Club Shop Closed this Saturday

The club shop will be closed on Saturday 26th July.

The shop will re open on Monday 28th July at 12pm.

The shop has now received an order and is fully restocked with all sizes of the home strip.

MATCH PREVIEW v Clyde

Ayr United’s season kicks off on Saturday with a trip to Cumbernauld to face Clyde in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. Read on for our preview of the game:

 

Team News:

United hope to pitch most of their new faces straight into action at Broadwood.

Peter Murphy, Jon Paul McGovern, Ryan Donnelly and Nicky Devlin are all expected to start for the Honest Men.

McKinlay is extremely doubtful from the knock he sustained against Crusaders, while Mikey Donald should be fit to overcome a calf strain picked up in the friendly win against Hurlford.

Martyn Campbell is suspended and is the only player ruled out of the travelling party.

 

 Marko says:

“The game will have added spice with Barry Ferguson coming in at Clyde.

“And it’s a cup that potentially means more to teams this year with the likes of Rangers, Hibs and Hearts waiting in the next round.

“People expect us to win in this situation but it’s never that easy.

“Our only aim is to go up there with the right attitude and put in a performance to match.”

 

Stats:

This is the 24th season of the Challenge Cup.  The competition was first held during the 1990–91 season as the B&Q Centenary Cup to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Scottish Football League.

Ayr were runners-up in the first two seasons of the competition and have made four semi-final and eight quarter final appearances.

United have been knocked out of the competition nine times by a lower league side, including in four of the past six seasons.  Nine is also the number of times the Honest Men have failed at the first hurdle.

Falkirk were the conquerors of both Ayr and Clyde in the Challenge Cup last season, United losing in the second round after beating Queen’s Park at Hampden.

Clyde ended last season fourth in League 2 but were defeated by East Fife on penalties in the play-off semi-final.

 

Head-to-Head (at Broadwood):

Ayr United wins: 3

Draws: 4

Clyde wins: 6

 

United haven’t won at Broadwood in their last eight visits.

The sides have met twice before in the Challenge Cup.  United defeated Clyde 2-0 at SomersetPark in the semi-final of the first edition of the competition in 1990 but the Bully Wee exacted revenge 16 years later, winning a quarter-final tie 1-0 at Broadwood. Current Ayr United goalie David Hutton was between the post for the home team in that game.

 

Last Meeting:

August 2012 – Ayr United ran out comfortable winners the last time the sides met despite the game being goalless at half-time.  Goals from David Winters, Michael Moffat (2), Jonathan Tiffoney and David Sinclair (2) at SomersetPark earned the Honest Men a 6-1 win over Clyde in the first round of the League Cup.

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Stephen Finnie

Assistant: Alan Mulvanny

Assistant: David Roome

 

Match Info:

 

Admission:

Adults: £10

Concessions: £5

Both sets of fans will be located in the Main Stand at Broadwood.

Kick off is at 3pm and extra-time and penalties will be played if required.

 

Travel:

A supporters bus is leaving the River Cottage at 1pm. Seats cost £10. Phone Tam on 07585328685 or Jamie on 07792747354 for details.

 

Road:

The stadium is easily accessible via the M80 motorway.

From Glasgow or the south/west, exit the M80 at junction 4A (signposted Cumbernauld/Kilsyth) to the A8011. Keep left and follow the signs for Kirkintilloch. After a short distance you will reach the Back O’Hill Roundabout, continue through this and onto the Craiglinn Roundabout. Stay in the left lane and take the first exit from this roundabout, heading towards the away car park. Go through the small roundabout and then take the third exit at Broadwood Roundabout onto Atholl Drive. This road leads to the car park entrance.

From Edinburgh or the north/east, exit the M80 at junction 5 (signposted Airdrie/Kilsyth) to the A73. At the roundabout, take the third exit and then go through the next roundabout, following signs for Kirkintilloch. Continue to the Back O’Hill Roundabout and take the third exit onto the Craiglinn Roundabout. Stay in the left lane and take the first exit from this roundabout, heading towards the away car park. Go through the small roundabout and then take the third exit at Broadwood Roundabout onto Atholl Drive. This road leads to the car park entrance.

Car Parking: Matchday car parking is available to all supporters in the stadium’s away car park only, at a cost of £2 per vehicle.

 

Train:

The nearest train station to Broadwood is Croy. Trains from Glasgow Queen Street (also stopping at Bishopbriggs and Lenzie) depart twice hourly. Trains from the East depart Alloa (via Stirling and Larbert) and Edinburgh (via Falkirk) at regular intervals.

