Pollok Football Club and the Battle of the Somme

As today is the 100-year-anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, we look back at an article from the Evening Times (September 17th 1932). 

The article reads:

 An Honourable Item

– And here is an interesting and honourable item. Their roll of honour is a long one. Why, in one battle on the Somme no fewer than eleven ex-Pollok players- a whole team- made the great sacrifice, amongst those being big Alec Thomson, the centre-half whose home was just round the corner from my own. This for the junior ranks, I think, with the credit with which Hearts as seniors were given on account of their patriotism.

See the original article here:

A smaller clipping is from a history article that the Evening Times did sometime in the 70's that mentions it as well. 

It reads: 

Sombre Footnote

In one of the First World War battles in the Somme, Pollok lost no fewer than 11 ex-players.

Lest we forget.

MTLN

Signing News - Michael Daly

Pollok Football Club are delighted to welcome forward, Michael Daly, to the club’s attack for the coming season. 

 

Daly becomes Tony McInally’s second summer signing for the 2016/17 season. Michael has experience in the senior ranks with spells with Queen’s Park and Clyde and won the top scorer award for relegated-side Petershill last season, where he finished the season with 14 goals in 31 starts.

 

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Michael said:

"I am looking forward to playing at Newlandsfield regularly, using my experience and playing my part to help the club compete for the biggest trophies. The club were successful last season, and I hope we can be even better this season. I can't wait to get started."

 

The Southside-based striker and Gary McCann will join up with the squad next Saturday when they begin pre-season training, 23 days after Pollok lifted the Central League Cup.

 

Welcome to Newlandsfield, Michael!

MTLN

 

See Michael score against Pollok on route to winning the Sectional League Cup with Petershill last season:

Signing News: Gary McCann

Pollok Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of winger, Gary McCann.

 

The talented winger becomes Tony McInally’s first summer signing after leaving Irvine Meadow X1 FC at the end of last season. The wide-man scored an impressive 14 goals from the wing - including one against Pollok in the New Coin West of Scotland Cup.

 

The forward’s stunning performances unsurprisingly made him a much sought-after player in the summer transfer window, and Pollok have won the race for his signature.

 

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Gary said:

“I am delighted with the move to such a massive club. I’ve played at Newlandsfield with Irvine Meadow and Ashfield, and every time it has been an great place to play and I am looking forward to getting started playing for the home side this time.
"Pollok were a very tough team to break down when I was on the other side last season. Pollok play good football, solid both in going forward and defence. Hopefully, we can challenge for some major honours.”

 

See Gary’s goal against Pollok in the New Coin West of Scotland Cup last season:

Welcome to Pollok, Gary!

MTLN

 

Check the club website tomorrow at 1pm for more singing news!

Meet Pollok's New Assistant Manager!

POLLOK Football Club is pleased to announce that Murdo MacKinnon has joined the club as Tony McInally's assistant.


MacKinnon, who recently resigned as manager of Blantyre Victoria, will be a familiar face to supporters, having served as assistant at previous Premier League rivals Ashfield and Irvine Meadow IX, alongside Stevie Rankin.


MacKinnon spoke to pollokfc.com: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to ply my trade at Pollok alongside Tony and the two Brians.


"I've always had a massive respect for Pollok. Obviously the club has a hugely successful history, but even coming to Newlandsfield as a member of the away party, you always got a sense of what a big club this is.


"I had intended to take a short break from the game when I left the Vics, but when I got the call from Tony I thought to myself, the chance to work at club like that doesn't come around too often!


"I know the club had a patchy few years a while back, but this is a club on the up. Everyone knows that in the junior game. It's a small world and the word gets about; the word is that this team will be serious contenders this season.


"I'm hoping my experience in the junior game will help put the club back on top."


Tony McInally was eager to bring MacKinnon to Newlandsfield: "Murdie is one of the most respected coaches in junior football. I've known him for years; I know his passion for the game, his work ethic, his knowledge, his experience. I think he'll be a perfect fit in my backroom, which is why I reached out to him.


