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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.”

University of Stirling venue confirmed

Pollok’s South Challenge Cup tie against Lowland league side University of Stirling will go ahead on Saturday 5th March at 2pm, at the home of Dunipace, Westfield Park. Admission is £6/£4.

While Lok have played there in the past, the ground has been rebuilt completely in order for the Denny side to gain an SFA Licence.

Paul Gallacher

Pollok’s club captain, Paul Gallacher, has retired from football with immediate effect, due to a long-term injury.

Gal joined Pollok in the summer of 2014 from Queens Park. He made an immediate impression on the Newlandsfield faithful with a string of composed displays that quickly became his hallmark.

After leading the team to immediate promotion back to the Premier Division as Champions, Paul remained a stalwart for Pollok in the seasons that followed.

In that time, he made over 200 appearances for the Newlandsfield club, netting 16 times in the process. His retirement comes at the age of 30.

Paul’s qualities as a player were manifest for anyone who watched him play. Athletic, intelligent and elegant, he combined excellent positional sense with skill and determination.

Perhaps less obvious to the onlooker was the level of respect shown to him by his teammates. Over the years, his colleagues have consistently praised his work ethic and motivation. Paul trained the hardest, played the hardest, and was example to all who played alongside him.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, Paul said:

“this is the single hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. As a player, you never think about when your career’s going to end. You think you’ll be able to play for ever. I can’t explain the disappointment I feel that it’s ended this way. But I must make the correct decision for myself and my own future. After many weeks of soul-searching, I’ve realised that this is the only option I have”.

“It has been a privilege to play for this club. I feel honoured to have played for and captained Pollok for so many years.”

“Thanks must go to my coaches, my many team-mates and, of course, to the fans who have given me such tremendous support and backing over the years.”

“And of course
, I will certainly be returning to Newlandsfield as a fan.”

The deepest gratitude of everyone connected with Pollok goes to Paul for his commitment and dedication to our club during his 9-year stay. Of course, the best wishes of everyone go to Paul for the future.

5th Round Draw An Education For Lok

Pollok have been drawn away to Lowland League side University of Stirling in the Traderadiators.com South Challenge Cup.

University of Stirling FC joined the Senior ranks in 2008 when they took their place in the East of Scotland League First Division and enjoyed early success, winning promotion then the East of Scotland Premier League itself in 2011-12. They were founder members of the Lowland League, finishing runners-up to Spartans in the inaugural season of 2013-14. They have played games at a variety of venues, from Gannochy Sports Centre (where their other teams currently play) at the University campus in Bridge of Allan to The Falkirk Stadium. They now play at Forthbank, sharing with Stirling Albion. Both the date and venue of this tie are TBC.

The club attract players from all over the world on sports scholarships and have an international flavour to their side. Managed by Chris Geddes since 2017, they will be tough opponents for Lok, especially after seeing off Hurlford United in the last round.

Follow them on Twitter here (where a link to their website can be found): https://twitter.com/StirlingUniFC

The full draw can be watched here: