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Gordon Tait released from hospital

Dear supporters, Pollok F.C. are pleased to hear that Honorary President, Mr Gordon Tait, is now recovering after a spell in hospital. We wish Gordon well and hope to see him back at Newlandsfield in the not too distant future.

Stuart McCulloch, Secretary.

Donate a Ticket Scottish Cup Round 2

Tonight sees the draw for the Donate A Ticket Scottish Cup 2nd Round. In Round 1, extra time was needed to see off East Junior side, Newburgh United. An enthralling tie which finished 158-148 raised over £1500 between the two clubs.

We really appreciate every fan who has donated so far, it really does make a big difference and makes up a little of what the club has lost through matchday income.

A reminder of how the Cup works;

The match runs Thursday 7pm until Sunday 7pm

1 ticket = 1 point

1 ticket costs £5

The team who sells the most tickets advances to the next round

Tonight’s draw takes place at 7pm and we will post the link to the donation page on Twitter and Facebook soon after.

All Pollok supporters who donate to the second round tie will go into the hat to win one of the following prizes;

  • £25 cash
  • Club shop memorabilia
  • A bottle of Whisky

Top scorer Fraser bags new contract

Pollok are delighted to confirm that Shaun Fraser has signed a new contract at the club keeping him at Newlandsfield until June 2022.

Shaun signed for Pollok in the summer of 2018 and has made 60 appearances scoring 30 goals. He was this seasons top scorer with 21 goals before the season was called to a halt and Lok gaffer Murdie MacKinnon was clearly pleased to tie up a long term contract for the talented Fraser;

I am delighted that Shaun has committed his long term future to the club by extended his contract until the summer of 2022. Shaun is without doubt one of the most talented players in our league.

His ability to play on the edge with a gritty determination and combine that with breathtaking ability makes him a unique talent. Shaun has a tremendous goal scoring record also netting over 20 goals last season. On top of all that he is a brilliant lad to have around the club.

Shaun joins fellow midfielders Chris Duff, Del Esplin, Jamie Henry, Gary McCann and Ryan McGregor in the Pollok squad for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket campaign is ongoing. 100% of donations go directly to the club which helps with ongoing costs as a result of loss of ticket income. Any donations, if you are able, are very welcome.

Academy Appeal

During this difficult time, the club is asking the Pollok support to donate non-perishable food and basic toiletry items to go towards Pollok United Soccer Academy’s work in the community. This week, the Academy club have started preparing and distributing ready-made meals and supplies to the local area to those who are unable to leave their home or have no one to do their shopping.

The Pollok support have generously donated to our charitable appeals over the last few Christmases and Easter.

Items / bags can be dropped off at the mini-bus at Newlandsfield on Saturday (May 2nd) at 2pm.

Murdie: Our thanks to you all, you have been brilliant!

murdie coaching

As the curtain has officially closed on football for this season, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their unwavering commitment and support.

The players have been magnificent from the minute we got together at pre-season. They have sacrificed and hurt in order to win and try to bring success to the club. Their work ethic, professionalism and togetherness has been excellent. Some of the football they have played this season has been a joy to watch. They are a very talented group of lads who are hungry for success. I have no doubts that success will come in the near future. A huge thanks to them for giving their all!

Our backroom staff have been nothing short of outstanding. I want to thank them for their dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, professionalism and assistance. They have given everything to ensure the best environment and the highest standards for our players and club. They never fail to deliver and have represented the club brilliantly. My thanks go out to them.

As you know, there are many people working in the background at a football club allowing it to function. Committee members, ground staff, volunteers etc. I could go on! I want to thank each and every one of them for taking care of business and allowing me and my team to focus on football. It means the world to myself, the staff and especially the players who represent you and the club. Our sincere thanks to you all.

Last but certainly not least, the supporters. I would like to thank you on behalf of myself, the staff and players of Pollok FC. Your unwavering support of the club has shown you to be amongst the best supporters in the country, in any grade. You turn out in numbers to support the team every week without exception. We want you to know that it is very much appreciated by everyone but never taken for granted. You have been nothing short of outstanding! We all hope to bring you the success that you long for and deserve. Our thanks to you all, you have been brilliant. We hope to see you all back at Newlandsfield in the future.

Finally, we are in unchartered waters at this time, therefore it is important that everyone sticks together and shows the resolve we need to come out the other side of this pandemic. I wish you all the best and I hope everyone continues to stay safe & well.

MTLN

Murdie MacKinnon
Manager

West of Scotland League Update

Pollok Football Club has circulated the below letter to its members regarding plans to apply to join the West of Scotland League.

27th March 2020

Dear Pollok FC Members,

Firstly, we hope you are well and are coping at this difficult time. As you know we had hoped to hold an EGM on March 24 th but had to cancel this due to Scottish Government advice to restrict large gatherings.

