Category: players

Recalls for Docherty and Duncanson

Pollok FC can confirm that Stephen Docherty and Lee Duncanson have been recalled to the club from their loans at Gartcairn and Benburb respectively.

Forward Docherty went out on loan to the Airdrie side in October, and scored the winner against Clydebank on Saturday. He scored five goals in his debut season last year at Pollok following an outstanding 34 goal haul in the previous campaign for Petershill, and he will be looking to get off to a flying start in the coming weeks.

Full back Duncanson, signed for Pollok in September before immediately being sent on loan to Benburb. He has made a strong impression in recent months with the newly-promoted Govan side currently occupying sixth place in the table. The former Brechin and Clydebank man made his Pollok debut as a trialist at Cumnock in a 2-2 draw at the start of this season.

Both players go straight into the squad for Saturday’s derby match away to Arthurlie at Dunterlie Park.

 

Welcome Back Jamie Henry!

Pollok are delighted to confirm the return to Newlandsfield of Midfielder Jamie Henry as he comes home to Scotland following three years in England. He signs on an 18-month deal subject to SFA approval.

Jamie previously made 46 competitive appearances for the Lok between 2018 and 2020 before moving south due to family commitments. After two seasons playing with Wimborne Town, he moved to Bemerton Heath Harlequins in February of this year and helped them to secure promotion from Wessex Division 1.

Jamie was a fans’ favourite in his first spell at Newlandsfield from 2018-2020.

When asked about the move, Jamie was clear that there was only ever one option:

As soon as I heard there was a chance to return to Newlandsfield this season, there was only one place I was going. I absolutely loved my last stint at Pollok, and I hope the experience I have gained over the past few years will help drive the team forward. I will look to be a real driving force in the midfield and do everything possible to win every game we play!

Pollok manager Stewart Maxwell has this to say upon bringing Jamie back to Glasgow:

I am delighted to bring Jamie back to Pollok. He brings great energy, enthusiasm and experience, while also being a terrific player. He knows the demands of being at Pollok, and I am sure that he will once again become a fans’ favourite.

 

 

Hutton Moves to Darvel

Pollok FC can confirm that Kyle Hutton has signed for Darvel on loan. He will spend the rest of the season at the Ayrshire club, which will take him up to the expiration of his Newlandsfield contract.

Kyle signed for Pollok in the summer from Forfar Athletic, following spells at Rangers, Partick Thistle, St Mirren and other clubs across the Scottish football pyramid. He has made ten appearances across all competitions this season.

All at the club thank him for his contribution to Pollok, and wish him well at Recreation Park.

In Conversation With: Ross Lindsay

Few footballers can say that their career has taken them from Cumbernauld to California, with a stop at Kentucky in between. That is a part of the journey that has brought midfielder Ross Lindsay to Newlandsfield. 

We sat down with the midfielder to discuss a fascinating career, featuring some big names and some big moves. 

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What are your earliest memories of football and what were the first clubs you played for?

My earliest memories of football are probably the same as most boys, just being out on the streets either kicking a ball about myself, or down the park with my pals playing all hours of the day. I went into St Mirren when I was around four or five at their community coaching sessions and then got picked up from there.

A young Ross Lindsay perfecting his left peg on trial with Real Madrid.

 

You came through the academies of both St Mirren and Kilmarnock – what did you take away from your experiences at such a well-established clubs, and who did you play alongside?

Both clubs were great for me. I was at St Mirren from about five years old until I was 15/16. The coaching was brilliant and I played with a lot of great players. The best and biggest names I played with there were probably John McGinn & Kenny McLean.

Pictured at the age of twelve during his time at St Mirren where he shared a pitch with future Scotland internationals John McGinn & Kenny McLean.

I then moved to Kilmarnock after not going to get a chance at St Mirren due to playing in the position as the above two! I loved my time at Killie. The coaching were great and we were allowed to play good football. I was there with Mixu Paatelainen & Kenny Shiels who wanted to us to pass the ball around which I loved. A lot of my teammates at Killie went on to play at senior levels like Matty Kennedy, Rory McKenzie & Mark O’Hara to name a few.


