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Farewell to Matty Grant

Pollok FC can confirm that last season’s player of the year Matty Grant has completed a transfer to League 2 side Stranraer. We would like to thank him for his time at Newlandsfield in which he played 39 games and scored 8 goals from his wingback role.

All at the club wish him well for his future career.

West of Scotland League Cup draw – Cads for Lok

Pollok have been drawn at home to St. Cadoc’s in the 1st Round of the West of Scotland League Cup. This will be the first meeting between the sides at first team level (there had been a couple of games last season in the Development League) and the tie is due to go ahead on Saturday 12th November 2022. St. Cadoc’s joined the West of Scotland set-up at its outset, and will be the third ‘new’ club for Lok in cup competition in a year (on the back of Campbeltown Pupils last season and Eglinton up for us in a few weeks time).

Managed by John Doyle, Cads are an experienced side that play out of New Tinto Park at present following a few years at McKenna Park. Chris Erskine and Grant Anderson are two of their veteran dangermen.

The full draw is:

Preliminary Round

Ashfield v Vale of Clyde
Ardeer Thistle v Largs Thistle
Greenock Juniors v Benburb
Cumnock Juniors v Dalry Thistle
BSC Glasgow v Harmony Row
St Peters v Glasgow United
Kilsyth Athletic v Kilsyth Rangers
Wishaw v Rossvale Academy
Bellshill Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers
Thorn Athletic v Irvine Victoria
Bonnyton Thistle v Lanark United
Vale of Leven v Whitletts Victoria
Threave Rovers v Thorniewood United

First Round

Glenvale v Glenafton Athletic
Maybole Juniors v Beith Juniors
Glasgow University v Neilston
East Kilbride Thistle v BSC Glasgow or Harmony Row
Royal Albert v Craigmark Burntonians
Lesmahagow Juniors v Johnstone Burgh
Troon v Glasgow Perthshire
West Park United v Greenock Juniors or Benburb
Campbeltown Pupils v Gartcairn
Auchinleck Talbot v Muirkirk Juniors
Arthurlie v Bellshill Athletic or Kilwinning Rangers
Petershill v Forth Wanderers
Vale of Leven or Whitletts Victoria v Blantyre Victoria
Shotts Bon Accord v Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Thorn Athletic or Irvine Victoria v St Anthony’s
Girvan v Rossvale
Cumbernauld United v St Peters or Glasgow United
Saltcoats Victoria v Kilbirnie Ladeside FC
Easterhouse v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Ardeer Thistle or Largs Thistle v Hurlford United
Port Glasgow Juniors v Yoker Athletic
Renfrew v Threave Rovers FC or Thorniewood United
Irvine Meadow v Cumnock Juniors or Dalry Thistle
Ashfield or Vale of Clyde v Lugar Boswell Thistle
Carluke Rovers v Finnart FC
Larkhall Thistle v Drumchapel United
Maryhill v Rutherglen Glencairn
Pollok v St Cadoc’s
Kello Rovers v Wishaw or Rossvale Academy
Newmains United v St Roch’s
Eglinton v Clydebank FC
Bonnyton Thistle or Lanark United v Kilsyth Athletic or Kilsyth Rangers

 

 

Seasiders for Lok in Scottish Cup – Murdie’s reaction

Pollok’s 3rd crack at the Scottish Cup will get underway on Saturday 27th August 2022 when Girvan will be our visitors. The clubs last met on 14th April 2018 at Hamilton Park, with Lok running out 5-0 winners. Lok’s previous ties saw matches against St. Cuthbert Wanderers, Montrose and Spartans in 2007-08 and 2008-09, with the final two ties going to replays that were lost. The Girvan game will be Lok’s 6th Scottish Cup match.

Manager Murdie MacKinnon reacted to the draw today:

“Firstly it is absolutely fantastic for everyone associated with the club to be back playing in the Scottish Cup. It’s something that everyone at Pollok FC can take great pride in. The thanks of the management team and players go to everyone behind the scenes at the club who made this possible.”

