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Supporter info for forthcoming fixtures

With this weeks change in COVID restrictions, we are now able to welcome more supporters to Newlandsfield. As of this Saturday, fixtures will no longer be all ticket unless advertised. Any existing tickets purchased for the Glenafton and Beith fixtures are still valid but all other tickets will be sold at the gates. The members gate will be operational so current members should use that gate to reduce any congestion around the turnstiles.

This seasons general admission prices are £7/£4 and if you can bring correct change, it would be very much appreciated by the turnstile operators. We expect the turnstiles to be busy so please arrive in plenty time.

We would request for the safety of fellow supporters and volunteers that face coverings are worn whilst entering and exiting the ground in more congested areas.

Track and trace QR codes will be placed around the ground and we would ask that supporters space out around the ground and respect social distancing.

Additionally, tomorrow night’s fixture, away to Bonnyton Thistle, can be attended by away fans and is pay at the gate (£8/£4). More info on our opponents here

Notice of AGM 2021

This years AGM will be held at 7pm on August 2nd 2021. Due to ongoing restrictions, the AGM will take place online via Zoom.

Members will have either received an email with joining instructions or they can obtain a copy of these from Stuart McCulloch or John Hickey at the forthcoming home matches. If you have any issues getting a copy, please email [email protected]

Welcoming Matty Grant

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of Matty Grant from Bellshill Athletic. The midfielder began his career with Airdrie United YFC and Airdrieonians at youth level before signing a professional deal with St. Mirren aged 16. He left the Buddies in 2020 and spent the covid-hit season with Bellshill Athletic.

As Matty arrives at the club, manager Murdo MacKinnon told the PFC website today:

“I am delighted to welcome Matty to Pollok. He is an exciting young talent who is hungry to succeed.

“We are excited to be able to give him the platform to do so at Pollok.

“Matty is a forward-thinking player whose skill and pace will be a handful for anyone. He has impressed in recent pre-season friendlies most notably Cowdenbeath.

“Matty has a great future in the game and we look forward to watching him in the Pollok jersey this season.”

Welcome aboard Matty!

Reminder: Burgh game cancelled

Note to supporters: today’s game with Johnstone Burgh has been cancelled.

Members and supporters will be able to obtain tickets for our first three home league fixtures from Newlandsfield this afternoon (Saturday 10th) between midday and 1400.

Pollok will next be in action against Blantyre Victoria on Saturday 17th July, kick off 2pm.

U20 schedule change

Unfortunately, Friday night’s game versus Cumbernauld Colts has been cancelled. This adds to the previous postponements of development squad friendlies with East Kilbride and Rossvale. The next game in the diary for Stephen McKenna’s side is a week on Friday (9th July) away to Benburb at New Tinto Park, 8pm kick off. The Colts game will instead take place on 16th July at Broadwood, 8pm kick off.

Welcome to Pollok…Jonathan Lyon

The club are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Jonathan Lyon. A product of the Greenock Morton youth set-up, 19 year old Lyon was most recently at Drumchapel United. He also spent time on loan at Port Glasgow Juniors whilst at Morton. Jonathan made a brief substitute appearance for the Lok in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Arthurlie.

Talking to pollokfc.com, Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say on his latest summer signing;

Jonny is an excellent young player who has shown the quality and hunger in order to earn a place in our squad.

He is a dynamic and highly competitive midfielder who brings great energy to the team. His technically ability is equally very good.

What young players lack in experience, they more than make up for in hunger and desire. This gives the experienced players a lift also. There is a lack of fear with young players that can be contagious, it can spread throughout the squad.

Jonny’s attitude has been first class. He is determined to prove that he belongs at this level and has made it clear that he wants to make it difficult for me to leave him out the side. That’s music to any managers ears!

Jonny has an exciting future ahead. I look forward to watching him in the Pollok shirt.

Welcome to Pollok, Jonathan!

McWaters climbs aboard

Pollok FC are delighted to confirm the signing of 23-year-old midfielder Alex McWaters.

Alex, a wide midfielder, has signed on a one year deal having spent recent seasons with Kilwinning Rangers. Greenock-based, he began his career playing in the youth teams of St Andrew’s BC, Kilmarnock and East End United, though signed for Morton while still at school. While at Morton he was loaned to Largs Thistle, eventually joining them on a permanent basis in 2017. He transferred to Hurlford United in August 2018 then Troon in March 2019. He became a Buff in July 2019 and remained there until the end of the aborted 2020-21 season. Eagle-eyed fans may have spotted him making his first Lok appearance as a trialist in the return to action in June 2021 against Auchinleck Talbot.

