Pollok FC Race Night – Tickets Available

If you joined us in February for our first race night in Loks, you’ll neigh doubt be aware what a great night it was. The runners and riders have been announced and the autumn meet will take place on October 13th at Loks Bar & Kitchen. Get in the parade ring at 7 for a 7:30 start. At £10 a ticket, it’s a gamble you can’t lose.

First furlong – A night packed full of top racing action. Study the form, pick the horse with the best name or go with the one in black and white stripes. Whoever you choose, if it’s first past the post your wallet might get heavier as the evening goes on!

Second furlong – A superb buffet will be provided by our sponsors at Loks Bar and Kitchen. There will be plenty of nosebag to keep you going through the night! Loks also boasts one of the finest stocked bars in the Southside so you won’t go thirsty.

Final furlong – After your win you’ll be ready to hit the dancefloor as our DJ plays wall to wall floorfillers.

Tickets are now by dropping us email to info@pollokfc.com or by sending us a message on Facebook or Twitter. There will also be tickets available at next Saturday’s Scottish Cup match at home to Buchanhaven Hearts and at our home game on October 6th against Kilbirnie.

See you under starters orders!

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. 

MTLN!

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.

MTLN

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

Team Bus

The team bus for Irvine will leave Newlandsfield at 11:45 sharp this Saturday.

There will be some spare seats, so any supporters wishing to travel on the bus should come along ahead of time.

These seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of travel is £10.

Exclusive Merchandise Flash Sale!

Great news! We’ve got some exclusive Pollok memorabilia for sale at great prices!

Pollok Red Away Kit 2016-18First up, this red away kit was never made available for public sale. We have numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 14, 18, 19 and 20 available. All shirts are guaranteed match-worn and are pretty much one-of-a-kind (well, twenty or so of a kind, but we’re sure you take the point).

For sale at £25 each.

Also, we have a number of last season’s home strips available for sale. In the spirit of good data presentation, we’ve hand-coded this HTML table to show you what we have available. These are each available for £15.

size Long-Sleeved Short-Sleeved
Medium 3, 7, 8, 9 3, 6
Large 4, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19 12, 14, 16, 17, 19
XL 4, 5 4

The venerable Derek Lothian is the man behind the sale. If you’re interested in getting your hands on any of these, you can email him at delsageordie@yahoo.co.uk or chat to him at the game.

Jane Lavery

It was with much sadness that we learnt of the passing of Pollok United Soccer Academy coach, Jane Lavery.

Janie was a much loved colleague and coach to everyone involved with the academy and will be greatly missed.

Last year Janie was awarded the Scottish FA grassroots award in recognition for her work with the Academy’s girls and disabled sections. Her contribution was massive and will always be remembered. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

There will be a minutes silence in memory of Janie prior to tomorrow’s home fixture against Auchinleck Talbot.

(Janie pictured last year with UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and Stewart Regan of the SFA)

Tony McInally’s update: 28th August 2018

Dear supporters

Looking back to the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy game

Our performance was nothing short of disgraceful from start to finish. You cannot win West Premiership games playing for 20 minutes and expect to win! Before people start to criticize the management team, our players were well warned what to expect from the game, our opponents and the need to start producing performances and winning results as our season to date has been really unacceptable. Having six points from five played isn’t what we wanted nor expected especially since we have been ahead in all of those games and have only once seen a game out to victory.

Defensively we were really poor with avoidable goals, missed chances when in front to put the game to bed and devoid of creativity and competitiveness in the midfield – add these things together and it doesn’t make for a good team.

We finished last season strongly and we really haven’t started this season. 

As for the game itself, we didnt start the game well, looked sluggish and not at it and deservedly went behind at half time – in fact Jordan Longmuir saved us on a few occasions in that first period. After some strong words at half time, the players reacted in the right manner and took the game to Rob Roy then ended up 2-1 ahead and looking likelier to go on and win the match with goals to spare. For some reason they stopped playing, played within themselves, stopped doing the good things they did in first 20-25 minutes of second half and this gave Rob Roy encouragement to have a go which they took. All goals were very poor goals to concede. For the first goal Mark Sideserf played them onside, at the second, Ewan McNeil was caught wrong side then some bad defending from Danny Boyle followed and they had equalized. And the third goal, we don’t clear our lines, they get to the bye line and score a very soft third right on the goal line. In terms of performance, you cannot have three players in Jordan, David Gormley and Adam Forde as the only players who played anywhere near what they can and expect to win.

A really bad day at the office and we got what we deserved for sloppy display – nothing.

The on loan signing of Aaron Millar

We signed the young lad from Clyde to help bolster our forward options given the current situation with Stuart McCann, Gary McCann, Stefan McCluskey and David Gormley who is playing through the pain barrier for us. He’s a talented lad who has featured from the bench for their first team who was looking for more game time and experience of players against men. We have him on a short term loan agreement so we will see how this develops between now and January

The Irvine Meadow match

Obviously the first thing I would demand is the right reaction following a bad performance and result last week. We have made things extremely difficult for ourselves to get into the mix at the top with our results so far this season. I spoke with Brian McGinty on Saturday who was at our game so he will have been encouraged by what he saw and think he can come up and get a result this weekend.

The Pollok FC Open Day

All players and management attended the open day to show our support for the wider club. To my knowledge, the open day was a fantastic success and the whole club got a real lift for the support, the sponsorship and the general feel good factor around the entire club from the community, academy to the first team. We really need the club to stick together, support everything the club does as it really is the lifeblood of everything we are trying to do.

We don’t have a rich benefactor that many of the Ayrshire clubs have, we don’t have a huge single sponsor or social club that pumps tens of thousands into the club hence the reason since I joined the club I’ve had to manage my budget very closely, sell players every season in order to keep the club budgets in hand. Since I joined the club, the club has gained significantly in terms of transfers monies in which has helped the club in many ways. We try and work together to ensure that Pollok is financially healthy and run for the benefit of the entire club hence the need to continually be financially prudent.

All the best,

Tony