Ayr United announce fourth consecutive year of sponsorship from Bodog

bodogThe plus side of Scotland not making the World Cup Finals means that Ayr United’s pre-season programme remains fully on track as they push for the Scottish Championship. Super Ayr United can also now celebrate the continued backing of their long-term sponsor, Bodog, the online gaming brand, as they renew for a forth year.

Bodog, who are also Official Asian Betting Partner of English FA Cup winner’s Arsenal FC, have seen Ayr make it to two Cup semi-finals as well as the high of promotion and the low of relegation but remain confident that the season ahead will bring back those highs.

Calvin Ayre, founder of the Bodog brand, took time out from his on-going birthday celebrations, which have now reached Antigua, to make comment: “Its not easy being an Ayr United fan but, equally, its never boring and there’s nothing worse than boring. It could be the Hendricks talking, but I feel a big year ahead for The Honest Men. As they say on the West Coast: ‘Mon Super Ayr!”

Graeme Miller, Commercial Manager at Ayr United, added: “Its great to have a consistent sponsor behind the club and one that is born out of passion rather than purely financial considerations. With Rangers back into the Championship the League is wide open this year and I can see no reason why a strong promotion push cannot be achieved.”

 

CLUB SHOP XMAS OFFERS!

CLUB SHOP TOP 10 XMAS OFFERS

Tuesday 9th December until and including Xmas Eve.

 

  1. All mugs reduced to only £5 from £6.99
  2. New Panda soft toy was £14.99 now £9.99
  3. Gerry Ferrara `A season with the Honest Men` book £9.99 was £14.99
  4. Single duvet cover was £34.99 now £25
  5. Double duvet cover was £44.99 now £30
  6. 54″ curtains was £34.99 now £25
  7. 72″ curtains was £44.99 now £30
  8. Ayr Uited mens watch reduced to £19.99 was £29.99
  9. All Ayr United club ties was £12.99 now only £8.99
  10. Ice Scraper Glove 2 for £10 normal price £6.99 each

 

The club shop here at Somerset Park is open 12pm – 4pm and from 10am on match days. For further information call 01292 26343501292 263435 Ext 5 during shop hours or email shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Retro Tops now on sale!!

RETRO 70`S SHIRT NOW IN STOCK

Just in time for the Xmas rush the club shop have unveiled a long awaited new product.

The 1970`s penguin style shirt is synonymous with what was a hugely successful period for Ayr United Football Club. Frequent top half finishes in the old First division, regular cup runs and a place in the inaugural top ten of the Scottish Premier League. The shirt, worn by legends such as John Murphy, Johnny Graham, Alex Ingram etc is a dip into nostalgia not to be missed. retro 2

The replica shirt from this fantastic era is available now in adult sizes from small to 2XL.

This fantastic Xmas gift idea just gets better and better however as the shop are introducing the shirt at a special introductory price of only £19.99.

Remember you can also purchase your retro shirt from our online store.

The club shop here at Somerset Park is open 12pm – 4pm and from 10am on match days. For further information call 01292 263435 Ext 5 during shop hours or email shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Dunfermline 4 Ayr 2

Dunfermline Athletic 4 v 2 Ayr United.

 Preparing for this match, a quick flick through the statistics did not do much to build confidence that United could come away with three points. Last season Ayr had faced the Pars on no fewer than six occasions, in both league and cup, and could only manage a draw in two matches. Further research was needed to delve deep into the historical records to find Ayr’s last win at East End Park: over four years ago, in February 2010, when a Tam McManus goal brought Ayr victory. That win came after 10 visits to the former Scottish capital (historical research does bring up some interesting facts!) had seen Ayr fail to secure a victory.

And so it turned out, the road to Fife was a journey too far for the out-of-sorts United team, and as has become the norm on their visits to East End Park. Ayr fans who made the journey could only return content at sampling the legendary ‘Stephens’ pies and steak bridies.

Just as United’s injury woes appeared to be coming to an end, with the return of Martin Campbell, Kevin McKinlay and Paul Slane to the line-up, Ayr were forced into a last-minute change. Influential defender Peter Murphy failed to recover from a back injury received in training on Thursday night and was in a great deal of pain, ensuring that he could take no part in the match.

Dunfermline’s intent was evident from the off. Their fast-moving, sharp passing, style caused Ayr a number of problems in the early stages. In the third minute Allan Smith stole the ball on the left, then played a succession of one twos across the edge of the penalty box before sliding the ball to Andy Geggan in space on the right. Geggan delivered powerful cross behind United’s back four and Chigozie Ugwu was only an inch short of connecting as he darted in.

