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Squad update: June 2022

It can be confirmed today that two of Pollok’s first team squad are being released as manager Murdie MacKinnon looks to freshen up the side. First up to depart is Bryan Wharton. Bryan joined the club in September 2017 on loan from Queen’s Park, with the deal becoming permanent later that year. He moved on to Albion Rovers for two seasons, eventually rejoining Pollok in July 2020, with covid effectively making his time away a three-year hiatus. He went on to make 64 appearances for Lok, scoring 10 goals.

Also departing is Grant Evans. Grant signed for Lok in August 2016 from Irvine Meadow XI and made a grand total of 100 appearances for the club, the last of which coming in Saturday’s semi final defeat to Hurlford United. He also scored 3 goals for Lok.

Both players leave with heartfelt thanks for their service to the club over the past few years.

Also moving on are three recent additions to the first team pool: Keelan Braonan, Jack Grimshaw and Thomas Haggarty.

Former Airdrie youth Keelan signed up with the Lok 20s side in July 2020 and went on to make 22 appearances for them before the team closed down in March of this year. He made three first team appearances, with his debut coming on 16/4/22 in the 5-1 win at Lanark.

Jack Grimshaw was the youngest member of the Lok first team squad this season until the very last match when Kieran Davies became the first 2003 player to represent Lok in competitive action. Also ex-Airdrie, Jack made two appearances for the club, the first coming back in October 2021 away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy – he will be able to recall that special day as also being when Jordan Longmuir scored from his own penalty area. As well as his two Lok matches, he played 22 times for the Under 20s.

And finally, Thomas Haggarty. Thomas, or Timbo as he is known, joined the club from Glenvale and also made his Lok debut in the Rob Roy game that featured Jack Grimshaw and went on to play five times in total for Pollok. His sole start came in the Hurlford United semi-final in the last game of the season. He netted 14 goals in 24 appearances for the Under 20s this season.

Best wishes to all five players moving on with your future careers and we hope to see you back at Newlandsfield in future, as a supporter or on the pitch.

Pollok granted SFA Membership

Following a Scottish FA Board meeting on 25 May 2022, we can confirm that the Club’s application for membership, at ‘Entry level’, has been granted. Thank you to every single person who helped us take this massive step forward!

This now allows the club to be promoted to the Lowland League and more immediately, annual entry to the Scottish Cup, a competition Lok have entered twice before as West Super league winners. Lok played 5 matches, beating St. Cuthbert Wanderers, then both drawing with and losing to Montrose and Spartans. In a decade’s time, recalling all of our results will be much more of a pub quiz teaser than at present.

More to follow on this story.

Friendly Match Vs Yoker Athletic

A friendly match has been scheduled against Yoker Athletic on 26th May 2022.

This game will be played as part of our preparations for the Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup Semi-Final on the 4th of June against Hurlford United.

Yoker Athletic are preparing for the Junior Cup Final Against Auchinleck Talbot also on Saturday 4th June.

This game will be a closed-door match and will not be open to spectators.

Please do not attempt to attend this match as no entry will be permitted.

Squad update: latest re-signings

A number of players have committed their futures to Pollok in recent weeks, so just to bring supporters up to date:

Derek Esplin

Del has signed a new contract tying him to Newlandsfield until June 2025. This was fantastic news that Del, with a year to run on his present deal, saw his future in the black and white of Lok. His value to the club was recognised at the Player of the Year awards where he picked up Fan’s Forum Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and Management team’s Player of the Year – good to keep you Del!

Mark Sideserf

The very popular ”Sidey’ signed a new deal in May 2022 that sees him remain with the club until the end of the 2022-23 season. Long may he run down the left flank!

Evan Horne

Evan joined the club at the start of the season but has signed up for a further two years, meaning he is with the club until June 2024.

So, adding those to the players already on board for 2022-23, this is the current situation:

David Brownlie (2024)
Chris Duff (2023)
Dylan Dykes (2023)
Del Esplin (2025)
Adam Forde (2023)
Shaun Fraser (2023)
Evan Horne (2024)
Jordan Longmuir (2023)
Josh Lumsden (2023)
Jonny Lyon (2024)
Craig Menzies (2023)
Jordan Shelvey (2023)
Mark Sideserf (2023)

More updates as and when they occur!

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Kilmarnock Pie Cup schedule UPDATE

Pollok’s Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland League Cup quarter final tie, at home to Clydebank, was due to go ahead on Saturday 21st May but has been brought forward to Monday 16th May at 7.45pm – this will be the competitive debut of the LOK FLOODLIGHTS! Many thanks to all those who donated towards the cost of their installation and you still can here.

The winner will be away to Hurlford United or Arthurlie on Saturday 4th June, kick off 2pm. Looking further ahead, the final will be at Cumnock Juniors’ Townhead Park on Saturday 11th June.

Duncan Annandale

It is with great sadness that it was announced this week that Duncan Annandale had passed away aged 76 on 1st April. Duncan served on the Lok committee and took over from Jim Robertson as Kit Controller in the late 2000s. His funeral is on Friday 6th May at 12.45pm and it would be great to see a Pollok contingent there – all are welcome.

Kilmarnock Pie WOSFL Cup draw

The draw has been made for the Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland League Cup closing stages. The full draw can be seen below but in short, Pollok will play either Kello Rovers or Clydebank in the quarter finals and the path beyond is laid out in this graphic.

Dykes checks in at Newlandsfield

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of former Scotland youth international midfielder, Dylan Dykes from West of Scotland Conference B side, St.Cadoc’s.

Dykes started off his career as a youth with Rangers, then signing professionally for the Ibrox side in 2012 as they worked their way up the divisions following the events of 2011-12’s close season. Like then-team-mate David Brownlie, he transferred to Ross County for season 2016-17 where he was part of Stuart Kettlewell’s development league winning side. He made two appearances off the bench in the top flight (his professional debut coming in the Highland derby with Inverness Caley Thistle on 28/4/17) before spending 2017-18 on loan at Stranraer.

He had a calendar year at Morton from January 2019 to January 2020 that culminated with another loan spell, this time at Stenhousemuir for the first half of the 2019-20 season, spending the second half on the books of Cumbernauld Colts after his Cappielow release.

St. Cadoc’s picked him up for 2020-21 and it is from the McKenna Park side that Lok secured him.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Lok boss Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say;

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Dylan again. We previously worked together during our time at Rangers, so I know that Dylan has real quality.

He will bring an added boost to the squad and club by showing the quality that he has in the attacking areas of the pitch. Dylan has great ability on the ball and has a very good record of scoring goals from midfield.

Dylan will be a fantastic player for Pollok as we move forward.

Dylan was equally upbeat on joining up with his new team;

“There’s a really good squad here and I’m just looking forward to getting involved. We’re still in the hunt for some trophies and I’ll do my best to help the club compete for them.”