Stirrup for the Cup!

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances, the Pollok ceilidh has been cancelled. Neigh to worry though, in its place we’ve put together a great night for you.

Saddle up and join us for what promises to be one of the most fun nights of the year, ‘Stirrup for the Cup!’ – The Pollok FC race night sponsored by Loks Bar and Kitchen. Taking place in the function suite at Loks on the 3rd of February, it promises to have enough action and good times to rival the Gold Cup or Grand National. 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.

And don’t forget, the ideal warm up for the race night is to head along to Newlandsfield in the afternoon to cheer on the Lok as they play Auchinleck Talbot in the McBookie Super Premier.

Tickets are available online now and we’d advise snapping one up before they are gone. For any additional info or if you can’t purchase online, contact us on Facebook, Twitter or drop us an email info@pollokfc.com

Rescheduled fixtures – Scottish Cup and League update

Our postponed Scottish Cup tie against Rossvale will take place this Saturday (27/1) at Petershill Park with a 1:45pm kick off.

Due to this, our home league match against Hurlford Utd has been rescheduled for March 10th.

The March fixtures are beginning to take shape and we’ll start the month with two home games. On March 3rd, we play Beith and then the aforementioned Hurford on March 10th.

Upcoming fixtures are as follows;

27/01/2018 Rossvale (A) – Scottish Cup – 1:45pm (Moved to Petershill)

03/02/2018 Auchinleck Talbot (H) – League

10/02/2018 Girvan (A) – League

24/02/2018 Glenafton Ath (H) – League

03/03/2018 Beith Juniors (H) – League

10/03/2018 Hurlford Utd (H) – League

  • Kick off’s 2pm unless otherwise stated

Pollok Business Club – 27/1/2018

Towards the end of last year we started working on the Pollok Business Club alongside our friends at FEART and the next meeting takes place this Saturday from 10am until 12:30pm in the function room at Loks.

The purpose of this business club is to create a residual income stream for the club which will exist and grow outwith normal football revenues or those revenue streams raised by conventional, traditional or fundraising methods.

If you are based in southside of Glasgow and have a business (especially if you are already a Pollok fan!) and would like to join Pollok Business Club, please get in touch for more information.

We look forward to seeing and meeting everyone on Saturday and truly know that this will be the beginning of a great partnership!

If you’ve got any questions, you can drop FEART an email on hello@feart.co.uk
. There is a Facebook event page over on the Pollok Facebook profile too.

Please feel free to bring along any roller banners, leaflets, business cards or anything that may be of use to help promote what you do, and should you require any space to exhibit your business or, for instance, a table or electrical point, please contact us and we will endeavour to assist.

See you there!

Squad News – January departures and injury update

Following on from the announcement of the David Gormley signing, we’ve got some updates from Tony about some departures and the squad going forward. 

Departing newlandsfield

Martin McGoldrick has left the club after a recent career move has led to the defender moving to the United Arab Emirates. 

“I think people will understand that this is disappointing news, as signing Goldie in the summer was a major coup for the club. To be totally fair to Martin, he’s kept the management team informed throughout the process, so it hasn’t come as a surprise and its allowed us to put a contingency in place. I respect the fact that this is an excellent opportunity for Martin and his family, and he’s right to put those things first.

As a matter of fact, Martin has personally refunded the transfer fee Pollok paid for him to the club. Martin’s a modest guy, and he’d probably rather that was kept quiet, but I think its important that people know what a class act he is. Needless to say, we wish Martin and his family well on their big move”.

Another figure leaving Pollok is central defender Ross McCabe, who has signed for Cumbernauld United. 

“Ross has been the consummate professional during his time at Pollok – he has given everything in games and training with us and was a brilliant person to have at the club. I’m always sympathetic towards players not playing as often as they want but Ross has displayed admirable patience in this regard. Ross is 32 and wanted to play more often in what he considers his last few years so I decided to accept Cumbernauld Utd’s offer and allow Ross to go and play every week – he leaves with our best wishes”

One more player who is moving to pastures new is Nicky Prentice. Nicky signed in the summer from Kilsyth Rangers; however a change of work commitments have meant that he has been unable to get to Pollok training sessions in past 6 weeks and as such the club accepted an offer from Bo’ness Utd to move on. 

