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Lok draw Troon in West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round

Pollok’s reward for seeing off Ardrossan Winton Rovers is an away trip to Portland Park to face Troon, Lok’s fourth cup tie vs. Ayrshire opposition thus far this season.

The full draw for the Ardagh Glass West of Scotland Cup 2nd Round is as follows:

Auchinleck Talbot v Cumnock Juniors
Beith Juniors v Irvine Meadow XI
Bellshill Athletic v Benburb
Carluke Rovers v Muirkirk
Craigmark Burntonians v Gartcairn
Cumbernauld United or Vale of Clyde v Shettleston
Glenafton Athletic v Lesmahagow
Hurlford United v Glasgow Perthshire
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy v Thorniewood United
Lanark United v Kilsyth Rangers
Newmains United v East Kilbride Thistle
Port Glasgow Juniors v Arthurlie
Rossvale v Cambuslang Rangers
Rutherglen Glencairn v Kilbirnie Ladeside
St. Rochs v Shotts Bon Accord
Troon v Pollok

Update: these ties will go ahead on 12th January 2019, 1.30pm kick off.

Penman joins coaching staff

The more eagle eyed supporters may have noticed a new face on the coaching staff over this weekend and we’d like to take the opportunity to welcome Ian Penman to Pollok as he joins Murdie’s management team.

A player with Neilston and EK Thistle, he has since been assistant at EK and Blantyre Vics as well as on the coaching staff at Irvine Meadow.

Welcome to Newlandsfield, Ian!

Welcome to Pollok…Josh Watt

Pollok are pleased to announce the signing of Josh Watt from Bo’ness. The left sided winger started his career at Motherwell which included loan spells at Airdrie Utd and Raith. After a spell in the Icelandic Premier League with AI, he returned to Scotland with Stenhousemuir. He also counts East Stirling, Cumnock, Queens Park and Clydebank among his former clubs.

On his signing, manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say;

“Josh is a tricky player who is a strong runner with the ball. His delivery from set plays and open play is fantastic. He’s got an eye for goal too!”

As part of the deal, Michael McMullin has moved to Bo’ness. We’d like to thank Michael for his efforts at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

McGhie signs on as Assistant to Murdie

Pollok FC can tonight confirm the addition of Billy McGhie to the coaching staff as assistant to Murdie Mackinnon.

After a senior playing career of nearly 400 games at Clydebank, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South and then a nine year spell Junior with Arthurlie, Petershill and Shettleston, he became manager of Clydebank in 2003 where he spent over 13 seasons, leaving the Bankies in December 2016. He most recently held the managerial reins at Kilbirnie Ladeside, serving as manager from May 2017 until his decision to leave earlier in October 2018.

Welcome to Pollok, Billy!

Billy Kerr joins Murdie’s backroom staff

Pollok FC are delighted to announce that Billy Kerr has joined manager Murdie Mackinnon’s backroom team as goalkeeping coach. Billy brings an abundance of experience with previous spells at Rangers, Hamilton Accies, Ashfield, Irvine Meadow and Kilbirnie Ladeside.

The club would also like to put on record their thanks and best wishes to Stewart Ralston and Brian Whelan who have now left the club.

Sena departs Newlandsfield

Pollok can confirm that Mohamed ‘Sena’ Niang has now left Pollok and has signed for Scottish Championship side, Partick Thistle.

Sena graduated from the Pollok United Soccer Academy in the summer of 2017 after having captained the U19’s the previous season. As the first academy graduate to make the step up, he made his first team debut against Arthurlie in a 1-0 Sectional League Cup win and made his first league start a few games later away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the league. He finished the 2017-18 season with 20 appearances.

Sena has made 9 top team appearances this term and he scored his first goal for the Lok in a 4-1 win against Maryhill.

On his move, Sena had the following message for the Pollok faithful;

It’s been a pleasure to play for Pollok. It’s a journey in my life that I am never going to forget as it gave me the platform to go and play the best sport in the world and finally achieve my dream, to be a full time footballer.

I would like to thank the fans as they’ve been great to me since the day I made my debut. I always gave 100% because of how much love I have for the Pollok fans and my teammates.

I would like to wish all my teammates and coaching staff all the best for the remainder of the season. I will miss playing at Newlandsfield, but now that I live closer to the ground I’ll be coming to most home games as a fan to cheer on the lads.

I’d also like to say a massive thanks to the academy from mini kickers all the way to the Under 19s for always been supportive and cheering my name. You guys mean a lot to me. A special mention to the squad and coaches from last years Pollok u19’s, a brilliant bunch of lads who were always there for me when I needed support. 

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Commenting on the move, manager Tony McInally had this to say;

All of us in the dressing room are delighted that Sena has managed to secure his dream move of playing full time professional football after securing a deal with Partick Thistle. We have worked hard every week with Sena on all aspects of his game so it is fantastic that Thistle have seen this improvement and potential in the lad to offer him a great deal.

On a personal level, I’m really pleased that his teammates worked with him and helped Sena every week to provide support and experience to him on and off the pitch to develop into the player he is today.


From the dressing room we would like to wish Sena all the very best in the next step of his football career. I am sure he has a really bright future in the professional game if he continues to listen, learn and improve his overall game.

All the best Sena.

Echoing the manager’s sentiments, on behalf of everyone at Pollok we’d like to wish Sena the very best.

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Pollok FC delighted to announce partnership with Westpoint Homes

Pollok Football Club are delighted to announce their newly formed partnership with Westpoint Homes, one of central Scotland’s most highly-regarded, private home builders. The partnership will see Westpoint Homes’ branding displayed at Newlandsfield Park, and on the cover of the match day programme.

The relationship was formed in the Southside of Glasgow, where both Pollok F.C and Westpoint Homes have grown as teams considerably over the years. Indeed, trophy cabinets are not just required at Newlandsfield, we’d like to congratulate Westpoint on their recent Herald Property Award.

The partnership is an exciting opportunity for both Pollok FC and Westpoint Homes as both organisations are passionate about carrying out work to benefit the local community.

We’ve already welcomed Westpoint in to the Pollok family and valuable time was spent together recently as Westpoint Homes attended the Pollok FC open day at Loks Bar & Kitchen.

Check out Wespoint’s latest development in Pollokshields