"I've no doubt: Murdie will be an asset to Pollok Football Club."


With preseason due to commence in the coming weeks, keep your eye on pollokfc.com in the near future for more news of arrivals to Newlandsfield.

Squad News

Exciting forward Derek Hepburn has agreed to extend his contract at Newlandsfield for Season 2016-17. 22-year-old Hepburn agreed terms after talks with Pollok manager Tony McInally, who was intent on seeing his starlet remain in black and white next season.

"Del is an outstanding young talent," McInally explained to pollokfc.com. "He has served his time in the district leagues, and anyone who has watched him in recent weeks will know what an exciting prospect he is. He's skillful on the ball, lightning quick, and has a sharp eye for goal.

"For as much as he's maybe not played as much as he would have liked this season, I feel that he's a better player now than he was when he signed, having spent the season around seasoned professionals, like the Winters brothers and Paul Gallacher, and getting a feel for life in the top league.

"We've asked Del to put his faith in us, to let us assist him in becoming a top-level junior forward, and we're simply delighted that he's agreed to do just that."

Hepburn told pollokfc.com: "I'm really pleased to have signed on at Pollok for the new season. I knew before I came that this was a big club, but I think it's hard to understand what it's like to be roared on by such a noisy and passionate support, unless you've experienced it first hand!

"In reality, all the players in squad have been great to work with, and I've really felt my own game come on.

"I feel as if I've done pretty well in my run of games over the last few weeks, and I hope supporters are starting to get a feel for what I can do. I'd love to finish my first season at Pollok with a trophy, and maybe even nick a goal!

"As much as the season's nearly over, I'm looking forward to having a few weeks rest, before I get into preseason and try to stake my claim for a place in the gaffer's plans for the next season."

Hepburn is available for selection for tomorrow evening's Central League Cup final at Somervell Park, Cambuslang.

Stewart Ralston Announces His Retirement

Pollok Football Club's Assistant Manager, Stewart Ralston, has announced that he intends to retire from football at the end of this season. The 55 year old coach informed the players and committee of his decision shortly after the Scottish Cup final.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, an emotional Ralston explained his decision: "It's been one of the hardest decisions I've made in my life. I love football, and I've been involved in it in one way or another for most of my adult life. Working as a coach consumes hours and hours of time behind the scenes--it's like a second full time job, and I feel that now, with my children grown up, it's time to let that go and try to enjoy the game as a spectator! 

"I'm hugely proud of what I've achieved in my career, and I decided in January that I was going to go at the end of this season. Obviously I would have loved to have bowed out with the Scottish Junior Cup, but alas, it wasn't it to be this year.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Pollok for making me and my family welcome at Newlandsfield, and for their support throughout my time. It's an honour to serve a club of Pollok's stature, and I hope the fans are happy with my efforts over the last 3 years."

Stewart has indeed a lengthy history in the game. In 2001, he managed Dalziel High School FPs to Scottish Amateur Cup success (a team containing Bryan Whelan in goal and Brian Sheldon at full-back!) In Junior football he has worked at Maryhill, Lanark, Cumbernauld United and Shotts, with whom he famously won the Scottish Junior Cup.

Speaking of his departing lieutenant, Tony McInally told pollokfc.com: "Stewart and I were talking at the turn of the year when he quietly mentioned to me that he planned to retire at the end of the season, due to various family and work circumstances changing in his life. Although I tried to convince him to change his mind, his mind was made up that this was his last season having given the best part of 30 years to football in a coaching capacity. He felt at his age he wanted greater freedom to holiday when he wanted, go weekends away with his wife Alison and generally, give himself a better work/life balance on his terms; without the 24/7 commitment to football. As you can imagine, Stewart and I have been working together for the best part of 11 years, and I've probably spoken to him every day during that time about football by phone, text or email.

