Match Preview v Stirling

Ayr United travel to the heart of Scotland on Valentines Day and Ian McCall’s men would love to pick up a vital three points. Hosts Stirling Albion are propping up the League 1 table and a win for the Honest Men will open up a nine point advantage over the Binos.


Stirling Albion were defeated 1-0 at Stranraer in their last outing. Between them, Ayr and Stirling have just three league wins since the end of August.


Read on for our match preview:


Ian says: “The training the last two weeks has been at a really high level, a fast tempo and they haven’t trained like a team near the bottom of the league. Theres a noticeable change in atmosphere and we just cant wait to get out on the pitch tomorrow. What we need to do is transfer the high tempo training to the game situation. Stirling will probably see this as a big chance to claw their way back into things however we really feel like we can go on a good run starting here. “


Team news: Martyn Campbell is out and Brian Gilmour is suspended.



United’s current run of 11 home games without a win is the worst form since the team went on a 13 match winless streak between September 1971 and March 1972. Game 12 of that sequence was a 0-0 draw vs. Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.


Stirling Albion’s only win at home this season came on penalties against Hurlford United in the Scottish Cup. The Binos’ have lost their last three games by one goal.


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


Last Meeting: Craig Beattie netted a last minute equaliser to ensure a share of the points when the sides last met, at Somerset Park in December. Alan Forrest had put United ahead before Steven Doris netted twice for the Binos.


Forrest was also on the scoresheet when the sides met at the start of the season at Forthbank. His double and a Brian Gilmour goal saw the Honest Men record a 3-1 victory.


On this day: Ayr United haven’t loved playing on 14th February in the past, wining just three of 15 games played on this date. The Honest Men of course did knock then holders Kilmarnock out of the Scottish Cup in 1998.


Match Officials: Referee: Brian Colvin

Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Reid


Match Info:


Adults – £13

Seniors (aged 65 and over) – £8

Students (with valid ID) – £8

U17s – £5

U12s – FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)


Crawford & Donald sign extensions

Today we are thrilled to announce that two of our brightest and best young local talent have signed up on two and a half year deals.

Mikey Donald, 26, Joined Ayr in January of 2013 and has been a regular in the first team since then. Equally adept at playing left back or on the left wing he has also found himself in the centre of midfield. Manager Ian McCall said: “Mikey needs to have more belief in himself, we believe that with the right coaching and workrate Mikey can play at Championship level.”

Robbie Crawford came through the Ayr United Football Academy and at only 20 years old is thought of very highly by the management team. Robbie has recently come back into the first team and has won man of the match awards for his performances. A hard working, talented central midfielder Robbie is going to be a big part of the team in the push to avoid the drop. Ian McCall said: “We need Robbie to be full of confidence and fully fit and once we get that we know we have a player on our hands. Both John and I believe Robbie can play at a much higher level eventually.”

New fixture dates

Last night we were given the dates for the Peterhead game which has to be replayed and for the Airdrie game that was postponed on Saturday due to the frozen pitch.

We will now play Peterhead on Tuesday 3rd March at Somerset Park with a 7.45pm kick off. The Airdrie game will also be at Somerset Park and will take place on Tuesday 10th March with a 7.45pm kick off.

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Shop Offers Continue

Despite todays postponement the Official Club Shop are delighted to confirm that the offers in place for today will now continue in store until noon next Saturday (14th February) and online until midnight next Sunday (15th February).

Heres a reminder of what the special offers are – – – – –




The club shop have put together some Fabulous February weekend deals for our hugely important home SPFL League 1 match with Airdrieonians this Saturday 7th February and of course with Valentines day on the horizon what better way to show your love than by giving a gift from the team you love.


For this week only we have reduced the price of our 1970`s` retro penguin shirts to a crazy £14.99!!  Giant beach towels (£19.99) are Buy One Get One Free!!  Buy 3 mugs for only £10!! (not including latte mug). Hat & Scarf sets priced at only £10!!  and an amazing Slippers, Pyjamas and Dressing Gown Set to suit men, ladies, boys and girls only £35 for adult sizes and £30 Kids!! shop35


These offers are now available in store until noon on Saturday 14th February and online until midnight on Sunday 15th February.


Finally, we have held the price of all remaining 2014/15 replica shirts at the massively discounted price of £25 Adult and £20 Kids. The replica kit offer is available throughout the week online and in store and not restricted to the one day sale. shop38


*Mug deal not available online **While stocks last ***No further discounts apply

Walking Football comes to Ayr!

Aged 50+ and looking to get back into football? Then ‘Walking Football’ is perfect of you!

Ayr United Football Academy is launching Walking Football on Monday 9th February at the Citadel Leisure Centre from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The programme will run for seven weeks and is FREE of charge and is open to people aged 50 and above.

