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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]

Lyon’s pride at contract extension

In some great news for a Thursday evening, it can be confirmed that Johnny Lyon has signed a multi-year deal with the club, tying him to Newlandsfield until the summer of 2024. Manager Murdo MacKinnon was thrilled to secure the tricky forward, saying:

Johnny has been a fantastic addition to the squad this season, his attitude and effort have been brilliant from the word go.”

“He is a young player with lots to learn and develop, but his attitude towards the game and playing at a huge club like Pollok is a breath of fresh air. He asked for a platform to prove that he can play at this level. We provided that and he has certainly proven his worth on the pitch. He has endeared himself to the supporters and everyone around the club.”

“I’m delighted that Johnny has decided to extend his contract and commit himself to the club. An outstanding young talent who has a big future ahead of him in the game and at Pollok.

Johnny himself commented:

I’m delighted to be offered a new contract here at Pollok – I’m just thankful to the gaffer, coaching staff and teammates for trusting me and giving me a chance in the games especially. I am now looking forward to a big week ahead.

Lok are next in action against Irvine Vics in the Scottish Junior Cup at Victoria Park this coming Saturday, while there is then midweek action when we take on Irvine Meadow XI under the lights at Meadow Park on the 29th in a crunch league game. There is then the visit of early pacesetters Auchinleck Talbot to Newlandsfield on the 2nd of October.

New Pupils to give Lok cup test

The draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup took place this week, and Lok were late out the bowl, being drawn at home to WOSFL new boys Campbeltown Pupils.

Pupils, as the badge below denotes, formed in 1919 though with the fuller name of Campbeltown Grammar School Former Pupils. The first 20 years of their existence was in Junior football, as members of the Campbeltown & District JFA, though they ceased playing at that level in 1939. World War II in fact saw the end of the club for a number of years, though they began playing friendlies in the late 1950s and joined the Kintyre Amateur FA in 1961, as Campbeltown Former Pupils AFC.

Pupils joined the Scottish Amateur Football League in 1977, and won multiple promotions early on and in 2000 won the top division title for the first time. They then merged with SAFL rivals Cambeltown Boys AFC in 2011 to pool resources in the town and establish a pathway for young players to progress through youth football to the 1st team.

They made the leap back into semi-professional football by being admitted to the West of Scotland League Division 4, a set-up that does not have promotion to the leagues above (to be formed from the conferences at the end of 2021-22) but will admit members to the new Division 3 once all criteria have been met.

Spot “Campbeltown FP” from this set of league tables from 1979-80

They play their home games – and unfortunately for Pollok there is no trip there this time – at Kintyre Park, a venue that another Junior side, Cambeltown United, managed to fit 3500 people into for a Junior Cup tie in the 1950s.

You can learn a bit more about what it is like to be a Campbeltown Pupils footballer by watching the following clip from the BBC’s A View From The Terrace.

You can also read a fuller history of the club here.