Category: players

Changes continue as Brownlie signs up

In a week of changes, defender David Brownlie comes into the club as five players bade their farewell. David, a central defender, signs from Linlithgow Rose on a three-year deal. He spent his schoolboy career with Queen’s Park and Rangers, signing professional with the latter in January 2013. He departed Ibrox without featuring for the first team in 2016, shortly after joining Ross County’s U20 set-up. While in Dingwall, he was loaned out to Elgin City and made his senior debut for the Black and Whites on the 28th January 2017 in a 3-1 win over Edinburgh City.

The sky’s the limit for David at Lok

His second senior appearance was also memorable for him, ending with an 81st-minute red card at Forfar. All in all, he made 13 appearances for the Borough Briggs men.

David then spent 2017-18 and 2018-19 on the books of Airdrieonians and Stranraer respectively, playing regularly for both sides and accruing 54 appearances and 5 goals in League One between them. He spent the ultimately covid-hit 2019-20 season at East Kilbride and again was a regular, this time at Lowland League level where he made 31 appearances and scored twice in all competitions. He transferred to East of Scotland League side Linlithgow Rose in July 2020, making 12 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions for them.

Speaking to the PFC website today, manager Murdie MacKinnon welcomed the new arrival: “I am delighted to welcome David to the club from Linlithgow. He is a top player who has the ability and natural leadership skills that will improve us on the pitch. His attitude to the game is excellent and he is a great professional.”

“During our initial discussions he expressed a desire to join us at Pollok and a hunger to win trophies. That’s what any manager wants in his players. We look forward to seeing David on the pitch in the near future.”

“I thank Linlithgow Rose for the professional way that they handled this transfer.”

Welcome aboard David!

McWaters sets sail for vales new

It can be confirmed tonight that Alex McWaters has completed a transfer to Kilbirnie Ladeside. The Greenock-based wide man makes the move to Valefield just as Kilbirnie unveil a management team from that part of the world, Shaun Dillon and Thomas Molloy. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.

All the best to Alex from all at Newlandsfield.

Remembering Baxter McLelland and Peter Lockhart

All at Pollok Football Club were saddened to learn of the recent passing of two stars of the 1950’s, Baxter McLelland and Peter Lockhart.

Goalkeeper Baxter spent four seasons at Newlandsfield between 1951 and 1955, the club reaching the quarter-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup in his first season where they lost out to Camelon.

The highlight of his ‘Lok spell came on 29th May 1954 when he kept goal as Pollok lifted the Glasgow Junior Cup at Celtic Park, St. Roch’s being defeated by the odd goal in five.

In recent years Baxter was still a regular attendee at the ground, cheering on the team from the terraces.

Midfielder Peter joined ‘Lok for the 1957-8 season, a campaign which ended memorably for Pollok. On the final day of the season, 21st June 1958, the club found themselves due to play in the final matches of two separate cup competitions, the Erskine Hospital and Glasgow Junior Charity Cups.

A 3 o’clock kick off at Benburb’s Tinto Park saw Clydebank defeated 6-2 in the Erskine final, while at 7.15pm at Shettleston’s Greenfield Park Maryhill Harp were waiting in the final of the Glasgow. Despite the afternoon’s triumph, and the evening match going into extra time, ‘Lok secured their second trophy of the day with a 6-4 win. Peter played in both matches and scored in the latter.

Like Baxter, Peter, until recent years, could be found down Newlandsfield way spending many a happy hour in the Social Club with those other much-missed figures, Messrs Tait and Shaw.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Pollok Football Club are with the friends and families of Mr McLelland and Mr Lockhart at this sad time.

Iain Russell: a reflection

Iain Russell brought the curtain down on his playing career over the close season, bringing to an end a journey that began in the blue of Rangers and ended in the blue of Cowdenbeath! He began his career as a schoolboy on the books of Rangers, and while still a pupil at Annan Academy made 5 appearances for Scotland Schoolboys. He signed professionally for the Ibrox side aged 16, but he never made a league appearance for them however and left in the summer of 2002, departing for Motherwell. He made his league debut for Motherwell away to Hearts as an 88th minute substitute in September 2002 and made six appearances for ‘Well in all competitions.

Footage below of Iain’s debut game… he gets a close-up at 1h 44m.

