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John Pollock
John Pollock
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John Pollock - (Outside Right, 1880-85) – One of the two Pollock brothers who founded Cowdenbeath FC (originally as Cowdenbeath Rangers). He was capped by both the Fifeshire and Edinburgh FA's. His Cowdenbeath career culminated with the winning of the Fife Cup in 1885 when Cowdenbeath beat the holders Dunfermline 2-0 in the final. John Pollock's brilliant solo counter was the highlight of the game. Soon afterwards, John left Cowdenbeath to open a drapery business in Cardiff. In 1907, he became World Bowling Champion at Crystal Palace (the trophy can be viewed in Cowdenbeath Bowling Club). As a bowler he represented Wales 66 times and was Welsh Champion in 1908. In 1903, he built and opened the Arcade Temperance Hotel and the Grand Theatre (later Slora's Picture House) in Cowdenbeath High Street. John Pollock died in Cardiff at the age of 74 in 1935. He was a proud man when he saw the club he founded make their top flight bow v Hearts in 1924.



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