Max Allen - Defender - Max starts his third season at the club. He was restricted by injury last season but hopes to remain injury free this season. He has developed into an outstanding defender who is comfortable in any defensive position. He is dependable and quickly adapts to situations as they occur. A solid defender who is comfortable on the ball and has the ability to pick out a decisive pass. Another plus for this defender, he is well liked by the supporters who have taken him to their hearts.
Michael Annan-Colquhaun - Forward - “Mickey” has signed for another season at RCA. He is a very quick and tricky forward with an eye for goal scoring 13 goals last season his aim is to improve on that this season. His lightening quick pace scares defenders and he has added positional sense to his game which helps his teammates. Another player who is well liked by our supporters always plays with a smile on his face. - Sponsor: Goodharts Solicitors
Thomas Bell - Full back - Tom is a product of our youth set up. He is starting his second season with the club, a versatile right sided player capable of playing as a full back or right winger he is pacy, a good crosser of the ball and has good vision. He is also signed for our reserve team where he will gain invaluable experience playing in the Wearside League. One for the future.
Kieran Charlton - Defender - Signed from Workington last season, Kieran is a Ryhope lad who has committed to another season at his home town club. He has previously played for South Shields and Blyth Spartans before joining Workington. He is a left full back who can also play left wing back. A good tackler and distributor of the ball he also possesses a wicked cross and has an abundance of pace. He never accepts second best from either himself or his team mates, a completely committed player.
Thibault Charmey - Midfielder - Thibault has signed for RCA after a lengthy lay off through injury. He is a vastly experience midfielder with plenty of Northern League experience having played for Seaham Red Star and Guisborough Town. As a 15 year old he was a member of the French under 15's World Cup winning team and scored in the final. He moved to the USA and played competitively for Chattanooga FC before coming to the UK and aquainting himself with the Northern League. He is an exciting midfield player who looks to make things happen whether as an attacking forward or a defensive midfielder.
Mark Davison - Forward - "Sparky" starts his 6th consecutive season for RCA. He is one of the most respected strikers in the Northern League. A strong and direct centre forward who can be relied upon to score with head and feet as well as setting up opportunities for others, "Sparky" was RCA's leading goalscorer last season and is looking forward to bagging a few in the coming season. Previous clubs include: Ryton, Washington, Spennymoor and Morpeth. "Sparky", will be looking to strike up a partnership with "AJ" Andy Johnson, another prolific striker.
Robert Ene - Winger - Robert joins us having played for Whitley Bay last season. He was born in Romania where he played for Universitatea Craiova before moving to England to study at Northumbria University. He is a very tricky winger with a lot of pace, likes to attack and has excellent close control skills, he will frighten defenders with his direct style of play.
Callum Guy - Midfielder - Callum has been re-signed after a spell at Easington CW. Callum has also played for Consett and Blyth Spartans where he made 13 appearances in the National League North. Callum is a graduate of the South Shields Academy and made 15 appearances for the first team scoring three goals. Other than Consett his only other Northern League experience was gained at West Auckland. Callum is a dynamic midfielder who likes to get in the thick of the action but also possesses a good array of passing skills.
Darryl Hall - Central defender - Darryl returns to the club after a 10 year absence, an experienced Northern League central defender. Daryll is an old fashioned style centre half, strong and powerful, loves a tackle is good in the air and reads the game well and is always up for a challenge.. Previous clubs include South Shields, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland and Willington.
Daniel Hawkins - Midfielder - Dan is a very experienced Northern League player and has committed to a second season at RCA. He is a versatile midfielder who loves a tackle, a good distributor of the ball and inspires others around him. Dan is captain of the team and last season played in a variety of different positions and showed his competitiveness in all of them.
Josef Herdman - Goalkeeper - Josef has signed for a second year at the club, a product of Spennymoor United's Academy. He continues to improve in training under the supervision of our goalkeeping coach. A young prospect for the future. Good hands, commands his box and a good distributor of the ball he also reads the game well.
Simon Jakab - Central defender - Simon has extended his contract at RCA for another year. Simon was part of the Consett team which contested the FA Vase final. Last season he was outstanding playing in 44 of the 45 games played and maintaining the highest level of performance. He is tall central defender who is equally as comfortable in the centre of midfield, good in the air he reads the game and reacts accordingly, he does the simple things well. Simon always looks in command.
Andrew Johnson - Forward - “AJ” has has committed to another season at RCA after spending most of last season recovering from an operation on his knee. What can we say about “AJ” that hasn’t already been said a thousand times. He is a prolific goal scorer, holding the record for goals scored at Bishop Auckland where he found the net 240 times in 281 appearances. Not only does he score goals but he holds the ball up well and creates goal scoring opportunities for others. A well respected Northern League striker and hoping to strike up a formidable partnership with "Sparky".
Khalid Kharufa - Winger - Khalid has signed in the close season having spent last season at Whitley Bay. He had previously been at Staylybridge Celtic as a junior rising through the various levels to the Senior squad. He then moved the the North East to study. He is a very quick winger with the ability to whip in crosses at pace. An exciting young prospect with an eye for goal.
