Match Preview: Ryhope CW v Consett AFC

Ryhope return home following a win against Whitley Bay on Saturday to face Consett on Tuesday night. 

Tuesday night sees third placed Consett visit Recreation Park against thirteenth in the table Ryhope CW in what could be an interesting and contesting game. Consett will looking to bounce back from a weekend where they dropped points with Colliery Welfare wanting to continue to gain another three points following their win from the weekend. 

Last Time Out

Ryhope CW 0-2 Consett AFC 

Ebac Northern League Division 1 

26th January 2019

The last time both teams met was in league action with Consett being the visitors in that encounter which saw Ryhope suffer their first defeat of 2019. 

Colliery Welfare headed into the game with a run of good form having won the last five games before the new year rang in with Consett having lost their last five prior to this meeting. 

Chances from both sides in the first half made for great viewing with Ryhope growing in strength but unable to convert any chance into a leading goal. 

Both teams headed into half time with a goalless draw with Ryhope having looked the strongest. 

Pearson’s side came out in the second half just as they did before hitting the changing rooms, strong and creating chances that challenged the opposition keeper, again being unable to convert into a goal. 

Consett began to get back into the game and a welcomed sub got the away fans cheering as Michael Cragg came and grabbed the opener but securing a second goal later in the half to give Consett the win. 

A well matched game saw both sides have equal pops at goal with Consett being the ones able to convert chances into goals. Tuesday encounter looks to make for some great footballing action if just the same as the previous encounter between the two. 

Gary Pearson heads into the game with a few players unavailable for selection:

James Ellis (Ziggy) – Honeymoon 

Paul Braithwaite – Holiday


Danni Lay – Leg 2-3 weeks

Carl Jones – Leg 2-3 weeks

Elliot Woods – Leg 3-4 weeks

Luke Proctor infection in leg – 1week

EBAC Northern League Division 1 

Venue: Ryhope Recreation Park, SR2 0AT

Date: Tuesday 20th August 2019

Kick Off: 7.30pm 


The following fixtures have been changed


Our League match against Sunderland RCA that

was due to take place on Tuesday 14 August has

been re-arranged to 15 April 2020


Saturday 24 August 2019
Hebburn Town (AWAY)
Rescheduled sue to Hebburn’s advancement in the FA Cup

Bishop Auckland (AWAY)
KO 3pm
Our match against Bishop Auckland originally scheduled to be

played 15 February 2020 has been re-arranged to this date.

Tuesday 27 August
Hebburn Town (AWAY)
KO 7.30pm
Rescheduled from 24 August.


A full fixture list will be updated on our website.

Welfare have another crack against RCA in The Emirates FA Cup

After a hard fought game at Meadow Park Last Saturday which ended 0-0 and resulted in a return FA Cup replay fixture at Ryhope Recreation Park, This means that both teams got another crack at the whip to gain progression into the next round of the compitition.

Welfare’s preparations going into the replay against RCA may have been rather challenging as they suffered a few injuries to some key players which changed the formation and required players to fill different position. Historically, The Ryhope Derby has always been a well fought encounter with RCA usually coming out the victor. The beginning of this game started as normal service resumes from the tie at Meadow Park with both sides playing very high lines with the majority of play in the first 15 minutes getting dominated in the midfield. Much like a usual local derby clash they’re was some strong periods of possession for both sides along with strong tackles and aggressive collisions.

It took around 24 minutes for the first clear chance to be created by Colliery Welfare with a very convincing change up of play down the right flank with a great conversion freekick from Luke Proctor that was met on the head by Christopher Wallace and directed a strong save from RCA. A few minor chances happened in the period with welfare hitting the post after 31 minutes with Jon Winter coming close but both teams where still having high flocks of possession and keeping the battle present in the midfield. 34 minutes in brought a very clear opportunity for Sunderland RCA with a strong break of play and directing the play down the right that forced James Winter into a vital save down to his right.

This was very much the story for the last period of the first half with Sunderland RCA turning up the heat and trying to get the goal advantage going into the break, this was all brought to the save of James Winter who looked very strong through the whole game saving the teams a significant amount of times during the duration of the tie. Both teams go in for half time with the score at 0-0 and everything still to play for!

The second half starts with the same pace with Sunderland RCA playing a more directive line and trying to catch Welfare on the break. The first 10 minutes of the second half seen RCA dominate periods with Winter, again having to make strong saves to keep Ryhope in the game. After 53 minutes, the inevitable happened and Sunderland RCA took the lead with Stephen Callan collecting the ball on the edge of the RCW box and takes a strong direct shot that finally breaks James Winter, It was 0-1 to RCA.

