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Development side’s application successful

The Lowland League revealed this week that all 68 applications by Under 20 sides were successful, which means that Pollok will be fielding a young side in the West Conference once season 2020-21 gets underway. Match secretary Martin Donnelly has been busy getting a number of U20 players registered and we hope to begin introducing the squad assembled by Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson over the next few days.

Also, keep an eye out for some additional signings at first team level too!

Player news: Christie checks in

Pollok are delighted to welcome Darren Christie to Newlandsfield following his departure from fellow West of Scotland League side Beith Juniors. The 32-year-old wide man is a player Lok fans will be well-aware of from his appearances against us over the years and manager Murdie MacKinnon reveals his pleasure in having secured his capture.

Speaking to the Lok website, Murdie said: “It gives me great please to welcome Darren to the club from Beith Juniors. He is a player that I have admired for a number of years. He has performed at the highest levels over the course of his career picking up the Premier League, West of Scotland Cup and Scottish Junior Cup winners medals along the way.”

Thinking of how he will fit into the squad, Murdie added: “He brings a wealth of experience and is a player who will certainly add competition for places. He is another player who adds goals to the team and is the exciting type of player who will get the supporters on the edge of their seats. I know that Darren is desperate to make his stay at the club a successful one and as he looks forward joining up with his new teammates at Pollok.”

“I would again like to take the opportunity of welcoming him to Pollok Football Club.”

Darren had a Pro Youth career at both Celtic (briefly) and St. Mirren before moving onto Barrhead BC and stepped up to the Juniors from St. Peters Juveniles with Neilston where he remained for five seasons. He joined Beith in 2014 and it is from the Bellsdale Park side that he joins Lok.

Two Jordans depart for pastures new

With new signing news imminent, it is sadly farewell to both Jordan Morton and Jordan McMillan. Forward Jordan Morton signed for Lok from Cambuslang Rangers midway through the 2018-19 season and went on to play 25 games for the club, netting four times.

Jordan McMillan signed originally on loan from Dumbarton in December 2019, making his debut at Largs Thistle. Covid-19 curtailed his involvement upon signing permanently in February 2020, with him making six appearances in total.

The club had previously announced that Tony Coutts and Mikey McWilliams were also moving on, with the latter signing up with Rossvale. Everyone at Pollok wishes all of those players well on their future careers.

Pollok launch U20 side

The Pollok website is delighted to confirm that the club will be represented at U20 level in the Lowland Development League. This is a competition that holds games on a Friday evening and while last season it was for clubs across the Lowland League’s catchment, with the influx of West-based sides, a geographical split is likely. Pollok’s side will be managed by former Queen of the South and Airdrie player Stephen McKenna and he will be assisted by Chris Ferguson. Both coached at Airdrieonians U18s last season.

The U20 side will all be eligible for the first team, and in turn, first team players can play a limited number of games themselves – the advantage of that being the opportunity to get game time for players returning from injury as well as giving the youngsters the chance to play alongside some of our stars. Stephen and Chris are currently finalising their squad and signings will be announced in a few weeks time.

Speaking to the website this evening, Stephen (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to be given the responsibility, alongside Chris, to oversee the Pollok Development squad this coming season.”

He continued: “We cant wait to get started and get to work on helping these lads achieve success in their football careers.”

“We will be in close contact with Murdie throughout the season and will be doing everything we can to get these players to the point where they are running out at Newlandsfield for the first team in the coming months.”

You can follow the young Lok’s progress on the website, Facebook and on Twitter as the season progresses. Stay tuned also for news of what other clubs from the West will be taking part.

West of Scotland League 2020-21 structure finalised

Twenty’s Plenty for Lok!

After months of discussion, weeks of speculation and days of uncertainty, the structure for the new West of Scotland Football League can be confirmed this evening. The initial plan for four conferences of 16/17 clubs was deemed to be unviable, so the outcome that has been arrived at sees the existing West Premiership (16) clubs joined by the top three from the Championship on average points per game, as well as existing Pyramid Tier 6 side Bonnyton Thistle. A 20 team league is therefore what Pollok find themselves in for when football resumes, though that does not automatically mean a 38 game programme. The exact details of promotion and relegation will be determined closer to the big kick off.

The West of Scotland League at tier 6 will therefore contain:

  • Auchinleck Talbot
  • Beith Juniors
  • Benburb
  • Blantyre Victoria
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • Clydebank
  • Cumbernauld United
  • Cumnock Juniors
  • Darvel
  • Glenafton Athletic
  • Hurlford United
  • Irvine Meadow XI
  • Kilbirnie Ladeside
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
  • Largs Thistle
  • Pollok
  • Rossvale
  • Rutherglen Glencairn
  • Troon

At Tier 7 there will be three equal ‘Conferences’.