It was no surprise when in the 18th minute Dunfermline went ahead. Former Ayr player Andy Geggan released winger Andy Stirling on the right, he twisted and turned around Mikey Donald before driving the ball low and hard towards the goal, where it deflected off Kevin McKinlay and into the net.

Only four minutes after losing the opening goal, Kevin McKinlay played a straightforward pass back to keeper David Hutton who appeared totally in control but decided to take an extra touch before clearing. This gave Dunfermline forward Allan Smith the time to charge forward and block the keepers attempted clearance, which spun behind Hutton, allowing Smith to stroke the ball into the empty net.

In the 22nd minute a moment of superb skill brought Ayr back into the game. A long high ball to the edge of the penalty area was controlled expertly by Craig Beattie who laid the ball off to Scott McLaughlin. McLaughlin twisted and smashed the ball into the net from 18 yards.

If Ayr believed this would be the sign of a resurgence their hopes were truly cut short by a wonder strike by the Pars central defender Shaun Byrne just four minutes later. Ross Millen’s free kick midway into the Ayr half was comfortably cleared by the United defence but was picked up by Byrne some 25 yards out who then released a drive that flew past the outstretched arms of David Hutton before testing the tensile strength of the top right-hand corner netting.

Dunfermline were comfortably in control and not content with merely a three goal haul. Ayr had barely restarted when the Pars again went close. Another Millen free kick, this time from the left side, was left by the Ayr defence as it appeared to be going out. Dunfermline’s Andy Smith had different ideas and sprinted to the ball, catching it before it crossed the line, before flicking it back to centre half Gregor Buchanan whose shot was saved on the line by Hutton.

With Ayr’s forays forward petering out without causing any problems, the Pars continued to dominate, a series of corners seeing Ayr scrambling the ball away and Hutton forced to punch the ball clear as Dunfermline pressed to increase their advantage.

Ayr were beginning to show some frustration and in the 42nd minute Brian Gilmour received a yellow card for a late challenge on Ross Millen.

Trailing 3-1 at half-time Ayr attempted to up their game as the second half commenced but it was Dunfermline who created most of the early chances. In 51 minutes Dunfermline defender Alex Whittle made a jet propelled run before releasing Alan Smith in on the left-hand side of the box, but Adam Cummins stood strong, forcing the danger man to shoot painfully wide.

In the 50th minute the struggling Mikey Donald was replaced by Alan Forrest and the youngster was soon to make an impact. With 55 minutes gone, Craig Beattie drove the ball into the Dunfermline penalty area when it deflected off of central defender Craig Buchannan. Forrest was first to react and sweetly struck the ball past Ryan Scully.

Only 60 seconds had passed when Dunfermline restored their lead. With Ayr fans looking for offside, Chigozie Ogwu found himself running into acres of space down the right-hand side. He played the ball into the box but somehow Smith failed to turn it in. As Ayr desperately tried to clear Thomson, under great pressure got the ball through to Smith again who this time smashed it into the net from 8 yards.

Apart from a flurry of substitutions, Donnelly and Muir replacing Beattie and Devlin, and bookings for Dunfermline’s Buchanan and Ayr Cummins, Donnelly and McGovern as tempers flared, the game was all but over. Ayr huffed and puffed but failed to show the ability to break down the composed Dunfermline defence.

 

Dunfermline

Scully. Millen, Whittle, Byrne, Buchanan, Geggan, Smith, Thomson, Ugwu, Falkingham, Stirling

Substitutes

El-Bakhtaoui, Forbes, Potter, Spence, Chemin, Mercer, Goodfellow (GK)

 

Ayr United

Hutton, Devlin, Donald, Cummins, Campbell, Gilmour, McKinlay, McLaughlin, Beattie, McGovern, Slane

Substitutes

Donnelly, Crawford, Muir, Keenan, Forrest, Newman (GK)

 

Referee: Euan Anderson

Attendance: 2,509

Report: AUmedia

AYRSHIRE DERBY CLUB SHOP TRAVEL

The Scottish League Cup 2nd Round

Kilmarnock v Ayr United

Tuesday 26th or Wednesday 27th August (TBC)

The club shop will be running buses from The Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite to our league cup tie at Rugby Park later this month.

Seats are priced at £6 and £4 (under 12 years). The hospitality suite will be open from 4.30pm on the day of match with free food being laid on for those travelling.

You can book your seats in person at the club shop here at Somerset Park, by telephone 01292 263435 Ext 5 or online http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=76

Shop opening hours are 12-4 Monday to Friday and from 10am on Saturday.

Away Strip on Sale now!

The new away strip is now on sale in the club shop. The new red top was worn by the team at East Stirling on Saturday and is certain to be very popular. nicky d

At the moment due to shortages with suppliers the medium and XL tops are only available with long sleeves. We will publish a further update as soon as they arrive.