At this stage, RCA looked like they where gaining some control of the game with Welfare making some changes in the midfield in ambition of searching for that equaliser to get the game even again. Gary Pearce brought on two influential players in James Ellis and Jack Devlin to try and grind out the victory and offer some clear and definitive chances. It took until the 72nd minute for Welfare to have a clear chance that fell to the feet of Micky Rae for his chance to be saved on the line. Welfare kept working hard and trying to grind out something from the game as it always looked visible they could convert a chance in this game and after 81 minutes with time not being on the side of either teams, Welfare gained the highly anticipated equaliser from a heavy series of ball watching from the RCA defence which seen the rare name of Chris Trewick head home to give Welfare the boost they needed and make it 1-1 .

This put the game at stalemate again with the feeling that Welfare could perform that underdog second half FA Cup comeback that all football fans are used too! This all started to become very true when Ellis was brought down in the box on the 85th minute with Welfare awarded a lifeline in terms of a penalty and a chance to put some daylight between them and RCA. The penalty was taken James Ellis, who you could put your mortgage on to convert for Colliery welfare! The penelty was taken in a different style from James than usual and was put over the bar which was a huge chance lost for Welfare and kept the game at 1-1.

After that huge miss for Welfare and the constant pressing of both teams but both sides equally looking strong at the back and defecting play well it looked like this game would need extra time and penalties to find a winner. On pretty much the last kick of the game on the 90th RCA had a long ball forward which the Welfare defence underestimated the bounce of the ball which give a clear last minute opportunity for Sunderland RCA to convert and gain the win which they did and Callan gained his second of the night for RCA putting past the very strong James Winter after a one on one situation. This was very hard for Welfare to take but overall the story of the game was loads of missed opportunities for Welfare and the strongest outfit on the night gained entry into the next round.

Onwards and upwards for the season, Its only early days- plenty to be excited by!

Full Time Score: Colliery Welfare 1 – 2 Sunderland RCA

We Remember Richie

A minute’s silence and bucket collection is to be held before kick off to pay tribute to former midfielder, Richie Jordan with proceeds of the bucket collection going to Jordan’s family. It’s set to be an emotional afternoon at Sunderland RCA’s Sunderland LGV Park ground as both sides pay their respects with former teammates and friends in attendance. 

Richie played for both sides whilst under current RCA manager Martin Swales, scoring his first goal for Ryhope when winning their first cup for over 40 years against Cleator Moor Celtic in 2010. Tributes from both clubs were posted on their respective social media accounts. 

RCA tweeted: “All at Sunderland RCA are shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of our good friend and old teammate Richie Jordan. All our thoughts are with his family. RIP”

And Ryhope paid an emotional tribute on Twitter saying “All at Ryhope CW are deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of Richie Jordan. He was talented, fearsome in the tackle but more importantly, he was a great lad, always with a cheeky smile and he will be truly missed.

Richie in a Wearside League game against Hartlepool FC in 2007/8 season

Former RCW Manager Chris Lindstedt paid tribute to Richie

I took over as manager of Ryhope CW for the season 2003-04 and stayed for six seasons. Unlike recent seasons, there was no money whatsoever to attract players to the club so we had to go out and find players or rely on recommendations from people in the game. This usually meant signing youngsters, trying to develop them and, a lot of the time, asking boys to do men’s jobs. Richie Jordan was recommended to us in my second season in charge. I believe that it was Anth Shields who was playing in the same Sunday side as Richie who flagged him up and I believe it was a third/fourth division side they were playing for but I could be mistaken. We signed Richie on and threw him straight into the side. He could only have been 20 years old at the very most but, Jesus, could he play football. He took to Wearside League football like a fish to water and was totally comfortable playing against players who had years on him. Richie could do anything on the football field. He was quick, could pass the ball, was great in the air, could score goals and had a great sense of balance. He was almost impossible to knock off the ball and would glide past players and also run straight through them if he had to. Richie was also hard as nails. He was fearsome in the tackle and would back down from nobody. The bigger the challenge, the bigger he became on the field. He could be unreliable and his punctuality was shocking. He was almost always the last player to turn up on matchday BUT once he arrived, I knew that we would be strong that day and that he would give me 200% once he crossed those lines. We beat Washington, who were then in the top half of the Northern League 1st division, 4-0 away from home in the Durham Challenge Cup and he was simply magnificent that night so it was of little surprise to me that we lost him to Sunderland RCA the following season. What did surprise me, however, was the fact he struggled to make it past the bench once he got there which allowed me to lure him back to the CW. He made his second CW debut away to Belford House on the same day as Phil Hall made his debut and those two boys were undoubtedly the best signings I made whilst in charge of the club. We won 2-0 that day and I really thought we had the basis of a very strong side. By the end of that season, my time at the club had come to an end and one of my proudest achievements was the quality of the players that Swaz was left with when he took over as manager. He really did fantastic over the following seasons at the CW but I like to think that he had some good foundations left for him to build from. I attended, as a supporter, the following season’s Monkwearmouth Charity Cup Final at the CW against Cleator Moor Celtic when Richie scored the winner in a 1-0 victory to see the club lift its first trophy in many a season. To see him score the winning goal and Phillie Hall lift the trophy for the club was a really proud moment for me and I was delighted for and proud of both lads.  My final game in charge of Ryhope CW was a tough home game against Easington CW. We drew 1-1 that day, Richie scored our goal and I remember him almost decapitating one of their players with a trademark tackle. I shook his hand after the game and thanked him for the effort and commitment he had always given me. He just smiled and said “Chrissy, there was no way I was letting you lose that game mate.” That was Richie all over. Fantastic player but also a diamond of a kid off the park. I will miss him immensely but am eternally grateful that our paths did cross and that I could class him as a friend.

