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Player of the Year 2023

On Saturday 6th May Pollok FC hosted our annual Player of the Year Awards Night!

A great time was had by all who attended and the night was a great way to celebrate all that the club has achieved this season!

Up first was recognition for the Bargeddie Colts U19s squad who picked up a league and cup double.
Bargeddie Colts will become the Pollok U20s development squad from next year.

Congratulations and Welcome to Pollok!

The first was the Fans Forum Player of the Year.
An award given to the player with the most votes in the fan forum Man of the Match polls.
Since its inception, no player has ever retained the award for a second season.

However, Del Esplin broke that streak by becoming the first player to pick up this award a second time for his consistency of his performances across the whole season.

The next award to be given was the Players’ Player of the Year.
Making it his second award of the evening and also his second to be retained:
Del Esplin returned to the stage to collect his award voted by the playing squad.

Fans’ Forum Player of the Year – Del Esplin Presented by Bob Foulkes


A new award debuted at the Player Awards Night this year.
The Supporters Ambassador Award has been chosen and funded by a section of Pollok supporters who felt they wanted to recognise a fellow supporter who represents our club and what it means to be a Pollok fan.

The inaugural winner of the Supports Ambassador award was Jamie Rigg.
Jamie uses an electric wheelchair but does not let that stop him from following Pollok home and away, with enthusiasm and optimism.

Jamie was unable to attend the Awards Night however, his award will be presented at our next game.
Club captain and Friend of Jamie’s David Brownlie collected this award on his behalf and will present it to Jamie
Kevin McElwee spoke about his admiration for Jamie and why he wanted to recognise a fellow supporter.

Support Ambassador Award – Jamie Rigg Presented by Kevin McElwee


The top goal scorer was the next award to be presented.

With 20 goals this season, Stuart McCann picked up this year’s top scorer.

Top Goalscorer – Stuart McCann Presented by Jordan Longmuir

A second debut award was then presented.

The Management Merit Award was selected by Stewart Maxwell as a Player he felt deserved to be regonised for his commitment, attitude, and performance this year.
Since arriving at the club this year Stewart was impressed with Josh Lumsden and the way he represented both himself and Pollok Football Club.

Management Merit Award – Josh Lumsden Presented by Stewart Maxwell

Stewart Maxwell wanted to show his appreciation to Club President Graham Milne for his effort and help since joining the club.
Graham expressed his thanks to Stewart and the rest of the coaching staff for the countless hours of effort they have put into this club this year.
Graham also thanked all the club’s volunteers who work so hard for the love of the club in making this season and every season possible.


The Final awards to be presented were the Manager’s Player of the Year
Which was awarded to Darren Christie in recognition of his performances this year since Stewart Maxwell arrived at the club.

This leaves the Pollok Member’s Player of the Season.
All club members are given a vote to submit for this Award which has selected Darren Christie.

Darren was unable to attend to receive his awards however they were collected on his behalf by Derek Rhodden

After the awards were presented the coaching team opened the floor to questions ranging from their vision for the club next season to the enteral grass vs astro pitch debate.

Finally to close the night off Pollok’s very own Ryan Dahkil treated us to a tune.

Newlandsfield Remembers Iain Ashcroft

Prior to yesterday’s match against Cambuslang Rangers, Newlandsfield came together to remember former Pollok defender Iain Ashcroft who tragically passed away three weeks ago. His family were in attendance, alongside his 1997 Junior Cup final winning team-mates who led the present-day Pollok team onto the park for a rousing minutes applause.


The 1997 Scottish Junior Cup squad led Newlandsfield in a tribute to Iain Ashcroft.

After seven years at rivals Arthurlie, ‘Ashy’ had a job on his hands to win over a sceptical Pollok support when he signed in 1995, but his commitment to the team and wholehearted approach to the game soon won them over. His finest hour came when he played through a ligament injury to lift the Scottish Junior Cup in 1997, and the turnout from his former team-mates yesterday demonstrated the high regard he was held in by them all.

In all, Ashy made 108 appearances for Pollok, with only one coming off the bench. He scored five goals and lifted a Central League title, Junior Cup and West of Scotland Cup.

Iain Ashcroft: 1962 – 2023


Supporter Info – Lok v Talbot

We can’t wait to welcome fans back to Newlandsfield this Saturday. Here’s a bit of housekeeping and we’d ask supporters to be respectful of the below;

  • The covered enclosure will be off-limits to fans, this area is to allocated for home and away teams as there is no changing room access. Please allow for weather.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time and ONLY attend if you have a ticket. Without a ticket no one will be allowed into the ground.
  • If you have any Covid symptoms on the game day or are isolating please do not attend.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged where possible

Pre-season schedule takes shape

The Pollok FC shutdown begins to come to an end with the news that the first confirmed friendlies are now firmly in the diary, Covid-interference apart. The club have lined up three attractive non-league sides for us to face at Newlandsfield, with Auchinleck Talbot first up on June 19th, kick off 2pm. Linlithgow Rose come along the M8 for a midweek kick-off on June 23rd (7pm) while the third confirmed game sees Arthurlie visit for a 2.30pm kick off on Saturday 26th June.

Keep an eye on the usual social media channels for further news from the club.

Sinnott 25

Earlier this week Pollok FC sent a ‘Sinnott 25’ shirt as part of the campaign of the same name to raise money for Sports Relief in tribute to Jordan Sinnott, a 25-year-old non-league footballer who was murdered last weekend. Clubs up and down the country have been posting to social media their own contributions to the campaign, the idea of Welsh international keeper, and Sinnott’s best friend, Danny Ward.

Follow the campaign on Twitter with @JordanShirts

Potential bus to Forres

The club is looking into the possibility of running a bus to Forres, but there will need to be a certain level interest to make it viable. It is too early to be able to look at pricing but a full bus is likely to be cheaper per head than one only half full.

If you are interested in taking up the opportunity to travel by bus up to Forres (game date is 28th September), please email the below ASAP:

Match reporter wanted

The Pollok FC website and official matchday programme seeks a keen and reliable match reporter to cover games. The ideal candidate will be able to attend the vast majority of Lok games, home and away, have a firm and confident grasp of written English (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and be able to submit written copy via email within a reasonable timeframe. This is a voluntary position but does offer a platform to showcase your work.

Please submit any expressions of interest to:

Home tie for Lok vs. Rosyth

In this evening’s Macron Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round draw, Pollok were pulled out of the hat at home to East Region side Rosyth. The Fifers have had a difficult 2018-19 thus far and find themselves at present towards the foot of the East Region South Division table with 12 points from 11 games. They have had more joy in cup ties so far, winning last weekend at home to West Calder United in their Thorntons East League Cup group stage match. They also managed to hit double figures back in September in the DJ Laing East Region Cup at home to Coupar Angus, running out 12-1 winners. This is their first season at a new home – Lok played them (and won) at the now vacated Recreation Park in the Ronnie Lowrie era. They now play at the Fleet Grounds, should a replay be required.

Full draw (ties due 26th January 2019)

Girvan v Clydebank
Craigmark Burntonians v Lochee United
Kilwinning Rangers v Thornton Hibs or Renfrew
Largs Thistle v St. Rochs
Cambuslang Rangers v Troon
Rossvale v Hurlford United
Blantyre Victoria or Auchinleck Talbot v Rutherglen Glencairn
Pollok v Rosyth