Craig Hennis competes for the ball with Consett's Jake Orrell at Belle View.

Welcome to Sunderland RCA

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

Value for money and excitement with the Northern League Division 1 in Ryhope. 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 2021-22 season are £75 for Adults and £50 for Concessions. Any supporter who purchased a season ticket for the 2020-21 season will be able to purchase this seasons at the reduced price of £40 for Adults and £25 for Concessions. 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 accompanied children 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 time. Anyone interested contact Secretary Rob Jones.

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Sunderland RCA 1 Redcar Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 12 September 2021
Saturday, 11 September 2021 - 3:00pm
The Buildbase FA Vase

Craig Hennis in action during the second half of the match.

Please click here for more photos from the match.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup last week at the hands of Stockton Town, RCA looked to bounce back in the FA Vase first Round Qualifying against Northern League Div II Redcar Town who were making their first foray into the competition, it was also the first time that the two teams had met.

The management team without the services of the manager Steve Riley was forced to make several changes to the team who lost last week match. In came Burlace, Hennis and Watts to replace, Carr, Allen and Annang-Colquhoun all unavailable.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Burlace, Croft, Swansbury ©, Errington, Jakab, Hennis, Best, Davison, Watts, Richardson. Subs: Lawrence, Lennox, Bell, Carling, Elcoate, Madden, Herdman.

Redcar Town: Algie, Prest, Howes, Leyshon, Smuk, Bennett ©, Weatherald, Lee, Williams, Bennions, Webster. Subs: Wheatley, Porritt, Jenkinson, D Thompson, Warrior, H Thompson, Henry.

The Riley Report

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 10 September 2021

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.

I thought Saturday’s FA Cup game was another great game to be involved in, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong side this time. 

Playing higher opposition in Stockton Town we knew it was going to be a difficult game. 

I thought we started the game very well and they scored against the run of play, but we managed to get back level and the big moment for me in the game was Sparky hitting the crossbar just before half time.

View from the Cemetery 11/9/21

Submitted by Colin Wilson on Friday, 10 September 2021

Well, that was an excellent little run while it lasted, but all good things, magic of the Cup, anything can happen, and all that. 

I refer to last week's FA Cup tie of course. To be fair with twenty minutes to go I was starting to think we could pull it off, we have come on strong towards the end of most games this season. But it wasn’t to be. Stockton are a powerful side, and I’m sure they will do well this year in their new league and be there or thereabouts, along with the other North East representatives, come the end of the season. A few injuries before and during the game didn’t help, and the downside of this cup run is that it has stretched our squad. 
And we go straight into more Cup action this weekend. A tricky looking tie, against a side we haven’t played before, in their first season in the Northern League, and who we can’t be expected to know too much about, although no doubt the boss and his lads will have done some checking out.

Yes it's FA Vase time again. I love the Vase, however you do in the Cup you know it isn’t going to last too long, making it into September is an achievement, but with the Vase you know it could be you. 

And we have had some great seasons in the past few years, all ending in disappointment but not before a lot of highs and some great games. Bristol Manor Farm at Home and Newport Pagnell away would probably be the most annoying, two games we certainly should have won but didn’t, and only a couple of ties from Wembley. At the same time the most enjoyable probably include the home win over Tadcaster Albion, a comprehensive 4-0 in a season when they won the North East Counties League, and in the same season the great away trips to Silsden and Hemsworth Miners Welfare, the latter featuring a noisy and boisterous crowd, rapidly silenced by Colin Larkin’s twelve second opening goal, and his subsequent hat trick. Happy days indeed.    

Sunderland RCA 2 Stockton Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 5 September 2021
Saturday, 4 September 2021 - 3:00pm
The Emirates FA Cup

Goal scorer Michael Annang-Colquhoun sets up a second half attack.

Sunderland RCA welcomed Northern Premier League East Division’s Stockton Town to Sunderland LGV Park for this FA Cup First Round Qualifying tie. After their success in the last round against Frickley Town of the same division RCA supporters could be forgiven for being optimistic about their chances today.

The management team was forced to make changes to the team that drew on Bank holiday Monday against Seaham Red Star. Hawkins (Fracture Ankle) and Hennis (Bruised ribs) were replaced by Joshua Croft and Greg Swansbury, while Keaton Marrs replaced Jonathan Ball in goal and Max Allen returned to take the place of Nathan Lawrence.

The teams lined up as follows:

Sunderland RCA: Marrs, Allen, Croft, Swansbury, Errington, Jakab, Carr, Best, Davison, Annang-Colquhoun, Richardson Subs: A Croft, Lennox, Pinder, Johnson, Carling, Herdman

Stockton Town: C. Roberts, Bulmer, McWilliams, Portas, Nicholson, D. Mulligan, M. Roberts, Robinson, Owens, Franks, Hayes Subs: Hall, Steel, S. Conway, N.Mulligan, Mitchell, McDonald, Wright.

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