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

Join the 1908 club

These are undoubtedly tough times for everyone and we hope that our supporters are keeping safe and well in the circumstances. As we enter a period without any scheduled matches, having a consistent source of income is a great benefit to Pollok FC and our 1908 club is a well established and important source of income for us. We’d like to increase the contribution that the 1908 club makes to the finances of the club year-round with more fans signing up for a monthly standing order or a one off donation. If, during these difficult times, you are able to join the 1908 club it will make a tremendous difference.

More details on the 1908 club and how to sign up can be found here

West of Scotland League Proposal

Dear members and fans,

After further talks between the SJFA West Region, Lowland League, The East of Scotland League and South of Scotland League, the following statement has been made regarding a new West of Scotland League.


The scheduled meeting last night with Lowland, East of Scotland, South of Scotland and West Region Juniors took place via video conferencing due to current travel and person-to-person restrictions in place.

A great deal of common ground was established.

There was agreement on a potential way forward as follows:

  • In order to ensure there is a firm record of registration and a database of information for the West of Scotland Football League,  the West Junior FA are in agreement that the Lowland League application form should be completed and sent to  George Fraser 
  • To give Clubs more time to make these applications under current circumstances, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday 7 April. That will be the last date applications will be accepted.
  • Clubs currently members of the Scottish Junior FA are fully entitled to retain membership and, if so, will be eligible to continue to play in The Scottish Junior Cup. The Competition Rules of that Cup will be altered to reflect the need to ensure League Fixtures have priority.
  • There is no limit to the number of teams that will be accepted; With regards to compliance of ground criteria guidelines, the Leagues will work with Clubs with the expectation that necessary steps will be made over time.
  • It was proposed that the new league could be organised on a Conference basis, with final set up dependant on numbers. The Conferences will be for one season only.

There remains much to do to get the West of Scotland Football League up and running.

The parties are aware that the formation of any new league is subject to approval from the Scottish FA and discussions will continue in that regard.

All parties at the meeting last night are committed to continue to work together, to support the creation of the final piece of the Pyramid feeding into the Lowland League.

George Fraser [ Lowland League] John Greenhorn [East of Scotland League] Colin Holden [ South of Scotland League] Gordon Ronney [ West Juniors]


The deadline for applications to the proposed West of Scotland League has been extended to April 7th.

The club will do it’s best to consult with members in advance of the extended application deadline.

Best wishes

Pollok F.C.

EGM Update

In light of the current Scottish Government advice to avoid large gatherings, the Pollok F.C. members EGM scheduled for Tuesday, 24th March has been cancelled.

We will be in contact with members in due course with regard to discussions on the proposed West of Scotland league.

We wish all our members and fans well at this time. Be safe.

#MTLN

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)

Notice of EGM – 24th March 2020

The Club would like to inform members that subject to any prevailing health advice, an EGM has been scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 24th March at 7pm in Lok’s Bar and Kitchen function room. The meeting will consider what the club’s intentions are with regard to the proposed formation of a West of Scotland League for next season.

Revised fixture list issued

West Region Fixtures Secretary Kennie Young has announced a revision of fixtures to take us up to the 9th of May 2020. All outstanding Pollok league games now have dates while the blank in the middle of April will be occupied by our Junior Cup semi final matches. Some forthcoming games have been given new dates.

Click below for all detail:

Message of condolence

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman, and more widely Neilston Juniors FC, that passed away after yesterday’s game from all at Pollok FC. Everyone should come home from the football.