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Match Report: Pollok 1 – 0 Cambuslang Rangers

Match day twenty-nine of the West of Scotland Premier Division saw Pollok entertain Cambuslang Rangers in their last game of the season at Newlandsfield.

The manager made three changes from the draw at Darvel: Lumsden replaced Longmuir in goal, whilst Burns and Stuart McCann came in for the Stephen Docherty and Darren Christie. Gary McCann switched from the left to the right wing.

With the sun shining the Lok team which beat Tayport 3-1 to lift the 1997 Junior Cup joined the teams in the centre circle for a minutes applause in remembrance of their teammate Ian Ashcroft who recently passed away aged 60. Gone too soon.

With Cambuslang shooting down the hill they started brightly and had an early sighter from long range which Lumsden had to get his body behind. After a couple of corners for Pollok the away side once again tried their luck from distance but on this occasion they were just off target.

With thirteen minutes on the clock Pollok created the first real opening of the contest. Mullen picked out Rumsby at the far post from a free-kick. He headed back across goal and from four yards out Brownlie headed over.

Rumsby heads across goal.

The home side were starting to build a bit of momentum and Forde collected a Lumsden clearance before a rapid exchanges of passes with Gary McCann sent him down the right wing. His cross was partially cleared to Buchanan whose rasping drive from the edge of the box appeared to be touched over the bar although the officials did not agree.

Buchanan blasts just over.

The passing and tempo were improving as the half wore on. Esplin and Menzies traded passes in midfield as the play was switched from left to right. The ball then went into Forde who got himself turned and slipped in Stuart McCann. His angled drive was well blocked by Wilson.

As the half hour mark approached a misplaced pass was seized upon by Forde. He made good ground up the middle before a reverse pass to Stuart McCann. Once again Wilson was up to the task and pushed the striker’s angled drive away for a corner.

McCann brings a save from Wilson.

After losing the ball in midfield Pollok were stretched by a cross field pass in behind the backline. The eventual shot came from a tight angle and Lumsden was able to smother at the near post. Moments later he had to spread himself to get a strong hand to the ball as an attacker looked to go round him.

Wilson was tested again by a Forde attempt from distance after a short free-kick from Mullen. Once again the Cambuslang keeper was up to the task.

The last chance of the half fell to a marauding Menzies as he got on the end of a Gary McCann flick in behind the defence and volleyed goalwards. As had been the case all half Wilson was well positioned and made the save.

The second half started with Cambuslang showing some good persistence to get in down the left. The cross was mis-kicked by Brownlie and a presentable chance was squandered when they shot straight at Lumsden who had reacted quickly to narrow the angle.

The home side were huffing and puffing as the game approached the hour mark with the only effort of note being a Buchanan shot from the edge of the box which went wide of goal after nice set up play by Forde.

A route one move changed the mood however. A goal kick by Lumsden was flicked on by Stuart McCann to his brother Gary. He wrapped his foot around the ball on the bye-line and delivered a wonderful cross which Burns met to head powerfully down and into the net.

Sean Burns buries his header for 1-0.

Both teams continued to try and create openings but there was not much in the way of goalmouth action. A good move by the Southsiders in the seventy second minute saw Gary McCann pick out brother Stuart with a curling cross. His header couldn’t find the target and drifted wide.

Pollok continued to search for a second goal and substitute Duff produced a mazy run from his own half which ended in an angled drive being touched round the post. That corner came to nothing but the next corner a minute later saw Stuart McCann’s tremendous acrobatic effort blocked and Gary McCann’s follow up saved.

McCann comes close to a spectacular second for Pollok.

If it was to have been a last Newlandsfield appearance in black and white for a number of Lok stalwarts then it was a rather low key ending. For those who do leave in the summer we wish them well.

Neutrals have – in the main – been richly entertained at Newlandsfield this season. For the die hard Lok supporter the undoubted highlight was the cup win against Annan, the lowlights the disappointing cup defeats to Clydebank and St Cadocs. Home league form of nine wins, two draws and four defeats will need to be improved upon next season if a title challenge is to be made.          

Pollok Man of the Match: Gary McCann

The winger was at the heart of every Pollok foray forward and created several good chances with crosses from the right hand side. It was one of these deliveries which found the head of Sean Burns to score the only goal of the game. 

Report by Peter Thomson

Photos from Nathan Bonnar

Match Highlights from Mark Donnelly:


Post-match interview with Stewart Maxwell

Gary and Stuart sign up

Pollok are delighted to announce that both Gary and Stuart McCann have committed themselves to the club for another season.

Scottish Junior international, Gary, who signed from Irvine Meadow in 2016, has made 124 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals and chipping in with many more assists.

Younger brother Stuart, joined Pollok a year later after a spell with Petershill. A quick forward with good aerial ability, Stuart has scored 39 goals in 105 Lok appearances.

On capturing the pair, Pollok manager Murdie MacKinnon had the following to say.

On Stuart;

I am absolutely delighted to have Stuart commit his future to the club. He has developed into one of the best and most sought after strikers in the game. His lightening quick pace, bravery, competitive nature and physical attributes make a real nightmare for any defender to deal with. He has also chipped in with his fair share of goals over the season.

