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Peasy Pick Up a Shelvey

It’s farewell to Jordan Shelvey as he signs for Petershill. Signing for the club in November 2019, a combination of lockdown and work commitments limited his game time substantially and as a result of that, despite being with the club for 2 years and 9 months, he only made twelve competitive appearances, scoring three goals. All at Lok wish him well for the future.

Annual General Meeting

Pollok FC’s 2022 annual general meeting will be held on Thursday 18th August at 7.30pm at Loks Bar and Kitchen.

All club members are invited to attend, discuss the previous year and share their views.

Stuart MacDonald

It is with tremendous sadness that the Club inform the Pollok family of the passing of recent past President Stuart MacDonald far too early at age 60.

Stuart spent almost 5 years from 2014 to 2019 either as Vice-President or President of the Club. Such service reflected the dedication and devotion that Stuart felt for the Club he had supported from childhood.

When he attended the West of Scotland Cup Semi-Final against Hurlford on the 4th June it was his 1,800th Pollok match. He was determined, despite his poor health, that he wasn’t going to stop at 1,799.

Unfortunately, that match was to be his last as he passed away only weeks later.

When Stuart took up the role of Vice-President for a few months at the beginning of 2014 it was because he knew that the Club was experiencing difficulties both on and off the pitch. Not content with taking up that role he also brought his accountancy skills to the fore to fill the role of Treasurer as well. He felt a sense of duty to do whatever he could to guide the Club through that difficult period. He did exactly that and we are forever grateful that he contributed so much.

Our thoughts are very much with all his friends and family. His wife Jane provided great support to Stuart and his son Ross, who cut his teeth as a Sports Photographer as the Club photographer, a role which he has gone on to pursue professionally, shared their husband and father’s love of the Club.

Despite having attended so many matches, Stuart could recall detail from just about any of them and would share amusing anecdotes from seasons past.

Ultimately Stuart was one of the greatest fans the Club has ever had and he will be greatly missed.

 

For those wishing to pay their respects, the funeral arrangements are:

Wednesday 27 July 2022

11.00am Thornliebank Parish Church

12.00pm the Hurlet Crematorium

12.45pm/1.00pm Loks Bar & Kitchen

2022-2023 Membership Fees and Admission Prices

With the squad well in to pre-season training and our first, rescheduled, pre-season friendly taking place tomorrow night membership fees for the forthcoming season can begin to be paid and the price of admission on the gate for league games have been set.

The proposed cost of membership will be subject to ratification at the AGM and any variance would, if necessary, result in a retrospective amendment.

After several years without an increase in membership fees, stretching back to the days of eleven home fixtures, the Committee have set the fees for the forthcoming season at £160 for adults and £80 for concessions.

The gate price for admission to league games has been set at £9 for adults and £5 for concessions. In addition, with a view to encouraging younger fans, it is proposed that under 12s will be admitted for free.

Any current members can renew their membership by making a payment to the Club account with their membership number as the reference or pass a cheque made payable to the Club to a Club official or by post. If any clarification is required please email the Club info@pollokfc.com.

After such a promising season last season we all hope to progress this coming season. With so much hard work both on and off the pitch, with so much thanks due to so many people for their contribution, we can look forward to the future as a Licensed Club with our first involvement in the Scottish Cup for thirteen years coming at the end of August. Unfortunately, as part of the licensing process our capacity will be restricted to under 900 so Membership has an extra appeal.

PFC and Dak Cast new link

Pollok FC’s management team has been boosted by the arrival of 36-year-old Ryan Dakhil from Ashfield where he was goalkeeper coach and backup shot-stopper. He comes onto the Lok training field as a coach and data analyst. ‘Dak’ paired up with Paul Gordon for the PG & Dak Podcast which gained some traction last season and our very own Murdo MacKinnon featured in one episode as a special guest and in an uncanny prediction of the future, Dak donned a Lok keepers’ jersey during their 80-minute chat (for anyone clicking – a wee bit sweary!).

Dak, as might be gathered from the above, is a goalkeeper and played with a number of clubs over the years at all levels of the game, with Partick Thistle, St. Roch’s and Ashfield being the bigger names on his CV. He joined the Ashfield management team in 2018 and he will be an asset to the Lok backroom set-up and dressing room going forward.

Speaking to the website today, he spoke of his delight at coming to Newlandsfield and what it was that made him say ‘Aye’ to Murdie:

“Lok are the biggest club in the West – I am looking forward to working with the management team especially the gaffer who I have known a long time.” 

“I will be bringing value to the club and I am confident can do that. I am also looking forward to working with the players who I believe are top players some of best in the league,” he said.

Ryan added: “I am also looking forward to getting to know the support – and know I will fall in love with the club as I will give everything – but ultimately it’s about being successful and winning things for them.”

Welcome aboard Dak!

And here’s the PG & Dak interview from last season.