God bless Richie! Until we meet again mate. Thanks so much for the memories kidda!

Richie doing his normal pre match warm up

We also have memories from Dougie Benison, Ryhope CW Treasurer and Committee Member

My 1st memories of Richie are back in 2005 when he signed for Ryhope CW are of a quiet, very polite young man, a credit to his parents, who would rather use 5 words than 50.

In his early days the two people with the greatest influence on Richie’s football career was Chris and Ronnie. Chris was team manager who later became a good friend to Richie’s mam, and Ronnie was kitman (soaked the kit in the bath every Saturday night, as you do), coach driver to Cumbria (a duty shared with Chris), Chairman, fund raiser and anything else that needed doing around the club.

Some of my memories of the early days include:

  • Richie running around the cricket field to the ground as he was late – this became part of his pre-match warm up. In fact, that was his pre-match warm up.
  • Itching for Chris to finish his team talk so him and Calla could get outside have a couple of smokes each and check what’s won the 2.30 at Newbury because Richie had had to leave the bookies before the race finished.
  • Ronnie standing with his arm round Richie giving him some words of wisdom and Richie asking if he knew the half time scores so he could check his coupon.

The Club at the time had no money – players paid to play for the team. It was a family club. Ronnie’s son David played, along with my son Kevin & Davey Halls son Phil, as did George Routledge’s son Liam. All great players and great boys too, but to Chris and Ronnie, Richie was their son. They both loved him, anybody in with the club knows this to be true.

The trips to Cumbria were legendary with the above players and others, like Burlo & Shaun Godfrey.  Ronnie pulling the bus over on top of the A66 so Richie and Calla could have a fag in a snow drift. Not forgetting the Shiney Row taxi. All great memories that are so important for us all at this sad time.

Richie was also an integral part of the clubs most successful time in its 127-year history when managed by Martin Swales and assisted by Sean Butler and Gee for most of the time, and also others that included Steve Riley and Alan Hall. The club won 7 cups and 2 Wearside league titles, including its 1st trophy in 44 years winning the Monkwearmouth cup in 2010, when a Richie Jordan scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win against Cleator Moor, watched by his Mam.

The club also gained promotion twice to the Northern League, the 2nd time with Phil Hall and James ‘Jimbob’ Dunn player/managers of the team.

Today’s game will include many players who have played both with and against Richie, the two who played under both Chris and Swaz were Chris Trewick and Greg Swansbury, but also others like Michael Charlton & Nathan ONeill.

Its fair to say that anybody who has played local football in the last 14 years will at sometime played with or against Richie and some even fouled by him, then helped to their feet by him with a’ sorry mate’, ‘sorry ref’, and that cheeky smile.

Richie had this season re-signed for Grangetown Florists on a Sunday morning who are managed by Ryhope CWs most successful club captain Philie Hall and assisted by ex-Ryhope player Martin Metcalfe.

It’s only fitting that after all the tributes on social media this week that the last word should go to Phil who posted this on the clubs Facebook account on Monday: “He loved playing for the CW. Great days they were. Love you Rich”

Monkwearmouth Charity Cup win 2010

And Finally RCW Assistant Manager in 2010 when Richie scored the only goal in the Monkwearmouth Cup Final Sean Butler

Richie was already a RCW player when we got there in 2009 and it was easy to see he would be a big player for us. Two huge goals stand out for me that he scored, away to windscale that sent us on a unbeaten run to win the league, and the only goal in the Monkwearmouth charity cup final in 2010.

A great lad off the pitch and a great player on it, he will be a huge miss to everyone that knew him.

RIP mate

This is the Match Report form the Monkwearmouth Cup Final

Easter Monday 5th April 2010


Monkwearmouth charity cup final

Result 1-0

Goal scorer RICHARD JORDAN 43 mins

Not much goalmouth action to report during a tight, tense first half. Ryhope skipper Phil Hall headed a Jonathan Davis corner wide, and Celtic’s Leigh Dunn was equally close with a similar effort. The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break. The Cumbrians failed to clear their lines, and Richard Jordan smashed a volley into the top left-hand corner of Craig Devine’s net from the edge of the penalty area.

