Jordan Longmuir to retire

Pollok FC can confirm that after ten seasons, 275 appearances, and one goal, goalkeeper Jordan Longmuir has made the decision to retire from playing. His last match will be at home to Clydebank on Saturday as he hangs up his gloves in order to spend more time with his young family.

Jordan signed in 2014 from Colville Park Amateurs following our relegation to the First Division and he was a key part of the side that won the title to secure an immediate return to the top flight, as well as lifting the Evening Times Cup. Arguably his finest campaign came the following year as his heroics in a nervy quarter final against Kilbrinie Ladeside and a semi-final penalty shootout win against Hurlford took Pollok into their first Scottish Junior Cup Final of the twentieth century against Beith Juniors, which ended in a heart-breaking defeat.

Celebrating a penalty shootout win against Hurlford in the Junior Cup semi-final in 2016.

Jordan later added two Central League Cups and a West of Scotland Cup to his medal tally, while also embarking on two Scottish Cup runs with the Lok. He played in every match as Pollok reached the third round in both this season and last’s competition. Among them was a memorable penalty shootout victory against Benburb this year where Jordan saved two. This season also saw him play a decisive role in shootouts against Clydebank and Auchinleck Talbot in the run to the West of Scotland Cup Final. All in, that leaves his total at an impressive nine wins from thirteen penalty shootouts in his ten years at Newlandsfield.

Joy after a famous Scottish Cup win against Annan Athletic in front of the BBC Scotland cameras in October 2022, and following a penalty-shootout win against Benburb in 2022.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic from Jordan’s time at Pollok however, is that ‘one goal’ which came away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in 2021, as a long punt from his penalty box bounced over his opposite number and into the net. His loyalty to the goalkeepers’ union however, prevented him from making too much of the celebration!

 

I am incredibly proud to have spent the last ten years playing for Pollok. It is a great club, with a fantastic support, and I will miss the buzz of playing in front of a packed Newlandsfield, but I am sure I will be back as a supporter in the near future. Having been committed to football at this level for the last seventeen years, now is the right time to hang up my gloves to spend more time with my young family. I look forward to spending my football-free Saturdays with them, investing time in their hobbies, and to be able to go on holiday without rushing home on a Friday to play the next day! Thanks for the last ten years. Mon The Lok Now!

Jordan Longmuir, Pollok Legend

 

Jordan has made the decision to hang up his gloves in order to spend more time with his young family.

 

Jordan has been an unbelievable servant to Pollok. He is a tremendous goalkeeper, great person and a tremendous ambassador for the club. I have gotten to know him very well over the last eighteen months and he now has the perfect opportunity to sign off his career with a home tie at the club he has spent ten years at. It is a magnificent achievement for Jordan and a great send off which he fully deserves. Hopefully we can get a result on Saturday for him.

Stewart Maxwell, Pollok Manager

 

Jordan leaves Newlandsfield as a modern-day Pollok legend, firstly for his immense contribution on the park over ten years – in particular, the shootout wins against Hurlford, Benburb, Cydebank and Talbot which will be remembered for years to come. We have had a decade of top-class saves, from a top-class keeper who gave the best years of his career to this club. Some of my favourite memories following Pollok have Jordan at the centre of them, and I know I am not alone in that. Off the park, we will struggle to find anyone who has represented the club better in his time here. The impact he has had on his teammates, coaches and our supporters, young and old, represent everything that is good about football. He will be sorely missed as a player, but we look forward to continuing to welcome him and his family to Newlandsfield as friends for years to come.

Paul Regan, Pollok President

 

While all at Pollok are sad to see him go, we fully respect his desire to prioritise his family and give them more of his time. On behalf of all at the club, we thank him for ten outstanding years and wish the Longmuirs all the best for the future. To our supporters, we hope to see you turn out in your numbers on Saturday to give Jordan the send off he deserves as he makes his final competitive appearance against Clydebank. There will then be one more opportunity to say goodbye at his testimonial match where a Jordan Longmuir XI will take on a Paul Gallacher XI on June 29th.