The committee will meet this Wednesday, at the usual time of 19:30.
AFTER securing the Stagecoach SuperLeague First Division title during the week, Pollok FC is offering under 16s the chance to attend the season's final league game for free.
The game against Maybole takes place this coming Saturday 16th May at 2pm, and will see the squad celebrating their league-winning achievement.
We would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to come down and join the party!
Pollok have signed the experienced forward Robbie Winters from Rossvale, until the end of the season.
Winters, the elder brother of prolific Lok striker David, trained with the club in preseason, before signing a deal with Rossvale, where he led the Bishopbriggs side to the Central Second division championship.
Tony McInally told pollokfc.com “we’ve been searching for a third striker all season, but it’s been really difficult to find the right fit. Having watched Robbie in preseason, I know what he’s about, and he brings bags of senior experience, and goals, to the table at a potentially tricky time of the season.”
Robbie Winters will be available for selection for Saturday’s match away to Largs.
On Saturday, Pollok FC will welcome Pollok United Soccer Academy's 2003s team to Newlandsfield as the club's guests. The boys will be presented with a brand new set of strips by Stuart MacDonald, club president, as a token of the Scottish FA Quality Mark affiliation between the two clubs. The presentation will, weather permitting, take place on the pitch at half time.
There will also be a minute of applause before kick off, to commemorate the tragic passing of Maybole captain Stuart McGrady last weekend. Collection buckets will also be positioned at the pie hut and at exits to collect money for the family fund, set up to support Stuart's loved ones at this difficult time.
Pie aficionado, and Lok fan, Chris Marshall penned this paeon to the pie hut to celebrate its reopening.
For many visitors to Newlandsfield over the past 12 months something has been missing from their match day experience. At first it was that winning feeling as the trials and tribulations of the last couple of years finally took their toll but as the Tony McInally revolution started to take shape at the 2014/15 season got under way fans attentions were turned to the small brick building located beside the main stand enclosure, where many, both home and away, had become accustomed to a warm greeting and the promise of a hot meat pie. Sadly in recent months this joyous interaction was halted as instead they would be forced to stand ashen faced at the dull grey shutters, seemingly drawn down forever.
For those that don’t know me I am the founder of Meat Filled Pastries, a website dedicated solely to the love of the humble pie at football grounds across the country and so perhaps with me, more than anyone else, the absence of this hut of culinary wonder niggled more than most. How could I, the self-acclaimed ‘Prince of Pie’ support a team (the team I’ve followed since I was young enough to utter the phrase ‘Mon The Lok Now’) that didn’t furnish me with a pie every other Saturday? Well I still did, because not to follow a team due to a lack of baked goods is tantamount to either supreme idiocy or a level of narcissism that would deserve a slap any time you saw me.
In my journeys over the last 18 months, with Pollok and beyond, I have learned that many football clubs are defined by their pie. Just look at Kilmarnock despite being a team playing in the top tier of Scottish football to the non-footballing man they are simply known as purveyors of the Killie Pie. I also had the honour of judging at the World Scotch Pie Championships this year and it saddened me to know that in its current guise there was no way that Pollok could enter. I learned how passionate the butchers and bakers are and how in many cases the work they do and products they provide are at the heart of communities across the land. Even in the microcosm that is 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon the pie has an important part to play in encouraging camaraderie in a world where it’s becoming increasingly easy to just walk on by. It is as vital a part of the match day tradition as donning the black and white scarf, buying a programme or consuming a post match refreshment is, if not more so, and it is in this fact that we should rejoice in its return as opposed to worry about what caused it’s extended absence. As we move towards a return to the Premier Division (hopefully) and continue our cup adventures let us embrace the return of pies, bridies and sausage rolls and of hot dogs, soups and Bovril’s whilst not forgetting the job done by the ‘van on the other side’ as they kept us fed on burgers and chips while we swatched our team struggle through these most difficult of times.
The light at the end of the tunnel is shining ever brighter so let’s celebrate it in the only way a football fan should, with a warm cup of Bovril in one hand and a tasty meat filled pastry treat in the other.
Everybody let’s eat pie!
Manager, Tony McInally will be live on “Rock Sport Radio”, this Friday night 8-9pm. He will be discussing all things football with Presenter, Bill Kilgour.
Kilgour said that he is “really looking forward to interviewing Tony this week, and I have always enjoyed how Tony’s teams play football.”
Make sure you tune in on Friday!
Fans are able to listen in at rocksportradio.co.uk
Dynamic full-back Mark McLennan has signed for Pollok for a second time.
Voted Pollok’s Player of the Year at last season’s AGM, McLennan left the club while a free agent in the summer to sign for his previous club, Irvine Meadow XI.
Tony McInally was delighted that McLennan answered his call: “he’s a quality player, and anyone who saw him play for us last season will know what a standout he was.
“When I heard he’d been released, I was straight onto the phone. We’re always looking to strengthen, and you don’t let players like Mark pass you by if you can help it, particularly at a time of year when fixtures are going to start piling up after the winter weather. We need a deep, strong squad once we get to two and three games a week.
“It’s no secret we were disappointed when Mark chose to sign elsewhere in the summer, but being honest I can understand his reasons.
“Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, that’s in the past. I’d ask every Pollok fan to get right behind Mark as soon as he steps onto the pitch in black and white again.
McLennan spoke exclusively to pollokfc.com: “I’m truly delighted to be back at Newlandsfield to play for my local team.
“I know some supporters might find that a bit hard to take after I left the club in the summer. I can only say to them that sometimes in life you take hard decisions and unfortunately you can’t always get it right.
“The Pollok support were great to me last season—being voted player of the year is up there with the greatest honours I’ve had in my career so far—and I can only offer to repay that support by helping get the club back to where it belongs.”
McLennan’s new deal will run until the end of season 2015-16.
Pollok strike duo David Winters and Allan MacKenzie today pledged their future to Lok by penning deals which will see them lead the attack for the club next season.
David Winters spoke exclusively to pollokfc.com: "I've loved my time at Pollok, so when Tony approached me about next season, I didn't hesitate to offer my services. Newlandsfield is a great place to play football; the support is loud and passionate, the training is great and the facilities are also second to none.
"Pollok players are treated really well, the guys behind the scenes work so hard that we want for nothing, so signing up for next year was a complete no-brainer!
"I'm beyond chuffed that Allan is staying too. He's the ideal strike partner; tall, strong and not afraid to get involved when it matters. He puts a huge shift in every time he plays. We've worked really well together this season and I can only see that getting better as we develop our partnership."
Tony McInally told us "With these signings, and the boys we signed up last week, I feel as though we've really laid down a marker to other clubs, saying that we mean business. I'm delighted for the supporters as well; there's no doubting the quality of these boys, and I know the supporters enjoy watching them. I'm they'll continue to do the business as we continue our fight towards promotion."