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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.

Match reporter wanted

The Pollok FC website and official matchday programme seeks a keen and reliable match reporter to cover games. The ideal candidate will be able to attend the vast majority of Lok games, home and away, have a firm and confident grasp of written English (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and be able to submit written copy via email within a reasonable timeframe. This is a voluntary position but does offer a platform to showcase your work.

Please submit any expressions of interest to: [email protected]

Lok land Henry

Pollok are delighted to announce the capture of Jamie Henry on a contract until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Clydebank-based central midfielder has been without a club since leaving Brechin City in August. Having played for a number of sides in the West at Pro Youth level, Jamie joined Aberdeen when he was 15, became captain of the youth team and remained there until 20, enjoying a loan spell at Arbroath during his time at Pittodrie. After moving on, he spent last season back at Gayfield during the first half of the season and finished it with Annan Athletic. He impressed on his debut, winning man of the match no less, so here’s hoping Jamie enjoys more of the same in the weeks, months and years ahead. Welcome aboard!


Jamie being presented with his MOTM award by sponsor Peter Graham last weekend.

Sena departs Newlandsfield

Pollok can confirm that Mohamed ?Sena? Niang has now left Pollok and has signed for Scottish Championship side, Partick Thistle.

Sena graduated from the Pollok United Soccer Academy in the summer of 2017 after having captained the U19?s the previous season. As the first academy graduate to make the step up, he made his first team debut against Arthurlie in a 1-0 Sectional League Cup win and made his first league start a few games later away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the league. He finished the 2017-18 season with 20 appearances.

Sena has made 9 top team appearances this term and he scored his first goal for the Lok in a 4-1 win against Maryhill.

On his move, Sena had the following message for the Pollok faithful;

It?s been a pleasure to play for Pollok. It?s a journey in my life that I am never going to forget as it gave me the platform to go and play the best sport in the world and finally achieve my dream, to be a full time footballer.

I would like to thank the fans as they?ve been great to me since the day I made my debut. I always gave 100% because of how much love I have for the Pollok fans and my teammates.

I would like to wish all my teammates and coaching staff all the best for the remainder of the season. I will miss playing at Newlandsfield, but now that I live closer to the ground I?ll be coming to most home games as a fan to cheer on the lads.

I?d also like to say a massive thanks to the academy from mini kickers all the way to the Under 19s for always been supportive and cheering my name. You guys mean a lot to me. A special mention to the squad and coaches from last years Pollok u19?s, a brilliant bunch of lads who were always there for me when I needed support.?

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Commenting on the move, manager Tony McInally had this to say;

All of us in the dressing room are delighted that Sena has managed to secure his dream?move of playing full time professional football after securing a deal with Partick Thistle. We have worked hard every week with Sena on all aspects of his game so it is fantastic that Thistle have seen this improvement and potential?in the lad to offer him a great deal.

On a personal level, I?m really pleased that his teammates worked with him and helped Sena every week to provide support and experience to him on and off the pitch to develop into the player he is today.


From the dressing room we would like to wish Sena all the very best in the next step of his football career. I am sure he has a really bright future in the professional game if he continues to listen, learn and improve his overall game.

All the best Sena.

Echoing the manager?s sentiments, on behalf of everyone at Pollok we?d like to wish Sena the very best.

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