 5-0 victory at Penrith.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

Sunderland RCA play at Sunderland LGV Park, Ryhope in the Ebac Northern League Division 1

We are pleased to announce that, despite the cost of living crisis, the price of admission at our home games for the 2022-23 season will remain the same as last season.

At Sunderland RCA we believe we offer the best value for money in the Ebac Northern League Division 1. The standard admission prices for highly competitive Northern League football are £6.00 Adults and £4.00 for Concessions. Non-standard prices may apply to particular games and will be announced in advance.

Season tickets prices for the 2022-23 season are £75 for Adults and £50 for Concessions. Note: 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 children accompanied by a responsible adult is free (except in FA competition matches) 

We are always looking for volunteers to help with match day preparations anyone who can give up a few hours during the week would be most welcome. There is always something that needs doing and a cup of tea from Defty's Diner awaits those who give up their free time. Anyone interested contact Secretary Rob Jones. 07932951842

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Covid-19: Sunderland RCA FC follow the current guidelines published by the government and the FA in relation to ground access and control.

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View from the Cemetery - August - 1

Submitted by Ghostly Gadgie on Thursday, 4 August 2022

Well, that didn’t take long. You sit down, have a cup of tea, watch Wimbledon, and the play-off final of course, and here we are back again for the new season.

Good few changes around the place, few decent players been tempted away by hopes of glory, and a couple of others gone to Bishop Auckland. Only joking, looks like they may well be a force this season, they certainly are trying.

The usual mad summer competition for players all over the Ebac Northern League and elsewhere, but it always settles down. We may have lost a few, and we wish them well, but we have signed a good few as well. Including strengthening our international contingent with a Romanian and a Frenchman. I’ll let you guess which is which by the names. You might be wrong.

More importantly the bulk of last year's team have re-signed, and I thought as a rebuilding exercise last season went better than we could have hoped, so I think that is a good thing. A mix of youth and experience, got to be the way to go. Could be an exciting year.

Sunderland RCA 0 West Allotment Celtic 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 4 August 2022
Tuesday, 2 August 2022 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1

RCA's Simon Jakab fends off a West Allotment second half attack.

Our first home game of the season and we took on West Allotment Celtic at Sunderland LGV Park in this re-arranged match due to pitch problems at their East Palmerville Sports Pavillion pitch. As always a warm welcome was extended to the Committee, Players and supporters.

After the dramatic equaliser at Carlisle last weekend the team showed a resilience that has become a trademark of Steve Riley’s management style, they never gave up.

Long term injuries ruled Lavery, Tait and Winn out while Hawkins, Morris and Marrs were unavailable due to holidays. The management team brought Antony Lowerson on a dual contract to cover for Marrs in goal.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Lowerson, Nelson, Charlton ©, Allen, Jakab, Lawrence, Charmey, Patton, Davison, Johnson, Richardson. Subs:  Moan, Annang-Colquhoun, Ene, Bell, Richards.

West Allotment Celtic: Scott, Baltazar, Parkinson, Forster, Scott ©, Errington, Baxter, Kanda, Larmouth, Thompson, Higgins. Subs: Donaghey, Devine, Lowery-Matondo, Carr, Brady.

Carlisle City 1 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 31 July 2022
Saturday, 30 July 2022 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

We began our 2022-23 season with a 150 mile round trip to newly promoted Carlisle City. They play their home games at the ex Celtic Nation ground which has been re-named The Three Rivers, Health & Safety Consultancy Stadium, a bit of a mouthful but the stadium and pitch were in excellent condition.

As with all new seasons there was an air of expectancy amongst the crowd with both sets of supporters looking to see how the new recruits would perform in a real game after some lack lustre pre-season friendlies.

The RCA team has been dogged by injuries during the pre-season and in the week before the season started both Jordan Lavery and Ellis Tait have suffered knee injuries which will keep them out of the team for long periods of the season.

The teams lined up as follows:

Carlisle City: Townsley, Kelly, Bradbury, Bowman, Kirkup, Holt, Irving, Simpson ©, Williamson, Seggie, Kerr. Subs: Atkinson, Studholme, Hartley, Longcake, Shiel.

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Nelson, Charlton ©, Allen, Jakab, Lawrence, Richardson, Richards, Davison, Johnson, Charmey. Subs: Annang-Colquhoun, Bell, Ene, Moan, Patton.

Pools Youth FC 2 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Saturday, 16 July 2022
Saturday, 16 July 2022 - 12:00pm

Having lost on penalties last week RCA returned to Esh Winning to play Pools Youth FC in the 3rd / 4th place play-off.

Pools Youth took advantage of the slope in the first half, but it was RCA who created the first chance of the game.  A smart through ball from Charlton found Morris but he miscued his effort and the ball went wide of the target.

RCA took the lead in the 11th minute when Lawrence won the ball in midfield before playing it into the path of Charlton who controlled the ball before lashing it into the bottom corner.

Pools Youth were level six minutes later when a long hopeful ball over the top from the keeper saw the number six muscle his way past the RCA defence before drilling the ball past Marrs.

Almost from the kick off RCA Charlton broke on the left before crossing into the box where Morris sent a looping header beyond the Pools youth keeper.


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