Ayrshire derby in league cup

Ayr united have been drawn to play Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on the 26/27 August in the second round of the league cup. Dates to follow.

Ayr United FC is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Commercial Manager

Ayr United FC is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Commercial Manager.

Lifelong supporter, Graeme Miller, has taken up the role with immediate effect ahead of the coming 2014/15 campaign. Many of you will know Graeme from his 30 years of following the Honest Men, both home and away, on the terraces around Scotland. His passion for the club will be a key factor in helping us drive off- field improvement as we move forward.

Graeme, from Barassie, will oversee all commercial aspects of the Club in our community and will play a major role in driving matchday activities at Somerset Park.

Graeme, 35, said: “I have walked down Somerset Road as a supporter for three decades – to be doing that now as a club employee is the biggest honour I could be given. Anyone who knows me will testify that I eat, sleep and breathe Ayr United. “My number one target is to improve our engagement with the supporters, who are our lifeblood. I will continue to be a regular face on the terraces away from home as travelling the country with Ayr United will forever be one of my greatest passions. “My door will always be open to fans for feedback, ideas and suggestions. My early meetings with both supporters and businesses has reinforced my belief that Ayr United is a Club of huge potential – and I aim to help maximise that. “Looking forward, I also want to add to the existing initiatives attracting youngsters to our games at Somerset. They ARE our future. It would be great to see our Family Stand packed full every game, and I have a number of initiatives in mind to add to make that happen.

“Engaging with local businesses is another key strand of my work. I have identified a number of exciting new advertising opportunities – such as sponsorship of our famous Somerset Road End. “Having continuous improvement is our objective going forward. We will learn from our mistakes – not dwell on them – and one thing I can assure our support of is a positive vibe for as long as I have anything to do with this Club. “Let me assure everyone, Ayr United is firmly open for business. And I send a rallying call to sponsors or advertisers – past or present – never more has your support been required. We will aim to give you value for money like never before and, as I said, my door will always be open.”

Thrilled chairman, Lachlan Cameron, added: “One of our biggest weaknesses off of the park has been connecting directly with our support. Graeme will go a long way to overcoming that. I’m thrilled that we were able to secure Graeme for the role of Commercial Manager. His work experience and background make him suited for the job and the fact that he is a recognized Ayr die hard should please the support with the knowledge that they have “one of their own” in a prominent role here at the club.”

Graeme can be contacted by email at commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or 01292 263435 (etx 3).

Match Preview v Dunfermline

Ayr United travel to the Kingdom of Fife to face third place Dunfermline Athletic, hoping their two break can bring about a turnaround in form. The Honest Men are on a run of four consecutive defeats and have taken just three points from a possible 24 in the League in recent weeks.

 

The Pars were in action at the weekend, making the journey down the A77 to Stranraer. A last minute Craig Malcolm goal for the home side means the sides will replay this coming Tuesday after the tie ended 2-2. Goals from Andy Geggan and Gregor Buchanan had put Dunfermline 2-0 up. A slight stumble has seen Jim Jefferies side win just one of their last five league games.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Marko says: The two week break has been great for us as its allowed the injury situation to clear up and we will be going up with close to our full squad. Dunfermline are the best team in the league so we know how difficult it will be. Any team that can afford to leave Michael Moffat on the bench has an embarrassment of riches at this level. Now the injury situation has improved we are going there confident of being able to get a result.

 

Team news: Dale Shirkie and Sean McKenzie will miss the game with injury, everyone else is fit and available.

Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 26 Draws – 22 Dunfermline Athletic wins – 38

 

Dunfermline are unbeaten in the last 11 meetings between the sides. United have lost in 12 of their last 13 trips to East End Park.

 

Last Meeting: The Pars won the Friday night fixture at Somerset Park in October. Faissal El-Bakhtaoui scored the only goal of the game after 29 minutes. Ayr’s last trip to East End Park was in February when the hosts ended up 3-0 winners courtesy of Ross Forbes and a Lawrence Shankland double.

 

On this day: Ayr’s record on 6th December reads: P14, W4, D4, L6. The Honest Men’s last victory on this date came in the first round of the Scottish Cup in 1986, a 3-1 victory over Annan Athletic.

 

Match Officials: Referee: Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1: Gavin Harris Assistant Referee 2: Craig King

 

Match Info:

Admission

Adults £15

Concessions £10

U12s £5

 

Travel

River Cottage Travel Club are running a bus leaving at 11.30 and is £12 a head. Book with Tam on 07585328685 or Jamie on 0779274735.

SFA Youth Cup 4th Round

Ayr United are playing Alloa on Sunday 7th December in the 4th round of the SFA Youth Cup. Kick off is 1pm. Entry to the game is free however there will be a bucket at the front door for any donations.