Inevitably, the game opened up in the second period.  Ryhope’s Martin Metcalfe somehow sliced wide from inside the six-yard box with the goal at his mercy.  James Farrell almost doubled Ryhope’s lead with a thumping 16-yard drive which hit the underside of the bar and bounced down just the wrong side of the goal line. Ryhope, who looked the steadier throughout, finished strongly. Jordan crashed a shot on the turn from the edge of the box against the inside of a post, and was later denied a penalty after tumbling in the box twice in quick succession.

The Wearside League may not be the most prestigious in the country, but boy, do they have nice trophies. The Monkwearmouth Charity Cup is a beauty, though Ryhope’s players, unused to dealing with success, needed a bit of persuading from fans and photographers before celebrating their victory with any animation. Still, the practice could come in handy because they are in pole position in the race for the league crown. A visit to rivals Scarborough Town, where they won 4-3 in the second round of the Monkwearmouth Charity Cup, on May 8th might prove decisive. A treble is on, with a home tie against Easington Colliery Welfare to come in the semi-finals of the League Cup. Quite a debut season for new manager Martin Swales.

The best was still to come.

Remembered By Many

The North East Football community have paid tribute to Richie over the past week. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Many Northern League Clubs will also be making the own mark of respect before today’s games.

RIP Richie
Never Forgotten

RCA v RCW – Emirate FA Cup


Match Preview: Sunderland RCA V Ryhope CW
by David Shaw

This Saturday sees Ryhope make a short trip to Northern League Division One rivals, Sunderland RCA in The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round in a repeat from last years cup tie. 

It will be a game of mixed emotions as both clubs will pay a mark of respect to former player Richie Jordan.


Last Time Out


Sunderland RCA 5-2 Ryhope CW 

The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 

11th August 2018


The last time both sides met in The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round saw Sunderland RCA put Ryhope CW out of the cup in what was a typical derby style game, with scrappy moments, some aggression and moments of quality. 


Ryhope found themselves behind within the first 20 minutes as RCA went two goals in front with strikes from Mark Davison and Michael Charlton before an own goal from a Nathaniel Skidmore free kick saw CW a goal behind at half time. 


Davison and Larkin added another two goals for RCA before another own goal gave Ryhope a goal back but the game was done and dusted after a goal Larkin made it too difficult for Pearson’s side to come back. 


Both teams found themselves down to 10 men in added time following a scuffle but with Swale’s side three goals ahead, Ryhope ended their FA Cup campaign. 


Either Sunderland RCA or Ryhope CW are set to face either Kendal Town or Hemsworth on Saturday 24th August in the next round. 


Pearson heads into the game with full squad selection at his disposal.


The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round 


Venue: Sunderland LGV Park, Meadow Park, Ryhope, Sunderland SR2 0NZ


Date: Saturday 10th August 

Kick Off: 3pm   

Match Preview: Shildon AFC v Ryhope CW

Match Preview: Shildon AFC v Ryhope CW 

By David Shaw

A change of venue sees Colliery Welfare make a visit to the Railway Men on Tuesday night in Ebac Northern League action on Tuesday night. 


Ryhope head into the game following a 2-2 draw with West Auckland on the opening day of the season but come up against a Shildon side who put eight goals past Thornaby and only leaking a goal on the same day. 


Last Time Out 

Shildon AFC 3-4 Ryhope CW
Ebac Northern League 



The last time both sides met at Dean Street saw Ryhope come away with their first win of 2019 with former Railymen, Micky Rae and James Ellis getting on the scoresheet for Colliery Welfare. 


Ellis was the first to open the scoring with a shot from outside the box before Aiden Heywood grabbed an equaliser for the homeside 20 minutes later. Both sides had opportunity to take lead before heading into half-time with Rae and Chris Wallace coming close for Ryhope and Heywood coming close to a second goal but his effort narrowly flying over the bar. 


The second half saw Ellis grab his second goal from the penalty spot before Billy Greulich-Smith got the equaliser back for the Railway men. Another two penalties for Gary Pearson’s side say Rae got both of his goals from the spot. 


Shildon managed to get a goal back through player manager, Daniel Moore after prodding home from a corner but as the home side were reduced to nine men, Ryhope controlled the dying minutes of the game to take home all 3 points. 


Pearson’s side head into Tuesday nights game without any injury concerns and a full squad selection to choose from. 


Northern League Division One 


Venue: Dean Street, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 1EZ


Date: Tuesday 06th August


Kick Off: 7.30pm