**Tickets on sale at the match for the Race Night next Saturday
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
Pollok have been drawn at home to Buchanhaven Hearts in the 2nd Round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup.
Buchanhaven, based in Peterhead, currently sit atop the McBookie.com North Region 2nd Division.
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.
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;
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
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Thanks to Scott Johnston of The Footy Blog for his work in putting this together.