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Proposed Premier Division group section confirmed

The effects of covid-19 continue to haunt Scottish football, and the 20 team West of Scotland Football League Premier Division will run as two groups for 2020-21. Pollok will be in Group B .

Lok’s full group, confirmed by secretary Kennie Young and later the WoSFL, is to be:

  • Beith Juniors
  • Cumbernauld United
  • Cumnock Juniors
  • Darvel
  • Hurlford United
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • Pollok
  • Rossvale
  • Rutherglen Glencairn
  • Troon

The exact format of the new set-up to be confirmed in due course but what is proposed is to play everyone in each club’s own group twice with another 10 fixtures to follow. The West of Scotland Football League however are consulting with all clubs about how we restart and one proposal is to delay the season kick off until October 31st 2020. There are, as it stands, no plans to move the Tranent game from 24th October.

Soccer Shop Challenge Cup draw news

As the hope of a new season dawning draws closer, the South Regional knockout cup will be drawn live on Zoom on Saturday 5th September from 12 noon. The draw will see all 142 clubs (Cumbernauld Colts are excluded this year due to a rulebreak in 2019-20) given a tie as both the 1st and 2nd rounds will be made.

Round One, due 24th October 2020, will consist of 14 ties (and therefore 114 byes), with Round Two having 64 matches, the equivalent of the Scottish Junior Cup’s 2nd Round in terms of number. Pollok are number 108 so keep an eye out for it as the draw streams live on the Lowland League’s @OfficialCatchup

or watch live here!

McDevitt arrival gives Murdo midfield boost as one departs

Pollok FC are delighted to announce the signing of highly experienced central midfielder Stephen McDevitt from Darvel. Stephen, 36, is a player that has spent the majority of his career at the top end of the amateurs, representing Scotland and captaining clubs like Wellhouse and Colville Park. He also has has brief Junior stints with Cumbernauld United and Vale of Clyde.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about McDevitt’s arrival: “I’m absolutely delighted to secure the signing of Stephen. He joins us after picking up the West Region Championship, where he captained Darvel to league success last season.

“Stephen previously captained Collvile Park and Wellhouse amateurs during many trophy laden years in the amateur game before moving to Darvel last year. He also represented Scotland at amateur level on many occasions.”

Looking at what he will bring to the Lok engine room, Murdo added: “Stephen is a highly competitive midfielder who’s never say die attitude, aggression and leadership on and off the pitch made him a highly sought after player. He is an out and out winner. I am delighted to have agreed a deal to bring him to Pollok for the first WOSFL campaign.”

“My negotiations with Stephen were totally based around football. His ambition, hunger and determination to bring success to Pollok shone through. He is a professional of the highest standards.”

“I am again delighted to welcome Stephen to Pollok FC and look forward to watching him compete in the Pollok shirt this season.”

Welcome to Pollok, Stephen!

Meanwhile it is farewell to Jamie Henry as he moves to England. He has signed up with Wimborne Town of the Southern League Premier Division South. Good luck for the future Jamie.

Introducing the Development squad (part 10)

In what is likely to be the final part of the series of posts introducing the Pollok U20 Development squad ahead of the 2020-21 season, our last player to be unveiled is 17 year old Aidan Craig.

Aidan joins Lok from Morton where has been since August 2019. Aidan is a striker who began his career with St. Mirren and was with the Buddies youth side for four seasons. He moved on to Erskine Youth then Harmony Row, and spent some time on trial with Morton from the latter in 2018-19. He switched to Glenvale ahead of 2019-20 but won a permanent move to Cappielow not long after.

Aidan has submitted this photo from his time at Morton

Welcome to Aidan and to the other 19 players that make up the Lok 20s for 20-21!

Back for more #3: Jordan McMillan

Pollok supporters will be delighted to hear the news that Jordan McMillan has re-joined the club on a deal that runs through until June 2021. The right back originally joined the club on loan from Dumbarton midway through 2019-20, a deal made permanent following his release by the Sons during the winter transfer window.

Speaking to the Lok website, manager Murdo MacKinnon said: “I take great delight in welcoming Jordan McMillan back to the club for his second season. He brings a wealth of experience and quality after spells at Rangers, Dunfermline and Partick Thistle to name a few.

“Jordan joined us last season on loan from Dumbarton and made an immediate contribution on the park. Jordon then joined the club on a permanent basis early in the new year.”

Murdo added: “Before the season ended Jordan was part of the squad which defeated Neilston in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup Quarter final. His performances on the pitch were of the highest standard and we look forward to him showing more of that in the coming season.”

Welcome back Jordan!

Stay tuned to the PFC website for another batch of under 20 signings too.

Back for more #1: Dominic Larkin

It’s time to announce Lok’s second summer signing!

One of a number of players coming back to Newlandsfield for season 2020-21 is Dominic Larkin. The centre half was on the Lok books last season having been a part of the U21s in 2018-19 while also playing Sunday League with Castlemilk Dynamo, and it was to the latter that he returned to see out the campaign.

Manager Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about the big stopper’s comeback:

“It?s great that Dom has returned to the club for a second spell. I believe he has a terrific future in the game ahead of him. He is a commanding central defender who is aggressive and loves nothing more than to compete. He gets what we are building here at Pollok and wants to be part of it!”

“Dom is another product of our youth academy. I know the people in the academy will look forward to watching Dom?s career develop at Pollok FC as much as I will.”

