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Derek Lea and Jim Marr

It is with sadness that the death of Pollok’s 1985 Junior Cup winner Derek Lea was reported this week, aged 61. The Govan born forward signed for Lok in November 1983 from Australian outfit Croydon City and had spent a number of years with Renfrew prior to that. Following his Junior Cup win for Lok in 1985 versus Petershill, he moved on to play with the opponents that day then Shotts Bon Accord, a return to Renfrew, Dalry Thistle, Dunipace and Port Glasgow where he ended his Junior career at 33. Deepest condolences to his family and friends from all at Pollok FC.

It was also announced today that Jim Marr has passed at the age of 59. He was loaned to Lok by Celtic in season 1977-78 and went on to play Junior with Largs Thistle, Neilston and Port Glasgow where he played alongside Derek Lea for a few seasons. Again, deepest condolences to all that knew Jim. A sad few days for the Lok family.

Gameweek 1 Fixtures Released

Following yesterday’s news that the West of Scotland Premier League will operate as two group sections for the forthcoming season, the league have announced the Gameweek 1 fixtures for all clubs. The Lok will begin a new era in the WOSL with a home fixture against Beith. There will be familiar faces on both sides as new Lok signing Darren Christie faces his former club whilst Beith are now managed by former Pollok midfielder Bryan Young.

The date is still to be fully confirmed but we are hopeful of hearing the start date soon, at which time the full fixture list will be released. At the moment our planned South Challenge Cup fixture against Tranent goes ahead on October 24th.

The other fixtures for the opening weekend of the West of Scotland League are as follows;

Group 2
Pollok v Beith
Kilwinning Rangers v Cumbernauld Utd
Rossvale v Cumnock
Rutherglen Glencairn v Hurlford United
Troon v Darvel

Group 1
Auchinleck Talbot v Irvine Meadow XI
Blantyre Victoria v Bonnyton Thistle
Clydebank v Kilbirnie Ladeside
Glenafton Athletic v Largs Thistle
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy v Benburb

Kick off 2pm unless otherwise stated

Proposed Premier Division group section confirmed

The effects of covid-19 continue to haunt Scottish football, and the 20 team West of Scotland Football League Premier Division will run as two groups for 2020-21. Pollok will be in Group B .

Lok’s full group, confirmed by secretary Kennie Young and later the WoSFL, is to be:

  • Beith Juniors
  • Cumbernauld United
  • Cumnock Juniors
  • Darvel
  • Hurlford United
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • Pollok
  • Rossvale
  • Rutherglen Glencairn
  • Troon

The exact format of the new set-up to be confirmed in due course but what is proposed is to play everyone in each club’s own group twice with another 10 fixtures to follow. The West of Scotland Football League however are consulting with all clubs about how we restart and one proposal is to delay the season kick off until October 31st 2020. There are, as it stands, no plans to move the Tranent game from 24th October.

Two Soccer Shop Challenge Cup ties for Lok

Pollok were given two potential Soccer Shop Challenge Cup ties in Saturday’s lunchtime draw hosted on Zoom by Kenny McLean of the Lowland and East of Scotland Leagues.

Lok were the first orange ball out the fish bowl and were given a home tie against Tranent Juniors of the East of Scotland League Premier Division in the 1st Round. In all, there were 14 ties drawn for it and the provisional date will be Saturday 24th October 2020.

In Round 2’s last 128 (64 ties), it’s a slightly more familiar opponent in the shape of Ardeer Thistle. Lok faced them twice in 2014-15 when we were in the West Super First Division (3-0 and 3-2 wins respectively). We had previously played them in the West of Scotland Cup in 1998-99 (4-1 to Lok). The 2nd Round is due to take place on Saturday 21st November 2020.

Tranent were in 4th place when the East of Scotland Premier League was brought to a sudden stop in March, and while promotion was in the hands of Bo’ness United, they were on track for a top six finish. They ended their season on a bit of a down, with cup defeats to Penicuik Athletic (Football Nation Qualifying Cup) and Hill of Beath Hawthorn (South Regional Challenge Cup).

2019-20 was forgettable for Ardeer Thistle as they failed to win a game in 25 attempts. The real lows included some very heavy defeats and they will be hoping the new start leads to something a bit more positive down Stevenston way.

