Season Ticket Information

Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Forfar ensured our position in League One for another season and meant that we can now put our 2015/16 season tickets on sale – two months earlier than last year.

Manager Ian McCall has been vocal since his tenure began that the current season was one of survival and next season will be one where we are challenging for the title.

The first target has been reached and now the manager has immediately turned his focus to next season, who he wants to keep and who he wants to add to the squad. Ian is building a team of talented young footballers with the right mix of experience, many of whom are also Ayrshire boys.

We have begun a new journey with a new manager and we ask you to join us and help, at the manager’s request, to get Somerset Park rocking again. The players have all commented on the difference they feel playing in front of a busy, noisy and encouraging home end.

Season tickets go on sale at 12 noon on Friday 8th May in the club shop and online. Prices will remain identical to last season and the early bird offer begins now and ends at 4pm on Friday July 3rd.

Adult – EARLY BIRD £205 (normal price £220)

OAP 65 & over – EARLY BIRD £110 (normal £120)

Full time Student – EARLY BIRD £100 (normal £110)

Child Under 16 – £50 no early bird

Panda Pals (under 12s) – £15 and includes 2 coaching sessions with Ayr United Football Academy

Car Park Season Pass – £20

Supporters Club Membership – £15

We also offer Silver Club Membership. This gives you access to every league and cup match in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite from the hospitality box nearest the halfway line and includes a half time pie and Bovril. Early bird price this season has been reduced to £325 (normal £350).

Last season we sold a total of 564 season tickets with a breakdown as follows. 216 adults, 125 OAPs, 68 Under 16s, 23 Students and 132 Panda Pals. The season before was a total of 590. This season we are looking to increase those numbers to 650 and we will keep you fully updated with the progress. If you renew your season ticket or are purchasing one for the first time let us know about it.

Email us at commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk with a picture with your season ticket, send it to our official Facebook or Instagram sites or Tweet us with the hashtag #weareunited

Forfar 1 Ayr United 3

At times this season following Ayr United has been a bit of an ordeal and in recent weeks it felt like one step forward with two back, as United’s results and performances would have tested the patience and faith of a saint, never mind that of the Somerset faithful.

However like all true believers United fans descended on Station Park on Saturday, for the last scheduled league game of the season, still believing that this United side could overcome all the odds and deliver a result against championship challengers Forfar Athletic in their own back yard.

Even though United started this game backed by an enthusiastic away support, who created a great atmosphere inside the ground, their faith appeared to be misplaced with only 6 mins on the clock.

Dale Hilson sprung United’s offside trap on the right hand side and homed in on David Hutton in the Ayr goal. As Hutton attempted to narrow the angle, Hilson cut inside him, but was brought down by the keeper for a penalty. Fortunately for Ayr referee Greg Aitken had decided that Ayr had covering defenders on the United goal line and only booked Hutton for the infringement. Hilson picked himself up, dusted himself down and calmly stroked the ball into the Ayr net for an early Forfar lead.

Ayr composed themselves after this early set-back and gradually came back into the game with some good spells of possession but for all their positive play their game lacked a cutting edge.

Then in the 34th min a forceful run down the left wing by Adam Blakeman saw him surge into the Forfar penalty box, drawing a clumsy challenge from full-back Michael Dunlop. This resulted in the Ayr player being upended and referee Aitken again pointing to the penalty spot and booking the Forfar full-back in the process. John Paul McGovern showed great composure as he stepped up and blasted the ball past Rab Douglas to level the score at 1-1.

Two minutes later worse was to come for Forfar and Michael Dunlop, after he was given a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Robbie Crawford and received his marching orders.

Ayr pressed home their extra man advantage and turned the game on it’s head in 40 mins as Jordan Preston out jumped the Forfar defence to power home a header from 12 yards to give Ayr a 2-1 lead at the break.

Forfar knew they had to win this game to stand any chance of becoming champions so they started the second half with three at the back and committing players to attack whenever possible. This formation unnerved Ayr and although they had the extra man advantage they were wary of how Forfar caused them problems on the counter attack.

As the game progressed however United started finding gaps in the Forfar defence and Rab Douglas did well to keep The Loons in the game in the 61st min with a point blank save from Jordan Preston as he wriggled through the Forfar rearguard .

But with 65 mins on the clock the Forfar defence was breached again after a neat move involving Forrest and Preston. The two youngsters linked up well with Preston laying off a pass for Alan Forrest who stroked a delightful shot low past keeper Douglas, without breaking stride, much to the delight of the travelling United support.

