Ground Improvements

The playing side of operations at Newlandsfield may have been suspended this winter, but the club has certainly not been placed into cold storage.

In addition to the normal ongoing maintenance work that takes place at the ground, the opportunity has been used to give the place a thorough refurbishment and to upgrade facilities and decor.

This work is still ongoing and will continue at least until the football restarts, but here are some details of the improvements that have been made so far inside the Pollok pavilion.

Heating

40 years on from the first gas central heating installation at Newlandsfield, and after a couple of years when we were constantly coaxing and cajoling the hot water boiler to keep going, we finally got a new heating and hot water system installed. The two old boilers were replaced with a single, smaller very efficient boiler.

Two new 220L hot water tanks (to make sure that the players’ showers always have enough hot water) were fitted along with new mixer taps and shower heads in all the home, away and ref’s dressing room.

The project went out to competitive tender and was won by:

Run by our very own Ryan McGregor…

Away Dressing Room

When Lok’s Bar and Kitchen were designing their new enterprise, they commissioned a photographer to take some artful photos of our beloved Newlandsfield. These were duly installed on the walls of the Trophy Bar.

When they were refurbing, they decided on a change of style and down came the photos. These were donated to the club by Lok’s Bar and Kitchen.

The away dressing room has just been painted and the Lok’s photos now take pride of place there.

Away Dressing room resplendent

Painting the Physio’s Room

The last time we painted in here we used a pale green shade (the BBC used this shade in their studios as it supposedly had a calming and soothing effect on people).

Time moves on. Now repainted white to blend in with the dressing rooms & looks much cleaner.

No longer calm or soothing! The Pollok physio’s room.

Miles of Tiles

Tim the Tiler is a Liverpudlian who lives in the high flats overlooking the ground.

While he admits he is not a diehard Pollok Fan, Tim is a real football lover who wants to help out his local club when he can.

Initially he laid tiles on the kitchen floor and over the summer and has now laid quarry tiles in the manager’s office, gents’ and ladies’ toilets.

What a difference he made, the floors are so much better and easier to keep clean.

If you need a great tiler then give us a shout and we will pass Tim’s details to you.

Chalmers Storie

It is with sadness that Pollok FC can this evening pass on news that former committee member Chalmers Storie has died at the age 91. He served on the committee in the mid 2000s during the Rab Sneddon era.

All at the club pass on their condolences to Chalmers’ family and friends at this sad time.

The funeral will take place on March 8th at 3pm. The family have shared details of an online link to the service, which are below;

https://www.obitus.com/

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Lok Who’s On TV! (link within)

Pollok FC’s first team might have been placed into hibernation while the worst of the pandemic (hopefully) but a TV crew from the BBC popped into Newlandsfield in recent weeks and the result of their filming and conversations with supporters was aired on A View From The Terrace on 29/1/20 and then nationwide across the UK as part of Football Focus on the following Saturday lunchtime.

You can catch the clip here.

Gordon Peebles RIP

We are sorry to report the passing of stalwart Pollok fan Gordon Peebles.

Gordon was well-known and respected among our community; as a vociferous supporter of the players on the field and as a dedicated and determined supporter of the club off the field.

He was a regular volunteer around Newlandsfield, bringing a great deal of expertise from his professional life maintaining golf courses, as well as a huge amount of physical graft.

Gordon travelled the length of the country following Pollok over many years, and will be badly missed by those who knew him.

Our deepest sympathies go to Mr Peebles’ family at this difficult time.

Our thanks to Mark Donnelly for providing the image below of Gordon Peebles, taken on the occasion of Pollok’s first senior Scottish Cup tie against St. Cuthbert Wanderers in 2007.

Hello 2021 but farewell to Gerry

Happy New Year to all Lok fans! It almost goes without saying that all at the club hope for a far better 2021 than 2020 and even though we all begin in difficult circumstances, there is hope of better times ahead.

With the first team in ‘stand by’ mode as we sit out the inaugural West of Scotland League season, it is the choice of players to look elsewhere for game time. It can be confirmed that Gerry McLauchlan has been released by Pollok FC and has now subsequently signed for SPFL League 2 side Brechin City, a team he previously played for between 2010 and 2015. Gerry, whose Newlandsfield deal was due to expire at the end of the season, made his Lok debut in the Sectional Cup versus Rossvale in July 2019 and went on to make 20 appearances for the club. All the best Gerry in the return to Glebe Park.

The vast majority of the Lok squad signed extended contracts a few months back so supporters can be assured of seeing many familiar names once we resume playing.

Derek Lea and Jim Marr

It is with sadness that the death of Pollok’s 1985 Junior Cup winner Derek Lea was reported this week, aged 61. The Govan born forward signed for Lok in November 1983 from Australian outfit Croydon City and had spent a number of years with Renfrew prior to that. Following his Junior Cup win for Lok in 1985 versus Petershill, he moved on to play with the opponents that day then Shotts Bon Accord, a return to Renfrew, Dalry Thistle, Dunipace and Port Glasgow where he ended his Junior career at 33. Deepest condolences to his family and friends from all at Pollok FC.

It was also announced today that Jim Marr has passed at the age of 59. He was loaned to Lok by Celtic in season 1977-78 and went on to play Junior with Largs Thistle, Neilston and Port Glasgow where he played alongside Derek Lea for a few seasons. Again, deepest condolences to all that knew Jim. A sad few days for the Lok family.

Eighteen players pen contract extensions

Pollok are delighted to confirm that 18 of the first team squad have committed their future to the club by agreeing 1 year contract extensions.

David Barron, Darren Christie, Chris Duff, Grant Evans, Jordan Longmuir, Danny MacKenzie, Gary McCann, Stuart McCann, Ryan McGregor, Iain Russell, Mark Sideserf and Josh Weir are now contracted to the club until June 2022. Meanwhile, Del Esplin, Adam Forde, Shaun Fraser, Paul Gallacher, Josh Lumsden and Jordan Shelvey have penned extensions to June 2023.

Commenting on the news, Pollok manager Murdo Mackinnon said; “Delighted the lads have committed themselves to the club. Tremendous loyalty shown by them all. We’ll be back, stronger than ever”.

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