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A Western Development: U20 venue confirmed

It can at last be confirmed where the Pollok Development squad will call home for the inaugural Scottish Lowlands Development League West: New Western Park in Renfrew. With matches being played on a Friday evening, a floodlit venue was required and the 4G venue at Renfrew fits the bill – a big thanks to all parties who enabled this to happen.

A reminder of who Lok will be facing when the action gets underway:

  • Benburb
  • Clydebank
  • Drumchapel United
  • Johnstone Burgh
  • Maryhill
  • Renfrew
  • Rossvale
  • St. Anthony’s
  • St. Cadoc’s
  • Vale of Leven
  • Yoker Athletic

And the Lok squad for 20-21 is as follows:
Luke Biggart (18): Defender / Midfielder from Airdrieonians
Sean Borland (18): Defensive Midfielder from Glenvale 19s
Keelan Braonan (18): Midfielder from Airdrieonians
Luke Cameron (17): Defender / Midfielder from Airdrieonians Pro Youth
Aidan Craig (17): Forward from Morton
Douglas Cummings (19): Defender / Defensive Midfielder from Pollok Juveniles 21s
Kieran Docherty (18): Defender from Linwood Rangers 19s
Jack Grimshaw (17): Defender / Defensive Midfielder from Airdrieonians
Thomas Haggarty (18): Forward from Glenvale 19s
Grant Jameson (18): Goalkeeper from Glenvale 19s
Kamil Krol (17): Defender / Midfielder from Airdrieonians
Tiger Lawson (18): Midfielder from Glenvale 19s
Fraser Lee (18): Defender from Glenvale 19s
Ben Marshall (18): Midfielder from Glenvale 19s
Matthew McMillan (17): Midfielder from Glenvale 19s
Andrew Melville (17): Defender from Linwood Rangers 19s
Alex Quinn (18): Midfielder from Linwood Rangers 19s
Ross Shaw (18): Goalkeeper from BSC Glasgow
Leroy Smith (18): Forward from Pollok United 19s
Mikey Verrecchia (18): Forward from Airdrieonians

West of Scotland League confirmed at SFA AGM

It was always going to be a formality considering the many miles travelled to reach this stage but it is official – the West of Scotland Football League is now officially a ‘Recognised League’ in the eyes of the SFA.

The full list of recognised leagues are the Scottish Professional Football League, the Scottish Highland Football League, the Scottish Lowland Football League, the East of Scotland League, the South of Scotland League and now the West of Scotland League.

So, it is official – Pollok have joined the Senior ranks, 112 years after our formation.

For comparison, the Scottish Junior Football Association was an Affiliated National Association, along with the Amateur, Women’s, Schools, Welfare and Youth FAs.

Later this week the Scottish Junior FA AGM will take place. Pollok have retained SJFA membership and aim to complete their outstanding Junior Cup semi final tie. It was revealed this week that the participating clubs voted emphatically – though not unanimously – to allow the use of 20-21 squads. Not all former West Region sides are keeping membership of the SJFA and perhaps who is in and who is out will become clearer in due course.

The West of Scotland Football League is hopeful of a return to playing within the next three months or so, though a lot will depend on external factors. A “return to training” protocol is also being rolled out across adult football. Full detail can be found here:

Phase Three Training Guidelines

In other news, stay tuned for another U20 squad addition!

Introducing our development squad (part 9)

In the final part of the current series introducing our development squad, today we will meet the last three members of the 20s squad. Today we shall say hello to Kamil Krol, Matthew McMillan and Andrew Melville. All three are 17 years old.

First up, Kamil. Midfielder Kamil is from Poland originally but has been in Scotland for many years and stays in Coatbridge. He has played football with Hibernian, Clyde, Airdrieonians FCBC and Kilsyth Athletic, and signed for Airdrieonians, initially at youth team level, in September 2018. While at Airdrie he won the Reserves Challenge Cup and also picked up a Central League Cup at boys club level. He comes to us therefore having already worked with both Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson.