Danny Denholm almost got Forfar back into the game in 70 mins but he was unfortunate to see his close range shot come back off the Ayr upright.

The game opened up in the final stages with both teams going close as Forfar youngster Kerr Hay forced David Hutton in to a fine save from close range in 73 mins, before chances fell to Ayr’s Mikey Donald (75 mins) and Robbie Crawford (83 mins) as the game edged towards full time.

But in the end there were no further goals and at the final whistle there were mixed emotions for both sides as United players and fans enjoyed the heady mix of joy and relief after avoiding the relegation play-off’s. As for Forfar their players and supporters celebrations were more subdued as they contemplated missing out on the championship title and having to lift themselves and prepare for a promotion play-off.

Attendance – 1,916

Ayr United – Hutton; Devlin; Blakeman; Murphy; McKenna; McGovern; Gilmour; Crawford; Preston; Forrest; Robertson Subs – Beattie; Donald; Murray; Neill; Nisbet; Campbell; Newman

Forfar Athletic – Douglas; Dunlop; Travis; Malcolm; Dods; Malin; Denholm; Fotheringham; Templeman; Swankie; Hilson Subs – Husband; Kader; Dale; Hay; Smith; Kennedy; King
Report – AUMedia

Forfar Match Preview

On Saturday all roads lead to Station Park, Forfar, with a bumper travelling support set to roar on Ayr United in a match with huge significance at both ends of the table. United’s four-goal victory over Stirling Albion last weekend edged them two points ahead of Stenhousemuir and out of the relegation play-off spot, ahead of the Warriors trip to face the Binos.

Forfar, meanwhile, brushed aside Dunfermline Athletic last weekend, racing to a three-goal lead after just 36 minutes and have aspirations of a first league title for 20 years. The Loons trail Greenock Morton, who host Peterhead, by three goals at the summit of the table.

Among all the possible scenarios the most straightforward is that a win for the Honest Men will guarantee League 1 football next season. Similarly, Ayr will avoid the play-offs if Stenhousemuir fail to beat Stirling Albion regardless of the result at Station Park. A draw and things become slightly more complicated: United would still finish eighth if Stenny win by a margin of two goals or fewer or by a margin of three goals but score only one goal more than the Honest Men.

Whatever the outcome, it is sure to be gripping finale.

Read on for our match preview:

Ian says: “Its a final day of the season that means so much to both teams. Forfar and ourselves have so much to play so it should be a good occasion. Once again we have told the boys that whats happened before doesn’t matter, its all down to Saturday and getting the 3 points. There are so many permutations however what isn’t in doubt is that if we win we are safe. Another thing not in doubt is the support that we will take. We know how far they have travelled not only on Saturday but all season and we will do everything we can to make sure they come down the road happy. We are going there full of confidence.”

Team news: We have a fully fit squad travelling to the match.

Form: United 4-0 victory over Stirling ended a run of nine matches without a victory and was their first since beating Forfar at the end of February. The side have lost their last five games away from home. Forfar Athletic have won six of their last seven matches and Dick Campbell’s men have won their last four matches at home without conceding. It is 18 games with the Loons’ last draw.

Head-to-Head (League):

Ayr United wins – 48

Draws – 14

Forfar Athletic wins – 26

 

Saturday is the 100th meeting between the two sides in all competitions.

 

Last Meeting: A first-half Jordan Preston goal earned Ayr United all three points at Somerset Park the last time the sides faced each other, on 28th February. United also beat Forfar 2-0 at home at the start of the season thanks to a Scott McLaughlin double but the score line was reversed when the Honest Men made the trip to Station Park in November.

On this day: Ayr have played four league games, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1. Our most recent fixture on this date was a 1-1 draw with Alloa Athletic in 2009.

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Steven Reid

Assistant Referee 2 – Thomas Shaw

 

Match Details:

Adults – £12 (Ground), £13 (Stand)

Over 65s & Under 17s – £6 (Ground), £7 (Stand)

 

Away supporters should enter by the turnstiles at the North West corner of the ground and occupy the West Terracing and the West End of the South Enclosure. Turnstiles will open at 2.15pm and fans are asked to arrive as early as possible and have the correct admission monies if possible to avoid congestion in the minute leading up to kick-off.

Club Shop open Saturday

The club shop will be open on Saturday morning 9 – 12 for any supporters wishing to purchase the new 2015/16 home shirt before heading to Forfar.

You can also take advantage of our special offer on 5` x 3` crest flags ( 2 for £15).

Please note the shop is closed on Monday 4th May.