Jordan Lavery - Defender - Jordan has returned to RCA after spending the last 4 seasons at Shildon. An experienced Northern League player he is a strong left sided player equally at home playing as a full back or as a wing back. A strong tackler and good passer of the ball he is also very adept in dead-ball situations. Previously with Consett.
Nathan Lawrence - Midfielder - Nathan has put pen to paper on another season at RCA, Nathan is a good ball winner and very good in the air. A product of the Gateshead College Academy, he’s a high-energy player who is equally effective as a right sided midfielder or as a defender. Struggled with injuries last season but is determined to return to full fitness this season. His previous clubs include Consett and Bishop Auckland.
Antony Lowerson - Goalkeeper - Antony has signed on a dual registration to allow him to cover for Marrs while still able to play for Hetton Town FC. He a a keeper who is very vocal, commands his area well and has excellent distribution skills.
Keaton Marrs - Goalkeeper - Keaton has committed to another season at RCA . Keaton is a good shot stopper, has great awareness and is calm under pressure, he has teh ability to turn defence into attack quickly. His previous clubs include IFK Mora in Sweden, Mansfield Town, Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United.
Dom Moan - Utility player - Dom, has returned to RCA after spending the end of last season at Sunderland West End. Prior to that he had been in the USA where he played for Jacksonville Jaguars. His other clubs include: Sunderland AFC, Hartlepool United and Wolverhampton Wanderers where he spent 4 years before being released. Dom is a true utility player who can play as a striker, in the centre of midfield and at full back. His key strengths are his hard work and commitment coupled with his strength and determination. if staying injury free he will add a bit more steel to our midfield.
Denver Morris - Midfielder - Denver has signed for RCA. Another vastly experienced Northern League player he can play in a number of midfield and forward positions. He is exciting on the ball, has quick feet, causes problem with his deceptive pace and is a quality crosser of the ball..
Alexander Nelson - Defender - Alex has signed for RCA after playing for Crook Town last season. A strong, pacy defender who loves to get forward. Can play in a number of defensive / midfield positions and will be a great asset to the team.
Callum Patton - Midfielder - Callum signed towards the back end of last season from North Shields, returning to the club after an eight year absence. He is a central midfield play-maker who possesses an incredible range of passing. Another who, if remaining injury free, can cause problems for the opposition.
Luke Richards - Utility player - Luke is the latest in a long line of talented youngsters spotted by manager Steve Riley. Luke is a product of Hartlepool United's Academy. After being released he went to play for Seaton Carew. He is a dynamic player capable of playing on the right side of the defence or midfield as well as being a commanding presence in the centre of Midfield. Tenacious in the tackle he possesses the ability to read the game and the pace to stifle out oppositions attacks. A definite for the future.
Taylor Richardson - Forward, Midfielder - Taylor starts his second season at RCA after an impressing last season, A crowd favourite Taylor is a dynamic player who is purely and simply an entertainer. He is quick, agile and fiercely competitive. A quiet, unassuming, lad off the pitch; watch for the fireworks once he crosses the white line. Opposition defences be warned. We may not see the best of Taylor this season as rumour has it he is destined for the USA.
Ellis Tait - Utility player - Ellis has signed on a dual contract from Shildon AFC. Young but experienced central defender he likes a tackle and is a good distributor of the ball. He reads the game well and anticipates situaions as they develope. Will be an asset to the squad.
Christopher Winn - Forward - We have retained the services of “Chris” for another season, signed from Bishop Auckland last season he is a player with a vast wealth of knowledge playing at this level. He can play as an out and out striker or on the wing, he has a deceptive change of pace, is physically strong and holds the ball up well. supporters will remember him from his RCW days.
Steve Riley - Manager - Sunderland RCA's manager Steve has a wealth of Northern League experience 20years as a player and more recently over the last 10 years in team management roles. He assisted our previous manager Martin Swales during Ryhope CW successful rise from the Wearside league to the Northern League before becoming manager at Bishop Auckland where he was manager for 5 years. During his time at Bishop’s they never finished outside the top half of the table and enjoyed cup success reaching the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round in 2017. He briefly helped at RCA under “Swaz” as coach.
Dan Madden - Assistant Manager - Dan joins Steve on the Management team. Dan is a well respected Northern League defender who, after being released from Sunderland signed for Durham City in 2011. Since then Dan has had a great run in the Northern league and played in a number of teams including Marske United, Bishop Auckland. He bring a wealth of coaching experience to the club and this can only benefit the players and the Club.
Rhys Jobling - Coach - In addition to his duties as Goalkeeping Coach. Rhys has signed on a goalkeeper cover. He has a wealth of Northern League experience having played for Durham City and Bishop Auckland in the past. He is a bit of a joker in the dressing room but when it comes to the playing / coaching side he becomes very serious and committed.
Eleanor Hampton - Physiotherapist - Experienced Physiotherapist.