Category: Uncategorized

Lok withdraw from Challenge Cup / U20s news

It can be confirmed that Pollok have withdrawn, without penalty, from the South Regional Challenge Cup for season 20-21. The match Lok were due to play was against Tranent Juniors on 24th October. The East Lothian side now have a bye to Round 2 where they will face Ardeer Thistle.

In more positive news, Stephen McKenna confirmed to the website today that the U20 Development side plan to continue with their season. Sponsors are wanted for a number of players still (you can see who is sponsorless by clicking on their profiles here) and if you would like to give the Young Lok your backing for 20-21, please get in touch via their Twitter page:

Club Statement on Season 2020-21

Pollok Football Club has contacted the West of Scotland Football League stating that the club intends to withdraw from football for season 2020-21.

Yesterday morning (Saturday 10th October), the WoSFL released the results of a survey of clubs in which a narrow majority of clubs voted for football to recommence on 24th October.

Clubs who wished to withdraw were given a deadline of 17:00 today (Sunday 11th October) to confirm whether they wish to take part, or not.

After consultation with committee, members, supporters, management and players, the overwhelming belief of all stakeholders is that it is inappropriate for Pollok to be involved in football while present pandemic restrictions are in place.

As with many matters at present, the issue is complex and multi-faceted.

That said, the overarching concerns of all involved were:

  • Guaranteeing the safety of volunteers and players on matchdays.
  • The financial impact on the club of pursuing a campaign with no matchday income.

While we are all keen to return to our usual Saturday routine after months of restrictions, it would be quixotic for us to jeopardise the physical health of members of our community, or the long-term fiscal health of our club to simply play football for the sake of playing football.

We would like to place it on record that the club’s preferred option was for the league to consider other possibilities, including suspending football until pandemic restrictions were eased.

Should it become the case that other possibilities are considered, Pollok would be more than happy to engage.

However, given the present choice that has been put to us, the only reasonable decision we can take is to withdraw.

Red kit day for Lok

The 2020/21 Pollok away shirt is now available to PRE ORDER online or in store from Only Sport.

The now familiar all red away kit is sponsored by GMB Scotland and in tribute to Pollok stalwart Frannie McNeill who sadly passed away earlier this year, features the inscription ‘Frannie McNeill 1949-2020’ under the Pollok badge.

The Kappa shirt has a slim fit design so it is recommended that you purchase a size larger than usual. As with the home shirt, adult and kids sizes are available.

Pollok ‘alternative’ kit launched and ready for pre-order

Pollok can today reveal the second of three new kits for this season with the launch of our ‘alternative’ kit.

The new Kappa jersey is available to PRE ORDER exclusively from Only Sport online and in-store. As with the home shirt due to the slim fit design, ordering a size up is recommended.

The black Kappa top includes the logos of sponsors Westpoint Homes, Macfie & Co and GMB.

Our special away kit for season 2020-21 will land this Thursday.

Player of the Year 2019-20

After a somewhat delayed process due to Covid-19, Shaun Fraser was announced as Members Player of the Year for season 2019-20 at this evening’s Annual General Meeting. Shaun also picked up the players’ player of the year award alongside the club top scorer gong.

Despite a curtailed season, Shaun scored a highly impressive 21 goals in 30 appearances, including a memorable hat-trick in the first competitive fixture of 19/20 against Shettleston in the West Sectional Cup.

Here is Shaun thanking you all for the awards, and a wee reel to follow:

Rounding up the awards, midfielder Del Esplin picked up the Management Player of the Year award.

And here is Del with his acceptance speech, and another wee highlights reel!

Well done Del and Shaun!

Thanks, as ever, to Mark Donnelly for his videography skills!

Pollok’s new 2020 home jersey

Introducing Pollok’s new home jersey for the inaugural season of the West of Scotland Premier Division.

The club’s new Kappa jersey is available to buy now exclusively from Only Sport online and in-store. The jersey comes in both adult and kids sizes and due to the slim fit design, ordering a size up is recommended.

The bespoke Kappa design boasts the traditional black and white stripes with a gold trim on the neckline.

New principal shirt sponsor Westpoint Homes, will proudly feature their branding across the jersey. Speaking to pollokfc.com, Westpoint Homes Director Ian Rigby said;

“We wanted to get involved as ourselves and the club have the same ambitions to help in the local community.

Fans will have seen the advertising boards around the pitch for the past few seasons and we are delighted to expand our sponsorship to main shirt sponsor.

The Under-20 squad will also don the historic black and white stripes as their home jersey when they embark on their inaugural season in the Lowlands Development League West.

We look forward to revealing our Away and Alternative kit next week!

Tales From the Old Pavilion

Our own Campbell Macleod and team have been hard at work around Newlandsfield over the last few months. Campbell has put together this report on the work goes into the ground, and meets a few furry friends along the way. Take it away Campbell…

Looking after the pitch

As you’ll see in the video above, the surface was in a poor state when we began our post-season work. Since then, around 150 hours of labour have gone into the surface. That involved applying 500 kilos of fertiliser, forking and seeding the bad patches, cutting the park approximately 40 times and removing a metric tonne of grass clippings. This is the result:

We aren’t finished yet, and we expect the surface to continue to improve. It will hopefully be fed again in August, and once more in October, to take us through the winter.