Next up was your first foray into senior football with Clyde. How different was this from U2
0/Reserve football and how did you adapt?

Going from full time U20s football, to training twice at week at night with men took some time to get used to. It was a lot more physical instead of the typical passing football that most academy teams play.

 

Who would you say is the best player you have played with and against in your career?

With – Probably the best/biggest namedrop is Riyad Mahrez. When he infamously came over for a trial at St Mirren, I played in midfield with him in a game at Ferguslie Sports Centre in Paisley where he scored two. I would also say Kenny McLean & Matty Kennedy would be the ones that I played with regularly at youth level who were the best. If I can count training, I also had a few sessions with Alexei Eremenko at Killie who was unbelievable. Some of his touches and the passes that he could play were brilliant.

Against – I played a reserve game against Paddy McCourt at Celtic who was brilliant. He would glide across the park with the ball glued to his foot.

 

After a year at Clyde, you crossed the Atlantic and enrolled at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, turning out for their CU Tigers football team. How did this move come about.

At Clyde I felt that I was not being involved as much as I should have been. I wanted to do something different where I could see a bit of the world, get back into a full-time environment and also look to get a degree. I got in touch with a US scholarship agency called Soccer Innovation who got in touch with different universities and sent my highlight video out to them. I decided to go to Campbellsville University who were based in a small town in Kentucky. I liked what the coach had to say, and liked that the team had a lot of international players who I could learn from on and off the park.

 

The first cross-Atlantic stop was Campbellsville University Tigers in Kentucky.

 

How different was being a footballer in US to being a player in Scotland at this time, and was it a challenge to balance the playing career with your studies?

Very different! We trained every day there. During pre-season or “Hell week” as they called it, we would train three times a day starting at 6am running up hills with teammates on your back. It took some time to get used to and to acclimatise with the humidity and heat being up at 40 degrees on some days. It took time as well to effectively combine it with my studies as we would train and then you would have breakfast and then go straight to your classes for the day.


You also turned out for the tremendously named Thunder Bay Chill in Canada, before moving to California with Fresno F
uego in California. What was that like?

I loved my time at Thunder Bay Chill.  It was a small town in Canada but we played in the PDL League (now USL League 2). It was a great setup and they really looked after you. Again, I played with a lot of good players from different countries whom I got to know really well and I still keep in touch with some of them today.

Fresno Fuego was a different experience. Also in the USL League 2, they played in the baseball team’s stadium and would get big crowds. With it being in the middle of California, a lot of the population were Hispanics, as were a lot of my teammates so I stood out! There was a lot of quick, technical football being played there which I enjoyed.

With Californian outfit Fresna Fuego.

 

Overall, how was your experience of playing overseas and what did you learn from your time in North America?

I loved it. I got to travel across pretty much all of North America playing against different types of players from all over the world. I learned a lot from them and from their culture which helped me on and off the park.

 

You returned to Scotland with Broomhill in 2018. Having spent a couple of years out of the country, how did that move come about and were you glad to be back in Scotland?

I came home from the US after five years and was just looking to get in at as high a level as I possibly could. The move came about through Thomas Collins (at Clydebank). He knew the manager who then asked me to come in. It took time to adjust as I felt the football was 100mph compared to the States but I slowly adapted to it.

 

 

After three years at Broomhill, you then moved to Caledonian Braves where you were coached by former Pollok forward David Winters and played alongside Scott Forrester and Luke Main. As a non-traditional club with the bulk of their support being online, what was it like to be involved with them?

It was interesting to say the least. As a relatively new club in an area where there are a lot of established clubs, they were always trying to grow the fan base locally and online. There would always be something new that the social media team would get the boys doing which you had to get comfortable with. I loved my time there. The coaching staff were excellent and they brought in a good group of younger players which created a great environment where the boys could pass the ball and play with freedom.

 

When did you first hear that Pollok were interested in signing you, and what was your reaction?

It was actually through Scott! I think Stewart Maxwell and Chris McFadyen came to watch a Braves game to see Scott and I had a half decent game. They liked what they saw and kept an eye on me from there. It was exciting as I knew how big a club Pollok were and I liked what the management team had to say. Before the interest, Davie Winters always spoke about how good a time he had with his brother Robbie at Pollok.

