Thomas Starrs Signs Up!

The club can confirm that young goalkeeper Thomas Starrs has stepped up from the Pollok Under20s squad to the senior team signing a contract extension.

Thomas follows his Under20s teammate Adam Cummings in committing to the club.

Thomas made his Pollok debut against Forres Mechanics in a preseason friendly coming off the bench. He made his first start in a 1-1 Draw vs Dundee United B in the preseason Broxburn tournament with the game going to penalties Thomas made two saves to take Pollok to the Final. Where he played the full 90 mins as Broxburn Athletic won 3-2 in their anniversary tournament.

Thomas has been an everpresent for the Under 20s side this season as the Under 20s side continue to fight at the top end of the table. As well as featuring on the bench three times for the senior side.

Thomas Starrs alongside Jordan Longmuir and Goalkeeping Coach Billy Peacock

Scott Forrester Signs Up!

The club can confirm that defender Scott Forrester has committed to Pollok for next season!

Scott joined the club in the summer of 2023 after three years at Caledonian Braves. Scott previously played under Stewart Maxwell at Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in the 2019/20 season.

Since joining the club, Scott has cemented himself as a key part of Pollok’s defence, making 37 appearances this season and chipping in with three goals, securing man of the match awards following each of those goals against Gartcairn, Beith, and his former club Rob Roy.

Scott has committed himself to the club for the 2024/25 season but still has lots to play for in this campaign!

Luke Main Signs up!

The club can confirm that Midfielder Luke Main has committed to Pollok for next season!

Luke signed in the summer of 2023 as a part of Stewart Maxwell’s first summer signings, After spending the last 2 years with Caledonian Braves playing in the Lowland League

Since signing Luke has made himself an integral part of the team pulling the strings from the midfield. so far this season in 28 matches creating 6 assists, and scoring twice – including a late equaliser against Auchinleck Talbot to take the game to the penalty shoot-out. Luke stepped up cooly with the final kick converting from the spot to send Pollok to the Final of the West of Scotland League Cup!

Main steps up to win the game for Pollok.

Luke has committed himself to the club for the 2024/25 season but still has lots to play for in this campaign!

Luke Main wheels away in celebration after scoring his first goal for Pollok against Glenafton Athletic.

2024 Player of the Year Night

We are pleased to confirm that our 2024 Player of the Year night will take place on Saturday 11th May at Loks Bar & Kitchen, with the evening commencing at 7:30.

The evening will see the efforts of the team and management acknowledged in a season which has seen us reach our first final in six years, while also appearing in the third round of the Scottish Cup for a second consecutive season. Awards will be handed out for Young Player of the Year, Management Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Top Goal Scorer, and Pollok FC Player of the Year.

The night will be hosted by a compere and DJ, with games, prizes to be won, karaoke, and a Q and A session with the manager, Stewart Maxwell. There will also be an excellent buffet, provided by our hosts at Loks. This is a great opportunity for all of our members and supporters, young and old, to meet the team, and celebrate Pollok Football Club at the end of what has been a challenging season.

 

The last few months have been difficult for everyone involved at the club, but the efforts of the players and management cannot be overlooked. Between some great Scottish Cup ties, and the run to the West of Scotland Cup final, there have been many exciting moments, and great performances throughout the time. The Player of the Year Night is an opportunity for supporters to show their appreciation for the team’s efforts and enjoy a night with the players, while also raising money for the club. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible for what promises to be a great night.

Paul Regan, Club President

 

Tickets are available now via Fanbase, or at the pavilion before any of our upcoming home games. Prices are as follows, with discounts available for table bookings:

  • Single ticket – £10 for U18 & £20 for adults
  • Table of six – £100
  • Table of ten – £175

West of Scotland Cup final date confirmed!

Following the dramatic penalty shootout win against Auchinleck Talbot in the semi-final, we can now confirm that the final of the Indigo Comms West of Scotland Cup will take place on Sunday 28th April at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, with a 2 o’clock kick off.

Our opponents will be decided on Tuesday 23rd April when Shotts Bon Accord welcome Darvel in the other semi final which was postponed yesterday due to a waterlogged pitch.

We look forward to a huge Pollok support joining us at Broadwood, and will confirm admission/ticketing arrangements when we have them!

