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Fancy being a sweeper for the Lok?

The ground team are looking for some volunteers this Saturday to get the terraces clean and ready for the big kick off on Saturday afternoon.

If you can spare a few hours from 8am on Saturday, drop down to Newlandsfield to lend a hand.

We’ll then kick off the 2018-19 campaign with our Sectional League Cup match against Maryhill at 2pm.

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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

Youth players added to first team squad

Ahead of the new season, Pollok are delighted to announce the signings of ‘keeper Scott Johnson and defender Tony Coutts on dual contracts for the 2018-19 season. The players, both products of the youth academy, rejoin the first team after being part of the squad in the second half of last season.

Scott Johnson made his debut for Pollok in the January Scottish Cup win away to Rossvale, keeping a clean sheet in the process. He went on to make another 7 appearances for the first team as cover for the injured Jordan Longmuir.

Tony Coutts is yet to make an appearance for the first team but served last season as captain to the league winning Under 19’s side.

The players join academy graduate Mohamed Niang in the squad for the forthcoming season.

Ground maintenance – Volunteers required!

Maintenance and repairs to the pitch are well underway at Newlandsfield but there is a lot of work to be done to get the ground looking at its best for the new season. Off the pitch there are plenty of jobs to be attended to to make sure that Pollok continues to be one of the best grounds in the junior game.

We are looking for volunteers over the next few Saturdays to lend a hand with whatever they can manage to do whether it be a bit of painting, cleaning or some general diy jobs. The pavilion will be open from around 9:30am on each of the next two Saturdays for volunteers to come and give us some help.

Newlandsfield departures

The club can confirm Liam Rowan, Derek Hepburn, Nicky Little and Paul Byrne have all left the club following the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

Jordan Brown has also left the club following his loan spell from Cumbernauld Utd.

Manager Tony McInally commented “I’d like to thank the players for their contribution during their time at the club. We wish them all the very best in the future.

Del Hepburn signed for the club in summer 2015 from Vale of Clyde and will be remembered for his last gasp heroics as Pollok lifted the West of Scotland Cup in 2017.

Liam joined the club in February 2016 after previous spells with Falkirk, Arbroath and Stranraer.

Paul and Nicky both joined the club last summer from Hurlford Utd and Clydebank respectively.

All the best lads!

Del scores against Cumnock

Liam scores a late equaliser to send Newlandsfield into raptures

Academy duo make the step up

Nathan McGarvey

Pollok are delighted to announce that Nathan McGarvey and Tony Coutts have joined the first team squad from Pollok Under 19’s.

They join fellow academy players Mohamed Niang and Scott Johnson who have both made first team appearances this season.

Speaking on the news of the signings, Pollok FC President Iain McFarlane had this to say;

“It’s testimony to the great work of the academy and first team coaches. It’s a significant step for Pollok FC on our journey to establishing a player pathway and will act as a real encouragement to the younger kids at the academy.”

Tony Coutts

Coutts, a central defender and McGarvey, a midfielder, are integral parts of the 19’s squad and will join up with the first team squad for the remaining league games and West of Scotland and Central cup campaigns.

In the summer of 2017, Under 19’s captain Mohamed ‘Sena’ Niang initially signed on a dual contract and made his Pollok debut in the Sectional Cup win against Arthurlie in August. He has since made nine league appearances and two cup appearances.

‘Keeper Scott Johnson made his Pollok debut earlier this year in the Scottish Cup win against Rossvale, keeping a clean sheet in the process. He also made his league debut in the recent draw with Beith.

In other news, goalkeeper Derick Moore, who had been loaned to Maryhill, has been released by the club.

Lok on film – A look at the community and academy

Supporters Direct and Club Development Scotland sent the cameras to Newlandsfield a few weeks back to look at how Pollok FC works with the community through the academy and as a club.

We’re extremely proud of what the club has achieved. This short film highlights what can be done with dedication, belief and hard work. We hope you enjoy it.

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Thanks to Scott Johnston of The Footy Blog for his work in putting this together.

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” 

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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.