On landing Alex, manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say:

“It’s great to eventually get the deal to bring Alex to the club signed and over the line.”

“His attitude and work ethic have been excellent. He has really stood out during our pre-season sessions thus far.”

“He will bring much-needed competition to the wider areas of the pitch. Alex has had good experience and played in some big games at this level for a young player. He will be an asset to the club and team moving forward.”

Welcome to Pollok, Alex!

West of Scotland Premier League Fixtures

We’ve received our fixtures for the first half of the season in the West of Scotland Premier League. We open the season on Saturday July 17th home to Blantyre Victoria.

Our full fixture list is

Fixtures and results 2021-22

DateMatchTime/ResultsLeagueGround Referee
Pollok vs AuchinleckPre-season Friendly
Newlandsfield Park
Ross Birrell
Pollok vs Linlithgow RosePre-season Friendly
Newlandsfield Park
Chris Hughes
Pollok vs ArthurliePre-season Friendly
Newlandsfield Park
Ross Hardie
Yoker Athletic v PollokPre-season Friendly
Holm Park
-
Pollok v CowdenbeathPre-season Friendly
Newlandsfield Park
-
Glasgow Utd v PollokPre-season Friendly
Greenfield Park
-
Johnstone Burgh v PollokPre-season Friendly
Keanie Park
-
Pollok v Blantyre VictoriaWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
Euan Birch
Bonnyton Thistle v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
The Synergy Arena
David Ingram
Pollok v Glenafton AthleticWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Rutherglen Glencairn v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Hamish B. Allan Stadium
-
Pollok v Beith JuniorsWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Hurlford United v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Blair Park
-
Rossvale v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Petershill Park
-
Pollok v Cumbernauld UnitedWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Cumnock v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Townhead Park
-
Pollok v Largs ThistleWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Pollok vs MayboleScottish Junior Cup
Newlandsfield Park
-
Irvine Meadow XI v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Meadow Park
-
Pollok v DarvelWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Clydebank v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Holm Park
-
Pollok v RossvaleWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Pollok v Kilwinning RangersWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Benburb v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
New Tinto Park
-
Pollok v Auchinleck TalbotWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Guy's Meadow
-
Vale of Clyde v PollokSouth Challenge Cup
Fullarton Park
-
Pollok v TroonWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Newlandsfield Park
-
Kilbirnie Ladeside v PollokWest of Scotland Football League Premier Division
Valefield Park
-

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

Sheldon joins the backroom

The club are delighted to welcome Brian Sheldon back to the club as part of Murdo MacKinnon’s management team.

A now familiar face at Newlandsfield, Brian started his football career at Larkhall Thistle followed by a two year spell at Airdrie, with moves to Livingston Utd, Cambuslang Rangers and Pumpherston thereafter. 

His coaching career began at first Junior club Larkhall, and took in Cumnock before he joined the Shotts BA management team in 2009. He joined Pollok in 2013 before leaving in 2018, after nearly 5 years at the club, but has now returned to Newlandsfield to the delight of manager, Murdie MacKinnon.

“I am delighted to welcome Sheldy back to the club as part of our management team.

Sheldy, is a first class individual who simply tells it how it is. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to what is already, a fantastic backroom team. He is familiar with the club, committee, players and supporters and will now contribute to our success moving forward! I welcome him back to the club and all of the management team look forward to working with him moving forward!”

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Sheldon expressed how happy he was to be back;

During my previous spell at Pollok I was touched by the entire ethos of the club and the many hard working individuals behind the scenes that have made the club what it is, sadly some no longer with us. I left the club due to personal circumstances however I have continued to keep in touch both with committee members and Murdie. I didn’t know Murdie overly well when he joined the club however having worked with many people over the years in football I instantly recognised his energy , integrity, knowledge and above all honesty which are so important in this game which can be full of egos.

As such we have built a solid relationship over the years and I have helped out in various capacities. Murdie has developed a first class management team full of like minded people and when we discussed the opportunity of returning to the club in a formal capacity I had no hesitation in accepting . My role will evolve as required.

Welcome back, Sheldy!