 

Ross signed for Pollok in June.


The crowds at Newlandsfield are a different beast from Broomhill and Braves. How do you handle the pressure of playing in front of a demanding fan base?

I just try and play my own game to be honest, but the crowds have been excellent so far. They come in their numbers and get behind the team, giving us that extra push when things aren’t going our way.


You have settled in well at Pollok with some strong early performances. How have you enjoyed your first couple of months?

I’ve enjoyed it a lot. We have some great players in the team and know that across the full squad, anyone can come in and play. It keeps you on your toes as you know that if you are not performing, then someone will come in and take your place.

In action against Glenafton Athletic. (Finlay Thom)


What are your aims for this season, both on a personal level and in terms of what you think the team can achieve?

Just to play as many games as possible and to contribute as much as possible to help the team. I think we can go far in all the competitions we are in. For the league, we just need to grind out more results and I think we should be up there if we do that.

In Conversation With: Marc McKenzie

Players don’t come much more experienced than Marc McKenzie. After a twenty-year career, spanning fourteen clubs across the SPFL and Junior game, ‘Squib’ arrived at Newlandsfield in the summer from Hurlford. At 38 years old, some may have doubted the contribution he could make, but these people clearly haven’t been paying much attention to football at this level for a while.

Any doubters will now have been comprehensively silenced, with McKenzie sitting on five goals from twelve games. He is also, along with Adam Forde, one of only two players to appear in every competitive match for Pollok this season and he sat down with us to talk about the highlights of a stellar career, and how he wants to create more memories in black and white.

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When did you start playing football, and which teams did you play for as a youngster?

I can’t really say I started when I was wee, as I’m still the same size! Really, I have been playing for as long as I can remember. As a youngster, I played for Bosco juniors, Calton, Arsenal Boys Club and St Columba’s before joining Raith Rovers pro-youth. After coming through their youth system, I had a brief spell at Livingston before moving to Albion Rovers where I made my senior debut in 2003.

A ten-year old Squib turning out for St Bridget’s Primary in around 1995.
In his first spell at Albion Rovers.

You spent five years with East Stirlingshire from 2005-2010, a period which saw them begin to climb the table after five successive seasons finishing bottom of Division 3. How challenging was it to play for the club during the difficult years, and what was it that turned their fortunes around?

I joined East Stirling from Stenhousemuir during a period of real financial difficulty. However, I wanted to be playing every week and Gordon Wylde, the gaffer at the time, was very keen to have me at the club. Gordon was excellent, and it wasn’t long after I joined that the new chairman Spencer Fearn came in. It was clear to see that he wanted the club to progress and develop. Things changed a lot and we managed to be in the promotion play-offs a couple times, but we just missed out on going up.

 

In the final game of the 2007-08 season, you had to win against Pollok’s Scottish Cup conquerors Montrose to maintain league membership for the club. What do you remember about the build up to that match and how much pressure was the team under?

We treated the game just like any other to be honest. Naturally there were some nerves coming from the supporters, but luckily we did enough to win the game and keep the team in the league.

 

You came on as a late sub in the game as The Shire beat Montrose 3-1 to avoid bottom spot in the last competitive match played at Firs Park. What was the emotion like around the club after that game?

I think for the small hardcore group of supporters at the Shire, it was an emotional day. Happy that we won the game and avoided bottom spot, but sad to be leaving Firs Park.

Last game at Firs Park
East Stirlingshire said goodbye to Firs Park with a crucial victory against Montrose in 2008.

 

You then spent four years at Cowdenbeath, split between Division 1 (latterly the Championship) and Division 2, finishing as their top scorer in the title-winning campaign of 2011-12. That was only the club’s second trophy since 1939. What did it mean to bring success to a club and fan base that were not used to it?

I absolutely loved my time at Cowdenbeath and everyone involved at the club. It was a very special place for me. In my first season, we were in a very tough league with mostly full-time clubs and we ended up being relegated. We bounced straight back up the following season however, winning the league and I managed to finish as top scorer, while also being awarded Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year, so it was very memorable. We followed that the next season by managing to stay up on a dramatic last day.