Conference A is:

  • Arthurlie
  • Bellshill Athletic
  • Craigmark Burntonians
  • Forth Wanderers
  • Girvan
  • Glasgow University
  • Irvine Victoria
  • Johnstone Burgh
  • Lesmahagow
  • Lugar Boswell Thistle
  • Maryhill
  • Maybole
  • Muirkirk Juniors
  • Saltcoats Victoria
  • Shotts Bon Accord
  • Whitletts Victoria

Conference B is:

  • Annbank United
  • Ardeer Thistle
  • Ashfield
  • Cambuslang Rangers
  • Carluke Rovers
  • Dalry Thistle
  • Gartcairn
  • Greenock Juniors
  • Kello Rovers
  • Newmains United
  • Port Glasgow
  • Renfrew
  • Royal Albert
  • Shettleston
  • St. Cadoc’s
  • Thorniewood United

Conference C is

  • Ardrossan Winton Rovers
  • Drumchapel United
  • East Kilbride Thistle
  • Glasgow Perthshire
  • Kilsyth Rangers
  • Lanark United
  • Larkhall Thistle
  • Neilston Juniors
  • Petershill
  • St. Anthony’s
  • St. Roch’s
  • Vale of Clyde
  • Vale of Leven
  • Wishaw Juniors
  • Yoker Athletic

Below you can follow the league as it develops on social media:
Website: https://wosfl.co.uk/
Twitter: @OfficialWoSFL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWoSFL
Instagram: instagram.com/OfficialWoSFL

West SJFA titles decided

The West Region SJFA have this evening announced the destinations of the four final championship trophies. They have come to their decision largely on average points per game, though have factored in a number of other statistics into their findings.

Congratulations therefore to Auchinleck Talbot, Blantyre Victoria & Darvel (shared), Shettleston and Johnstone Burgh!

Talbot’s elevation to top of the table sees Lok finish this somewhat truncated season in 3rd spot. (detailed tables below as shared by Glenafton Athletic FC, table 11 does appear to contain an error though)

Pollok’s West of Scotland League application approved

The West of Scotland League has this evening confirmed that our application has been approved. They have also named all 67 successful applicants to the fledgling organisation – all 63 current West Region SJFA members as well as Glasgow University (SFA members and a part of the Caledonian League), Bonnyton Thistle (South of Scotland League), Drumchapel United (Central Scottish AFL) and potential new southside derby opposition, St. Cadoc’s. The latter have ran various sides in the Scottish Youth FA since 1987.

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The following statement was released today:

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A very informative FAQ on the new set-up was put together by Troon FC here.

Below you will find the new logo of the West of Scotland Football League and you can follow the league as it develops on social media:
Website: https://wosfl.co.uk/
Twitter: @OfficialWoSFL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWoSFL
Instagram: instagram.com/OfficialWoSFL

2020-21 is likely to be a single season of ‘all at tier 6’ seeded conferences that will form the basis of a heirarchal structure from 2021-22. If there are 4 parallel divisions, then the top 4 from each at the end of Season One would in theory make up the new top division in 21-22 and so on. 20-21 will be a novelty, for sure!

If the same format is used as that to form the expanded East of Scotland League in 2018-19, the ‘tier 6’ parallel divisions (4 x 16/17) are going to be seeded. This would mean putting a club into a separate ‘conference’ in turn, much like you might deal cards. With the league unfinished, average points per game would most likely be used, and this would see Pollok as a top seed as we would be 3rd in that ranking method. We would also be a top seed on points accrued. Please stay tuned to the website and social media for clarification on what will be happening once football gets back underway! If anyone wants a bit of ‘lockdown mental agility’, try and work out what our Conference might potentially look like! (we will likely have 4 clubs from each of the West divisions, following the seeding pattern, and perhaps one of the additional sides).

Another option would be regionalised conferences for season one, but again this is just speculation.

OFFICIAL: All remaining fixtures cancelled

Dear supporters – it can be confirmed that the 2019-20 season will not be completed. The following communication has been received by all West Region SJFA clubs from John Fyfe to say:

“Following the recent announcement from the SFA Response Group, the West Region Management Committee have discussed & decided in light of Scottish Football shutdown being extended until the 10th June 2020 there is little option but to declare all remaining League & Cup fixtures as cancelled.”

What this means for the outcomes of league titles remains to be confirmed. With all West Region sides having applied for the new West of Scotland League (a very informative FAQ by Troon FC here), promotion and relegation is not an issue.

The Lowland League published a statement following the closure of applications to say that 68 clubs had applied (according to George Fraser of the Lowland League in a recent podcast, this includes all 63 from the West Region while three other clubs have made public confirmations of their applications – Kilmarnock-based Bonnyton Thistle from the South of Scotland League and amateur sides Glasgow University (SFA members and from the Caledonian League) and Drumchapel United PYM from the Central Scottish AFL).

2020-21 is likely to be a single season of ‘all at tier 6’ seeded conferences that will form the basis of a heirarchal structure from 2021-22. If there are 4 parallel divisions, then the top 4 from each at the end of Season One would in theory make up the new top division in 21-22 and so on. 20-21 will be a novelty, for sure!

If the same format is used as that to form the expanded East of Scotland League in 2018-19, the ‘tier 6’ parallel divisions (4 x 16/17) are going to be seeded. This would mean putting a club into a separate ‘conference’ in turn, much like you might deal cards. With the league unfinished, average points per game would most likely be used, and this would see Pollok as a top seed as we would be 3rd in that ranking method. We would also be a top seed on points accrued. Please stay tuned to the website and social media for clarification on what will be happening once football gets back underway! If anyone wants a bit of ‘lockdown mental agility’, try and work out what our Conference might potentially look like! (we will likely have 4 clubs from each of the West divisions, following the seeding pattern, and perhaps one of the additional sides).

Another option would be regionalised conferences for season one, but again this is just speculation.

Updated 13th April: below you will find the new logo of the West of Scotland Football League and you can follow the league as it develops on social media:
Twitter: @OfficialWoSFL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWoSFL
Instagram: instagram.com/OfficialWoSFL

FAO members

Club secretary Stuart McCulloch has asked that if any current member who has not yet received the recent ‘members update’ letter, by email or post, to get in touch with him on 01355 303 204.