Croy station is exactly 1 mile from Broadwood, with a 15-20 minute walk. After leaving the station, turn right on the main road (B802) and continue up the hill for about half a mile until you reach the Balloch Roundabout. Continue to follow the pathway onto Smithstone Road on the right. Take the first left onto Craiglinn and continue through the housing estate for about a quarter of a mile. At the end of the road, a short path leads onto the B8048. Cross this road with care and turn left, quickly taking the first right onto a short access road. This leads to the stadium entrance via Ardgoil Drive.

 

 

NEW SIGNINGS

Ayr United have landed another four signings on the eve of the new season.

And boss Mark Roberts has hailed his latest capture as a “huge coup” for the club.

Centre half Peter Murphy – Carlisle United’s record appearance holder for an outfield player – has inked a one year deal PETERat Somerset.

Murphy, 33, played over 400 times at Brunton Park and was also capped by the Republic of Ireland at senior level.

Thrilled boss Roberts told the club website: “When I knew Peter had become available, I jumped at the chance to bring him here.

“I’ve done my homework and everyone you speak to only has great things to say about him.

“He’s a natural leader and just what we’ve needed at the back for a while.

“He has a wealth experience and has even scored a couple of times at Wembley.

“It gives the spine of our team a really strong look now with guys like Peter, Scott McLaughlin, Brian Gilmour and Jon Paul McGovern.”RYAN

Roberts has also added 22-year-old striker Ryan Donnelly on a busy day of dealings at Somerset Park.

Donnelly had previously burst on to the scene at Airdrie two years ago before winning a trial at Wigan under Roberto Martinez.

Marko revealed: “Ryan just needs someone to believe in him.

“He showed the talent he had when he scored nearly 30 goals for Airdrie in one season.

“He has shown me the hunger that he wants to get back to that sort of form.”

Right back Nicky Devlin, who has impressed on trial in pre season, has also been snapped up as United’s squad takes shape.

NICKYThe 20-year-old has already made 83 first team appearances in a career that has taken in Dumbarton, Motherwell and Stenhousemuir.

Roberts said: “Nicky brings pace and is great defensively in one on situations. He will be a real threat going forward.

“Nicky is the type of player who is extremely fit and will be up and down the pitch for 90 minutes.”

Meanwhile, youth star Sean McKenzie has put the icing on his promising pre season by formally agreeing a pro contract with the club.

Roberts confirmed: “Sean is different to the usual small pacey type of striker.

“He’s strong and more like a target man. He is excellent at using his body and is well in front of where he should be as a 16 year old.”SEAN

Ayr United 2 Stirling Albion 2

Ayr United 2 v 2 Stirling Albion

 

Ayr United kick-started the post Mark Roberts era with a league fixture at Somerset against fellow struggler’s Stirling Albion. Ayr were attempting to win their first game at home since August 23rd, the same date Stirling recorded their only league win of the season away to Stenhousemuir.

 

Care-taker manager Andy Millen was looking for a debut win as his opposite number, Stuart McLaren, sought his first victory with Stirling since being appointed manager in November.

 

The game kicked off with Ayr seemingly determined to end their run of poor form but Stirling didn’t appear to be in the mood to allow Ayr to have it all their own way. United took the game to Stirling in the opening stages forcing a couple of corners with early pressure. Peter Murphy might have done better in 15mins when he out jumped the Stirling defence from another corner but his weak header was comfortably saved by Stirling keeper Reidford.

 

Stirling then burst into life after this early pressure and went straight up the park with a neat counter attacking move. The Ayr defence was stretched to the limit as Stirling carved open a great opportunity for experienced striker Gordon Smith but from 15 yards with the whole Ayr goal in front of him he inexplicably pulled his shot wide allowing Ayr to scramble the ball to safety.

 

Ayr tried to reassert themselves after this scare and a neat turn and shot from the edge of the box by Ryan Donnelly forced Reidford into a good save.

 

As the game approached the half hour mark the momentum started to swing in Stirling’s favour. The pace of Sandy Cunningham and Phil Johnston, along with the movement of Steven Doris, was causing concern as they began to find space in the Ayr rear-guard. After a sustained spell of pressure from Stirling, Nicky Devlin was caught in possession by Johnston who immediately released a swinging cross into the box. Stirling’s Smith rose to meet the ball some 8 yards out, but with the goal at his mercy, he was unable to get enough power on his header and in the end David Hutton made a comfortable save.

