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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. 

Christmas Draw Result

The club’s Christmas Raffle Draw took place this afternoon at the pavilion. The list of prize winners is below.

Should you find yourself the fortunate winner of a prize, your prize will be available at the next home game. If this is not convenient, please contact Stuart McCulloch, club secretary, to arrange collection of your prize.

1 £250 Niall Mackay
2 Matchday Hospitality Package J.McKinley
3 £50 Wine Voucher J.McKinley
4 Christmas Hamper Mhairi Hannah
5 Glenlivet Whisky Donn Marron
6 Bottle of Prosecco Hannah Elliott
7 Bottle of Vodka Margaret McFarlane
8 Bottle of Famous Grouse George Paterson
9 Box of Chocolates Martin Keyes
10 Bottle of Baileys N.Keay
11 Bottle of Wine Barbara Cooney
12 Bottle of Grant’s Whisky T.Wilson
13 Bottle of Drambuie W.McColl
14 Bottle of Black Bush Whiskey Scott Wilson
15 Bottle of Wine Freda Milne
16 Chocolates & Bottle of wine Elaine (contact details provided)
17 Bottle of Wine John McQueenie
18 Box of Shortbread Alan Mackie
19 Box of Assorted Biscuits N.Keay
20 Bottle of Prosecco Cath Shields
21 Small Framed Picture Ian McFarlane

McMillan arrives on loan

Pollok are delighted to announce the loan signing of defender Jordan McMillan from Dumbarton until the end of the end of January.

McMillan, who started his career with Rangers, has gone on to make 100 senior appearances with the likes of Hamilton, Queen of the South, Dunfermline Athletic and Partick Thistle.

Jordan joins up immediately and will be available for tomorrow’s visit of Largs Thistle.

Christmas Foodbank Collection 2019

In the run up to Christmas, the club is asking the Pollok support to bring along a small bag of non perishable food items to one of the next 3 home matches to be donated to local food banks.

Non perishable food and basic toiletry items are welcome and at the moment the food bank are particularly in need of long life milk, diluting juice, tinned fruit/meat/vegetables and fish, pasta sauce, tea, coffee, sugar, toilet rolls

The Pollok support have generously donated to the foodbank over the last few Christmases. Bags can be dropped off at the pavillion at the next three home games listed below.

22nd Nov – Troon

7th Dec – Rossvale

21st Dec – Largs Thistle

Junior Cup draw date

The Junior Cup 4th Round draw will take place at 4pm at PLZ Soccer on 6th November 2019. The ties will take place on Saturday 23rd November.

In some website related news, supporters can now find access to Lok results and scorers from the period of 2000 to 2015 inclusive here. Match information from 2015-16 onwards was previously available.