Celebrating Division 2 title success with Cowdenbeath in 2012. (Seven along from the right)

How did you enjoy your time at Elgin City and how challenging was it playing so far North?

We had a really good team that probably should have won the league. That season was their highest ever finish in the league but we lost out in the play-offs. We did really well at home which made the long journey to games a bit easier every second week. In the end, because I was only meeting up with the team for games and I wasn’t training with them, I didn’t feel as much a part of the team as I should have.

 

You spent eighteen years overall in the SFL/SPFL with ten different clubs. What are your personal highlights from that time in your career?

I won league titles, various personal awards, played at pretty much every ground in Scotland, and played with and against some top players. I have had so many highlights that it would be hard to pick out one specific moment.

 

In 2017, you joined the Junior ranks for the first time with Arthurlie. How different was the experience of playing football at this level, and how did you adapt?

To be honest, there wasn’t much of a difference between the West Juniors and League 1/2. There were a lot of top players in the Juniors who didn’t fancy testing themselves in the SPFL. In my opinion, too many stay were they are comfortable and don’t want to travel.

 

Your time in the Juniors is best remembered for two spells with Hurlford. In that time, you won two West of Scotland Cups (one Junior and one WoSFL), but also suffered late heartache in the 2018 Junior Cup Final. What are the highlights of your time at Blair Park?

Winning the cup was a great highlight from my time at Hurlford but the club overall were great with me, my wife Colette, and our five kids as they made them feel part of the club every week.

Celebrating WoSFL Cup success with Hurlford in 2022.

 

You have caused Pollok many problems over the years as an opposition player, scoring three times. What are your fondest memories of games against the Lok and how was it coming to Newlandsfield as an away player?

My first game against Pollok was for Arthurlie at Newlandsfield. The Pollok fans have always gave me a bit of stick when but that’s all part of football and I’m sure that I have wound them up at times by scoring and gesturing in their direction!

 

How did your move to Pollok come about, and what was your reaction when you heard there was interest?

The gaffer got in touch with me so I met up with him and Chris for a chat. Maxi had previously tried to sign me for Rob Roy, but the lure of the size of the club, the crowds, the quality of the pitch and, of course, the bags of money they offered me meant that I couldn’t say no! (Editor’s note – no bags of money were exchanged.)

 

You have a lot of experience over a twenty year career. What do you think you can bring to Pollok this season?

Hopefully I can pass on some of my experience to the rest of the team given that I am the oldest in the squad, even if I don’t look it! I am a player who will always give everything even when I am not playing well. Hopefully I will score some goals and ultimately help bring some silverware to the club.

 

You scored your first Pollok goal against Irvine Meadow in mid-August. Does the novelty of debuts and first goals ever wear off, or are they as exciting as they were twenty years ago?

Scoring goals, especially in front of big crowds, is a feeling that only the wife can come close to replicating! You should never get tired of scoring goals.

Marc McKenzie wheels away after opening his Pollok account to make it 1-0 against Irvine Meadow in August.

 

What are your aims this season, both personally and in terms of what you think the club can achieve?

Personally I want to play as much as possible and score as much as possible. As a club and a team I think that on our day, with the experience and quality we have, that we should look to win something and I don’t see why we can’t.

Giving Pollok the lead against Troon in September. (James Graham/Finlay Thom)

 

Finally, not that we are trying to force you into retirement, but do you hope to move into coaching after you hang up your boots?

Hopefully I can move into that area of the game in some capacity but I also hope my legs have a few more years, miles, and goals left in them yet! I hope to hit 650 career appearances this season and I would love to keep playing to get to the 700 mark.

 

Lee Duncanson Signs For Pollok

22 Year old defender Lee Duncanson has signed for Pollok after a successful trial at the club. Lee has been training with the team and featured as a trialist in the match vs Cumnock back in August.
Previously Lee featured for clubs such as Broomhill, Albion Rovers, Clydebank, and Brechin City.

Lee will be joining Benburb on a short-term loan.