"My trust in Stewart is absolute, and we have complimented each other very well over the past 11 years together. He has been a phenomenal help to me during this time and have personally learned many things from him having started out as a rookie manager at 36 years of age. His motivational skills, tactical nous and coaching skills are first rate and although we have had our fair share of verbal jousts about team selection, player recruitment and training, I have always respected his opinion which has helped me immensely to develop as a manager. To lose a man of Stewart's abilities on the training ground, in the dressing room and as part of the management team is a massive loss to the club and his replacement will have very big shoes to fill.

"Stewart is a diamond of a guy and a great friend, and I hope supporters appreciate how much work Stewart has done behind the scenes since arriving at the club. He'll be missed in the dressing room, but I've got a feeling we'll still see him around Newlandsfield on occasion cheering on the Lok!"

Club President, Iain McFarlane also took time to speak to pollokfc.com: "Stewart has been an absolute pleasure to work with, and on a personal level, I'm going to be very sad to see him go. His committment to the club has been enormous and he has played a huge part in re-establishing Pollok at the top end of the junior game. Stewart already knows that he's welcome to come to Newlandsfield any time he likes, and I suspect it won't be long before he takes us up on it.

"On behalf of the club, I'd like to thank Stewart for everything he's done, and I wish him all the very best in his retirement."

Open Training Session

Pollok supporters will have a chance to wish the boys all the best before Sunday's ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup final.

 

The squad will have a final training session at Newlandsfield this Saturday from 11am to 12:30noon, and Tony McInally has asked Pollok fans to come down and show their support.

 

Tony told pollokfc.com: "There'll be a light training session at the ground on Saturday morning. The guys all know exactly how much this final means to Pollok supporters, and we'd like to open up the ground for supporters, to thank them for their support so far this season, and to wish give them a chance to wish the players all the best before the big game."

 

The committee room in the pavilion will be open to supporters wishing to buy official Pollok FC Scottish Cup merchandise. The club have sold an amazing amount over the past 48 hours, and there is a strong Pollok sprit around the Southside!

 

MTLN

Essential Scottish Cup Final Information

The ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup is the highest-profile day in the Junior Football calendar. It is essential for everyone associated with Pollok shows the club in the best way possible throughout the day.

As you will no doubt be aware, the behaviour of supporters at other recent cup finals has placed the need for supporter discipline firmly in the spotlight. We would urge anyone considering entering the pitch at any point in proceedings to think very carefully about their actions, and the way their behaviour may reflect on themselves and on the club.

We would also ask that all supporters planning to attend the match read, and take note of the following points, which have been compiled between the SJFA, Kilmarnock FC, Police Scotland and both finalists.

  1. All supporters should arrive at the ground in plenty of time. Kick off is at 16:05 sharp, so please, when planning your day make an early arrival at Rugby Park a priority.
  2. Unlike the majority of junior grounds, Rugby Park is legally recognised as a Designated Sport Ground. This means that certain by-laws apply that may be unfamiliar to junior supporters. They include:
    • No drinking in the street around the ground.
    • No drinking in the ground.
    • No smoking in the ground.
    • No alcohol on buses travelling to or from the game. (Police Scotland have indicated that they intend to carry out searches of all coaches.)
  3. Any individual or group setting off flares or smoke bombs will be arrested and prosecuted. Doing so will also bring repercussions to the club, so please, do not even consider bringing these with you.
  4. Plastic drink bottles and cans are not allowed into the stadium. Not even water will be permitted.
  5. Flags are permitted as long as they are made of fire-retardant material. However, they must not be carried on heavy wooden flagpoles. These will be confiscated. Flags should also not be hung over advertising boards.
  6. Drums are not permitted.
  7. Pollok supporters buses should park on Portland Road. Please ensure that your driver knows this before setting off.
  8. The turnstiles will open at 15:05. Remember, please ensure you are in the ground in plenty of time.
  9. Pollok fans are to be situated in the Main Stand. Please go to the right place!