Above – a youthful Iain in ‘Well colours

Regular football came to Iain when he joined 3rd tier Dumbarton 6 months later, and he found the net 33 times for the Sons in his first spell there. He honed his reputation for finding the back of the net with a switch to fellow League One side Brechin, netted 21 times for them in 2006-07 and was voted Second Division Player of the Year that season. Those goalscoring exploits landed him a switch to Morton, though despite featuring regularly for the Championship side for the first two seasons, he spent his final year at Cappielow mostly out on loan back at L1 level. Livingston snapped him up for the 2010-11 L1 campaign and he helped them to promotion with 22 goals. He added the same and more in his two Championship years at Livi then 32 for Queen of the South over three seasons back in his home county.

The ‘million pound’ man – worth every penny!

Airdrie became his tenth club in 2016, and he rewarded the Diamonds with 18 goals, though at the end of that season, with a year on his contract, he hung up his boots. Dumbarton coaxed him out of retirement in January 2018 and he remained there for 18 months before his summer 2019 transfer to Lok.

Photo (c) Ross MacDonald

Iain made his Lok debut in a 10-1 win over Shettleston in July 2019 and while he was not on the scoresheet that day, he did not have to wait long, bagging a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over Maryhill 4 days later. He made 21 appearances for Lok before the season shut down, scoring 8 times.

He spent the Covid-hit season on loan at Cowdenbeath before announcing his retirement in the summer of 2021. All in all, he netted over 200 goals at Senior level, the last coming in the last minute of his last ever match, from the penalty spot as Cowdenbeath beat Albion Rovers 2-0 in May 2021.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about Iain after his decision to call time on his career:

“I would like to go on record in congratulating Iain on a fantastic career, scoring over 200 senior goals along the way. I would also like to thank Iain for all his effort and his professionalism during his time at the club. He has been a fantastic pro and a brilliant influence on our young players. We all wish him well and look forward to welcoming him back in the future as a supporter of the club.”

Iain, clearly no stranger to a wide selection of clubs, was recently confirmed as the Club Manager of the East Renfrewshire Golf Club and congratulations are due for that transfer from Mar Hall!

All the best in your retirement Iain and what a career!

Farewell to Stephen McDevitt

Pollok FC can confirm today that Stephen McDevitt has been released from his contract by the club. The vastly experienced midfielder, 37, joined the club at the start of last season but due to the Covid shut-down, ended up spending what there was of the season out on loan at Rossvale and Drumchapel United. He has featured sporadically over the opening months of 2021-22 and as a result, the call has been made by Stephen to bring his time at Newlandsfield to an end.

Speaking to the website earlier today, Murdie said:

“I wish Stephen well as he moves on to pursue other avenues in his career. He goes with the best wishes of the staff and players. He also leaves with my gratitude for the effort and fantastic attitude he showed during his time at Pollok. He will always be welcome at Newlandsfield.”

All the best from all at the club, Stephen.

Welcoming Matty Grant

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of Matty Grant from Bellshill Athletic. The midfielder began his career with Airdrie United YFC and Airdrieonians at youth level before signing a professional deal with St. Mirren aged 16. He left the Buddies in 2020 and spent the covid-hit season with Bellshill Athletic.

As Matty arrives at the club, manager Murdo MacKinnon told the PFC website today:

“I am delighted to welcome Matty to Pollok. He is an exciting young talent who is hungry to succeed.

“We are excited to be able to give him the platform to do so at Pollok.

“Matty is a forward-thinking player whose skill and pace will be a handful for anyone. He has impressed in recent pre-season friendlies most notably Cowdenbeath.

“Matty has a great future in the game and we look forward to watching him in the Pollok jersey this season.”

Welcome aboard Matty!

Welcome to Pollok…Jonathan Lyon

The club are delighted to confirm the signing of midfielder Jonathan Lyon. A product of the Greenock Morton youth set-up, 19 year old Lyon was most recently at Drumchapel United. He also spent time on loan at Port Glasgow Juniors whilst at Morton. Jonathan made a brief substitute appearance for the Lok in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Arthurlie.

Talking to pollokfc.com, Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say on his latest summer signing;

Jonny is an excellent young player who has shown the quality and hunger in order to earn a place in our squad.

He is a dynamic and highly competitive midfielder who brings great energy to the team. His technically ability is equally very good.

What young players lack in experience, they more than make up for in hunger and desire. This gives the experienced players a lift also. There is a lack of fear with young players that can be contagious, it can spread throughout the squad.

Jonny’s attitude has been first class. He is determined to prove that he belongs at this level and has made it clear that he wants to make it difficult for me to leave him out the side. That’s music to any managers ears!

Jonny has an exciting future ahead. I look forward to watching him in the Pollok shirt.

Welcome to Pollok, Jonathan!