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Rose tie to be switched – venue tbc / McGregor injury update

Pollok’s Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round tie vs. Linlithgow Rose Community FC Juniors on 26/10/19 is to be switched, though the exact venue is to be confirmed. The first choice will be their neighbours’ Prestonfield ground, provided the Senior Rose’s Scottish Cup tie with University of Stirling FC (being played 20/10) does not go to a replay as it would take precedence. If that were the case, the game will go ahead at Newlandsfield. The reason for the switch is the lack of suitability of xCite Leisure Centre for the tie.

In other news, the website is pleased to report that Ryan McGregor has undergone successful surgery on the knee injury picked up in pre-season. He is now in the early stages of a six month rehab and recuperation process. All the best in your recovery Ryan.

New club for Lok in Junior Cup draw

Pollok will have their first ever competitive game against Linlithgow Rose Community FC when they travel east on the 26th of October. Despite the name, there is no connection to the well-established East of Scotland League side. They stepped up to Junior football from the amateur scene in the summer of 2019.

They were founded in 1992 as Baillielands FC and have ran various clubs at boys, girls, youth and adult amateur level since 2006 under the all-inclusive Linlithgow Rose name.

As noted above, the club that were admitted to the Juniors in 2019 were members of the Lothian and Edinburgh AFA in 2018-19 (they finished 2nd in the quasi-regional 3rd tier), playing at the xCite linlithgow Leisure Centre, the astro facility they still play at. They previously were in the Stirling & District AFA, finishing 5/9 in the Stirling Premier in 17-18.

All other ties can be found here:

http://www.scottishjuniorfa.com/sjfa/competition.cfm?page=4207&competitionID=97&roundID=5943

Squad update

Pollok FC can confirm that Pat O’Donnell has joined St. Roch’s on loan a month’s loan, meaning the young central defender will revert to Lok colours in mid October. We wish him well up at James McGrory Park.

Elsewhere, Lok have drafted in 20-year-old Pollok Juveniles keeper Tam McGuire as goalkeeping cover on a delayed transfer basis. He will remain on Lok’s books until the end of the season. He has already been involved with Lok at first team level, featuring in the squad versus Arthurlie in pre-season.

Welcome to Pollok…Dom Larkin

Pollok can this morning confirm that Dom Larkin has officially signed for the club. The towering centre half is yet another academy graduate to come through the Pollok Pathway following in the footsteps of Tony Coutts, Mikey McWilliams and Mouhamed Niang.

Murdie was delighted to add another graduate to the squad;

Dom had an outstanding season last year where he helped the 21’s win the Lady Darling Cup and he was also named their Players Player of the Year. We’re looking forward to working with him and hope he develops into another graduate the club can be proud of

Welcome to Pollok, Dom!

Welcome to Pollok…Chris Dallas

Pollok Football Club are delighted to announce Chris Dallas as the sixth new signing of the summer.

Prolific striker Dallas, 32, counts Darvel, East Kilbride Thistle, Arthurlie, Albion Rovers and most recently Glenafton, as his former clubs. A Scottish Cup and West Premier winner in 2016/17, Chris has scored over 50 goals in the past three seasons at Glenafton.

Lok boss Murdie Mackinnon was delighted to add more firepower to the squad and had the following to say;

“Chris is a proven goalscorer in the Premiership and as well as goals, he’ll bring a physical presence and experience to our attack. He’s got good pace and has been one of the best strikers in the juniors in recent years.”

Welcome to Pollok, Chris!

Welcome to Pollok…Gerry McLauchlan

Pollok FC can confirm the signing of former Queens Park player, Gerry McLauchlan.

The 30 year old centre back made over 30 appearances for ‘The Spiders’ last year and has previous senior experience with Brechin, Ayr Utd, Arbroath, Queen of the South and Cowdenbeath.

‘Lok gaffer Murdie Mackinnon was delighted to bolster his defence for the forthcoming campaign;

“Gerry is good capture for the club and is very experienced. We needed a bit of competition and depth at centre back, which we saw towards the end of the season when we played two full backs at centre half. We had a good defensive record last year but there’s always room for improvement.”

Gerry already has links to Pollok as his father (also Gerry) was assistant manager to Jim George between 1992 and 1995.

Welcome to Pollok, Gerry!