The EGM was called to update Pollok F.C. Members on the proposed move to the SFA pyramid. The following is a summary of outcomes to date from meetings between the West Region Scottish Junior Football Association (WRSJFA), the Lowland League (LL), the East of Scotland League (EoSL) and the South of Scotland League (SoSL).

There is general agreement that the most satisfactory situation would be to move all West Region junior clubs to the pyramid and for all clubs to enter at tier 6 with, in all probability, a number of parallel conferences in season 2020-2021 that will determine which leagues clubs will be in for the subsequent season.

This would be a West of Scotland league (WoSL) with promotion available to the LL via a play-off system for the league champion, if licensed.
* Clubs could retain membership of the SJFA.
* The WoSL would be governed by a new board elected by the member clubs and with administrative support from the LL/EoSL/SoSL.
* The Scottish Junior Cup Competition could remain.
* Clubs would compete in the South Challenge Cup and, if licensed, would gain automatic entry to the Scottish Cup.
* There would be no “cherry picking” of teams to join the WoSL and the WRSJFA have been contacting all the clubs in the region and encouraging them to join the new WoSL.

It has been impossible to hold committee meetings and our EGM at this time. Pollok F.C. officials have discussed these options over the past two weeks and we believe the proposed plan is a positive step to keeping WRSJFA clubs together while joining the SFA pyramid.

We will apply to join the newly proposed WoSL, retain SJFA membership and compete in the Scottish Junior Cup next season.

Whilst all applications made by the extended deadline of April 7th will be treated in confidence by the LL, so far over 20 clubs have publicly declared that they have applied including four Premiership clubs. We fully expect that number to more than double.

If you have any questions we will do our best to answer them. Please email these to info@pollokfc.com

Best wishes,

Stuart McCulloch
Secretary

Tom Gilliland
President

Graham Milne
Vice President

Junior Cup draw

Pollok have been drawn against Auchinleck Talbot or Hurlford United in the Junior Cup semi final, should the tournament be concluded.

Fixture update

West Region fixtures secretary Kennie Young has posted the following information today about our next theoretical fixture:

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For clarity, here is what Pollok still have to play in season 2019-20:

Home: Auchinleck Talbot, Benburb (next match), Irvine Meadow XI, Rutherglen Glencairn
Away: Glenafton Athletic, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Rutherglen Glencairn, Troon
West of Scotland Cup 3rd Round: Irvine Meadow XI (A)
Scottish Junior Cup semi final (draw to follow – opponents from Beith and either Broughty Athletic / Darvel or Auchinleck Talbot / Hurford United)

Macfie & Co to Partner Pollok

Macfie & Co

Pollok Football Club is delighted to announce a new partnership with leading Southside property management specialist Macfie & Co, who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year.

Macfie & Co. is one of Scotland’s longest-established property management companies, with roots in the Southside since 1870.

The company has a team of friendly and professional advisors, dedicated to providing advice on many aspects of property management for many types of property, from tenement blocks to modern developments of new-build homes.

Club president Tom Gilliland commented: “The partnership with Macfie is excellent news for Pollok Football Club.

“The club is committed to building strong relationships with local business, so naturally we are delighted to work with a firm so deep-rooted in our community.”

www.macfie.com

Club Statement

Since the issue began to be explored in the early 2000s, Pollok Football Club has looked favourably upon the idea of joining a pyramid.

The question has been how and when this might best be achieved.

Recent developments have again started a wider conversation throughout the grade, namely:

  • the discussions of the Pyramid Working Group having failed to arrive at a proposal supported by all parties.
  • the joint announcement by the Scottish Lowland Football League and East of Scotland Football League regarding the proposed formation of a West of Scotland Football League to start next season 2020-2021

Pollok Football Club has kept a close eye on these proceedings and will continue to review the matter to decide what will best serve the club’s interests. 

The Club understand that the SJFA are still trying to facilitate the entry of the Juniors to the pyramid and any developments on this front will be monitored. 

Our position has been that a seamless transition of all WRJFA clubs to the Pyramid would be in the best interests of all parties but it is apparent that this may no longer be an option.

Pollok Football Club wishes to compete at the highest level possible. In order to achieve this, we will continue to consult with our players and management, peers and membership bodies over the coming weeks to arrive at the best outcome for our club. We will also present options to members and supporters should this become necessary. 

We are proud of our history as a member of the SJFA. Likewise, we are conscious that the club’s committee are merely the current custodians and that our decisions now will have a profound impact on our successors. 

This is a very significant time in the history of our Club. Everyone associated with Pollok Football Club can be assured that this responsibility is clearly understood and recognised.