Farewell to Matty Grant

Pollok FC can confirm that last season’s player of the year Matty Grant has completed a transfer to League 2 side Stranraer. We would like to thank him for his time at Newlandsfield in which he played 39 games and scored 8 goals from his wingback role.

All at the club wish him well for his future career.

West of Scotland League Cup draw – Cads for Lok

Pollok have been drawn at home to St. Cadoc’s in the 1st Round of the West of Scotland League Cup. This will be the first meeting between the sides at first team level (there had been a couple of games last season in the Development League) and the tie is due to go ahead on Saturday 12th November 2022. St. Cadoc’s joined the West of Scotland set-up at its outset, and will be the third ‘new’ club for Lok in cup competition in a year (on the back of Campbeltown Pupils last season and Eglinton up for us in a few weeks time).

Managed by John Doyle, Cads are an experienced side that play out of New Tinto Park at present following a few years at McKenna Park. Chris Erskine and Grant Anderson are two of their veteran dangermen.

The full draw is:

Preliminary Round

Ashfield v Vale of Clyde
Ardeer Thistle v Largs Thistle
Greenock Juniors v Benburb
Cumnock Juniors v Dalry Thistle
BSC Glasgow v Harmony Row
St Peters v Glasgow United
Kilsyth Athletic v Kilsyth Rangers
Wishaw v Rossvale Academy
Bellshill Athletic v Kilwinning Rangers
Thorn Athletic v Irvine Victoria
Bonnyton Thistle v Lanark United
Vale of Leven v Whitletts Victoria
Threave Rovers v Thorniewood United

First Round

Glenvale v Glenafton Athletic
Maybole Juniors v Beith Juniors
Glasgow University v Neilston
East Kilbride Thistle v BSC Glasgow or Harmony Row
Royal Albert v Craigmark Burntonians
Lesmahagow Juniors v Johnstone Burgh
Troon v Glasgow Perthshire
West Park United v Greenock Juniors or Benburb
Campbeltown Pupils v Gartcairn
Auchinleck Talbot v Muirkirk Juniors
Arthurlie v Bellshill Athletic or Kilwinning Rangers
Petershill v Forth Wanderers
Vale of Leven or Whitletts Victoria v Blantyre Victoria
Shotts Bon Accord v Ardrossan Winton Rovers
Thorn Athletic or Irvine Victoria v St Anthony’s
Girvan v Rossvale
Cumbernauld United v St Peters or Glasgow United
Saltcoats Victoria v Kilbirnie Ladeside FC
Easterhouse v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
Ardeer Thistle or Largs Thistle v Hurlford United
Port Glasgow Juniors v Yoker Athletic
Renfrew v Threave Rovers FC or Thorniewood United
Irvine Meadow v Cumnock Juniors or Dalry Thistle
Ashfield or Vale of Clyde v Lugar Boswell Thistle
Carluke Rovers v Finnart FC
Larkhall Thistle v Drumchapel United
Maryhill v Rutherglen Glencairn
Pollok v St Cadoc’s
Kello Rovers v Wishaw or Rossvale Academy
Newmains United v St Roch’s
Eglinton v Clydebank FC
Bonnyton Thistle or Lanark United v Kilsyth Athletic or Kilsyth Rangers

 

 

Seasiders for Lok in Scottish Cup – Murdie’s reaction

Pollok’s 3rd crack at the Scottish Cup will get underway on Saturday 27th August 2022 when Girvan will be our visitors. The clubs last met on 14th April 2018 at Hamilton Park, with Lok running out 5-0 winners. Lok’s previous ties saw matches against St. Cuthbert Wanderers, Montrose and Spartans in 2007-08 and 2008-09, with the final two ties going to replays that were lost. The Girvan game will be Lok’s 6th Scottish Cup match.

Manager Murdie MacKinnon reacted to the draw today:

“Firstly it is absolutely fantastic for everyone associated with the club to be back playing in the Scottish Cup. It’s something that everyone at Pollok FC can take great pride in. The thanks of the management team and players go to everyone behind the scenes at the club who made this possible.”

“Today’s draw paired us with our friends from Girvan in what will be a fantastic occasion at Newlandsfield.”

