Category: supporter information

Fixture update

Fixtures until the end of the season have now been released by the West of Scotland Football League and can be found on the results and fixtures section of the site. The standout games are almost all in February with Lok visiting Beechwood Park to play Auchinleck Talbot on the 12th, then on the 19th we host Clydebank at Newlandsfield. This crucial run of games ends with another trip down the M77 to face Darvel at their fully refurbished Recreation Park on the 26th. We visit Kilwinning’s new Buffs Park on the 19th of March and the season concludes on the 23rd of April with a game at home to Rob Roy. The season needs a much earlier conclusion than the West Juniors ever did due to the Lowland League play offs.

Paul Kelly 1964-2021

It is with great sadness that it was announced earlier today (4/11) that Paul Kelly had lost his battle with illness. Paul was the serving manager of St. Roch’s and older supporters will remember him as a Lok player, turning out for the club in 1989-90 after signing from East Stirlingshire.

Paul’s Senior career took in Alloa Athletic, Stranraer, Stenhousemuir and the Shire, with Lok being his first Junior club. Thereafter he turned out for Annbank United, Vale of Clyde and Cambuslang Rangers, first joining St. Roch’s in 1994 where he managed the team before moving on to Ashfield as player/manager in 1997-98 and then winding down his playing days at the Candy. He was part of the coaching staff at Petershill before joining St. Roch’s again in October 2019 as manager.

Deepest condolences to friends, family, team mates and colleagues past and present for their loss.

The Pollok Tennents 7s winners in 1989, Paul Kelly included.

Vote Murdie for Manager of the Month!

We sit atop the league and this has not gone unnoticed! SM Media are running a Manager of the Month poll and Murdie MacKinnon is among the nominees, along with John McKeown (Shotts Bon Accord), Gary Kelly (Kilsyth Rangers) and Martin Lauchlan (Petershill).

Get over to SM Media and Vote Murdie!

Voting closes 5pm on Friday 5th November.

Revised fixtures released

West of Scotland Football League secretary Kennie Young has an updated fixture list for November and December. For Lok there are two changes: the Glencairn game is now off and we have a blank Saturday and the trip to Largs is now a trip to Beith. Please see the fixtures page for full detail. The changes were made to ensure clubs complete half a season having played one another.

Moore the merrier for Lok

Pollok are delighted to announce the signing this evening of 19-year-old striker Jordan Moore from Bellshill Athletic. The young forward was the trialist on the bench last weekend against Troon and has signed a deal through to the end of the 2022-23 season.

Jordan played youth football at Stenhousemuir, Motherwell and Jerviston BC before moving on to Gartcairn Football Academy, eventually progressing to the first team at MTC Park. He left Gartcairn midway through the eventually annulled 2020-21 season for Bellshill Athletic but opted to sign for Fauldhouse United in pre-season. This was short-lived as by the end of July he was back in the yellow and black of Bellshill, finding the net on a regular basis.

Manager Murdie MacKinnon was clearly happy to get his man. Speaking to the Lok website he said: “I am delighted to welcome Jordan to the club. Jordan joins us on the back of an excellent spell at Bellshill where he has scored 24 goals this season.”

“He is direct and quick in his play and can obviously finish well. Jordan adds another sprinkling of youth to our squad, which has been a key feature for Pollok this season. This is something that has pleased me more than anything this year.”

“We are delighted to have strengthened the top end of the pitch recently. Jordan provides even more competition for places. Our strength and depth of squad is very good. This will definitely help us as we go through the season with inevitable injuries and suspensions.”

“All that leaves is for me to welcome Jordan to the club and wish him well during his time with us at Pollok FC.”

In other news, Pollok’s Development team have had a couple of changes this week – 18 year old defender John Burgon has signed from Benburb, though had a spell with the Lok academy prior to that, while keeper Grant Jamieson departs with the club’s best wishes.

Harthill up next in South Challenge Cup

Pollok have been drawn at home to Harthill Royal in the South Challenge Cup 3rd Round (last 64). The former East Junior FA side joined the West of Scotland League in the close season and are currently in Division 4. This is to be Lok’s first match against the Gibbshill Park outfit. The tie will go ahead on 20th November, kick off time TBC. The Blantyre Vics game as scheduled will now be rearranged.

The full draw is as follows:

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. 

Pollok FC Sporting Dinner returns for 2021!

The highlight of many a Lok supporter’s social calendar, the Sporting Dinner, has been confirmed to take place on Friday 26th November.

Once again one of the funniest men in our phonebook, Bill Copeland, will chair the evening and we welcome back a few familiar faces of dinners past. Firstly, a man that many of us have ‘politely’ shouted at, ex-whistler Willie Young will join us alongside Dundonian impressionist Paul Reid, who had us in stitches a few years ago.

The evening will take place in the Newlandsfield Suite at Loks Bar & Kitchen with tickets costing £35 per head. The evening always sells out very quickly, so round up the troops and secure your tickets by getting in touch with Campbell MacLeod on 07778 680912 or by email at [email protected]