Club Statement: SJFA Membership

Pollok FC has informed the SJFA that it will not be renewing it’s membership for season 2022-23

The Club was proud of it’s association with the Scottish Junior FA throughout our 114 year history. In particular competing in the Scottish Junior Cup which has provided some of the most memorable moments and greatest successes.

Pollok has always strived to be a forward thinking and ambitious football club. The pyramid system gives us the opportunity to progress if successful in the West of Scotland League and, having achieved SFA Licensing, as an SFA Member we will be competing in the Scottish Cup next season. We will be concentrating our efforts in these competitions and are committing to the new structure.

As a result the Club no longer believes that membership of the SJFA and participation in the Scottish Junior cup is in our best interest. It is for this reason that the club has decided not to renew it’s membership of the SJFA. We continue to respect the SJFA and take the recent presentation of a posthumous Long Service Award to the Club in recognition of 50 years of SJFA service to Junior Football by Franny McNeill as an example of how the Club and the SJFA have been so closely linked. That historic relationship will never be forgotten but we are in a new era and time moves on.

We’d like to thank our fellow clubs and the organisations that have contributed so much to our time as a Junior club. The friendships built over the years with these clubs will not be affected. We wish all clubs participating in next season’s competition well.

Hugh Blair

It is with great sadness that the Club must report the passing of Mr Hugh Blair.
Hugh began following Pollok FC as a boy of 12 and in later life became one of our Life Members.
He served on the Committee for many years and was an active member around the club on the ground maintenance team and helping on match days around the ground.
He loved travelling on the team bus and being an active part of club’s life. Pollok FC would like to pay tribute to a wonderful supporter of the club, who will be greatly missed by all his friends at Newlandsfield.  We would like at this sad time to offer at this our condolences to the Blair family.

Player of the Year Night 2022

Our player of the year night made a grand return on Saturday 7th of May.

A great time was had by all, enjoying a celebration of all that we have achieved this season.

The player’s first award to be presented was the fan’s forum player of the year.
Del Esplin picked up this award based on the man of the match votes over the whole season. A worthy winner based on season-long consistency and outstanding performances.

Fan’s Forum Player of the Year – Del Esplin

Del Esplin again returned to the stage to collect the second award of the night.
Player’s player of the year, clearly a popular figure within the dressing room. Del was nominated by the rest of the squad for his contribution to the team’s season.
A leader and professional on and off the pitch.

Player’s Player of the Season – Del Esplin – Sponsored by Only Sport

Special Recognition was given to recently retired captain Paul Gallacher.

Paul chose to retire this season, ending his career with Pollok.

Since joining in 2014 and making 203 appearances.

Paul spoke briefly summing up his time at the club and how much he has enjoyed his footballing career and being able to spend so many years with Pollok.

Special Recognition is given to Paul Gallacher – Presented by former captain Ian Spittal and current captain David Brownlie.

Take a look at Paul Gallacher’s Pollok Highlights

The top goal scorer was the next award to be presented.

Adam Forde collected this award for his 20 strikes this year.

Finding the back of the net when it mattered and providing match winners all throughout the season.

Top Goal Scorer – Adam Forde – sponsored by McFie

Watch Adam Forde’s goals this season

Making it a Hat-trick of awards, Del Esplin returned to collect the Management Player of the Year award.

Del was awarded this honour for his outstanding attitude and effort this season.

Management Player of the Year – Del Esplin – Sponsored by GMB

See Del’s Season highlights

Young Player of the year was the next award to be presented.

Given to a Johnny Lyon who has burst into the team since joining and made himself an irreplaceable part of the first team.

Young Player of the Year – Johnny Lyon – Sponsored by Richard Healey Removals

Matty Grant Picked up the Members player of the Year and was the final player to be presented.

Again to a young player who has been a fan favorite since signing last summer.

Player of the Season – Matty Grant – Sponsored by Westpoint Homes

Watch Matty in action

Past President and Secetary Stuart McCulloch was give a special recogntion for his service to Pollok FC
Stuart has been volunteering at Pollok for over 50 Years and was presented with an award for his selfless commitment to Pollok FC.

Special Acheivement Award – Stuart McCulloch

Thank you to all who attended the Player of the Year Night and made it a great success!


Player of the Year Night – Voting

Our much-anticipated player of the year evening is back on the 7th of May!

We would now like to invite club members to cast their votes for Player of the Year 2021/22!

Votes should be sent via email to Info@pollokfc.com – with the subject: Player of the Year.

Please provide the following information so that the votes can be verified:

  • Full Name
  • Membership Number (if known)
  • Player of the Year Nominee

Votes will need to be submitted by Friday 29th April in order to be counted.

Tickets for the Player for the Player of the Year Evening are still available, anyone wishing to attend please get in touch to reserve a ticket.

Player of the Year voting is only open to club members.