Kamil checks out the enclosure c/o Ross MacDonald

Matthew McMillan is a central midfielder from Johnstone who has had a long association with Glenvale AFC and is one of seven players on our U20 books to have come directly from them. With Glenvale he won the Scottish Cup, West Region Cup and the League and won the District Scottish Cup with Paisley District. Matthew also had a spell with Morton where he trained with and played for the Reserve team.

Matthew poses for Ross MacDonald

Andrew Melville is a central defender who comes to us from Linwood Rangers, his only previous club. Honours-wise, he has won the Schools Scottish Cup. Johnstone-based Andrew is currently studying Business at Strathclyde University.

Thanks to Andrew for sending over this pic!

Welcome to all three of the players unveiled today and good luck to all 19 that are currently signed up with Lok 20s!

Lok 20s are doing some fundraising ahead of the restart and are selling these stylish snoods via their Twitter account:

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Tweet to @pollokfc20s for more information!

Introducing our Development squad (Part 8)

Today we are going to meet two more members of Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson’s Development squad, both lads they know well as they come to us from their Airdrieonians side. They are Luke Cameron and Jack Grimshaw.

Luke is a 17 year old defender / midfielder who has experienced playing abroad after living in Australia when younger. Luke is from Linlithgow and was on the books of Linlithgow Rose CFC before and after his time Down Under, but not long after returning he signed for Airdrieonians’ youth side.

Thanks to Luke for supplying this photo of him signing on at Airdrie

Also being unveiled today is Jack Grimshaw. Jack, from Cumbernauld, joins from the Airdrieonians youth set-up. He is a composed, ball playing centre back/centre midfielder with real leadership qualities. He has been in and around many youth academies as his career progressed. Jack tells us that he is ready to go for the big season that lies ahead and is looking forward to joining the new set-up we have at Pollok.

Jack snapped by Gerry McMillan

Welcome to both Luke and Jack – and please check the site again tomorrow when a further three U20 signings will be revealed.

Introducing our Development squad (Part 7)

12 players were unveiled last week and this week you can expect to meet another seven! First up today is Sean Borland.

Sean is 17 years old and is a central midfielder. He can also play a more defensive midfield role in the middle of the park. Paisley lad Sean has played youth football at St. Mirren but has been with Glenvale since he was 11. He won the Scottish Cup twice with his age group at Glenvale.

Sean snapped by Ross MacDonald

Also being unveiled today is Keelan Braonan. Bellshill-based Keelan is an 18 year old midfielder who comes to Pollok from Airdrieonians where he has spent the last seven years of his career. He has also been with Hearts, St. Mirren, Hibernian and Motherwell when much younger, and counts the Raemon Gormley Cup and Reserves Challenge Cup among his Airdrie honours.

Thanks to Keelan for sending in this pic!

Welcome to both lads – and stay tuned for five more signings this week!

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.

Introducing our Development squad (part 6)

In the final part of our current series welcoming the new members of our U20s to Pollok FC, we are going to be introducing Leroy Smith and Mikey Verrecchia. There is symmetry with our first post as these lads come from Pollok United and Airdrieonians respectively, just like Douglas Cummings and Luke Biggart.

First up, Leroy Smith. Leroy is 18 years of age and is an energetic, fast centre forward. He has scooped a number of Player of the Year awards and netted 52 times in his best ever season. He helped the regional team reach the semi finals of the Glasgow Cup, with Leroy bagging a hat-trick in the quarter finals. Leroy has previously played with Hampden YFC, Clyde Community YFC, Weir Recreation and Hillwood, joining up at Pollok United for 2019-20.

Thanks to Leroy for sending in this pic

And finally, for now, Mikey Verrecchia. Mikey is an 18 year old striker that joins up from Airdrieonians. He joined the Diamonds way back in the 2013-14 season from Jerviston BC. The only trophy he says he has won away from school football was the Reamon Gormley tournament.