Tickets are now available via Fanbase:

https://app.fanbaseclub.com/Fan/Fixtures?fanStoreType=Fixtures&clubId=151

Auchinleck Talbot 2 – 2 Pollok (2-4 on penalties): 6th April 2024

For the second Saturday in a row Pollok headed to East Ayrshire on West of Scotland League Cup duty. After the narrow quarter final win over Hurlford the reward was a daunting semi-final with in-form Auchinleck Talbot, and it was the visitors who triumphed in a dramatic afternoon at Beechwood as Stewart Maxwell’s side took Pollok into their first final since 2018, triumphing 4-2 on penalties.

Maxi made one change to the starting line with Kyle Faulds returning from the suspensionn that ruled him out last week in place of Jay Nelson. The use of wingbacks and three centre halves now firmly established as the preferred formation.

On a day of pitch inspections and postponements the Beechwood Park pitch was in good order although a fierce wind was blowing – which had a real impact on the play. Jordan Longmuir was the first keeper called into action when he had to push a long-range drive round the post. At the other end, Stephen Docherty saw a shot go wide after Adam Forde had laid a Sean Burns free-kick back to him.

Docherty’s next chance was a great one, as a kick out by Longmuir was flicked on by Forde and Docherty was on to it in a flash. He took it round the keeper and passed it goalwards only to see it cleared by some brilliant defensive work. A swirling Talbot corner caused a moment of concern at the back post for the away side but after a bit of head tennis the Talbot shot was comfortably saved by Longmuir.

Neither team had full control of the game and a Fraser Mullen free-kick resulted in a header from Burns which was saved by Glavin. The opening goal arrived in the twenty-second minute after some patient Pollok build up play. A Ryan McGregor cross into the box saw Luke Main challenge for the ball, with his header deflected into the path of Docherty, and his right foot strike evaded the diving Glavin and put the Southsiders one up.

The ball rolls over the line for the opening goal, and Docherty celebrates.

Auchinleck went in search of an equaliser and saw a corner cleared off the line by Forrester before a good cross in from the right was headed over the bar. A McPherson hand to the face of Main rather bizarrely saw both players yellow carded.

McPherson raises a hand to Main, and both players are booked.

HALF TIME: AUCHINLECK TALBOT 0 – 1 POLLOK

The turnaround at half time meant both sets of players had to adjust to the wind doing the opposite to the ball from what they had become accustomed to in the previous forty-five minutes. And it was most definitely the home side who adjusted quicker. Straight from the kick-off the Pollok rear-guard were pinned back and when space was created in the box, McAvoy found the bottom corner with a neat finish.

With Mullen appealing in vain for a free-kick on the edge of the Talbot box the home side produced a slick move down the left which ended in Longmuir blocking a shot at his near post. From the corner he was forced into action again to grasp a header. Talbot’s next quick break should have seen them take the lead. Longmuir did well to block a one on one but when the ball broke back to the attacker he could only loft it over the open goal.

Longmuir was now by far the busier keeper and having tipped a long-range drive over the bar he had to get down quickly to push away a header from the corner. There was nothing he could do in the 55th minute however, when a low cross was smashed into the roof of the net by McAvoy.

The away side’s hopes of progressing were further reduced when Forrester was sent off in the 64th minute for two yellow cards in quick succession, but the ten men did not let their heads drop.

Forrester is given his marching orders.

A Forde free-kick over the bar was followed by a Faulds drive which was well saved showed Pollok remained an attacking threat. With twelve minutes to go that threat produced a goal. A long-range strike from Mullen was blocked and Main pounced on the loose ball, steadied himself and slotted a finish into the bottom corner.

Main levels the match with an assured finish.

Both teams had chances to win a pulsating cup tie within the ninety minutes but neither team could find the target and so it was on to penalty kicks. Pollok went first and Mullen sent Glavin the wrong way. Talbot responded with a thumping strike right down the middle.

Mullen got Pollok off the mark with the opening penalty.

After Gallacher restored Pollok’s lead with a beauty into the top corner the drama was heightened a notch when Longmuir saved with his feet. However the referee ordered a retake as the ball had moved in the strong wind. Smith’s second attempt was also saved by Longmuir. McGregor coolly stepped up and sent Glavin the wrong way to keep the momentum with Pollok before Talbot found the bottom corner with their next one to stay in touch.