In Conversation With: Adam Forde

After Jordan Longmuir, Adam Forde is the longest-serving member of the current Pollok team, having signed in 2017. The forward made his 150th appearance last season, and with 94 goals to his name, is closing in on a century after a fine start to the season which has seen him net eleven times in as many games.

In his six years of the club, there have been many memorable moments and his habit of scoring outstanding goals has made him a firm fans’ favourite at Newlandsfield. We sat down with him to discuss his career to date and the highlights of his time in black and white.

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Tell us a bit about your early years. What are your earliest memories of playing football, and which teams did you play for at youth level?

I was playing football as soon as I could walk really. I always had a ball under my arm as a youngster and I played for Barrhead Boys Club, Erskine Boys Club and Aberdeen pro-youth for four years.

 

Your senior career began at Stranraer. What memories do you have of your debut, and how much of a challenge was it to play at that level at such a young age?

My debut was against Lisburn Distillery from Ireland in a pre-season friendly in 2013 and I scored the winner. It was hard to get a starting spot in that team at the time because the quality of the five strikers we had was so high. We were reaching the League One play-offs every year, and I learned a lot from the strikers I played with.

 

 

While still at Stranraer, you spent a short loan spell at Neilston for your first foray into the Juniors. How big a change was it to play at that level, and how did you adapt?

To be honest, I went on loan there for three months and I got a muscle injury early on, so I never got to play much. The biggest difference was the state of the parks as I went there in winter time, and let’s just say there were not a lot of games played!

 

Kilbirnie was the next stop, with Fordey signing in 2015. (Ayrshire Weekly Press)

 

Next up was Kilbirnie Ladeside where you joined an elite club of players that have beaten Auchinleck Talbot in a cup final! How important was it to win the 2016 Ayrshire League Cup for a club that had not won much in recent years?

The team we had at Kilbirnie was a very good one and we felt we could win a trophy. Although we didn’t get a big one, it was good to get the Ayrshire Cup against Talbot who were very strong at that time. I was really pleased to bring some success to Kilbirnie as I loved my time there and they were always great with me.

Lifting the 2016 Ayrshire Cup with Kilbirnie. (Ayrshire Weekly Press)

 

You signed for Pollok in 2017. When did you first hear of the interest from Newlandsfield, and what was your reaction?

It came after a season at Kilbirnie, when had just avoided relegation, but I had a good year in front of goal, scoring over twenty times. I was obviously very excited when Pollok phoned, and there were a lot of offers on the table. However, the size of the club and the set up made me want to come to Newlandsfield.

A fresh-faced Fordey in his first season at Newlandsfield. (Ross MacDonald)

 

Your debut was in the Sectional League Cup away to your former club Neilston, and you scored in a 3-0 victory. What are your memories of that game? 

I can’t really remember much apart from scoring via a deflection off my face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to the Covid-19 shutdown in 2020, you scored in Pollok’s last ever game as a junior club. How did the squad feel about joining the pyramid?

There wasn’t really much said about it if I’m being honest. We would be playing the same teams and not much was changing on the pitch. Obviously we were excited about the chance of competing in the senior Scottish Cup to play in massive games at a packed Newlandsfield!

 

Headshot from the 2019-20 season which was curtailed early due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Ross MacDonald)

 

Pollok elected to withdraw from the first WoSFL season, and you returned to Neilston on loan. How important was it for you to keep playing that season and what was it like playing in empty grounds while following Covid regulations?

I was pleased that the club allowed me to go on loan as it was important for me to keep playing and stay sharp. It was certainly strange getting changed in the stands and not being able to shower after games, especially during the winter!

 

Upon returning to Newlandsfield, you scored Pollok’s first goal as a senior club in a 5-1 opening day victory against Blantyre Victoria. What do you think the biggest change is in football at our level since the move to the seniors?

As I said before, not much has changed in terms of the teams we are playing or the competitiveness of the league as it is still as tough as it was in the Junior era.

 

You have scored 94 goals for Pollok so far, with some memorable strikes among them. Which ones stand out for you and why?

