Pollokshields Secure Only Sport Ltd Division Championship

Pollokshields United Manager Nim Roy has opened up on ending 18 years of tough times at the Glasgow South Side club by winning the GDSFC Only Sport Ltd Division 2 Championship in season 2018-2019, writes Tom Scott.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News about the campaign Nim admitted: “Brilliant season and achievement for the team in what was our first proper trophy win (so far).”

“Going into that season, we managed to bring in a few new, younger players into our squad and were optimistic of a decent season after a successful pre-season – hoping to hopefully be in the mix and gain promotion to Division 1, and a wee Cup run after making the Semi- Finals the previous season.”

“The 2018-2019 GDSFC Division 2 was formed in two sections A and B, with each team playing one another twice, and the top 4 of each group formed Division 2 after Xmas, and bottom 4 of each section forming Division 3.”

“We topped our Section and formed Division 2 proper alongside Anchor Sociedad, BSC Sunday, Finnieston Phoenix, Kelvindale, Saracen Red Star and Westwood.”

“Following the confidence in topping 2A (on goal difference from BSC Sunday), we took that into Division 2 proper, and went neck and neck again with BSC, with both of us being even in first few games. We faced BSC in the last of First Round games, with BSC beating us 3-2 and edge out in front, We regrouped and used this as a catalyst as we put that behind us, and went on a free- scoring unbeaten run scoring 26 goals in next 4 games, including a 5-0 win over BSC, and eventually that saw us crowned GDSFC Div 2 Champions!!!” (Topping table 1 point ahead of BSC). 9 wins, 1 defeat and 2 draws and a goal difference of +37 from our 12 games!!”

“Cue the celebrations at the Palace of Art on the final day, and the trophy was presented amongst our friends and family followed by a well-deserved celebration in a local pub in Paisley Road.”

“Absolutely amazing achievement and particular for a lot of our lads who have been with me for many years (Paul and Graeme Rankin, Stef Dickson) both as team mate and then as a player.”

“And selfishly for myself been with ‘ Shields for 18 years, and seen a lot of tough times, heavy defeats or disappointing results, but this certainly took all that away and made it all worthwhile.”

Left – Nim Roy and Barry Fitzpatrick – only two remaining players originally from  Pollokshields. Middle – Nim Roy and Derek Potter (Potsy). Right-. The Gaffer and Captain Graeme Rankin.
Perfect way for veteran defender Paul Rankin to hang up the boots after 11 years with the ‘Shields.
“Our Award winners at End of Season party.” Player of Year – Connor McCambridge. Manager’s Player of Year – Lewis Elliot. Top Goalscorer  – Connor McCambridge  (37 Goals). Clubman of Year – Paul Rankin.
Nim Roy added: ” Probably the only blessing of Covid is due to last season being Null and Void ,and this season yet to start,  technically we are still reigning Champions,  and  the Trophy sits proudly in my room (don’t tell the League Chairman in case he asks for it back hahaha ).”

All Photographs kindly provided by Mr Nim Roy.

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