2022/23 Northern League fixtures released

The fixtures have been released for the new season and Ryton & Crawcrook Albion will begin the 2022-23 Ebac Northern Football League Division 2 campaign with a trip to Easington Colliery on Saturday 30 July.

It’ll be back-to-back away matches to start off the new season for Daniel Iredale’s side, who will be visiting newly-promoted Chester-le-Street United at The Riverside three days after Easington.

Albion then welcome Billingham Synthonia to Kingsley Park in their first home game on Saturday 6 August.

The regular season is scheduled to conclude on Saturday 22 April 2023 with Jarrow visiting Crawcrook.

There are ten matches provisionally scheduled for the first five weeks of the season and ten consecutive midweek rounds in a packed opening two months.

The Division 2 champions will again be promoted automatically to the Northern League’s top tier this season whilst a four-team play-off will be used to decide the other team to go up, and the bottom three sides in the 21-team division will be liable to relegation.

Ryton & Crawcrook will host neighbours Prudhoe YC Seniors – promoted from the Northern Alliance Premier Division – in a first ever Northern League “Tyne Valley” derby on August 20, with the return at Kimberley Park scheduled for February 18.

Durham-based Boro Rangers – promoted from the North Riding Football League – visit NE40 on September 17 with the reverse fixture scheduled at New Ferens Park on March 18. Chester-le-Street United, who were promoted from the Wearside League, visit RACA HQ on October 19.

Albion travel to rivals Newcastle University – again based in Prudhoe – on September 10, with the Uni making the short trip over on March 11.

Billingham Town – who were the only team to be relegated from the first division last term – host RACA on Teesside on September 13 while the return fixture will be on December 17 – the last match of the year. And, after a three-week winter break, Albion travel to Chester-le-Street Town on January 7 in the first match of 2023.

There are currently three RACA matches planned to take place during this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar which runs from November 21 to December 18.

There will be a couple of different ‘away’ venues to visit this season on top of the new clubs. Billingham Synthonia will be playing at Stokesley Sports Club and Washington are due to be at The Northern Area Playing Fields.

Meanwhile, there are a number of “free” Saturdays to allow for any postponed fixtures to be rescheduled and for FA club competitions. The FA Vase First and Second Qualifying Rounds are scheduled for 27 August and 24 September respectively with the draw expected to be released on 8 July.

Details of the Northern League’s cup competitions will follow in due course. RACA are holders of the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup.

The end-of-season Division 2 promotion play-offs are pencilled in for the week commencing 24 April.

The full fixture list is available on the season fixture graphic below.

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All fixtures are subject to change. Please check the website Matches page and follow our social media channels (@RACAFC1970) for updates.

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion FC 2022-23 Season Fixtures. (Click on graphic to enlarge.)

Season tickets for 2022-23 launched

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion FC are delighted to announce the launch and pricing details of Season Tickets for the 2022-23 campaign.

Season Tickets are available to purchase for only £75.00 for adults and £30.00 for concessions (under 16’s, students, 65 and over).

You can order now by contacting Mr John Thompson on 07805098265, or get in touch with us via email (info@racafc1970.com) or through our social media channels (@racafc1970). You can also purchase the Season Ticket from the Albion Clubhouse at Kingsley Park.

The 2022-23 Season Ticket includes admission to all 20 of RACA’s home league games at Kingsley Park in the Ebac Northern Football League Division Two.

The new season is set to kick off on July 30th 2022.

We look forward to your support!

Albion return to training

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion’s first-team squad have returned to training as they begin their preparations for the upcoming Ebac Northern Football League season.

With the 2022-23 league season set to start at the end of July, Manager Daniel Iredale and his coaches put the squad through their paces for the first time on Saturday since their Ernest Armstrong Cup-winning campaign came to a close just 36 days ago.

Along with regular training sessions, Albion’s pre-season includes friendlies at Alnwick Town (2nd July), Edinburgh United (9th July), Sunderland RCA (12th July) and Burradon & New Fordley (16th July) before they host neighbours Winlaton Community in the final test at Kingsley Park on 22nd July.