Gallacher and McGregor both find the top corner.

Longmuir saves the retake from Smith.

Pollok’s fourth penalty was skied over the bar by Forde before Longmuir made a smart low stop to set up a winning opportunity for the away side. It was fitting that Main had the last say as he slotted his penalty low to the keeper’s right to seal Pollok’s place in the final. Longmuir and Main were the stars on a day when there were few failures.

It had been another performance of grit and determination allied to no little skill and a never say die attitude. A poor first ten minutes of the second half had almost cost them their chance but they dug deep to ensure that a cup tie that could have gone either way went theirs. After wins on the road against Petershill, Clydebank, Hurlford and Auchinleck as well as a home win over Gartcairn it is a thoroughly merited place in the final for Maxi and the boys. One for the large and jubilant travelling support to look forward to.

FULL TIME: AUCHINLECK TALBOT 2 – 2 POLLOK

(Pollok win 4-2 on penalties)

 

GOALS:

Auchinleck Talbot: McAvoy (46′, 55′)

Pollok: Docherty (22′), Main (78′)

 

Man of the Match: Jordan Longmuir

Well into his tenth season at the club, the stopper continues to turn up when it truly matters for Pollok. Two saves today made it five shootout saves this season, following similarly crucial interventions against Benburb and Clydebank. In his testimonial year, he remains a match winner, and further cements his status as a Pollok legend.

 

Match report by Peter Thomson

Photographs from Katie McGough

 

Match highlights from Mark Donnelly

Supporter Information – Auchinleck Talbot

This weekend we take on Auchinleck Talbot at the familiar venue Beechwood Park in the West of Scotland League Cup Semi final!

Auchinleck Talbot have provided some information to Pollok Supports travelling for the Semi Final.

Supporters traveling by road to the game are encouraged to park in the marked areas.

Travelling Pollok fans are encouraged to enter the ground through gates 6 & 7 at the Bank End. Auchinleck Talbot have provided a map of club facilities.

 

Hurlford United 1 – 2 Pollok: 30th March 2024

After a week’s delay Pollok travelled to Blair Park to take on Hurlford in the quarter final of the West of Scotland League Cup, and it was Pollok who progressed to face Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood next week after a hard-fought win against ten men.

Maxi was forced into two changes from the side which had beaten Hurlford convincingly the previous Saturday, with Sean Burns coming in to replace the injured Calum Gow in the heart of defence and Jay Nelson taking the place of the suspended Kyle Faulds in the midfield.

Pollok trotted out on to an impressive Blair Park surface having scored ninety-nine goals this season. The wait for goal number one hundred was to prove a short one. Some nice work by Forde and Nelson on the right saw the ball fizzed into Main. His quick turn and low shot saw Wilson tip the ball wide at his near post.

Main brings out a save at the near post.

Mullen’s corner was only half cleared and some intricate play by Mullen, Nelson and Main set up the latter for another shooting chance. This time he shot across goal rather than for the near post and an outstretched Forde boot deflected it to Mcgregor who deflected it into the net with only four minutes on the clock.

McGregor opens the scoring from close range with his eighth of the season.

Hurlford were almost back on level terms immediately. A poor kick out from Wilson worked out well and a lovely flick and pass put Morrison through. From the edge of the box he let fly and was unlucky to see it come crashing back off the bar after a fine finger tip save from Jordan Longmuir.

Wilson almost gifted the visitors a second goal when a Jamie Henry header from outside the box was allowed to squirm through his legs. He managed to retrieve the ball just before it squirmed over the line.

Almost a disaster for Wilson who eventually gathers Henry’s header on the line.

The Southsiders were dominating the opening period and when Docherty was brought down in a threatening position, ,Forde curled the free-kick over the wall and inches wide of the post.

Forde hits a free kick just wide of the post.

A second goal for Pollok duly arrived in the nineteenth minute and what a goal it was. A Hurlford attack was broken up and a sharp passing move began. Nelson to Main to Forde to Nelson and then a sweeping pass out to Docherty on the wing. He made half a yard and sent in a low cross to the near post where Forde was on hand to apply a predator’s finish.

Docherty crosses for Forde…..
…who wheels off in celebration after finishing at the near post.

