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.

Remembering Hugh McDonald

Hugh McDonald

All at Pollok Football Club were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Hugh McDonald. Hugh arrived at Pollok in May 1990 as a member of the backroom staff of new manager, Tommy Reynolds.

In his three years at Newlandsfield Hugh played an important role as ‘Lok picked up one league championship, one West of Scotland Cup and two Sectional League Cups. The thoughts and prayers of all at Pollok F.C. are with Mr McDonald’s family and friends at this sad time.

Player pathway proving productive as U20s add two

With the squad being trimmed recently, Lok 20s have been able to add two more faces in the last few weeks – both coming in from the Pollok FC youth pathway. They are Kieran Davis, an 18 year old defender, and Miguel Kamgna Junior, a 17 year old midfielder. Best of luck to both players in their future Lok careers!

Catch Miguel, above, making a scoring debut in the Gartcairn cup tie here! Three deft left-footed touches and goal!

Changes continue as Brownlie signs up

In a week of changes, defender David Brownlie comes into the club as five players bade their farewell. David, a central defender, signs from Linlithgow Rose on a three-year deal. He spent his schoolboy career with Queen’s Park and Rangers, signing professional with the latter in January 2013. He departed Ibrox without featuring for the first team in 2016, shortly after joining Ross County’s U20 set-up. While in Dingwall, he was loaned out to Elgin City and made his senior debut for the Black and Whites on the 28th January 2017 in a 3-1 win over Edinburgh City.

The sky’s the limit for David at Lok

His second senior appearance was also memorable for him, ending with an 81st-minute red card at Forfar. All in all, he made 13 appearances for the Borough Briggs men.

David then spent 2017-18 and 2018-19 on the books of Airdrieonians and Stranraer respectively, playing regularly for both sides and accruing 54 appearances and 5 goals in League One between them. He spent the ultimately covid-hit 2019-20 season at East Kilbride and again was a regular, this time at Lowland League level where he made 31 appearances and scored twice in all competitions. He transferred to East of Scotland League side Linlithgow Rose in July 2020, making 12 appearances and scoring twice in all competitions for them.

Speaking to the PFC website today, manager Murdie MacKinnon welcomed the new arrival: “I am delighted to welcome David to the club from Linlithgow. He is a top player who has the ability and natural leadership skills that will improve us on the pitch. His attitude to the game is excellent and he is a great professional.”

“During our initial discussions he expressed a desire to join us at Pollok and a hunger to win trophies. That’s what any manager wants in his players. We look forward to seeing David on the pitch in the near future.”

“I thank Linlithgow Rose for the professional way that they handled this transfer.”

Welcome aboard David!

McWaters sets sail for vales new

It can be confirmed tonight that Alex McWaters has completed a transfer to Kilbirnie Ladeside. The Greenock-based wide man makes the move to Valefield just as Kilbirnie unveil a management team from that part of the world, Shaun Dillon and Thomas Molloy. We wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.

All the best to Alex from all at Newlandsfield.