At full time, the teams will stay on the pitch for the presentation. Players have been instructed not to approach supporters at this time, but will, of course, be able to do so after the presentations have been made. For the avoidance of doubt, supporters must not enter the field of play at any time during proceedings.

We've come this far, and both clubs are rightly proud to be representing themselves in the final of the ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup. All attached to both clubs--officials, players and supporters alike--have a collective responsibility to show their club, the competition and the junior grade in the best possible light to a wider audience. Let's make sure we do!

Go Forward.
#mtln

Squad News

Ahead of the build-up to Sunday's ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup Final, we can exclusively reveal that Mark Sideserf has signed a contract extension for the 2016-17 season.

The left-sided defender is the latest in a list to extend his contract for the coming season, a list which already includes captain Paul Gallacher, player of the year Jordan Longmuir, Tam Hanlon, Carlo Monti, David Winters among other fan favourites.

Sideserf has impressed this season with a consistent series of displays in the full back position, which is what has led Tony McInally to seek out the ex-Shotts and Irvine Meadow man's services for next season.

Tweet your best wishes to Pollok this week as we bid to lift our fourth Scottish Junior Cup, using the hashtag #mtln

Scottish Junior Cup Final Merchandise--Updated

To mark Pollok's first appearance for 18 years in a Scottish Junior Cup Final, the club will be making available to fans a limited quantity of special souvenir items, all at VERY reasonable prices.

These items will NOT be on sale at Rugby Park, but may be purchased ONLY on the days leading up to the final andONLY at the Pollok FC Club Pavilion in Newlandsfield Road.

UPDATED INFO:
It has come to the attention of Pollok FC that other outlets are advertising Pollok Cup Final memorabilia.
Fans should be aware that buying from these other sources does NOT benefit Pollok FC financially. ONLY by buying officially approved items as publicised here and on the official website will fans be supporting the club through their purchase.

ALL items should be available by the middle of next week, and will be on sale in the Club Pavilion at the following times:

Thursday 26th May 6pm-9pm
Friday 27th May 12noon - 6pm
Saturday 28th May 12noon - 6pm
Sunday 29th May from 10am until the supporters' buses depart for Rugby Park


The items that will be available will include:

Pollok FC Cup Final Children's T-Shirts - £8

Cup Final Scarves showing the names & colours of both completing clubs - £10
Pollok FC Cup Final Scarves - £10
Men's Black Cup Final T-Shirts - £10
Ladies' Pink Embroidered Cup-Final T-Shirts - £10
Cup Final "Baseball" Caps - £10
Cup Final Flags - £10

Start saving up now and don't miss out folks - MTLN!!

Cup Final programmes (£3?) will also be on sale on Saturday 28th and on Sunday morning (unless they sell out!)

Squad News

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We can confirm another re-signing for the following season. Right-back, Tam Hanlon has committed to Pollok for the 2016/17 season.

Skip to 5:25 to see Tam's screamer v Carluke.

 

Tam has been an ever-present player in the right-back position over the past two seasons, scoring an impressive amount of goals along the way.

 

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The club would also like to confirm that Liam Rowan signed an 18-month contract when he joined 'Lok earlier in the season.

 

Liam has been impressive so far in his short time at the Southsiders, and is becoming a fans' favourite. He scored on his first Newlandsfield start last Saturday against Glenafton, and is closing in on his second MOTM award in his first three starts.

Skip to 1:25 to see Liam's debut goal

Squad News

Pollok Football Club can today confirm that a further three faces have signed up for next season. Forward trio, David Winters, Allan MacKenzie and Carlo Monti have committed to remain at Newlandsfield for another season. 

The strike trio join goalkeeper, Jordan Longmuir; defenders, Paul Gallacher and Chris Walker; and midfielders, Colin Williamson, Findlay Frye and Kieran McAleenan.

Winters will be in his fourth season in black and white after joining from Sauchie in March 2014.

