Henry latest player to extend Lok stay

Jamie Henry has become the latest Pollok player to put pen to paper on a new contract, keeping him at Newlandsfield until Summer 2022.

The central midfielder signed for Pollok in November 2018 after spells at Brechin, Annan and Aberdeen where he captained the Under 20 side. Jamie has so far made 46 appearances for the Lok.

Pollok boss Murdie MacKinnon was delighted to keep Jamie at the club for another two years.

It’s absolutely brilliant that Jamie has extended his stay at Pollok for the next two seasons. His limitless energy, aggression and competitiveness in the middle of the pitch has been excellent since we brought him to the club.

His attitude to training and is fantastic. He demands the highest standards of himself and his teammates at all times. He has been wonderful to work with and a joy to manage. We are delighted to have him at the club.

Gary and Stuart sign up

Pollok are delighted to announce that both Gary and Stuart McCann have committed themselves to the club for another season.

Scottish Junior international, Gary, who signed from Irvine Meadow in 2016, has made 124 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and chipping in with many more assists.

Younger brother Stuart, joined Pollok a year later after a spell with Petershill. A quick forward with good aerial ability, Stuart has scored 39 goals in 105 Lok appearances.

On capturing the pair, Pollok manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say.

On Stuart;

I am absolutely delighted to have Stuart commit his future to the club. He has developed into one of the best and most sought after strikers in the game. His lightening quick pace, bravery, competitive nature and physical attributes make a real nightmare for any defender to deal with. He has also chipped in with his fair share of goals over the season.

Stuart is a brilliant lad who comes from a lovely family. I remember watching his junior debut at 17, it has been a joy to watch him develop. He is a humble lad who just wants to work hard and give his all for Pollok. We are delighted and lucky to have him at the club.

On Gary;

Gary returns for his 5th season at the club where he has played a pivotal role since his arrival. I know better than most that Gary is one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the league. His explosive pace and ability to go past fullbacks gets everyone on the edge of their seats. I have been privileged to watch him produce some of the best moments of attacking play at our level of the game. He is one of the most talented players I have worked with and he is an out and out winner into the bargain.

I look forward to watching Gary give more of those performances at Newlandsfield in the near future.

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

Contract extension for Gal

Pollok are delighted to announce that club captain, Paul Gallacher, has penned a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the Summer of 2022. 

Gal joined Pollok in 2014 from Queens Park, where he had spent six years, and has since made 195 appearances for the ‘Lok, scoring 16 goals. 

We caught up with Gal (at a safe social distance) to get his thoughts on the next few seasons and why he wanted to commit himself to Pollok. 

“I’m delighted to have agreed an extension to my contract. It was a very easy decision to make. I’ve loved my last 6 years at the club and I feel that I have unfinished business as all I want is to bring success to the club. 

It’s a disappointing end to the season as I would have loved the opportunity to make the Scottish Cup Final and hopefully go on and win it. It’s something I have been so determined to achieve, particularly after coming so close in my second season here.  However, we all fully understand and agree that people’s health and well-being is the most important thing at this point in time.

Looking forward to next season, I feel we have a great squad to build on. A squad which in my opinion is yet to reach its full potential. I am feeling positive about the league restructure and look at it as an opportunity for Pollok to be successful and compete at the highest level possible.”

We can’t wait to see Paul and the rest of the team back on the Newlandsfield turf in the future.

#MTLN

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.

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.

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

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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

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