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Friendly fixtures update

The arrangements of all 3 of our friendly matches have now been finalised as per the fixtures page on the site.

We will now face Bo’ness away next Wednesday before two ‘home away from home’ matches on Saturday 21st and Wednesday 25th July.

Our match against St Andrews Utd will take place at Lochinch Playing Fields within Pollok Park on Saturday 21st before we play Fauldhouse Utd at Benburb’s New Tinto Park on Wednesday 25th with a 7:30pm kick off.

Full fixture details can be found until November on the fixtures page and will be updated once confirmed if there are any changes to our fixtures.

A guide to season 2018-19

The dust has only just settled on last season but we’re already looking ahead with the players due to report back to pre-season training this Saturday. We’ve got some friendly fixtures lined up later in July but before that we just wanted to go through a bit of housekeeping with several changes happening in the structure of our league and cup competitions in the coming season.

Expanded premier division

You’ll no doubt be aware after this was passed at last years West Region AGM, but this season the Premier Division has gone from 12 teams to 16. We’ve lost Arthurlie and Girvan but First Division champions Petershill move up along with Largs Thistle, Renfrew, Cambuslang Rangers, Troon and Irvine Meadow XI. The league is now called the Premiership with the Championship, League 1 and League 2 sitting below that.

This season the league kicks off on August 4th with a trip to newly promoted Renfrew. We then welcome Largs to Newlandsfield before a trip to the seaside to play Troon. Check out our fixtures page for the first half of the season’s fixtures..

NEW SECTIONAL CUP FORMAT

The Sectional Cup has been revamped for season 2018/19 bringing together the Central and Ayrshire sections into one competition. All West region teams have been split into groups of 8 teams, bar one which has 7 teams. The teams within that group of 8 were then drawn into two mini groups of 4. (Still with us?) This group of 4 is our section for the next two seasons. In the third season, the same original group of 8 will be redrawn into two fresh groups of 4.

Our main sectional group contains; Clydebank, Maryhill, Rossvale, Shettleston, Vale of Clyde, Vale of Leven and Yoker.

For season 2018/19 and 2019/20 we have been drawn in a group containing;

Maryhill

Rossvale

Shettleston

These sectional group fixtures will take place over one week at the beginning of the season on the 28th July, 30th July and 1st August (Sat, Mon, Wed). We play Maryhill at home on Saturday 28th, Shettleston away on Monday 30th and are at home to Rossvale on Wednesday the 1st of August.

The winner of our section and the winner from the other mini section in our group will then meet in the second round of the competition.

Other competition NEWS…

The Scottish Junior Cup will kick off on September 15th, with the second round scheduled 2 weeks later on September 29th.

The West of Scotland Cup will continue and Pollok have been drawn to play away at Ardrossan Winton Rovers. This match is currently scheduled for November 10th.

The Central League Cup will not go ahead this season.

The end-of-season Evening Times Cup will now be contested the following season.

Full fixture details can be found here

Margaret McDougall—Funeral Arrangements

Long-time supporter and friend of the club, Archie McDougall has informed us of the sad news that his wife, Margaret, has passed away.

Margaret was a regular attendee of club events and was well-known to many around Newlandsfield.

Archie has asked us to advise supporters and friends of the arrangements for Margaret’s funeral which will take place at Linn Crematorium on Thursday, 28th June at 2pm, moving onto Lok’s Bar and Kitchen thereafter.

Anyone attending the service should be advised that Archie has requested bright colours be worn to share in the celebration of Margaret’s life.

The thoughts of all at the club are with Archie and his family at this difficult time.

Newlandsfield Regeneration

Pollok Football Club is always pleased to receive coverage in the local and national press, and Wednesday’s report in the Evening Times about proposed renovations of Newlandsfield was no exception.

However, the report contained some factual inaccuracies, and in order to ensure that Pollok members and supporters are well apprised of developments at the club, the club would like to explain as clearly as possible the proposed renovations at Newlandsfield.

The club has presently submitted a planning application to demolish the existing refreshment hut building that stands next to the covered enclosure. The intention is to replace the existing building with a larger structure, which will contain a much upgraded catering facility and male and female toilets for the comfort of supporters.

This project is still very much in its infancy, and there are still many barriers to be overcome in order for it to come to fruition. First of all, the application itself will need to be approved before any progress can be made.

If the application is successful a great deal of further work will need to be carried out in planning, design, costing and, most importantly of all, funding.

The club is always looking at ways to improve Newlandsfield, and to make Pollok (and junior football in general) an attractive option for football fans young and old; this work represents a much-needed step in the right direction towards modernising the ground.

Of course, we would not be able to do any of this without the generous support of our members and supporters. We would like to thank you all for your support over the year and aim to keep you well informed about the progress of our regeneration work.

Festive draw winners

Thanks to all who dropped by the club over the weekend to grab some stocking fillers and take part in the prize draw. Despite the postponement of our game on Saturday, there was also a superb response to our food bank collection which is greatly appreciated.

The winners of the prize draw are below. Winners should contact Stuart McCulloch on 07985 741541.

Congratulations to all!

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fixture news: Girvan v Pollok

 

Due to Scottish Cup postponements at the weekend, our match against Auchinleck Talbot due to be played on the 9th of Dec has been postponed. We will now travel to Hamilton Park in South Ayrshire for the return league fixture against Girvan. The match has a 1:45pm kick off.

In our last match against Girvan the spoils were shared after a 2-2 draw at Newlandsfield with goals from Stefan McCluskey and Derek Hepburn.

At the moment our final league game of the year is scheduled for December the 16th when we will play host to Kilwinning Rangers. Again, this match has a 1:45pm kick off and just to remind supporters, we will be accepting donations for the Glasgow South West food bank at this match. Thanks to all who have already donated.

Lok to face Glasgow Perthshire in the Scottish

Pollok have been drawn to play Glasgow Perthshire away in the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Pollok booked their place in the draw after a 4-1 defeat of Royal Albert in round two whilst our opponents beat Dundee North End and Kinnoull to reach this stage.

The match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 25th of November at Keppoch Park.