Winters told pollokfc.com: "I love it here at Pollok. There's a great atmosphere round the place, and the support we receive is brilliant every week. It's great to have that backing home and away."

There will be more re-signing news on Tuesday 10th May.

Supporters Buses - ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup Final

A reminder that the cut-off date for fans wanting a space on club issued Supporters' Buses is the 15th May. 

 

Anyone who requires a space on the Supporters buses to Rugby Park, is urged to please contact the club Facebook page facebook.com/pollokfc, Twitter account @pollokfc, or Stuart McCulloch via phone at 01355303204.

 

The bus will leave Newlandsfield at 14:45 and will cost £7 per person. The game will kick off at 4:05PM, giving Supporters plenty of time. 

 

Please get in contact ASAP.

Help Needed!! Newlandsfield Clean-Up

The club would like to ask for volunteers to come down to Newlandsfield Park from 08:30 onwards on Saturday morning, to help clean up the stadium ahead of the hotly-anticipated ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg, home against Hurlford United.

This is all to improve the match day experience for what is expected to be another Newlandsfield bumper special! 

''We are all here for the benefit of the club.''

MTLN

Squad News

Pollok Football Club is pleased to announce that a further three players from the current squad have completed contract extensions, committing their services to Pollok for Season 2016-17.

Colin Williamson, Findlay Frye and Kieran McAleenan are the latest names to join Paul Gallacher, Chris Walker and Jordan Longmuir in the 2016-17 Lok squad.

Tony McInally took a moment away from preparation for this coming Saturday's ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup Semi-final first leg match to speak to pollokfc.com

"These are three important parts of next season's jigsaw that we've managed to re-sign. This'll be Kieran's fourth year at the club, and it's no surprise he's had such staying power. He's skillful and versatile and has a great engine. Colin and Findlay have also made great strides forward together in the centre of midfield since January and have started to form a quite formidable partnership.
"I will admit, It has been a bit hectic! We've been super-focussed on preparations for the cup match, but I always try to have an eye on the future. Fans like to see a coherent squad that matures and develops together, and that knows what it means to play for Pollok. It's not every player who can handle the pressure of playing at such a big and well-supported club, but I think supporters will see that we're building a squad with the mental strength to achieve."

Pollok's ETHX Energy Scottish Cup Semi-final first leg match takes place tomorrow (Saturday 16th April) at Blair Park, Hurlford, kicking off at 14:30. The second leg takes place at Newlandsfield the following Saturday, kicking off at the same time.

 

Squad News

POLLOK Football Club is delighted to announce that three key members of the current playing squad have committed their future to the club for season 2016-17.

 

Club captain Paul Gallacher, keeper Jordan Longmuir and Gallacher's defensive counterpart, Chris Walker are the first names to appear on the Newlandsfield club's squad list for next season.

 

Tony McInally took time out from preparations for Saturday's ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup semi-final away to Hurlford to speak to pollokfc.com

Giant and Gallcher have been formidable. 

Giant and Gallcher have been formidable. 

"All three of the guys have been sensational this season, and I'm proud to say that none of the three missed a beat when it came time to sign for next year. Obviously I'm delighted that I'll be able to count on the services of the skipper next year, Paul's a top class junior footballer and an excellent ambassador for Pollok on and off the field. He and Chris have formed a great partnership this season and I'm really pleased that I'll be able to count on them both for the next one.

 

Jordan after a heroic performance against Kilbirnie Ladeside in the Quarter-Final.

Jordan after a heroic performance against Kilbirnie Ladeside in the Quarter-Final.

"Jordan has been a rock between the sticks for two seasons now, and he's been responsible for countless match-winning saves. He's an asset to our club.

 

"I'm sure Paul, Chris and Jordan will be good shouts for the Player of the Year vote, as they've been some of our most consistent performers this season.

 

"Most importantly, getting these guys in now is a signal of continuity at Pollok. We'll be speaking a few more of the guys in coming weeks, so I hope there will be more good news to come."