“We expect a tough match against a well-organised and talented Girvan side. They will get our full respect and we will be prepared when the game comes around.”

“Undoubtedly this is an occasion that everyone will look forward to and enjoy when it comes around. However, we will give everything to make it into the first round – until then our focus remains on league duty.”

The full draw is below:

 

The Hatful o’ Eight: Murdie’s new arrival rundown

With eight new signings checking in over the summer break, who better to introduce them than Murdie MacKinnon. Here are the Gaffer’s thoughts on each of them:

Scott Rumsby
Scott is a player that I’ve admired for a long time. An outstanding defender who will add strength and consistency to the heart of our defence.

Fraser Mullen
Winning both the Player and the Players Player of the year awards at Cowdenbeath last season, Fraser brings great experience and quality to the group having previously played in the Premier League with Hearts.

Ryan Sinnamon
Another player with a fantastic pedigree having been brought up in the Rangers academy before moving onto Annan Athletic for two spells. An excellent footballer whose versatility will give further strength to the squad.

Sean Burns
Sean is a vastly experienced left-sided defender who is highly regarded in the senior game. He will bring outstanding quality and further leadership to the team.

Darren Christie
We welcome Darren back to the club after a year away in the seniors where he had an excellent season. Darren has outstanding attacking quality and also contributes with goals and assists.

Ryan Watters
We welcome Ryan to the club after a spell playing down south (with Widnes and Longridge Town). He adds competition on the left side of the pitch. Ryan has terrific quality and an outstanding work ethic.

Robbie Buchanan
Robbie has a terrific pedigree in the game having played at Hearts before making 200+ appearances for Cowdenbeath. His outstanding work rate and ability to create at the top end of the pitch will make him a fantastic signing for the club.

Stephen Docherty
Stephen had an outstanding goalscoring record last season, scoring 34 times on the road to helping Petershill to the conference title. His blistering pace and outstanding work ethic bring real competition at the top end of the pitch.

Black and White Cart Watters

It’s a big, welcoming Pollok wave to 24-year-old winger Ryan Watters. Son of former footballer Willie (ex Kilmarnock, Stirling Albion and Maryhill among others), he arrives at Newlandsfield after a meandering, twisting and turning cross-border transfer from Longridge Town of the North West Counties League. Ryan dipped his toe into the football world on the books of Motherwell, signing professionally with them in 2014 though drifted on to St. Mirren thereafter in February 2017. Ryan’s first taste of first team action came after climbing aboard at Albion Rovers, making 21 league appearances for them – ironically his only senior goals to date were a brace against Stirling Albion where his father was a legend. He ventured forth to Stenhousemuir for the latter half of season 2018-19 and played 15 times for them across the two and a half years a Warrior, much of that Covid-hit, of course. In August 2021, he tried his luck south of the border on the banks of the Mersey with Widnes, then of the Northern Premier League West, though moved on to Longridge Town in November 2021.

Speaking to the website, manager Murdie MacKinnon said of him: “We welcome Ryan to the club after a spell playing down south. He adds competition on the left side of the pitch. Ryan has terrific quality and an outstanding work ethic.”

Welcome aboard Ryan!

Ryan McGregor signs up again

One bit of news that was not put out on the website a few weeks ago was the re-signing of Ryan McGregor on a new one-year deal. A key player for the club due to his commitment and versatility, Ryan is a welcome addition to the reshaped Lok side going into 2022-23.

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BARRFIELDS PARK – LARGS
Pollok’s Ryan McGregor opens the scoring

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

New Doc on duty for Lok

With a few strikers moving on in the latter part of 2021-22, striker Stephen Docherty could be the answer for Lok in our bid to improve on third place last season. After playing for various boys clubs,  Stephen began his non-league career with East Kilbride FC, progressing to their Under 20 squad before transferring to Camelon in the Covid-affected 2020-21 season. He switched to Petershill for the 2021-22 campaign and had a very successful season with the Peasy, scoring 34 goals for them – the highest total since former Lok manager Andy Dailly hit 35 some 40 years earlier. Welcome to Lok, Stephen!