 

Scott McLaughlin went close just before half time but Donnelly’s flick at the near post diverted Nicky Devlin’s cross from the right out of the reach of the midfielder as he slid in and the back post.

 

As the second half kicked off Craig Comrie was booked for a lunge on Ayr’s Nicky Devlin in a scrappy opening period.

 

Then out of nothing Ayr conjured up the move of the game. Some neat interplay in the midfield created space for Forrest to burst through the heart of the Stirling defence. The youngster seemed to steady himself preparing for a shot but as the Stirling keeper rushed out to narrow the angle, he neatly side stepped him before rounding the sprawling goalie and slotting the ball into the unguarded goals to give Ayr the lead.

 

Stirling almost equalised in 58 mins after a great run and shot by full back Lee Hamilton was well saved by Hutton.

 

However in the 65th minute Stirling did draw level. Sandy Cunningham drew a foul from Cummin’s, on the edge of Ayr’s box, and from the resultant free kick Steven Doris smashed a thunderous drive past the helpless Hutton.

 

Ayr went close to scoring again in the 73rd min when a tremendous drive from Forrest forced the Stirling keeper into making a good save just before Ayr replaced the injured Brian Gilmour with Craig Beattie.

 

The game opened up as legs tired and Ayr were caught out by another quick Stirling counter attack which managed to find Steven Doris in space down the left hand channel. He burst in to the Ayr box before neatly stroking a controlled shot past the despairing dive of the unsighted Hutton. With just 10mins to go Stirling had taken a 1 v 2 lead.

 

As the clock edged towards full time Ayr mounted a last gasp attack and launched a long ball in to the Stirling penalty area. Peter Murphy managed to get his head on the end of the cross and nodded the ball into the path of Craig Beattie who swept the ball past keeper Reidfield for a deserved equaliser, much to the relief of the Ayr support.

 

Attendance – 880

 

Ayr United

Hutton, Devlin, Crawford, Murphy, Cummings, Gilmour, Forrest, McLaughlin, Donnelly, McGovern, Donald. Subs: Newman, Beattie, Shirkie, Muir, McArthur, McGill

 

Stirling Albion

Reidford, Hamilton, Creaney, Beith, McGeachie, Smith, Johnston, Comrie, Doris, Smith, Cunningham. Subs: Robertson, Wedderburn, Weir, Fulton, Small, Al-Sayed, McClune

 

Report – AU Media

SEASON TICKETS

Season tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 24th June in the Club Shop from 12pm. This has now altered from the date released to Season Ticket Holders.

Early Bird prices have been extended to 11th July.

The SPFL League fixtures were released on Wednesday and Ayr United look forward to their first home game against Morton on Saturday 9th August.

The draw for the Challenge and League Cups has still to be released and we will post the information as soon as it becomes available.

 

Ayr United hosts a pre-season friendly with The Crusaders on Saturday 19th July here at Somerset Park at 2pm.

Club Shop Xmas Hours

Ayr United FC Club Shop Xmas & New Year opening hours

Mon 22nd December 11 – 4

Tues 23rd 11 – 4

Xmas Eve 9 – 3

Xmas Day Closed

Boxing Day Closed

Sat 27th Closed

Sun 28th Closed

Mon 29th 12-4

Tues 30th 12 – 4

Weds 31st 12 – 3

1st / 2nd January Closed

3rd 10 – 5 (closed during the match)

Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5

email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Shirt/Shorts 14/15 event review

Ayr United’s annual shirt/shorts draw and auction event was another great success in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite on Saturday night.

The event was hosted by AU media while Somerset Boab did a fantastic job as auctioneer and thrilled everyone in attendance by closing the night with a selection of his well known songs.

The event was won by local firm G and S Home Bakery who are well known Ayr United supporters and were extremely popular winners. They will have their names on the back of the shirts for the 14/15 season.

Runners up were another local firm Caledonia Vehicle Solutions which is owned by another Ayr supporter Jason Skimming. CVS will have their name on the teams shorts for this season.

The auction raised over 2 thousand pounds and the club would like to thank Slaters of Ayr, Corney & Barrow, Eddie Prentice of Prestwick St Nicholas golf club, Jim Jess of Prestwick St Cuthbert golf club and the Fairfield House Hotel for their kind donations. We would also like to thank everyone who made a bid for the items on the night and who gave us bids by phone prior to the event.