The new Division 2 season is scheduled to kick off on 30th July with fixtures set to be released at 9am on 24th June.

Fixtures set to be released on Friday

The fixtures for the 2022-23 Ebac Northern Football League will be released at 9am on Friday 24th June, the league announced at its annual general meeting on Saturday.

The Northern League’s two divisions are scheduled to begin on Saturday 30th July and conclude on Saturday 22nd April 2023, with the Division Two play-offs pencilled in for the week commencing 24th April 2023.

At the end of last season, Carlisle City, Heaton Stannington and Tow Law Town were all promoted to Division 1, while Durham City were relegated down to Step 7.

They were replaced in Division 2 by Billingham Town (relegated from Division 1), Prudhoe YC Seniors (promoted from the Northern Football Alliance), Chester-le-Street United (Wearside Football League) and Boro Rangers (North Riding Football League).

Meanwhile in Division 1, Pickering Town were the other newcomer with North Shields and Consett both promoted to Step 4, and Ryhope resigning.

We’ll have all the details of the new season fixtures from 9am on Friday on our website (www.RACAFC1970.co.uk) and across all our social media channels (@RACAFC1970).


The full Ebac Northern Football League 2022-23 line-up…

Ebac Northern League Division One (Step 5): Ashington, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle City, Crook Town, Guisborough Town, Heaton Stannington, Newcastle Benfield, Newton Aycliffe, Northallerton Town, Penrith, Pickering Town, Redcar Athletic, Seaham Red Star, Sunderland RCA, Thornaby, Tow Law Town, West Allotment Celtic, West Auckland Town, Whickham, Whitley Bay.

Ebac Northern League Division Two (Step 6): Bedlington Terriers, Billingham Synthonia, Billingham Town, Birtley Town, Blyth Town, Boldon CA, Boro Rangers, Brandon United, Chester-le-Street Town, Chester-le-Street United, Easington Colliery, Esh Winning, Horden CW, Jarrow, Newcastle University, Prudhoe YC Seniors, Redcar Town, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, Sunderland West End, Washington, Willington.

Albion reveal pre-season fixtures

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion have announced five pre-season friendly matches in preparation for the 2022-23 season.

Daniel Iredale and his coaches and players will return to Crawcrook to commence pre-season training on 18 June before their opening friendly with Northern Alliance outfit Alnwick Town on 2 July.

Albion travel to Scotland on 9 July to face Edinburgh United of the East of Scotland Football League for the second consecutive pre-season. A midweek trip to First Division side Sunderland RCA follows on 12 July before a visit to Burradon & New Fordley on 16 July.

RACA will then host neighbours Winlaton Community at Kingsley Park on Friday 22 July in their final pre-season test before the new Ebac Northern Football League Division Two season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday 30 July.

More details will follow in due course.

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES:

Alnwick Town v RACA
St James’ Park, Alnwick
Saturday 2 July KO: 14:00

Edinburgh United v RACA
Patties Road, Edinburgh
Saturday 9 July KO: 14:00

Sunderland RCA v RACA
Meadow Park, Sunderland
Tuesday 12 July KO: 19:30

Burradon & New Fordley v RACA
Action Park, Cramlington
Saturday 16 July KO: 14:00

RACA v Winlaton Community
Kingsley Park, Crawcrook
Friday 22 July KO: 19:30

All kick-off times stated in BST.

* Pre-season fixtures, dates, kick-off times & venues are subject to change.

Albion announce retained list

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion are pleased to announce the list of players retained from last season ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

Retained List:

  • Stephen Ardley
  • Jonathan Ball
  • Scott Bamborough
  • Dillon Blake
  • Andrew Brown
  • Paul King
  • Konner Lamb
  • Dylan Lawson
  • Thomas McIntyre
  • Rhys McLeod
  • Adam Mooney
  • Shaun Pickford
  • Kieran Scott
  • Oliver Symons
  • Joe Thompson
  • Mark Waite

The retained list of players are joined in the squad by recent new signings Jack Cooper and Damien Stevens.

