Category: supporter information

Killie Pie Cup Update

The Killie Pie West of Scotland Cup Final will be on Saturday 11th June at Cumnock Juniors’ Townhead Park. In the semi-final stage, Hurlford United and Pollok meet this coming Saturday (4th June) and the winner will face an unopposed Kilwinning Rangers following Darvel’s withdrawal prior to their Lowland League play off match against Tranent Juniors, a decision accepted by the West of Scotland Football League at a meeting on Friday evening. The WOSFL publically confirmed the news today (see below – the date of the final on the graphic is incorrect).

Squad update: latest re-signings

A number of players have committed their futures to Pollok in recent weeks, so just to bring supporters up to date:

Derek Esplin

Del has signed a new contract tying him to Newlandsfield until June 2025. This was fantastic news that Del, with a year to run on his present deal, saw his future in the black and white of Lok. His value to the club was recognised at the Player of the Year awards where he picked up Fan’s Forum Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and Management team’s Player of the Year – good to keep you Del!

Mark Sideserf

The very popular ”Sidey’ signed a new deal in May 2022 that sees him remain with the club until the end of the 2022-23 season. Long may he run down the left flank!

Evan Horne

Evan joined the club at the start of the season but has signed up for a further two years, meaning he is with the club until June 2024.

So, adding those to the players already on board for 2022-23, this is the current situation:

David Brownlie (2024)
Chris Duff (2023)
Dylan Dykes (2023)
Del Esplin (2025)
Adam Forde (2023)
Shaun Fraser (2023)
Evan Horne (2024)
Jordan Longmuir (2023)
Josh Lumsden (2023)
Jonny Lyon (2024)
Craig Menzies (2023)
Jordan Shelvey (2023)
Mark Sideserf (2023)

More updates as and when they occur!

‘A Different View’ of Newlandsfield

Supporters cannot help but see the improvements that have been made in recent months to Newlandsfield, from toilets to floodlights. Newlandsfield was visited by YouTuber ‘adifferentview‘ aka 28-year-old Stephen Reside (son of Bill, former Pollok United youth coach), to put the focus upon them from a disabled supporter’s perspective. Stephen himself has cerebral palsy.

He also chats to a few Lok fans and Mr Pollok himself, Campbell MacLeod, for his perspective on the changes.

You can read more about Stephen here.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Kilmarnock Pie Cup schedule UPDATE

Pollok’s Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland League Cup quarter final tie, at home to Clydebank, was due to go ahead on Saturday 21st May but has been brought forward to Monday 16th May at 7.45pm – this will be the competitive debut of the LOK FLOODLIGHTS! Many thanks to all those who donated towards the cost of their installation and you still can here.

The winner will be away to Hurlford United or Arthurlie on Saturday 4th June, kick off 2pm. Looking further ahead, the final will be at Cumnock Juniors’ Townhead Park on Saturday 11th June.

Talbot await Lok in Beechwood cup showdown

Pollok have been drawn away to old foes Auchinleck Talbot in the Traderadiators South Challenge Cup quarter final, the date of that tie being Saturday 2nd April (KO time TBC). This means the league match versus Cumbernauld United will need rearranging.

The draw has also been made for the semi final, with the winner of Talbot vs. Pollok to be at home to the winner of East Kilbride vs. Linlithgow Rose vs. Sauchie. A number of last 16 ties remain to be determined, giving the draw a number of “either/or”s.

The full draw is:

Quarter Finals:

Auchinleck Talbot vs. Pollok

Jeanfield Swifts vs. Spartans

East Kilbride vs. Sauchie Juniors

Bonnyrigg Rose vs. Bo’ness United or Petershill

Semi Finals:

Jeanfield Swifts or Spartans vs. Bonnyrigg Rose or Bo’ness United or Petershill

Auchinleck Talbot or Pollok vs. East Kilbride or Sauchie Juniors

James Francis Gilligan 1942-2022

It is with great sadness that Pollok FC announces the passing of life president James ‘Jimmy’ Gilligan this week at the age of 79. Introduced to the club by another former president, Tom Fyfe (both pictured below), Jimmy joined the committee in the late 1990s and served as vice president to Avril Buchanan, taking over from her in April 2002, remaining in the big ‘President’ chair until April 2004 and was a great friend to all of West Region Junior football with his long-lasting sponsorship of the New Coin West of Scotland Cup (from 2008 onwards).

Jimmy Gilligan with Tom Fyfe and the West of Scotland Cup (Evening Times)

Jimmy will go down in the history books as a successful president of Pollok FC, with the team winning the West of Scotland Super Premier Division in 2002-03 and both the SJFA Super Cup and the Central Sectional League Cup in 2003-04. A successful businessman, Jimmy was very switched on commercially and did a power of work to bring in sponsorship to the club, including from his own company, New Coin Automatics.

Deepest condolences to wife Cath and the wider family.

Below are a selection of photographs taken by Kathryn MacLeod of the teams Jimmy was president of at the time and various social occasions.

Jimmy, wife Cath and Jim Symon of Radio Clyde
Jimmy with Jim Symon and the much missed Franny McNeill
Past president Jimmy and his predecessor Avril Buchanan unveiling the Presidents’ Board
that he donated and is currently on display in the pavilion.
An assembly of former Lok presidents: Stuart Geddes, Joe Black, Tom Fyfe, Avil Buchanan,
Stuart McCulloch, Davie Elliot, Roy Pert, Gordon Ritchie, Andy Wilson, Jimmy Duncan,
Jimmy Gilligan, John Shaw, Gordon Allan.
The West of Scotland Superleague winners
The Superleague winners of 2002-03 pose, Jimmy 3rd from right.
Jimmy Gilligan. Very fondly remembered.
The Central Sectional League Cup was won on penalties at Firhill
The SJFA Supercup winners of 2003-04, Lok beating Linlithgow to lift the trophy

Fiona Kirkwood (McCulloch)

The Pollok family is in mourning this week with the desperate news over the weekend that it has lost a valued supporter in Fiona Kirkwood. Only 41 years of age and the mother of two young children, she was the younger daughter of secretary and past president Stuart and committee member Alice McCulloch. She had been battling breast cancer for the past 15 months. She was a regular on the terraces, home and away, standing with her parents, siblings and the next generation of Lok supporters that she and her brother and sister brought to the games with them.

Deepest condolences to husband Will, children Orla, 7, and Cole, 5, parents Stuart and Alice, siblings Steven and Laura and all the family beyond.

Below: Fiona (left) with a friend at a Lok function way back in June 2006.

Fiona Clarkson Kirkwood (McCulloch), 1980-2022.

University of Stirling venue confirmed

Pollok’s South Challenge Cup tie against Lowland league side University of Stirling will go ahead on Saturday 5th March at 2pm, at the home of Dunipace, Westfield Park. Admission is £6/£4.

While Lok have played there in the past, the ground has been rebuilt completely in order for the Denny side to gain an SFA Licence.