Welcome to Pollok Stewart Maxwell

Pollok FC are delighted to confirm Stewart Maxwell as our new manager. The 46 year old takes charge immediately and will be in the dugout at Somerset Park for our historic Scottish Cup tie against Ayr United on Monday.

After an eighteen year playing career that included stops at Cambuslang Rangers, Linlithgow Rose, Bathgate Thistle, Kilwinning Rangers, Petershill and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, it was with the latter that he began his coaching career in 2014. In his first season in charge, he took the Rabs up to the SJFA West Premier Division, as they were promoted alongside champions Pollok.

Since then Rob Roy have been an ever present in the top flight, and Maxwell has not only kept Rob Roy in the division but challenged for league positions beyond expectations. His standout season will undoubtedly be the 2016/17 campaign, where Kirky finished second in the SJFA West Region Premiership and took home the Central Sectional League Cup – beating Pollok in the semi-final and Shettleston in the final.

In the 2021/22 West of Scotland Premier Division, Rob Roy were expected to struggle with up to seven teams being relegated, but a late surge ensured that they would remain in the top flight as they won seven of their last eleven games, securing a ninth place finish.

Maxwell’s time at Rob Roy will be known for bringing young talent and playing exciting football.

The new gaffer said it is ‘an honour and privilege to become manager of Pollok FC’ and that he hopes to bring ‘a style and passion that is expected, and keep progressing this massive club forward.’

Pollok FC Vice-President Jeff Hunt had this to say:

‘We are delighted to have appointed Stewart to the role of manager. We are confident that in Stewart, we have a manager who has the experience, passion and drive to take this club forward and bring us the success that the fans deserve. Pollok are a club who should be winning trophies, and Stewart joins us with that expectation.

Stewart comes in at a time when we are about to play the biggest game in our history, and he will be looking forward to putting his ideas across to the playing squad. He will have the full support of the club to ensure he is able to deliver this success’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position vacant: First team manager

Pollok FC invite applications from candidates for the position of manager. As a minimum, applicants are required to hold a Level 1 (Adult) coaching qualification.

Any interested party should notify their interest by sending a CV to secretary@pollokfc.com by midday on Friday 18th November.

Club Statement: Murdo MacKinnon

Pollok FC can today confirm that manager Murdo MacKinnon has offered the Club his resignation, and after lengthy, amicable discussions, the Club has accepted this, resulting in his leaving Pollok FC by mutual agreement with immediate effect.

We would like to place on record our thanks to Murdo for his four years of service since taking over as manager in 2018, having previously acted as assistant. Murdie brought much-needed stability to the club, leading us to the 2020 Junior Cup semi-final in his first full season in charge. The outbreak of Covid-19 meant that he missed out on a shot at the final, but his stewardship of the club throughout the pandemic was key to ensuring we emerged from lockdown in a position of strength, as he was able to keep a strong squad together as we returned to competitive football in 2021. This heralded a new era for the club, as we entered senior football in the form of the West of Scotland Football League and ended a grueling 38-game season in third place. Along the way, the club embarked on an unprecedented 23-game unbeaten run, spanning just short of six months. Our debut campaign in the WoSFL Cup ended at the semi-final stage as an injury-ravaged side fell to Hurlford United almost a full year after the first pre-season friendly.

This year has been another exciting new dawn for Pollok, as Murdo led us into the senior Scottish Cup for the first time since 2008 as members of the Scottish Football Association. It is this competition that in recent months has given us two of the greatest nights in our history. The first round saw a 6-0 thrashing of Highland League stalwarts Huntly, followed by that incredible 4-3 win against League 2 Annan Athletic in front of the BBC Scotland cameras as Pollok defeated SPFL opposition for the first time in our history to set up a mouthwatering third round tie against Ayr United at Somerset Park.

After one of the toughest periods in our history, Murdo leaves us in a position of strength with an exciting future ahead of us. All at Pollok FC thank him for his service to our club and wish him and his family all the best for the future.

Ayr United – Tickets

Tickets are now available for our Scottish Cup Third Round match on Monday 28th November at Somerset Park vs Ayr United.

Tickets are available through Ayr United’s website using the link below:

Ayr United vs Pollok FC – Away Tickets

Pollok supporters will be in the West Stand (seating) and the Railway End (terracing behind the goal).

Adults: £15

Concessions: £10 (Over 65s, Students, Disabled and 13-17-years-old)

Child: £3 (12 years-old and under)

Disabled supporters should purchase their tickets by contacting Ayr United’s Club Shop on 01292 263435 (option 5).

Carer tickets will be provided, free of charge, upon request.

We highly recommend purchasing your ticket prior to the day of the game. 

Any fans still wishing to register interest in the supporter’s bus should contact the club secretary John Alexander: secretary@pollokfc.com

 

Supporters Bus – Ayr United

The club is currently looking to gauge interest in supporters’ buses to our Scottish Cup Third Round Match vs Ayr United on Monday 28th November

Anyone interested in a supporter’s bus should contact the club secretary John Alexander: secretary@pollokfc.com

Please provide your name and how many seats you would be looking to request.

The cost of the supporters’ bus is expected to be around £12.50 per person (This will be confirmed closer to the day of the match)

Information regarding ticketing is not yet available but will be communicated when available.

It’s Miller Time!

Pollok have boosted their numbers in midfield with the signing of central midfielder Darren Miller. The 30 year old arrives at the club from league champions Darvel and has previously played with Irvine Meadow XI and Clyde among others. Welcome to Newlandsfield Darren!

Somer-Set For TV Again!

The BBC and SFA have confirmed today that Ayr United vs. Pollok in Lok’s Scottish Cup 3rd Round debut has been picked for live tv coverage on Monday 28th November. Kick off is 7.45pm.

Fixture updates (updated)

As a result of Pollok and Darvel both winning their Scottish Cup 2nd Round ties, the match between both sides originally scheduled for 26th November has been rearranged for Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pm.

We await confirmation of the exact date for Championship leaders Ayr United’s hosting of Pollok but it will be on or around the 26th of November.

One match that has been arranged is a midweek trip to Cumnock Juniors on Wednesday 9th November, kick off 8pm (altered from 7.30).

Pollok’s match with Arthurlie this weekend is off due to our opponents having a Junior Cup tie.

Fresh Ayr for Lok!!

Following Pollok’s 4-3 thrilling defeat of Annan Athletic this evening, it sets up a first ever competitive fixture versus Ayr United at Somerset Park for our Scottish Cup 3rd Round debut. The date for the diaries is the weekend of 26th November 2022.

Dylan Dykes

For those of you who are able to attend the match tonight and for those who may be watching on television you will see during the warm up that all of the Pollok players will be wearing tops with a public display of their support for teammate Dylan Dykes.

Unfortunately, Dylan has recently been diagnosed with cancer. His treatment started in the week before last and, despite that, he was at the match the following Saturday supporting his teammates. Dylan continues to be a valued member of the team and we look forward to him, once again, stepping on to the pitch in the black and white.

It’s a terrible reminder of the indiscriminate nature of cancer and there will be many others around the game tonight who have, are, or will be affected by cancer but for tonight, let’s all take a moment to wish Dylan, his family and friends well, as no one faces this alone.

From everyone associated with the Pollok family our thoughts are with you Dylan.