Pollok FC – SFA Licensing Update

Pollok Football Club can confirm that plans to achieve a Scottish FA Licence for Newlandsfield are progressing well.

Our application to the Scottish FA for Membership was submitted this month.  

After discussions and negotiations with the two main sports floodlighting contractors in Scotland, a preferred solution has been identified and a planning application is underway. The considerable groundworks for the installation of floodlights have also been specified and costed.

A Planning Application for the installation of a modular toilet block and disabled toilets has also been submitted.

Likewise, most of the administrative requirements that are needed for licensing are also complete.

However, there is still a lot to do, including:

  • disabled access and cover
  • signage around the ground
  • filling Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Medical roles at the Club to name just a few.

We aim to have these, and all other requirements, completed by February 2022 but we understand there are elements that we cannot control such as the weather, the planning process and the resources that may be available to us at the time we need them.

At this stage we envisage that the source of most of the required funds has been identified but there may be a shortfall or gaps for certain items and there will always be more we can do.

As such we do intend to appeal to members and supporters for financial assistance but without anyone being made to feel that it is any sort of obligation.

The Club would like to put on record its thanks to those who have worked so hard and given so much of their time to the task so far and to those who have volunteered their services for the future.

Harthill up next in South Challenge Cup

Pollok have been drawn at home to Harthill Royal in the South Challenge Cup 3rd Round (last 64). The former East Junior FA side joined the West of Scotland League in the close season and are currently in Division 4. This is to be Lok’s first match against the Gibbshill Park outfit. The tie will go ahead on 20th November, kick off time TBC. The Blantyre Vics game as scheduled will now be rearranged.

The full draw is as follows:

Coyne makes change

Pollok are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Tommy Coyne from Linlithgow Rose. The prolific hitman has bagged over 300 goals for the Rose since signing in July 2009 and was part of the 2010 Scottish Junior Cup winning side. Coyne came through the ranks at Kilmarnock and also counts spells at Albion Rovers and Dumbarton in his career.

Speaking to pollokfc.com, ‘Lok manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say;

I have been looking to add another striker to the squad for some time but importantly that option had to be different to what we have.

Tommy has the attributes that I was looking for. His ability to link the play and bring others into the game is terrific. Ultimately, Tommy has built a fantastic career on being a goal scorer. He is a natural finisher. Tommy also brings a wealth of experience that he can share with his team mates.

When we discussed the possibility of him joining the club, he emphasised that he feels that he still has plenty to offer.

I am delighted to welcome Tommy to the club and wish him every success at Pollok FC.

Tommy is of course no stranger to bagging a goal at Newlandsfield, having most recently scored against the Lok in pre-season of 2019-20.

Welcome to Pollok, Tommy!

Scottish Junior Cup statement

The club can confirm that following the SJFA Management Commitee meeting at Hampden on the evening of Tuesday 5th October 2021, we have been informed of their decision earlier today that we have been expelled from this season’s Scottish Junior Cup and fined £500. 

We are disappointed with this decision, and we are considering the options that might be available to us. 

Pollok FC Sporting Dinner returns for 2021!

The highlight of many a Lok supporter’s social calendar, the Sporting Dinner, has been confirmed to take place on Friday 26th November.

Once again one of the funniest men in our phonebook, Bill Copeland, will chair the evening and we welcome back a few familiar faces of dinners past. Firstly, a man that many of us have ‘politely’ shouted at, ex-whistler Willie Young will join us alongside Dundonian impressionist Paul Reid, who had us in stitches a few years ago.

The evening will take place in the Newlandsfield Suite at Loks Bar & Kitchen with tickets costing £35 per head. The evening always sells out very quickly, so round up the troops and secure your tickets by getting in touch with Campbell MacLeod on 07778 680912 or by email at [email protected]