“Today’s draw paired us with our friends from Girvan in what will be a fantastic occasion at Newlandsfield.”

“We expect a tough match against a well-organised and talented Girvan side. They will get our full respect and we will be prepared when the game comes around.”

“Undoubtedly this is an occasion that everyone will look forward to and enjoy when it comes around. However, we will give everything to make it into the first round – until then our focus remains on league duty.”

The full draw is below:

 

Ryan McGregor signs up again

One bit of news that was not put out on the website a few weeks ago was the re-signing of Ryan McGregor on a new one-year deal. A key player for the club due to his commitment and versatility, Ryan is a welcome addition to the reshaped Lok side going into 2022-23.

22/01/22
BARRFIELDS PARK – LARGS
Pollok’s Ryan McGregor opens the scoring

New Doc on duty for Lok

With a few strikers moving on in the latter part of 2021-22, striker Stephen Docherty could be the answer for Lok in our bid to improve on third place last season. After playing for various boys clubs,  Stephen began his non-league career with East Kilbride FC, progressing to their Under 20 squad before transferring to Camelon in the Covid-affected 2020-21 season. He switched to Petershill for the 2021-22 campaign and had a very successful season with the Peasy, scoring 34 goals for them – the highest total since former Lok manager Andy Dailly hit 35 some 40 years earlier. Welcome to Lok, Stephen!

The Mullen is over – Fraser says AYE! to Murdie

Welcome to Pollok, Fraser Mullen!

Defender/ midfielder Fraser has joined Pollok from Cowdenbeath. He started off his career with Hearts, coming through the Jambos youth system and going on to make 8 first team league appearances. He transferred across the city to Hibs ahead of the 2013-14 season and played 3 times for the Easter Road side but switched to Raith Rovers later that season and appeared 10 times for them in the Championship that year. He moved on to East Fife for 2014-15 and remained in Methil for two seasons, switching across the Kingdom in 2016 when he joined Cowdenbeath. He remained at Central Park for six seasons and though primarily a right back, he featured mostly at left or right midfield in 2021-22.

Sinna-Mon The Lok!

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of former Broomhill and Annan Athletic right-sided player Ryan Sinnamon. Ryan is a Scottish U19 cap and began his career with Rangers in 2012 when they started off their return to the top flight from League 2 and remained on their books into their first season back in the elite. He had loan spells with Falkirk and Annan Athletic while at Ibrox, ending his time there with a transfer to Elgin City. He had a second spell at Annan in 2017-18, remaining there for two seasons, then had his first taste of Lowland League action, with East Kilbride, in 2019-20. He spent the ‘covid’ season having a third stint at Galabank, then joined Broomhill ahead of the 2021-22 season. Welcome aboard Ryan!

Things McCann Only Get Better

Pollok FC are delighted to confirm two significant re-signings for 2022-23. First up is frontman Stuart McCann.  He made 46 appearances for the side last season, netting 18 goals, including the first under the new floodlights against Clydebank.

Joining Stuart in signing on again is his brother Gary McCann. Injuries reduced Gary’s appeances last season to 15, with two goals. 2022-23 will be his seventh year in Lok colours.

It’s great to see both McCanns committing to another season at Lok and this means the squad now looks like:

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)
Gary McCann (2023)
Stuart McCann (2023)
Craig Menzies (2023)
Jordan Shelvey (2023)
Mark Sideserf (2023)

Stay tuned for more signings and re-signings!

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.

Scottish Junior Cup statement

The club can confirm that following the SJFA Management Commitee meeting at Hampden on the evening of Tuesday 5th October 2021, we have been informed of their decision earlier today that we have been expelled from this season’s Scottish Junior Cup and fined £500. 

We are disappointed with this decision, and we are considering the options that might be available to us.