“As a junior manager, I only get a short period of time with my players during the week for coaching so I need players who can train regularly. It’s unfortunate that things work out like that sometimes, as I rate Nicky really highly. I’m sorry to lose the player, as he has done excellent, and I’m sure he’ll do well at his new club.”

treatment table

One final update relates to Colin Williamson. Colin hasn’t featured at all so far this season, after heroically playing through injury for the second half of last season. A recent scan on Colin’s groin and abductor injury has shown no need for surgery and can be treated normally. At the moment there is no time frame for return, but the diagnosis has been positive.

“Colin is a big player for us, and he’s been badly missed in midfield. I’m really glad for Colin that he won’t require to go under the knife, but I guess no-one would mind me being a wee bit selfish and saying that I’m glad it won’t be too much longer before I’m able to put Colin back out onto the field in a Pollok shirt.

Thankfully Colin has never had a serious injury before so we are very positive about getting him back to full fitness quickly once we get the go ahead from Ross Hall medical team”

On the squad…

“In terms of team and squad building, I’ve been delighted at the group of players we have at our disposal. Since the start of the season the players have been a great group to work with and in recent weeks and months, there have been real demonstrable signs of them coming together as a real team, great togetherness , will to win, wanting to play and do well for Pollok fans and themselves.

At the start of the season, our sole intention was to build a really strong squad and let things develop. Having taking time to assess the group and the challenges ahead we took positive decisions to improve the quality in the group as the season has progressed by bringing in the likes of Gormley, Wharton and McGregor who have great quality and experience for our predominantly young squad of players. Now we are very happy with the shape and size, strength, competition, quality and importantly, balance of players within our squad. 

Looking back to when we joined Pollok 4 years ago, it shows the tremendous strides the club has made in that period as every top player that becomes available, Pollok are a club that interests them to play for. Everyone at the club is together from fans to Committee to the academy and to the players and management. This shows in the trophies we have won, finals we have competed in and the positivity that surrounds Pollok Football Club – long may it continue” 

MTLN!

Gormley signs on at the Lok

We are delighted to announce that Pollok Football Club have captured the signature of 29-year-old centre-forward David Gormley. Gormley joins the club from Clyde, having previously starred in the juniors for Glenafton, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Auchinleck Talbot. Tony McInally had the following to say;

‘David is a fantastic acquisition for us at this stage of the season. He is a proven striker at junior and senior level having shown his prowess over many seasons. He will be a huge asset to us and he is a different type of striker to what we already have at the club’.

David started his career at Motherwell and has also played for Ayr Utd, Albion Rovers, Alloa and Elgin City. On joining Pollok, David said “Having played a lot of my football in the Juniors, I know just how big a club Pollok are. Newlandsfield is a great place to play football and you always noticed as an opposition player how much the fans got behind the team.  I can’t wait to get started.”

David is available for next weekend’s rescheduled Scottish Cup tie against Rossvale.

Fixture News – Cup round up

Venue change for scottish cup tie

Our Scottish Cup tie away to Rossvale on Sat 20th January has been switched to Petershill Park. The match will still kick off at 1:45pm.

Central League CUP 1st and 2nd rOUND DRAW

The draw for the Central 1st and 2nd rounds was made last night. Pollok have received a bye in the 1st round and will travel to face the winner of the first round tie between Newmains or Cambuslang in the second round. Dates to be confirmed.

New coin holdings west of scotland cup 2ND ROUND

After defeating Royal Albert in round 1, we will face an away tie to either Saltcoats Vics or Arthurlie in the second round of the West of Scotland cup. Dates to be confirmed.

Minutes applause this afternoon

The community surrounding Pollok Football Club has lost two of its most ardent members in recent weeks.

As a result, the club intends to hold a minute of applause prior to kick off this afternoon to commentate the passing of our dear friends, John ‘Tiger’ Shaw and Ronnie Keenan.

We would invite supporters of both Pollok and Arthurlie to join with us in celebrating the memory of these two remarkable individuals.