For me I would say the three overhead kicks I’ve scored (Glenafton in 2019 and Largs/Benburb in 2023) and also my half volley against Irvine Meadow which started a big comeback.

Celebrating a derby goal away to Arthurlie in March 2018. (Ross MacDonald)

 

In recent weeks you seem to have developed a habit for overhead kicks. What is your secret to pulling them off so well?

For me, I think it is just an instinct thing. I tend to try them quite a lot in training so when the opportunity arrives in a game, it is always in my head that I am capable of pulling it off.

 

Two astonishing overhead kicks in a week against Largs and Benburb respectively gained a lot of attention online! (Finlay Thom & James Graham)

 

In your six years at Newlandsfield you have played alongside many different players. Who is the best that you have played with in the black and white?

This is a tough one. There have been so many good players that I have played with here. I don’t think I could pick an individual but I will give mentions to Del Esplin, the McCann brothers (Gary & Stuart) and Daz Christie who have all been great players here.

 

Celebrating with Gary McCann in a 2-1 victory away to Auchinleck Talbot in 2018. (Ross MacDonald)

 

In six Scottish Cup ties for Pollok, you have five goals. What does it mean to play in a competition steeped in such history?

It’s a competition everyone in the squad has watched for years so just playing in it is great, but we all want to reach the latter stages and get a big tie.

 

A goal in the First Round hammering of Penicuik Athletic was Forde’s sixth in the competition.(Finlay Thom)

 

What is your dream Scottish Cup draw?

Celtic at Parkhead.

 

After a 22-23 campaign which was disrupted by injuries, you have made an excellent start to this season after a pretty intense summer training with Darren Christie. How has that helped you to hit the ground running this campaign?

Last season wasn’t a great one for me on the pitch as I suffered several injuries. My other half also gave birth to our baby girl on Boxing Day so there were a lot of things happening away from football. I decided that once I got free from injury, I was going to get myself flying for pre-season, so I spoke to Darren who was offering a twelve week fitness programme which got me in great shape and in a good place to hit the ground running.

 

Forde has flown out the traps this season, and has already beaten his goal tally from last season with eleven goals in eleven games. (Finlay Thom)

 

What are your aims for this season, both personally and for the club?

Personally I want to hit thirty goals and keep myself fit. For the team, I want us to win as many trophies possible!

 

In Conversation With: Evan Maley

Evan Maley joined Pollok in the summer, with the 25 year-old midfielder arriving from Open Goal Broomhill. Following a head knock against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the third game of the season however, he only returned to the side against Saltcoats Victoria yesterday and marked the occasion in emphatic fashion, scoring two goals and being selected as the sponsor’s Man of the Match!

He arrived with a strong pedigree, having turned out for clubs in the SPFL, Lowland League and West of Scotland League, and sat down with us to answer some questions about his youth career, his introduction to the Juniors, and what it was like to feature in a fly on the wall YouTube documentary!

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Let’s help the Pollok fans get to know you a bit better. Which teams have you played for before and what kind of player are you?

I started my youth career at Kilmarnock where I played for nine years from the age of eight. From there, I signed for the under 20s at Stranraer where I made my senior debut. After an initial loan spell, I signed with Troon and then onto Glenafton and St Cadoc’s. After that I signed for Dumbarton and then last season was spent at Open Goal Broomhill.

I would describe myself as a quick and direct player who likes to work hard off the ball and link with the forward players to create opportunities for the team.

A brief stop at Glenafton (above) was ended by their withdrawal from the 2020-21 season, and the following campaign was spent with SPFL side Dumbarton (below).

You came through the ranks at Kilmarnock as a youngster – what did you take away from your experience of being at such a well-established top-flight club?

It was a great setup with some real quality players. At my age group, the likes of Greg Taylor, Greg Kiltie and Adam Frizzell all broke through from our team so it was a really talented side.

I learned so much especially in my later years at the club from some top coaches such as Manuel Pascali, Kris Boyd and Gus McPherson who taught me a lot about the game at a young age. It was a great environment to develop in and learn from the ex-pros.

 

Evan learned his trade at Kilmarnock alongside current Celtic and Scotland left-back Greg Taylor.