Welcome back Dom!

Oh – and stay tuned for news on who else might be pulling on the famous black and white once again!

Player news: Christie checks in

Pollok are delighted to welcome Darren Christie to Newlandsfield following his departure from fellow West of Scotland League side Beith Juniors. The 32-year-old wide man is a player Lok fans will be well-aware of from his appearances against us over the years and manager Murdie MacKinnon reveals his pleasure in having secured his capture.

Speaking to the Lok website, Murdie said: “It gives me great please to welcome Darren to the club from Beith Juniors. He is a player that I have admired for a number of years. He has performed at the highest levels over the course of his career picking up the Premier League, West of Scotland Cup and Scottish Junior Cup winners medals along the way.”

Thinking of how he will fit into the squad, Murdie added: “He brings a wealth of experience and is a player who will certainly add competition for places. He is another player who adds goals to the team and is the exciting type of player who will get the supporters on the edge of their seats. I know that Darren is desperate to make his stay at the club a successful one and as he looks forward joining up with his new teammates at Pollok.”

“I would again like to take the opportunity of welcoming him to Pollok Football Club.”

Darren had a Pro Youth career at both Celtic (briefly) and St. Mirren before moving onto Barrhead BC and stepped up to the Juniors from St. Peters Juveniles with Neilston where he remained for five seasons. He joined Beith in 2014 and it is from the Bellsdale Park side that he joins Lok.

Pollok’s West of Scotland League application approved

The West of Scotland League has this evening confirmed that our application has been approved. They have also named all 67 successful applicants to the fledgling organisation – all 63 current West Region SJFA members as well as Glasgow University (SFA members and a part of the Caledonian League), Bonnyton Thistle (South of Scotland League), Drumchapel United (Central Scottish AFL) and potential new southside derby opposition, St. Cadoc’s. The latter have ran various sides in the Scottish Youth FA since 1987.

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The following statement was released today:

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A very informative FAQ on the new set-up was put together by Troon FC here.

Below you will find the new logo of the West of Scotland Football League and you can follow the league as it develops on social media:
Website: https://wosfl.co.uk/
Twitter: @OfficialWoSFL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWoSFL
Instagram: instagram.com/OfficialWoSFL

2020-21 is likely to be a single season of ?all at tier 6? seeded conferences that will form the basis of a heirarchal structure from 2021-22. If there are 4 parallel divisions, then the top 4 from each at the end of Season One would in theory make up the new top division in 21-22 and so on. 20-21 will be a novelty, for sure!

If the same format is used as that to form the expanded East of Scotland League in 2018-19, the ?tier 6? parallel divisions (4 x 16/17) are going to be seeded. This would mean putting a club into a separate ?conference? in turn, much like you might deal cards. With the league unfinished, average points per game would most likely be used, and this would see Pollok as a top seed as we would be 3rd in that ranking method. We would also be a top seed on points accrued. Please stay tuned to the website and social media for clarification on what will be happening once football gets back underway! If anyone wants a bit of ?lockdown mental agility?, try and work out what our Conference might potentially look like! (we will likely have 4 clubs from each of the West divisions, following the seeding pattern, and perhaps one of the additional sides).

Another option would be regionalised conferences for season one, but again this is just speculation.

Woof! We’ve gone viral (again!)

It has been a good week in the ‘no publicity’s bad publicity’ camp at Newlandsfield. I am going to refrain from too many doggy puns in this piece, if I can, but it would be fair to say that Pollok’s own SNS photographer Ross MacDonald has been hounded by the media press pack this week, sniffing around for a good story around his August shot of our tail-wagging, pie-chomping canine fan Yardley. Ross took the shot during a moment of action in the Benburb game at New Tinto Park, and it was shared online in a tweet with other Lok-related pictures of four-legged friends. It was then picked up by former Australia international Ned Zelic who retweeted it and started the ball rolling for others to bound after.

And others did! This BBC article does a good job of rounding up the story but it ended up elsewhere too. Lok fan Kathryn MacLeod spotted it on the German newpaper Bild’s website as the story doggypaddled across the Channel. Other foreign media sources to pick up the story between their teeth were Marca, Cadena Ser and Carussel Deportivo from Spain.

Where’s the furthest you have seen the story away from home? Get in touch with us below to say!

Elsewhere, Tam Hanlon’s glorious hat-trick has made it into FourFourTwo magazine’s best ’15 of all time‘ list! It was of course a viral sensation all of it’s own and it’s apt to see it have a wee resurgence this week. Berbatov, Ronaldo, Rooney, Le Tissier, Hanlon…! Well done Tam!

Edit: Mark Donnelly has spotted a few additional social media mentions for Lok… this one from India!

And our superb goals at Meadow also apparently went viral.. a Facebook link here.

McWilliams signs up / loaned out!

Pollok FC are delighted to announce that teenage forward Mikey McWilliams has signed for the club on a permanent basis through to the end of the 2019-20 season. He joined the Pollok United set-up towards the end of last season from Vale of Clyde YFC and after signing on a ‘delayed transfer’ basis from the 21s, has been a regular in the matchday squad so far this season. Back in August, he made his debut against Largs Thistle, then started his first game in November’s draw with Petershill and scored his first goal down at Valefield against Kilbirnie in December.

Mikey will however now spend the next month on loan at promotion-chasing League 2 side Ashfield and everyone will wish him all the best with that move.