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Ryan McGregor departs

It can be confirmed that Ryan McGregor, a player to have appeared for the club in three decades, has departed to sign for Arthurlie. The 34-year-old made his Lok debut in July 2009 against St. Anthony’s, making 23 appearances and scoring 6 goals in his first season before a four club and seven-year spell away at Kilbirnie, Petershill, Renfrew and Arthurlie. He rejoined Lok in September 2017 making 102 further appearances in that time. All the best for your future career from all at the club, Ryan.

Ryan McGregor: 125 appearances, 25 goals.

Ryan in action on his Lok debut in July 2009, photo (c) Kathryn MacLeod.

In other news, Ross Shaw has joined Vale of Leven on loan. He made his debut in a 4-0 loss to Vale of Clyde on 24th September.

Bankies match off: rearranged date

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Clydebank match has been postponed as a mark of respect. All matches are off in the competition.

The game has been rescheduled for 15th October 2022. All prepaid tickets remain valid and if anyone with a ticket but is now unable to attend the new date, please contact the club.

It’s Huntly for Lok – Murdie’s thoughts on live TV clash

Following the win against Girvan on Saturday, Pollok have been drawn at home to Highland League side Huntly in the 1st Round of the Scottish Cup. Due to being at Tier 5 of the pyramid, Highland sides get a bye into the first round so the Aberdeenshire men did not have a tie themselves at the weekend.

Huntly are a big name from the Highland League and enjoyed a number of Scottish Cup runs in the past, though they have found themselves in the lower reaches of the division more often than not in recent times. Managed by Allan Hale since June 2020, the ‘Black and Golds’ have a youthful squad, with only three players over the age of 30. Six of the squad have Scottish Football League appearances with clubs such as Elgin City, Peterhead, Forfar Athletic and Montrose. This season’s results have been mixed, with league defeats to Turriff United, Clachnacuddin, Banks o’ Dee, Forres Mechanics and Formartine, a draw against Rothes and more positively a win last weekend at home to Deveronvale. They have also won Aberdeenshire Cup ties versus Keith and Aberdeen’s youth side.

Speaking to the website, manager Murdo MacKinnon said:

“It’s a really exciting cup draw. Huntly are a name that is well known to many in the Scottish Cup. They have a great history in the competition.”

“We look forward to welcoming them to Newlandsfield for what will be a wonderful occasion for both clubs.”

“As always, they will have our full respect and we will ensure that our homework is done before we meet. Until then our focus remains firmly on the next two games against Beith and Clydebank.”

The tie takes place on Friday 16th September, kick off 7.45pm and will be live on the BBC, Lok’s first tv exposure since the Junior Cup Final versus Beith in 2016.

Scottish Cup 1st Round draw

Following Pollok’s 6-0 win against Girvan on Saturday, the club are now in the draw for the 1st round of the Scottish Cup which takes place on Monday afternoon at 3pm.

The 23 winners from the preliminary round will be joined by 18 clubs from the Scottish Highland Football League and 16 clubs from the Scottish Lowland Football League, while Cumnock, Jeanfield Swifts and Tynecastle are already in the hat after securing byes.

The draw will be conducted by Scottish swimmer Ross Murdoch, who won two bronze medals at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

You can watch the draw live across the Scottish Cup Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Farewell to Matty Grant

Pollok FC can confirm that last season’s player of the year Matty Grant has completed a transfer to League 2 side Stranraer. We would like to thank him for his time at Newlandsfield in which he played 39 games and scored 8 goals from his wingback role.

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

Black and White Cart Watters

It’s a big, welcoming Pollok wave to 24-year-old winger Ryan Watters. Son of former footballer Willie (ex Kilmarnock, Stirling Albion and Maryhill among others), he arrives at Newlandsfield after a meandering, twisting and turning cross-border transfer from Longridge Town of the North West Counties League. Ryan dipped his toe into the football world on the books of Motherwell, signing professionally with them in 2014 though drifted on to St. Mirren thereafter in February 2017. Ryan’s first taste of first team action came after climbing aboard at Albion Rovers, making 21 league appearances for them – ironically his only senior goals to date were a brace against Stirling Albion where his father was a legend. He ventured forth to Stenhousemuir for the latter half of season 2018-19 and played 15 times for them across the two and a half years a Warrior, much of that Covid-hit, of course. In August 2021, he tried his luck south of the border on the banks of the Mersey with Widnes, then of the Northern Premier League West, though moved on to Longridge Town in November 2021.

Speaking to the website, manager Murdie MacKinnon said of him: “We welcome Ryan to the club after a spell playing down south. He adds competition on the left side of the pitch. Ryan has terrific quality and an outstanding work ethic.”

Welcome aboard Ryan!

Ryan McGregor signs up again

One bit of news that was not put out on the website a few weeks ago was the re-signing of Ryan McGregor on a new one-year deal. A key player for the club due to his commitment and versatility, Ryan is a welcome addition to the reshaped Lok side going into 2022-23.

Pollok’s Ryan McGregor opens the scoring

Adam Strachan

The Pollok FC family are saddened by the death of former player Adam Strachan.

We pass our deepest condolences to his friends, family and former teammates.

Pollok’s Shaw nets extension

It can be confirmed that young keeper Ross Shaw has signed a contract with the club for the coming season. The 20 year old joined Lok’s development side from BSC Glasgow in 2020. He will aim to challenge Josh Lumsden and Jordan Longmuir for the No 1 jersey. Well done Ross!