 

Your first introduction to the Junior game came at Troon. How did that differ from your experience with Kilmarnock and Stranraer, and did it take you a while to adjust to that environment?

It was certainly different in terms of style of play and physicality wise but it was a real learning curve for me. I think with it being my local club I embraced the opportunity and enjoyed my time there.

 

Evan spent three years at local club Troon, which served as his introduction to Junior football. (Photos: Troon FC)

 

You were a member of the St Cadoc’s squad during their first senior season in 2020-21, in a campaign that was never completed due to Covid-19. As a player, what was that season like playing in front of no supporters and with social distancing still being enforced?

I actually signed with Glenafton at the start of that season and then they decided to withdraw from the league that season. Southy (Craig McEwan) ended up getting the job at St Cadocs and took most of us with him which was great for me. It was really strange playing with no crowds and with the constant Covid testing, but I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play when others were stuck at home. The guys at St Cadocs were brilliant with the whole squad and really supported us all during a tough time.

 

You spent the last 18 months at Broomhill and were a regular during their solitary season as Open Goal Broomhill which brought the club a lot of attention. Was this a positive experience for those at the club, and how did the increased scrutiny affect the players?

I loved absolutely everything about it! The standard of training and style of play that Si Ferry implemented suited me perfectly and I learned so much from him. The only disappointment was that we didn’t achieve what we had hoped to with the squad. There was a lot of pressure on us and constant negativity online for everyone to deal with which was a new experience for myself, but I have so many good memories and it is great to be able to look back on them in the documentaries.

 

 

When did you first hear of Pollok’s interest in you and what was your reaction?

I actually spoke to a few clubs in the summer along with clubs from other leagues. Through conversation, I had mentioned to Zee (former Pollok defender Craig Menzies) that I was looking to move on from Broomhill. He was my captain at Glenafton and St Cadocs and I had a good relationship with him and a lot of respect for him. He asked if he could pass my number to Stewart Maxwell and it moved pretty quickly from there. I was aware of how big a club Pollok is and as soon as the offer came it was a no-brainer.

 

Evan was unveiled as one of Pollok’s summer signings in June. (Photo: James Graham)

 

You have moved to a club in transition, but one that comes with a lot of pressure. How do you handle those expectations from the support when you are on the park?

There are a lot of new faces but it’s a great group of boys who are all desperate to bring success back to Pollok. It’s essential that everyone involved with the club sticks together as much as possible to move forward. We are all well aware of the expectations at such a big club and are eager to show the fans how good the squad is.

 

In action against Bo’ness United (above) and Glasgow United (below) during pre-season. (Photos: Finlay Thom & James Graham)

After a lengthy lay-off as a result of a concussion, you returned to action in the 13-0 win against Saltcoats Victoria and scored twice in a Man of the Match display! How important was it for you to get off the mark and how did it feel to play a part in Pollok’s record victory?

It was really important for me to be involved again and get minutes into the legs. I was also happy to get off the mark competitively for the season and can hopefully continue to score moving forward.

 

Wheeling away in celebration after netting his second and Pollok’s tenth against Saltcoats Victoria. (James Graham)

 

Finally, what are your ambitions for the season, both from a personal point of view and for the team?

We have managed to get ourselves into a great position with positive results and performances recently. The boys have been flying and we have good quality players in the squad who will push each other. As a group, it is about continuing that form as much as possible and seeing where it takes us come the end of the season.

From a personal point of view, I need to build on a positive performance from the Saltcoats game and try to cement my place in a team that is in top form. It is a difficult time to come back from injury with how well the boys have been doing, but hopefully I can offer something different and help us achieve more success.

Evan Maley is still available to sponsor for the 23-24 season. Email info@pollokfc.com if you are interested!

 
 

Gallacher pens contract extension!

The club are delighted to announce that Andrew Gallacher has signed a contract extension at Pollok, which will keep him at Newlandsfield until 2025. 

The talented young winger has been a hit with the Lok faithful since signing from Blantyre Victoria in the summer. He announced his arrival in emphatic fashion, with a stunning late winner against Auchinleck Talbot on the opening day and has since established himself as a key member of Stewart Maxwell’s team.