Come along and make your comeback in the game.

Walking football is aimed at keeping people aged over 50 involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reason, they are not able to play the traditional game.

The key difference in the rules, from standard football, is that if a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side. This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and facilitating the playing of the sport by those who are physically disadvantaged. The manner in which the sport is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst producing the least stress on the body. It also assists participants maintain an active lifestyle.

In walking football the game is played without goalkeepers and, crucially, the ball must never be kicked above hip height. The game will be played indoors and with a size 4 futsal.

If you are interested then please come along on Monday and join the fun! If you want to find out more information, then please contact Shaun on 01292 263435 option 2 or email

Match postponed

Todays home match with Airdrie has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. Details of when the game will be rearranged for will be published as soon as we have them.

Pitch Inspection

There will be a pitch inspection tomorrow morning at 10.30am as the ground has been subject to frost during the week and remains very hard as of this afternoon. We will update immediately the inspection finishes.

Airdrie match preview

On Saturday, Ayr United look to exit the relegation play-offs spot when they welcome Airdrieonians to Somerset Park. With Stenhousemuir’s match against Stranraer postponed due to the Blues’ Scottish Cup tie versus Dundee United, a win against the Diamonds will see the Honest Men leapfrog the Warriors into eighth spot.

Airdrieonians drew their last match with Brechin, leaving them in seventh place in the league table, eight points adrift of the promotion play-offs and eight points ahead of Ayr.

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Ian says: “We certainly didn’t let ourselves down last week in terms of effort however I definetly want to see an improved performance in terms of quality. Looking at the league table we know that a win on Saturday brings Airdrie closer towards us and with Stenhousemuir not playing it would also take us above them.

I never like losing home games and Saturday was no different, its so important for to get that first goal. I know a lot of Airdrie’s players and their manager, I have a lot of time for them.

We need to win home games though, I’m looking for bigger crowds inside the ground however I know that isn’t going to happen overnight. It is up to us to give people a reason to come to the game. Saturday is all about finding a way to win and that’s what we aim to do.”

Team news: Martyn Campbell is out and Brian   Gilmour is suspended.

United’s current run of 11 home games without a win is the worst form since the team went on a 13 match winless streak between September 1971 and March 1972. Game 12 of that sequence was a 0-0 draw vs. Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.

Airdrie have drawn their last three games. The Diamonds have drawn six of their last eight away games, winning just one.

Head-to-Head (League)
Ayr United wins – 6
Draws – 6
Airdrie United/Airdrieonians wins – 6

Last Meeting: Airdrieonians were 3-0 victors when the sides last met. Ex-Ayr striker Bryan Prunty netted twice in the first-half back in December at the Excelsior and a Kevin McKinlay own goal concluded the scoring. Paul Slane saw red just sixteen minutes after coming on as a substitute, becoming Honest Men’s eighth sending off in just seven games against the Diamonds.

Gary Bollan’s side picked up their first victory this season when they travelled to Somerset Park in September. United were 2-1 up through Peter Murphy and Craig Beattie with three minutes remaining but lost due to late goals from Luca Gasparotto and Jamie Bain.

On this day: in 1959 the Honest Men beat Airdrie’s Monklands neighbours Albion Rovers 6-2. United have played 11 fixtures on this date, winning five and losing six.

Match Officials:
Referee: Colin Steven
Assistant Referee 1: Dougie Potter
Assistant Referee 2: Paul O’Neill

Match Info:
Adults – £15
Concessions (OAPS, Students & u16s) – £8
Parent & Child – £18 via Gate 13

United seal Bodog deal

Today we can announce that one of the longest partnerships in Scottish Football is going to continue with a bang. Ayr United have agreed terms on an improved deal with the online gaming brand Bodog as we lock horns for the fifth consecutive season. a bodog



Bodog, who are also Official Asian betting partner with one of the world’s biggest clubs Arsenal, have seen Ayr make it to two cup semi finals as well as the highs of promotion and the lows of relegation.


Bodog founder Calvin Ayre commented: “The new manager has brought about  a tangible change of mood at Ayr United and we think that the rest of the current season will build a strong platform for a massive 2015-16 season. Ian’s appointment seems to have lifted the club, the players and us supporters so, as we say over here ‘Let’s kick some ass’”.


Commercial manager Graeme Miller said: “Bodog were delighted to enter into talks earlier than ever before this year as we can now get our new strips ready for the fans to buy at our final home game against Stirling on the 25th April. Our fans will be wearing the stunning new tops all over the world this Summer. Bodog’s passion for the club make them a pleasure to deal with and we are convinced that next season will be a hugely successful one with them on board.”