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Pollok start with victory

Pollok’s first competitive game of the season ended in a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Neilston in the Surridge League Cup this evening. Brian McGinty and Lee Nichol scored debut goals while Iain Diack added a superb third.

Elsewhere in Group G, Arthurlie recorded a 5-0 home win over Benburb.

Pollok’s next fixture is against Benburb this Saturday at Newlandsfield, with a 2.00pm kick off.

Willie Irvine: We Can Challenge

For a club of Pollok’s stature, our goal at the start of every season has to be winning the big two competitions. That’s very difficult to do in your first season, but now I’m in my second full season, I feel that we know what the league is all about and what the other teams are all about. If things go our way this season, then I think we will challenge.

Last season was incredibly frustrating. We started the league season well, but after losing one of our best quality players in the first league game, a number of players succumbed to injury, and that seemed to continue right up until the last match of the season. We even had to bring in three amateur players to make up the numbers in our biggest match of the season! It was a constant battle to get the same team on the pitch every week. I can understand why supporters were wondering what team we were going to put out every week. In fact, I believe there was only one occasion where we managed to get the same eleven out in consecutive games. Believe me, this wasn’t borne out of a desire on my part to be constantly changing the team; changes were forced on the team nearly every week.

I believe that consistency is vital — above all in defence.

For this season, we’ve signed a number of new players. The area of the squad that’s seen the biggest improvement over the summer has been midfield, without a doubt. We didn’t manage to fully fill the gap left by Tommy Nolan’s injury last season, despite trying a number of players in the role. This season though, we’ve signed McQuilken and Nichol, who will fit in really well along with Crilly and Doyle. Last season’s defence will be strengthened by the arrival of Swift, McMahon and McLaren, and likewise the return of Scott Morrison, this time as a signed player. Brian McGinty will provide a perfect foil for Diack up front. We’re looking at a few players and there will likely be a few more signings before too long — but we’re looking for quality, not just buying for the sake of buying.

We’ve assembled a really good group of players this season, and I’m confident the fans are going to enjoy watching them. And if we can avoid the troubles that beset us last season, then I’m sure we can be challenging for the ‘big two’ come the end of the season.

Comfortable win for Lok

On a scorching afternoon at Newlandsfield, Pollok won their final pre-season friendly, beating Maryhill 3-1. The goals came from Iain Diack, Graeme McLaren and a trialist.

Lok take on Neilston in the Surridge Sports Sectional League Cup on Wednesday at Brig o’ Lea Stadium, kick off 6.45pm.

Pollok suffer heavy defeat to Brechin

Pollok were thrashed 6-0 at home by a strong Brechin City side at Newlandsfield tonight. The Second Division side went into half time with a two-goal lead and capitalised on a tiring and makeshift Lok defence to ensure a rout in Pollok’s second friendly match of this pre-season.

Although Lok had a number of players missing, Brechin goalkeeper David Scott had to work hard for his clean sheet, pulling off a number of excellent second half saves. Paul McQuilken was especially unlucky not to score after rattling the crossbar from all of thirty yards.

Pollok’s next match is another home friendly, against Maryhill at Newlandsfield this Saturday. Kick off is at 2.00pm.

A Public Appeal from the Stadium Convenor

Hi Folks,

It may come as no surprise but it takes a mountain of regular maintenence & work to create the Camp New that you love. 

During the close season (4 weeks left) there are about a half a dozen jobs that need doing and up until now it’s been 5 or 6 folk doing this work. The majority of it is done by Campbell & Graham but Davie Ritchie, Big Del, Stewart Fraser & Mandy all help out.

However if i were to tell you that the first 2 of those folk spend on average 15-20 hours a week during close season doing work then i think you’d agree that balance needs addressed. 

What i need from a few of you is a commitment to give ONE Saturday morning over the next 4 weeks to the club. 

We’re particualrly interested in folk with building skills as there are several paving slabs that are dangerous and need reset. 

Here is a list of jobs that need done - 

Paving slabs reset
Breeze blocks on terracing re-concreted (both jobs have the necessary materials & tools) 
Goal posts painted
Track and opposite end of enclosure weeded
Club shop cleaned out and wooden window opening repaired also wood shelves fitted. 

If anyone thinks they can help (free of charge naturally) or would like to help please email info@pollokfc.com or contact Terence Jones directly.

 

  • You’ll get free tea/coffee & toast.
  • A look inside the Pavillion
  • Your anonymity preserved (if you wish) 
  • The satisfaction of helping the club prepare for the new season. 
  • It will be mentioned in the programme that people helped out 


There will be someone down at the Club EVERY Saturday from 08:30 till 12:30 or later from now till 16th july and beyond. 

Even a few hours of your time would be greatly appreciated. 

Cheers

 

Terence Jones,
Stadium Convenor 

Signing News

Pollok FC can confirm the signing of defenders Peter McMahon and Graeme McLaren from Kilbirnie Ladeside and Knightswood respectively.

The club can also count on the services of winger Barry Tulloch, who signed a new one-year deal earlier today.

Signing News

Pollok FC are delighted to announce that Iain Diack, player of the year Scott Morrison, Mark Crilly, Gordon McClune and Jamie Doyle have all re-signed for the forthcoming season.

We are equally delighted to welcome ex-Kirkintilloch Rob Roy man Paul McQuilken to our ranks for the season to come!

All further transfer information will be published here as soon as it is available.