Meanwhile, everyone at the club would like to thank all of the departing players from last season for their contributions to Ryton & Crawcrook Albion and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

Captain Turnbull to leave after 11 years

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion can confirm that captain Callum Turnbull has decided to leave the club this summer after 11 years at Kingsley Park.

The 32-year-old forward-turned-defender, who joined the club from university outfit Team Northumbria in 2011, went on to make 327 appearances for RACA scoring 55 goals.

He captained the team to the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup last month in what turned out to be his final game – scoring in the penalty shootout in the final against Newcastle University in Birtley.

Vice-captain for many years, Turnbull succeeded David Below as club captain in 2020 and is now one of the club’s longest serving players in the Northern League.

“Everyone at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion would like to place on record our thanks to Callum for all he has done for this football club since joining over a decade ago,” read a statement from the Committee and Management.

“He has been an outstanding player, inspirational captain and has always demonstrated loyalty and an exceptional commitment to the cause.

“He will always be held in the highest regard by everybody at Kingsley Park and lifting the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup – the club’s first trophy in many years – in his final act as an Albion player was a fitting way to finish.

“We wish him well with whatever he decides to do next and look forward to welcoming him back in the future.

“Callum Turnbull: Captain. Leader. Legend.”

In his farewell message, Turnbull said: “Thank you to everyone involved with the club over the years. I’ll be sad to leave so many great people… It’s been an absolute pleasure.

“It’s the right time for me to go and the club’s in a great position to challenge for promotion next year. What better way to leave than with the cup final win!!!

“Up the RACA! 🔵⚫️”

Chairman Richard Hands presented Callum Turnbull with a specially-commissioned canvas capturing the moment of the EA Cup trophy lift at the recent RACA Awards night. The mosaic was created by photographer Ian Smith.

Tow Law moved into Division 1

The Football Association has today announced that Tow Law Town will be promoted to Ebac Northern Football League Division One following the resignation of Ryhope CW from the league at the end of last month.

Ryhope’s resignation left the step 5 division with 19 teams for the 2022-23 season, but today’s announcement means that it can now run with a full complement of 20.

Tow Law were picked, ahead of the relegated Billingham Town and the third-placed Boldon CA, after finishing as the losing finalist in the Division Two promotion play-offs.

The decision means that Division Two will run with 21 clubs for the new season – as it did last season.

Ebac Northern League Division One: Ashington, Bishop Auckland, Carlisle City, Crook Town, Guisborough Town, Heaton Stannington, Newcastle Benfield, Newton Aycliffe, Northallerton Town, Penrith, Pickering Town, Redcar Athletic, Seaham Red Star, Sunderland RCA, Thornaby, Tow Law Town, West Allotment Celtic, West Auckland Town, Whickham, Whitley Bay.

Ebac Northern League Division Two: Bedlington Terriers, Billingham Synthonia, Billingham Town, Birtley Town, Blyth Town, Boldon CA, Boro Rangers, Brandon United, Chester-le-Street Town, Chester-le-Street United, Easington Colliery, Esh Winning, Horden CW, Jarrow, Newcastle University, Prudhoe YC Seniors, Redcar Town, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion, Sunderland West End, Washington, Willington.

Fixtures are due to be released soon after the Northern Football League’s AGM, which is due to be held in Crook on June 18. The 2022-23 season is scheduled to begin on July 30.

100 Club: June 2022 Winners

The draw for June’s RACA 100 Club was held on Sunday.

The winners are:

  • 🥇 No.4 T Fawcett £100
  • 🥈 No.37 G Winthorpe £75
  • 🥉 No.67 T Dobson £25

Congratulations to the lucky trio! The next draw is scheduled for July 2, 2022.

To join the RACA 100 Club or for more details, please contact Mr Paul Le-Patourel on 07720413390.

EA Cup Winners: The Film

Relive Ryton & Crawcrook Albion’s victory in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup Final against Newcastle University in Birtley on Friday 13th May 2022 with this special film.

First screened at the RACA Awards ceremony on Friday 27th May 2022.

EA Cup Winners | The Final 2022