That match-winning performance gained him the first of three man of the match awards from his seven appearance so far, as he has excited fans with his trickery and attacking flair.

Gally announced his arrival with an outstanding opening day cameo against Talbot. (JG/FT)

Manager Stewart Maxwell was delighted to extend Gallacher’s stay for another year, saying:

“Gally is an excellent prospect who is already exciting the fans and will only get better.”

When asked how he felt about extending his stay, Gallacher said:

I am delighted to have been offered a contract extension and have loved my time at Pollok so far. It is a great club, with a great group of boys and I am looking forward to kicking on and trying to win some trophies, this year and next!

 

Gally will be looking to continue his strong start to life in black and white, when Pollok travel to Blair Park to face Hurlford on Saturday 9th September. Kick off at 2pm.

In Conversation With: Andrew Gallacher

As part of a new series for the Pollok FC programme and website, we will be sitting down with Pollok players and officials, past and present, to get to know more about their involvement in our great club. We begin with a new signing who made a very strong first impression on the Newlandsfield faithful: 21 year-old forward Andrew Gallacher, who joined from Blantyre Victoria.

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Let’s help the Pollok fans get to know you a bit better. Which teams have you played for before and what kind of player do you think you are?

I spent most of my younger years playing with Jerviston, Moorlands and Cantera and then started playing Junior level at around 18. I have played for St Cadoc’s and most recently Blantyre Victoria. I am a player that likes to take defenders on, creating and scoring goals.

 

In action for St Cadocs against Glasgow United. (Photo by Colin Poultney)

 

You have come to Pollok from Blantyre Victoria where you enjoyed a great breakthrough season last year, being named Fans’ Player of the Year at KG Stadium. What did you learn there that will help you at Newlandsfield?

I think playing week in week out is massive for any young player and definitely helped me build confidence to get the most out of my game. There were a lot of good experienced players that have played at a high level around the club that helped me massively with the tactical side of the game.

 

Gally had a strong breakthrough season in Blantyre, earning the Fans’ Player of the Year award. (Photo: Blantyre Victoria)

When did you first hear of Pollok’s interest in you and what was your reaction?

It was pretty last minute if I’m honest, I had a few offers and wasn’t sure whether to stay at Blantyre or move elsewhere. Pollok then came in at the end of the season and I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t knock back.

 

Photo by James Graham.

 

You have moved to a club in transition, but one that comes with a lot of pressure. How do you handle those expectations from the support when you are on the park?

It’s something I think you need to thrive off of. The Pollok support is class and if you’ve got them on side then it makes your job easier on the park. No matter where you play you’re always wanting as many fans as possible at the games and that pressure is only going to help us.

 

The Newlandsfield crowd can be a demanding one, but Andy has made a good start!

 

You made an instant impact on your competitive debut against Auchinleck Talbot on the opening day of the season. What did Maxi and the coaching team say to you as you were coming on?

For a period in the second half we started to really come into it creating some good chances and he just told me to go on and try make something happen and bring a spark to the game.

 

You certainly managed that, and your winning goal will live long in the memory. Talk us through it.

 

I picked up the ball from Scotty (Forrester) on the left after a good bit of play and found myself in a lot of space. As I started driving towards the defender, I could see him backing off a bit so knew that if I could cut inside then I could get a shot off and try to find the opposite corner and thankfully it flew in.

 

Mobbed after curling in a late winner against Talbot on the opening day of the season. (Finlay Thom)

 

That was a big three points in the first game of the season. How important was that win in giving the squad confidence that this season can be a successful one?

It’s massive for the squad to get that first win especially at home in the first game of the season. It’s something we can now go and build on and we are confident that we can do really well this season.

 

Finally, what are your ambitions for the season, both on an individual basis and for the whole team.

Individually I want to add as many goals and assists as possible and become a mainstay in the squad. The whole team is ambitious in terms of what we can achieve, and the goal is ultimately for us to win the league.

Against Irvine Meadow during the 6-0 victory in August.

 

Written by Paul Regan.

Banner photograph by James Graham.