Some of the more interesting ties from a Lok perspective include:

1st Round
Carluke Rovers or Kilbirnie Ladeside
Sauchie Juniors v Kilwinning Rangers
Thornton Hibs or Rutherglen Glencairn

2nd Round
Beith Juniors v Clydebank
Broxburn Athletic or Creetown v Irvine Meadow XI
Cumnock Juniors v Wishaw
Dundonald Bluebell v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Gala Fairydean Rovers v Sauchie Juniors v Kilwinning Rangers
Glenafton Athletic v Neilston
Hurlford United v Civil Service Strollers
Kelty Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot
Largs Thistle v Dalbeattie Star
Musselburgh Athletic v Benburb
Thornton Hibs or Rutherglen Glencairn v Nithsdale Wanderers
Troon v Preston Athletic
Whitehill Welfare v Carluke Rovers or Kilbirnie Ladeside

McDevitt arrival gives Murdo midfield boost as one departs

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of highly experienced central midfielder Stephen McDevitt from Darvel. Stephen, 36, is a player that has spent the majority of his career at the top end of the amateurs, representing Scotland and captaining clubs like Wellhouse and Colville Park. He also has has brief Junior stints with Cumbernauld United and Vale of Clyde.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about McDevitt’s arrival: “I’m absolutely delighted to secure the signing of Stephen. He joins us after picking up the West Region Championship, where he captained Darvel to league success last season.

“Stephen previously captained Collvile Park and Wellhouse amateurs during many trophy laden years in the amateur game before moving to Darvel last year. He also represented Scotland at amateur level on many occasions.”

Looking at what he will bring to the Lok engine room, Murdo added: “Stephen is a highly competitive midfielder who’s never say die attitude, aggression and leadership on and off the pitch made him a highly sought after player. He is an out and out winner. I am delighted to have agreed a deal to bring him to Pollok for the first WOSFL campaign.”

“My negotiations with Stephen were totally based around football. His ambition, hunger and determination to bring success to Pollok shone through. He is a professional of the highest standards.”

“I am again delighted to welcome Stephen to Pollok FC and look forward to watching him compete in the Pollok shirt this season.”

Welcome to Pollok, Stephen!

Meanwhile it is farewell to Jamie Henry as he moves to England. He has signed up with Wimborne Town of the Southern League Premier Division South. Good luck for the future Jamie.

Westpoint Homes confirmed as new shirt sponsor

Pollok FC and Westpoint Homes are delighted to announce a new sponsorship which will see the logo of one of Scotland’s most highly regarded home builders, adorn the shirt of the Southside’s local club.

Our association with Westpoint traces back to 2018 and we’re delighted to continue the partnership as we move to our new home in the West of Scotland Football League.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Westpoint Homes Director Ian Rigby said;

We wanted to get involved as ourselves and the club have the same ambitions to help in the local community.

Fans will have seen the advertising boards around the pitch for the past few seasons and we are delighted to expand our sponsorship to main shirt sponsor.

The new Pollok FC home kit will be launched this Friday and will be available to order online soon afterwards.

pictured, Westpoint’s Fergus Aitken (Sales and Marketing Assistant) and Ian Rigby (Financial Director)

New kit supplier for the Lok

Pollok FC are delighted to confirm that Italian sportswear giants Kappa will be the clubs new kit manufacturer. Kappa famously designed the classic Juventus and Barcelona kits of the 80’s and 90’s and the Southside Bianconeri (Black and Whites) are proud to join the Kappa family. Napoli, Aston Villa and Panathinaikos are just some of the other European sides currently under the Kappa banner.

The official 2020/21 kit will be launched later this week alongside a new shirt sponsor as we embark on our first season in the West of Scotland Football League.

Notice of EGM

Members of Pollok FC are hereby notified that an EGM will take place on Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 7pm. The meeting will take place via Zoom call and members should use their full name and have their membership number at hand to be granted entry to the meeting.

The details for accessing the meeting are below.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82716683569

Meeting ID: 827 1668 3569

If members would like further information or are unable to attend, please email [email protected]

Introducing the Development squad (part 10)

In what is likely to be the final part of the series of posts introducing the Pollok U20 Development squad ahead of the 2020-21 season, our last player to be unveiled is 17 year old Aidan Craig.

Aidan joins Lok from Morton where has been since August 2019. Aidan is a striker who began his career with St. Mirren and was with the Buddies youth side for four seasons. He moved on to Erskine Youth then Harmony Row, and spent some time on trial with Morton from the latter in 2018-19. He switched to Glenvale ahead of 2019-20 but won a permanent move to Cappielow not long after.

Aidan has submitted this photo from his time at Morton

Welcome to Aidan and to the other 19 players that make up the Lok 20s for 20-21!

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!