Stuart is a brilliant lad who comes from a lovely family. I remember watching his junior debut at 17, it has been a joy to watch him develop. He is a humble lad who just wants to work hard and give his all for Pollok. We are delighted and lucky to have him at the club.

On Gary;

Gary returns for his 5th season at the club where he has played a pivotal role since his arrival. I know better than most that Gary is one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the league. His explosive pace and ability to go past fullbacks gets everyone on the edge of their seats. I have been privileged to watch him produce some of the best moments of attacking play at our level of the game. He is one of the most talented players I have worked with and he is an out and out winner into the bargain.

I look forward to watching Gary give more of those performances at Newlandsfield in the near future.

McCann brothers to return next season!

Murdie’s plans for season 2019-20 took another step forward this evening as brothers Gary and Stuart McCann signed contract extensions to carry them through until summer 2020.

Scotland international Gary, signed for Pollok in 2016 and has so far made 94 appearances (90 starts, 4 sub) in the black and white of Pollok, scoring 22 goals and creating many more.

Stuart joined the club a year later and quickly cemented his place in the team. He has so far contributed 26 goals in 69 appearances (57 starts, 12 sub). Alongside Jordan Longmuir and Danny Boyle, he has played most minutes for Pollok this season.


Pollok players score three in Scottish International warm-up

Pollok’s international contingent were amongst the goals last night as the Scottish Junior national team rounded off their warm up program ahead of next weeks Umbro tournament with a 7-0 win against Renfrew.

Midfielder Bryan Young wore the captains armband for the international side as fellow midfielders Ross Brash and Gary McCann also started the match for Scotland. Mark Sideserf was named on the substitutes bench.

A first half Ross Brash header to put Scotland 2-0 up was later followed in the second half by another header, this time by Bryan Young, which put the Scots 5-0 up. Gary McCann capped off a fine display with a curling effort in the 88th minute.

The Umbro tournament featuring Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man starts next Wednesday with a programme of 3 games over 4 days. Scotland’s final match against the Isle of Man will take place at Newlandsfield on Saturday 14th October with a 2:30pm kick off.

The full list of fixtures and venues are as follows;

Matchday 1 – Wednesday 11th October – 2:30pm

Rep of Ireland v Isle of Man (Somervell Park, Cambuslang Rangers)

N.Ireland v Scotland (McKenna Park, St.Anthonys)

Matchday 2 – Thursday 12th October – 7:00pm

Isle of Man v N.Ireland (New Tinto Park, Benburb FC)

Scotland v Rep of Ireland (New Western Park, Renfrew FC)

Matchday 3 – Saturday 14th October – 2:30pm

Rep of Ireland v N.Ireland (McKenna Park, St.Anthonys)

Isle of Man v Scotland (Newlandsfield Park, Pollok FC)

Pollok trio in national team action

Scottish junior squad. Photo: @scottcam67

Three ‘lok players were involved in Scotland’s first warm up match last night for the forthcoming Quadrangular Tournament. Mark Sideserf and Bryan Young both started the match whilst Gary McCann made an appearance as a second half substitute, replacing Clydebank’s Phil Johnston at half time. Ross Brash is also in the squad.

The match, against Linlithgow Rose, finished 5-1 to the national team. Although the Pollok contingent were not amongst the scorers, Bryan Young assisted the first two goals for Talbot’s Graham Wilson. Dean Hoskins (Bonnyrigg), Nicky Docherty and David McKenna (both Beith) completed the scoring for Scotland with Blair Batchelor getting the Linlithgow goal.

The national team will continue their preparations with a match against Renfrew on October 4th. The Quadrangular tournament takes place between the 11th and 14th of October.

Quartet called up for international duty

Gary McCann

Ross Brash

Bryan Young

Mark Sideserf







Four Pollok players were this afternoon named in national coach Keith Burgess’ Scotland squad for the forthcoming Umbro Quadrangular tournament. Defender Mark Sideserf along with midfielders Bryan Young, Ross Brash and winger Gary McCann were named in the twenty man squad.

The tournament takes place in Glasgow between the dates of October 11th-14th 2017.

Congratulations from all at Pollok to Mark, Bryan, Ross and Gary!

Full Squad


Andy Leishman (Auchinleck Talbot)
Richie Barnard (Linlithgow Rose)


Andy Forbes (Penicuik Athletic)
Mark Sideserf (Pollok)
Nicky Docherty (Beith)
Jonathan Brown (Bonnyrigg Rose)
Dean Hoskins (Bonnyrigg Rose)
Colin Leiper (Linlithgow Rose)
Craig Pettigrew (Auchinleck Talbot) (captain)


Phil Johnston (Clydebank)
Gary McCann (Pollok)
Ross Brash (Pollok)
Bryan Young (Pollok)
Colin Spence (Arthurlie)
Paul Burns (Cumnock)
Lewis Mackenzie (Dundonald Bluebell)


Keir Milliken (Beith)
David McKenna (Beith)
Graham Wilson (Auchinleck Talbot)
Bryan Boylan (Kilwinning Rangers)


Bryan Young (Bonnyrigg Rose)
Kerr Young (Bonnyrigg Rose)
Lewis Barr ( Penicuik Athletic)
Lee Gallacher (Kirkintilloch Rob Roy)
Ross McPherson (Beith)
Zander Miller (Broxburn Athletic)

The national squad will play a warm up against Linlithgow Rose on September 20th.