Category: competitions

West of Scotland League confirmed at SFA AGM

It was always going to be a formality considering the many miles travelled to reach this stage but it is official – the West of Scotland Football League is now officially a ‘Recognised League’ in the eyes of the SFA.

The full list of recognised leagues are the Scottish Professional Football League, the Scottish Highland Football League, the Scottish Lowland Football League, the East of Scotland League, the South of Scotland League and now the West of Scotland League.

So, it is official – Pollok have joined the Senior ranks, 112 years after our formation.

For comparison, the Scottish Junior Football Association was an Affiliated National Association, along with the Amateur, Women’s, Schools, Welfare and Youth FAs.

Later this week the Scottish Junior FA AGM will take place. Pollok have retained SJFA membership and aim to complete their outstanding Junior Cup semi final tie. It was revealed this week that the participating clubs voted emphatically – though not unanimously – to allow the use of 20-21 squads. Not all former West Region sides are keeping membership of the SJFA and perhaps who is in and who is out will become clearer in due course.

The West of Scotland Football League is hopeful of a return to playing within the next three months or so, though a lot will depend on external factors. A “return to training” protocol is also being rolled out across adult football. Full detail can be found here:

Phase Three Training Guidelines

In other news, stay tuned for another U20 squad addition!

Development League set-up finalised

The Scottish Lowlands Development League have this evening confirmed the conferences for the 2020-21 Lowlands Development League West.

Pollok’s young guns will be in Conference B. The full listing is as follows:

Benburb
Clydebank
Drumchapel United
Johnstone Burgh
Maryhill
Pollok
Renfrew
Rossvale
St. Anthony’s
St. Cadoc’s
Vale of Leven
Yoker Athletic

The full line-up of the other divisions can be found at the following link:

http://slfl.co.uk/lowlands-development-league-structure/

Pollok launch U20 side

The Pollok website is delighted to confirm that the club will be represented at U20 level in the Lowland Development League. This is a competition that holds games on a Friday evening and while last season it was for clubs across the Lowland League’s catchment, with the influx of West-based sides, a geographical split is likely. Pollok’s side will be managed by former Queen of the South and Airdrie player Stephen McKenna and he will be assisted by Chris Ferguson. Both coached at Airdrieonians U18s last season.

The U20 side will all be eligible for the first team, and in turn, first team players can play a limited number of games themselves – the advantage of that being the opportunity to get game time for players returning from injury as well as giving the youngsters the chance to play alongside some of our stars. Stephen and Chris are currently finalising their squad and signings will be announced in a few weeks time.

Speaking to the website this evening, Stephen (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to be given the responsibility, alongside Chris, to oversee the Pollok Development squad this coming season.”

He continued: “We cant wait to get started and get to work on helping these lads achieve success in their football careers.”

“We will be in close contact with Murdie throughout the season and will be doing everything we can to get these players to the point where they are running out at Newlandsfield for the first team in the coming months.”

You can follow the young Lok’s progress on the website, Facebook and on Twitter as the season progresses. Stay tuned also for news of what other clubs from the West will be taking part.

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

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

Revised fixture list issued

West Region Fixtures Secretary Kennie Young has announced a revision of fixtures to take us up to the 9th of May 2020. All outstanding Pollok league games now have dates while the blank in the middle of April will be occupied by our Junior Cup semi final matches. Some forthcoming games have been given new dates.

Click below for all detail:

Fixtures update

The wintry weather has played havoc with the scheduled fixture list unfortunately. As well as last week’s cup tie with Dalry Thistle being called off, the match with Neilston has been postponed as well. It is now rescheduled for the 29th of February 2020.

The postponed Dalry Thistle match has been rearranged for 7th March 2020, with the venue set to be as originally drawn, therefore at Merksworth Park. This new date has meant the trip to Glenafton will need to be rescheduled, as will Lok’s entertaining of Benburb which was due to be next weekend.

Scottish Cup Quarter Final Draw

Pollok have been drawn to play Neilston at Brig o?Lea in the next round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday 22nd February with a 2:15pm kick off.

The draw was made this afternoon at Hampden Park. The full draw is as follows.

Neilston v Pollok

Auchinleck Talbot v Hurlford Utd

Beith v Kello Rovers

Petershill or Darvel v Broughty Athletic