Michael checks in with Gerry McMillan for a photo

Welcome to all 12 players announced so far: Luke Biggart; Kieran Docherty; Thomas Haggarty; Grant Jameson; Tiger Lawson; Lee Fraser; Ben Marshall; Alex Quinn; Ross Shaw; Leroy Smith and Michael Verrecchia. There more to follow in due course!

Introducing our Development squad (part 5)

In the second of two updates today, let’s find out who else is joining up with the U20 Development squad set to compete in Conference B once the football gets underway. Up next are two 18 year olds, Alex Quinn and Ross Shaw.

Alex comes to Pollok from Linwood Rangers, the only club he has played for so far. This is because Alex was previously involved at a high level in Judo and competed for Scotland in that discipline. Alex is an energetic box-to-box midfielder who wil be involved at either end of the pitch. He is a graduate technology apprentice at Morgan Stanley and is also studying software engineering at Strathclyde University.

Alex Quinn from Gerry McMillan

The second of our two goalkeepers to be announced is Ross Shaw. Ross, or Shawzy as he is known, is actually a recent addition to the ‘goalkeepers union’, ending up in goal when a team-mate failed to show for a game – and the rest, they say, is history! Ross counts Renton Craigandro, Erskine Youth, Dumbarton United, Linwood Rangers and Vale of Leven among his clubs, and last season was with BSC Glasgow. Despite his age, he made it onto the bench for a game away to Berwick Rangers in November 2019.

Thanks to Ross himself for submitting this pic

Welcome to both Alex and Ross and good luck for the 2020-21 campaign! We will have a further two players being revealed tomorrow so watch out for news of those.

Introducing our Development squad (part 4)

In the first of two updates today, let’s meet the seventh and eighth players to be revealed as members of Stephen McKenna and Chris Ferguson’s U20 Development squad. They are Fraser Lee and Ben Marshall. Both lads are 18 years old.

Fraser comes to Lok from Glenvale AFC, his home since the 2013-14 season. Prior to that he was with Johnstone Burgh. Fraser, nicknamed ‘Fras’ is a defender and he has an extensive list of previous honours: two Scottish cups, four league titles, three regional cups and one schools Scottish cup.

Fraser Lee snapped by Ross MacDonald

Joining Fraser in being announced today is Ben Marshall. Ben is a striker who also joins the club from Glenvale. He has also played his football with Clyde, Park Villa, Charlie Miller Academy and East Kilbride FC where he was a league winner.

Ben Marshall from Gerry McMillan

Welcome to both lads and watch out for further updates later on.

Back for more #2: Bryan Wharton

Following the announcement yesterday that Dom Larkin had returned to Newlandsfield, how about another candidate for one of the central defensive roles? And it’s yet another familiar returning face – it’s Bryan Wharton!

The central defender left Lok for Albion Rovers in 2018 having signed for Lok from Queen’s Park, initially on loan, in the 2017-18 season. He has been a regular with the Cliftonhill side over the past two seasons but despite being offered a new deal there under new manager Brian Reid, has decided to come back to Lok. Welcome back Bryan!

Murdo MacKinnon had the following to say about the return of Bryan:

“I’m delighted to bring Bryan Wharton back to the club. He is a no nonsense defender who brings a wealth of experience from the seniors.”

“Bryan spent the last couple of seasons as club captain at Albion Rovers where he led the rovers in a very competitive SPFL League 2 and spent 5 years at Queens Park beforehand.”

Murdo added: “Bryan is no stranger to Newlandsfield and brings further competition for places in our squad. Bryan was much sought after when leaving Rovers but he emphasised his desire to return to Pollok from the very start.”

“Once again, I am delighted to welcome him back to the club. I am sure he will be a key player for Pollok in years to come.”

And we’re perhaps not done yet when it comes to players coming back. Keep an eye out on Lok social media for further news!