In the twenty-sixth minute Hurlford got a sight of goal after a lovely through ball by Morrison, but Hughes could only toe-poke it goalwards and Longmuir was able to gather comfortably.

Despair for Hurlford as they spurn a good opportunity to halve the deficit.

Another quick break by Pollok in the thirty-fourth minute saw a pass from Burns into Forde and then a first-time ball out to Docherty sliced open the Hurlford rearguard. When Docherty cut inside for a shot at goal he was clipped by Anderson who received a straight red card. Mullen thundered the resulting free-kick straight into the wall.

Docherty is brought down, and Anderson sees red for the challenge.

With a couple of minutes to go until half-time the ever-alert Forde latched on to a mistake in the centre of the Hurlford defence and picked out an incisive pass to his strike partner. Docherty opted to side foot his shot and it agonisingly found the side netting.

HURLFORD UNITED 0 – 2 POLLOK

Those who thought the ten men would opt for damage limitation in the second half were wrong. A half chance at either end – Hurlford’s sliced wide, and Docherty for Pollok’s saved by the keeper’s legs – set the tone for the remainder of the match.

As the hour mark approached a good passing move from the away side ended in a blocked shot by Nelson and moments later Morrison worked room for a shot from the edge of the box which Longmuir was well positioned to deal with.

A sloppy back pass gifted Hurlford a corner in the sixty-third minute. They worked it short before floating in a cross for the unmarked Frew to head home. There will be a number of players in the Pollok defence who will feel they could have done better.

An unmarked Frew halves the deficit.

The home crowd were now sensing an improbable comeback. Hughes was presented with another good chance after hard work by Morrison but he sliced the ball wide of goal.

With fifteen minutes to goal Pollok almost sealed it. Forrester brought the ball out of defence and fed Forde. His pass in behind was well weighted for Docherty and forced the Hurlford defender to bring him down. Forde took the free-kick again, and this time saw it rebound off the bar.

Hurlford were keeping the pressure up on the Lok’s defence without really troubling Longmuir. And with seven minutes to go they were presented with a golden chance. Morrison was tussling with McGregor after a flick on into the box. The ball broke kindly for substitute Watt who side-footed it inches over the bar.

In the closing minutes both sides had efforts from outside the box – Hurlford’s off target and Maley’s thunderbolt beaten away by a well-positioned Wilson.

A strong Maley effort was beaten away from the keeper as the minutes ebbed away.

So Pollok marched on to the semi-final on the back of an excellent first half performance. Although the performance level may have dropped in the second half, the work-rate and commitment never did in an engrossing cup-tie.

FULL TIME: HURLFORD UNITED 1 – 2 POLLOK

Goals

Hurlford: Frew (63′)

Pollok: McGregor (4′), Forde (18′)

 

Man of the Match: Adam Forde

Hit thirty goals for the season as he finished off a flowing Pollok move to double his side’s lead but his shift as a playmaker today was what really caught the eye and highlighted the depth of his quality. He dropped back regularly and played several killer through balls for strike partner Docherty to terrorise the defence, and he also rattled the crossbar with a free kick in the second half.

 

Match report from Peter Thomson

Photographs from James Graham

C what you made us do!

The club can confirm that following several decades of pesce spelling errors and online pressure, we have taken the decision to add a C to our name.

Henceforth, we will now be known as Pollock Football Club, and papers have been lodged with the Scottish Football Association and West of Scotland Football League to make the change official. If the timing of this move seems fishy then know that this is all part of our goal to grow the club’s brand, and appealing to pescatarians and fans of abstract art will help to reel in a new breed of supporter.

We hope that supporters will get behind this new name as we move into the future as one school!

#MonTheLockNow

Auchinleck beckons for cup semi!

Following our 2-1 victory away to Hurlford United in the quarter final, Pollok will return to East Ayrshire on Saturday 6th April for the semi final of the Indigo Comms West of Scotland Cup against Auchinleck Talbot.

Goals from Ryan McGregor and Adam Forde assured the Lok of a place in the last four, where they will face the current holders at Beechwood Park. Pollok last reached this stage of the competition in 2022 when Hurlford won 2-0 on their way to winning the inaugural West of Scotland Football League Cup. Pollok will be hoping they can go at least one better this season, starting with Saturday’s tie!