Prize winners
5th – Ralph Bova Farm Supplies
4th – Media Scotland (Ayrshire Post)
3rd – Restoraroof & walls Ltd
2nd – Caledonia Vehicle Solutions
1st – G & S Home Bakery

Ayr United would like to thank AU media for hosting the event and Somerset Boab for giving up his time and doing a fantastic job as auctioneer for the event as well as closing it with a selection of songs. We would also like to thank everyone who entered the event, your support is hugely appreciated and all entrants will be featured in every match programme in the coming season.

Match Preview v Stirling

Ayr United begin life after Mark Roberts on Saturday when Stirling Albion are the visitors to Somerset Park, our final home match of 2014. Andy Millen takes charge of the team as the search for a new manager gets underway. The Honest Men’s last home win came on the 23rd August – the same date that on which Stirling Albion recorded their only league win of the season versus Stenhousemuir, a 5-4 victory at Ochilview.

 

Stirling boss Stuart McLaren is still looking for his first league win following his appointment at the start of November. The Bino’s went down to a 2-1 defeat at Forfar last weekend and are eight points adrift at the foot of the table.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Andy says: “Obviously this has been a tough few days however the players are fully focused on Saturdays game. They are a hard working group and have trained well all week. They know they have a job to do and the importance of getting a result against Stirling. There’s every chance that their new manager could be watching them from the stands so its really important they make a good first impression. The group know they have under achieved and they need to have courage on Saturday to go out there and believe in themselves and make things happen.”

 

Team news: Dale Keenans spell with the club has ended and Adam Cummins will play his last game before returning to Motherwell. Everyone else is fit.

 

Form:

Ayr have lost nine of their last ten league games and their last six at home.

 

Stirling Albion’s only win in their last 16 matches came on penalties versus Hurlford United in a Scottish Cup replay at Forthbank. The Bino’s have lost their last five League 1 matches on the road.

 

Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 25 Draws – 24 Stirling Albion wins – 25

 

Albion are without a win in their last five visits to Somerset Park but did record a 5-2 victory in December 2005.

 

Last Meeting: Martin Grehan put Stirling Albion ahead after 14 minutes on their last visit to Somerset Park in April 2009 but United were 2-1 up before half-time thanks to a David Gormley double. Alex Williams completed the scoring in the 89th minute after the Bino’s had Sean Roycroft sent-off. United were also 3-1 winners when the sides met at Forthbank in August.

 

On this day: Ayr have a poor record on 20th December, winning just two of 14 fixtures on this date. United’s last home match on this date was a 1-1 draw with Heart of Midlothian in 1975.

 

Match Officials: Referee: John McKendrick

Assistant Referee 1: Ralph Gordon Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Graham

 

Match Info:

Admission

Adults – £15

OAP’s/Under 16’s and students – £8

Parent & Child Gate – £18

 

Tickets are still available to watch the game from the hospitality suite. £20 for non season ticket holders and £10 for season ticket holders. Tickets must be purchased and picked up from the club shop prior to kick off.

New Student Gate

The club is pleased to announce the introduction of a Student Gate for all home games next season.

Upon production of a valid matriculation card, all students will gain access to Somerset Park for just £8.

Commercial manager, Graeme Miller, said: “One of our main aims is to reach out to younger fans and we feel this is a great way to do it.

“The town of Ayr has a massive student population and among them will be many football fans looking to call a team their own.

“We want to make Ayr United their home on a Saturday afternoon and improve our links with  organisations like Ayrshire College and the University of the West of Scotland.”

Team boss Mark Roberts added: “It would be great to get some new faces through the turnstiles and anything that helps roar our boys on is a positive in my book.”

The club is also looking to set up a Parent and Child gate for reduced family prices. More details to follow

January Ticket Offer!

We are all aware of how difficult a month January can be and with us having 3 home games in that month we have decided to put on an offer. 3 for £30 or buy 2 get 1 free. Whichever way you wish to look at it.

 

In January we will have a new manager at the helm and feel it is going to be extremely important to have increased home attendances at this time. We also understand this time of year can be a struggle financially so we have tried to offer something that could suit everyone.

 

Available now from the club shop is the ticket bundle for our 3 home games in January. On the 3rd v Stranraer, the 17th v Morton and Dunfermline on the 31st. It will make a great Christmas present for family or friends or even just buy it for yourself! This will be available from the club shop up until 2.55pm on the 3rd of January. And don’t forget the club shop is open this Sunday (21st December) from 12-3pm!!