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.

You can sync RACA’s 2022-23 fixtures to your calendar via Apple, Google or Outlook.

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.)

100 Club: August 2022 Winners

The draw for August’s RACA 100 Club was held on Saturday.

The winners are:

  •  No.61 N Renwick £100
  •  No.57 I Innes £75
  •  No.73 D Iredale £25

Congratulations to the lucky winners! The next draw is scheduled for September 3, 2022.

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

Albion edge 7-goal thriller for first win

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion edged a 7-goal thriller with a dramatic last-minute Robbie Williamson strike to secure their first win in the Ebac Northern League Division Two.

Luke Drummond (8) gave the visitors an early lead. Graham Williams (63) and Damien Stevens (74) turned the game around. Daniel Chapman levelled (79).

Rhys McLeod (87) put Albion ahead again but Chapman (92) cancelled it out before Williamson’s 95th-minute winner.

Daniel Iredale’s side, who picked up another couple of injuries with both Andrew Brown and Damien Stevens going off, host Horden CW on Wednesday night.

First home game ends in stalemate

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were held to a goalless draw by newly-promoted Chester-le-Street United at Kingsley Park on Wednesday night.

Daniel Iredale’s side, who opened the Ebac Northern League Division 2 season with a disappointing 5-1 defeat at Easington Colliery, dominated the majority of the chances but failed to break down a determined visiting defence.

The best chances for Albion included Robbie Williamson heading an effort onto the post and Craig Hennis and Damien Stevens were both denied by brilliant saves by Matthew Pattison.

At the other end, Sam Harrison kept out a dangerous Ethan Gray free kick.

Both teams finished with 10 men with the sendings off of Williamson and Sam Johnson 12 minutes from the end. The latter cynically bringing the Albion man down, which then caused a melee.

On Saturday RACA welcome Billingham Synthonia to Crawcrook.

Albion collapse as Easington ease to opening day win

A second half collapse from Ryton & Crawcrook Albion led to a heavy 5-1 away defeat against Easington Colliery on the opening day of the Ebac Northern Football League Division 2 season.

Despite Rhys McLeod’s early opener, the hosts recorded a emphatic win with Nathan O’Neill and Ben Henderson both scoring braces, while Dylan Elliott scored from inside his own half.

On Wednesday, Albion host newly-promoted Chester-le-Street United at Kingsley Park.

Photo (c): Colin Robertshaw

Albion held by Winlaton in final friendly

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were held to a 1-1 home draw by neighbours Winlaton Community in their final pre-season friendly on Friday evening.

Winlaton – coming off a crushing 17-0 home defeat to Whickham six days earlier – took the lead at a packed Kingsley Park as an unmarked Tumas headed the Vulcans in front after 20 minutes.

Damien Stevens managed to find an equaliser for Albion with a lovely lob just before the half time interval.

Despite pushing in the second half, neither side could find a winner as the game ended all square.

The draw means its been a mixed bag of results for Daniel Iredale’s side this pre season. A draw with Alnwick Town (1-1) was followed by a 2-1 win at Edinburgh United, then back-to-back defeats at Sunderland RCA (0-2) and at Burradon & New Fordley (1-2) before today’s match.

Goals from all the matches will be available to watch on RACA TV on YouTube with match photos available on the official RACA Facebook page.

The new Ebac Northern Football League Division 2 season begins next weekend with RACA scheduled to visit Easington Colliery on Saturday 30 July.

GOALS | RACA 1-1 Winlaton Community – Pre Season 2022-23 (22-07-2022)

Albion lose at Burradon

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were beaten 2-1 by Burradon & New Fordley in a friendly on Saturday.

After a goalless first half in hot conditions, Burradon, who had dominated the chances, deservedly took the lead through Liam Hudson 10 minutes into the second period. Hudson then doubled the advantage for the Northern Alliance Premier side from the penalty spot.

Albion, who were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland RCA in midweek, pulled one back late on through Tom McIntyre’s fine free kick, but failed to salvage a result.

Daniel Iredale’s side welcome neighbours Winlaton Community to Kingsley Park on Friday in their final pre-season test before the new Ebac Northern Football League season begins on July 30.

Goals from all the matches will be available to watch on RACA TV on YouTube with match photos available on the official RACA Facebook page.

GOALS | Burradon & New Fordley 2-1 RACA – Pre Season 2022-23 (16-07-2022)

Sunderland RCA defeat RACA

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland RCA in a friendly on Wednesday evening.

A brace from Andrew Johnson – early in each half – secured the win for the First Division hosts and condemned a much-changed Albion to their first defeat in pre-season.

Daniel Iredale’s side, who have drawn at Alnwick Town and won at Edinburgh United, continue preparations for the new league season at Northern Alliance Premier Division outfit Burradon & New Fordley on Saturday.

Goals from all the matches will be available to watch on RACA TV on YouTube in the coming days with match photos available on the official RACA Facebook page.

GOALS | Sunderland RCA 2-0 RACA – Pre Season 2022-23 (13-07-2022)

Albion win in Edinburgh

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win at Edinburgh United in their second pre season friendly on Saturday.

Albion made the worst possible start at Patties Road falling behind after just 30 seconds when Cammy Young put the East of Scotland Football League side in front.

RACA responded well in hot and humid conditions and a quick free-kick from Peter Ravenhill set Damien Stevens, whose deflected effort levelled the match midway through the first half.

Daniel Iredale’s side then turned the game around after 37 minutes when Stephen Ardley headed in from Dillion Blake’s free kick.

The goals from the match will be available to watch on RACA TV on YouTube in the coming days with match photos available on the official RACA Facebook page.

Iredale’s side travel to Sunderland RCA on Wednesday as preparations ramp up ahead of the new Ebac Northern League Division 2 season, which is set to kick off on July 30th at Easington Colliery.

GOALS | Edinburgh United 1-2 RACA – Pre Season 2022-23 (09-07-2022)

Albion drawn away to Whitley Bay in FA Vase

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion have been drawn away to First Division Whitley Bay in the Second Round Qualifying of the 2022-23 Isuzu FA Vase.

The draws for the early qualifying rounds were released by the Football Association today and Albion are set to travel to Hillheads on Saturday 24th September after receiving a ‘bye’ from the First Round Qualifying stage.

RACA will be aiming to reach the First Round Proper for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign against the record 4-time winners.

The full draw is available on the FA website here.

Albion held at Alnwick in pre-season opener

Ryton & Crawcrook Albion were held to a 1-1 draw by Alnwick Town at St. James’s Park on Saturday in their opening pre-season friendly.

Striker Damien Stevens – making his debut – put Albion in front midway through the first half from the penalty spot after Oliver Symons was fouled in the box. But an unmarked Simon Farrier headed in the equaliser for Alnwick 14 minutes later.

The hosts missed the chance to go ahead early in the second half with a penalty of their own, but their No.9 blazed the effort well over the bar.

Goals from the match will be available to watch on RACA TV on YouTube in the coming days with match photos available on the official RACA Facebook page.

Daniel Iredale’s side travel next to Edinburgh United next Saturday as preparations continue for the new Ebac Northern League Division 2 season, which is set to kick off on July 30th at Easington Colliery.

GOALS | Alnwick Town 1-1 RACA – Pre Season 2022-23 (02-07-2022)