A couple of years ago, we were pleased to take possession of a Dennis grass-cutter. This is the industry standard, used at most senior grounds (though they usually have four machines cutting at the same time!) This cutter was purchased with the help of grant funding. It was a big deal for us and makes a big difference to the pitch.

With a little help from our friends…

We employ a company, Greentech, to carry out our end of season works. Their directors, Kevin Brunton and Hugh Murray, both visited the ground recently. We agreed that we would do the work towards the end of August this year. They will shockwave the pitch, to relieve compaction, and spread 60 tons of sand across the surface.

Hugh Murray’s relationship with Newlandsfield goes back around forty years. He was part of the first crew that we brought in to help with the pitch. In those days, the tip of the standard ‘V’ shape wear that you get in the goalmouths would reach the halfway line!

Our park nowadays is based on sand. While this is great for drainage in the winter, it can cause a problem with irrigation in the summer. At Newlandsfield we only have enough water pressure to run one sprinkler. The clip below shows our travelling sprinkler. This clever device has a wee turbine built into it, allowing the sprinkler to pull itself up the park. The jet of water covers about 1/3 of the width of the park. The sprinkler takes around 14 hours to travel the length of the field. The weight of the hose is issue, and we need to move it 3 or 4 times a day. With that in mind, I’m sure you can imagine how envious we are, when we see the automatic sprinkler popping up in senior football!

Fauna of Newlandsfield

Those with good eyesight will also have noticed a couple of white sheets on the bottom half of the pitch. This is where we are trying to repair damage caused by the fox, a nice wee guy, whom we affectionately something along the lines of ‘the shucking front’.

The foxes aren’t the only wildlife that we have at Newlandsfield. We found this little chap posing at the top of the terracing.

As I mentioned before, we collect a huge amount of grass clippings. Our compost heap is beyond the bottom fence, on the riverbank. The river Cart at Newlandsfield is home to mallard and gooseander ducks. A female mallard was proudly swimming up the river the other day with her six chicks in tow. We always have the company of a couple of robins. Wrens and wagtails are amongst our visitors. If you are really lucky, you will see a kingfisher sitting on a branch, looking at the river for its next meal. Around dusk you can watch the amazing acrobatics of the pipistrelle bats as they swoop down, at incredible speed, to snatch insects from the top of the water.

In addition to the playing surface, there is always plenty to do in a ground like ours. We recently brought in a 12yd skip that we filled to the gunnels with rubbish that has been building up over the last few years. We are presently painting and weeding. The pavilion needs attention inside and we have been cleaning and painting. Shortly, we’ll be tiling some of the floors too.

Gordon Tait released from hospital

Dear supporters, Pollok F.C. are pleased to hear that Honorary President, Mr Gordon Tait, is now recovering after a spell in hospital. We wish Gordon well and hope to see him back at Newlandsfield in the not too distant future.

Stuart McCulloch, Secretary.

Donate a Ticket Scottish Cup Round 2

Tonight sees the draw for the Donate A Ticket Scottish Cup 2nd Round. In Round 1, extra time was needed to see off East Junior side, Newburgh United. An enthralling tie which finished 158-148 raised over ?1500 between the two clubs.

We really appreciate every fan who has donated so far, it really does make a big difference and makes up a little of what the club has lost through matchday income.

A reminder of how the Cup works;

The match runs Thursday 7pm until Sunday 7pm

1 ticket = 1 point

1 ticket costs ?5

The team who sells the most tickets advances to the next round

Tonight’s draw takes place at 7pm and we will post the link to the donation page on Twitter and Facebook soon after.

All Pollok supporters who donate to the second round tie will go into the hat to win one of the following prizes;

  • ?25 cash
  • Club shop memorabilia
  • A bottle of Whisky

Top scorer Fraser bags new contract

Pollok are delighted to confirm that Shaun Fraser has signed a new contract at the club keeping him at Newlandsfield until June 2022.

Shaun signed for Pollok in the summer of 2018 and has made 60 appearances scoring 30 goals. He was this seasons top scorer with 21 goals before the season was called to a halt and Lok gaffer Murdie MacKinnon was clearly pleased to tie up a long term contract for the talented Fraser;

I am delighted that Shaun has committed his long term future to the club by extended his contract until the summer of 2022. Shaun is without doubt one of the most talented players in our league.

His ability to play on the edge with a gritty determination and combine that with breathtaking ability makes him a unique talent. Shaun has a tremendous goal scoring record also netting over 20 goals last season. On top of all that he is a brilliant lad to have around the club.

Shaun joins fellow midfielders Chris Duff, Del Esplin, Jamie Henry, Gary McCann and Ryan McGregor in the Pollok squad for the next campaign.

Meanwhile, our Donate a Ticket campaign is ongoing. 100% of donations go directly to the club which helps with ongoing costs as a result of loss of ticket income. Any donations, if you are able, are very welcome.