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C what you made us do!

The club can confirm that following several decades of pesce spelling errors and online pressure, we have taken the decision to add a C to our name.

Henceforth, we will now be known as Pollock Football Club, and papers have been lodged with the Scottish Football Association and West of Scotland Football League to make the change official. If the timing of this move seems fishy then know that this is all part of our goal to grow the club’s brand, and appealing to pescatarians and fans of abstract art will help to reel in a new breed of supporter.

We hope that supporters will get behind this new name as we move into the future as one school!

#MonTheLockNow

Auchinleck beckons for cup semi!

Following our 2-1 victory away to Hurlford United in the quarter final, Pollok will return to East Ayrshire on Saturday 6th April for the semi final of the Indigo Comms West of Scotland Cup against Auchinleck Talbot.

Goals from Ryan McGregor and Adam Forde assured the Lok of a place in the last four, where they will face the current holders at Beechwood Park. Pollok last reached this stage of the competition in 2022 when Hurlford won 2-0 on their way to winning the inaugural West of Scotland Football League Cup. Pollok will be hoping they can go at least one better this season, starting with Saturday’s tie!

Pollok to face Hurlford in West QF

Following Hurlford United’s 3-1 win against Cumbernauld United on Saturday, Pollok will now travel to Blair Park to face the Ayrshire side in the quarter final of the Indigo Communications West of Scotland Cup. with the winner travelling to Beechwood Park to take on Auchinleck Talbot on 6th April. Kick off is at 2 o’clock.

Squib departs Pollok

Pollok FC can confirm that Marc ‘Squib’ McKenzie has been released from his contract following a mutual agreement between both parties.

Marc signed for Pollok from Hurlford United in Summer 2023 and scored five goals in 24 appearances, with his last one coming in a 2-2 draw against Troon in September.

In his time at the club, Marc reached 650 competitive appearances, in a career stretching back to 2003. We would like to thank Marc for his efforts, and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

West of Scotland Cup draws

The draws for the Quarter and Semi Finals of the Indigo West of Scotland Cup took place this evening. Lok’s reward for beating Gartcairn is an away trip to Hurlford or Cumbernauld United. Should we win through that, it is an away trip to Auchinleck Talbot or Craigmark. Dates are 23rd March and 6th April respectively.

Recalls for Docherty and Duncanson

Pollok FC can confirm that Stephen Docherty and Lee Duncanson have been recalled to the club from their loans at Gartcairn and Benburb respectively.

Forward Docherty went out on loan to the Airdrie side in October, and scored the winner against Clydebank on Saturday. He scored five goals in his debut season last year at Pollok following an outstanding 34 goal haul in the previous campaign for Petershill, and he will be looking to get off to a flying start in the coming weeks.

Full back Duncanson, signed for Pollok in September before immediately being sent on loan to Benburb. He has made a strong impression in recent months with the newly-promoted Govan side currently occupying sixth place in the table. The former Brechin and Clydebank man made his Pollok debut as a trialist at Cumnock in a 2-2 draw at the start of this season.

Both players go straight into the squad for Saturday’s derby match away to Arthurlie at Dunterlie Park.

 

Darren Christie Departs

Pollok FC can confirm that Darren Christie has completed a transfer to Johnstone Burgh for an undisclosed fee.

Pollok were informed that Darren had finalised a pre-contract agreement with the Keanie Park side, and the clubs have now agreed a fee to make the transfer happen immediately.

During his time at Pollok, Darren made sixty appearances, scoring eighteen goals, arguably the best of which being a long-range strike to give us the lead in the 2022 televised Scottish Cup second round match against Annan Athletic.

The club would like to thank Darren for his contributions during his time at Pollok.

All at the club wish him well for his future career.

Christie celebrates doubling Pollok’s lead.

Bryan McManus Departs

Conditioning Coach Bryan McManus has left Pollok FC in recent weeks due to work commitments. We’d like to thank Bryan for his efforts and valuable contribution to the club since joining in the summer.

The current Matchday line up is therefore as follows:

Stewart Maxwell – Manager
Chris McFadyen – Assistant Manager
Ryan Docherty – Coach
Ryan Dakhil – Coach / Data Analyst
Billy Peacock – Goalkeeping Coach
Ross Anderson – Physiotherapist
Gordon Taylor – Kitman

Norrie Tate nominated for Specsavers Local Legend award!

Lifelong Pollok fan Norrie Tate has received the accolade of ‘Local Legend’ as part of Specsavers’ partnership with the Scottish FA. 

With thousands of people giving up their time each week across the country to ensure their community can enjoy football, the Specsavers Local Legends campaign aims to shine a light on the unsung heroes dedicated to grassroots football. Ninety-year-old Pollok fan Norrie Tate, from Battlefield, has been recognised as a Local Legend after his near-80-year commitment to his beloved team.

Norrie said: “It means a lot to me because I can get out on a Saturday afternoon to come down. There’s a good feeling coming here, I don’t need to worry about anything that’s happened during the week. I just concentrate on coming to the game.”

He added: “When I turned 90, everybody was saying ‘happy birthday’ and I wondered how they all knew. Inside the programme, there was a thing about me being 90.

Speaking upon receiving the award, Norrie said, ‘To tell the truth, I can’t believe I’m getting an award as a legend, but I’m happy to receive it.

I don’t know what I’d do without Pollok. I’ve been supporting them for nearly 80 years and have no plans of slowing down.’

Norrie recently celebrated his 90th birthday at Newlandsfield with his family and was presented with a signed shirt by Darren Christie and Ryan McGregor.

Not only has Norrie followed The Lok up and down the country since 1946, but he also used to arrange supporters’ buses to help other fans do the same. Norrie is a fixture in the Newlandsfield Park enclosure and cites their 1981 Scottish Junior Cup win over Arthurlie as his favourite moment as a fan. As part of his recognition, last November Norrie and his grandson enjoyed a day out at Hampden Park to enjoy Scotland’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Norway in a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match courtesy of Specsavers and the Scottish FA. Norrie also received a signed Scotland top from Steve Clarke’s men’s national squad as a part of their accolade.

Specsavers’ Arlene Stephenson, Scottish Divisional Chair, says: ‘Specsavers is proud of our long tradition in backing Scottish referees, but our current partnership sees us going further than ever, helping to raise awareness of grassroots football across the country.

‘Our Local Legends campaign is all about shining a spotlight on those away from the glamour of the top divisions, but who work just as hard to ensure Scotland’s communities benefit from the beautiful game.

‘From managing their local teams and making sure the pitch is in top shape for matchday, to referees making sure everyone’s game goes ahead or even just fervently following your club for decades – these unsung heroes embody what football is all about.

‘We are delighted to celebrate Norrie’s contribution to both football and his community, particularly his commitment to his beloved Pollok. ‘In our eyes, he truly is a Local Legend.’