Double signing.

Tonight we can confirm that Ian McCall has added two players to this seasons squad.

Firstly midfielder Jamie Adams will sign after impressing on trial. The manager said :”I had Jamie at Partick Thistle and at Queen of the South and he has been really unfortunate with injuries. He was a premier league player. Jamie is a great boy, he is very different to what we have here already. He is strong, a big physical presence and good in both boxes. We have given Jamie a 6 month deal and together we will work on his fitness and if he impresses we will look at a longer deal.

Secondly Ross Caldwell has also been given a six month deal. Ian McCall said :”Ross has an excellent pedigree. He did well at Morton last year however he was kept out the team a fair bit due to how well McManus and Peter McDonald did. He has power and pace up front, weve been impressed with him so far and have given him six months to look to earn a longer contract.

£10 entry for cup games.

After discussions with both sides we are delighted to confirm that we will reduce the prices for the two home cup matches that start our season. Manager Ian McCall said :”I am delighted that the club are offering these discounted gates to start the season as we want to get off to a good start and we need the backing of our fans. Even in a pre season tournament at Gretna their backing was incredible and I would encourage as many supporters as possible to take advantage of the offer as they are invaluable to us.”

This means that for the visit of Albion Rovers on Saturday 25th July in the Petrofac Training Cup the gate prices for home and away fans will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Following this for the visit of Brechin City on Saturday 1st August in the first round of the League Cup the gate prices for home and away fans will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Season tickets are not valid for either match.

Hibernian Information

Gate prices for our friendly with Hibernian on Tuesday 21/07/2015 at 7.45pm are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Season tickets are valid for this match.

The club shop will not open from 12-4 as usual and instead will open from 5pm until 15 minutes after kick off.

Ayr United 0 Coleraine 1

Following success in the dugout for Martyn Campbell it was now time for the man on the moment to take to the field for his the testimonial game against Coleraine. The skipper for the day was welcomed to the field with a guard of honour from both teams as well and a fantastic reception from the crowd. Also, just to make the occasion that wee bit more special, Martyn’s brother, Mark lined up alongside him in central defence for the opening six minutes.

There was little to note in the opening exchanges as Coleraine were in control without creating any clear cut chances. However, the first chance did fall Ayr’s way after lovely build up play on the left hand side saw Paddy Boyle receive the ball high up the field. He then picked out the unmarked trialist with his cross but the striker mistimed his effort and the defender easily cleared.

Coleraine then broke up the park and a nervy moment in the Ayr backline caused by indecision let Rodney Brown sneak in but his effort rolled just past the post.

The next piece of action was end to end as both teams had chances within seconds of each other. A great ball in behind the visitor’s backline from Brian Gilmour freed flying fullback Nicky Devlin on the right by-line but his cutback was clocked just as it looked as if Ayr would make the breakthrough. From the resulting corner the away side countered with three attackers bearing down on goal with Paddy Boyle the only Ayr defender but the left back positioned himself well to foil the attack and put the ball behind for a corner. Coleraine then saw the ball cleared off the line after the ball was flicked on at the near post.

The opening half was brought to a close with very little in the way of clear cut chances for either side and the game remained a stalemate.

Into the second half and Ayr looked to push on as Michael Donald firing in a long range effort which landed just wide of the post. Ayr then made a whole host of changes as they turned to youth to try and bring a bit of energy to the game and they had another chance soon after as Devlin, trialist 1 and Robbie Crawford linked up well down the right but no one could get on the end of Devlin’s dangerous ball in.

The next chance of the game was to fall on seventy five minutes and turned out to be the only goal of the game. Coleraine were awarded a free kick 25 yards out in which Rhudi Higgins stepped up to curl delightfully into the top corner past Greg Fleming to give the Irish side the lead.

Young midfielder Michael Wardrope then tried to give the home side a boost as he sent a fizzing long range effort towards goal but his fierce drive was tipped over the bar by the Coleraine stopper.

The final chance of the game fell to Ayr as youngster Sean McKenzie was sent through on goal by an excellent Ryan Nisbet flick on but Docherty stayed big and saved at the feet of McKenzie as he tried to slot the ball into the far corner.

Full time and the game finished 1-0 to the away side. This was not the result Ayr were looking for and there was very little for the fans to get excited about but in terms of preseason it was another good run out. Also, it was a fantastic day for Martyn Campbell’s testimonial and a fitting tribute for a man who has dedicated terrific service to Ayr United and still continues to do so.

Player Sponsorships

Sponsoring a player is one of the most popular sponsorship activities at Ayr United. Sponsoring a player for the 2015/16 season will ensure your name being in every match programme throughout the season, receiving your players strip from the season personally autographed and an invite to the end of season event.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to support the club, get to know and meet your player and also to have your name on our website and in our programme. ayrviators

The cost of sponsoring one of our players shirts is £170 for the season or you can choose to sponsor the home and away shirt or two home or two away for £300.

If you are interested or want to know more please contact the commercial department on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

AVAILABLE PLAYERS
Greg Fleming – Away only
Shaun Newman – Home and Away
Paddy Boyle – Home and Away
Nicky Devlin – Away
Gerry McLauchlan – Home and Away
Craig McCracken – Home and Away
Andrew Muir – Home and Away
Robbie Crawford – Home and Away
Ross Docherty – Home and Away
Michael Wardrope – Home and Away
Alan Trouten – Away only
Ryan Nisbet – Home and Away
Sean McKenzie – Away only
Ian McCall – Away only

Gretna Tournament Review

United continued their impressive start to pre season by picking up The Raydale Cup on Sunday afternoon in Gretna. Below are match reports from the semi final with Annan on Saturday and also from the final against Gretna on Sunday.

Ayr Utd V Annan

Raydale Tournament – Raydale Park, Gretna

Ayr travelled down to the Borders to participate in the Raydale Tournament along with Annan, Gretna 2008 and Carlisle City hoping to reach the Final on Sunday. The opening match of the tournament had seen Gretna outclass Carlisle City and stroll to an easy 3-1 victory to set up a final with the victors of the Ayr Utd v Annan match.

Conditions in the first game were glorious sunshine, however, as soon as Ayr took to the park the sun disappeared and the wind began to blow. The surface on the park was not conducive to Ayr’s flowing football as the grass was long, dense and very spongy.

The opening 10 minutes saw both teams getting used to the conditions although Ayr had most of the possession. In 5 minutes Ayr showed an attacking intent as Trouten got in behind the defenders and dashed into the box, but could only drag the ball wide from a tight angle. Annan were glad to see the ball roll narrowly past the post.

But it was not all United as Annan attempted to push forward and in 7 minutes, Matthew Flynn found space in the box and flicked the ball goalwards, but Fleming dived to his left and saved comfortably. Only 2 minutes later, Peter Wetherson blasted a free kick over the bar from the edge of the box and this signalled a period Annan dominance with Ayr sitting deep and defending stoutly.

Then came the opening goal from Ayr. In 14 minutes, Mikey Donald picked up the ball on the centre line and beat three players before giving a “messi glance left” (no look pass) and wrong footed a defender before slipping a ball through to Ayr’s Trialist who sweetly placed the ball under the keeper into the net. christiano

Ayr stepped up their forward pressure and in 17 minutes with Annan defenders were panicked into giving away a free kick 20yds out and Alan Trouten’s cultured free kick rattled the crossbar.

Ayr became dominant with a much more fluid controlled slick passing style and in 43 minutes came the second goal.

Nicky Devlin played a ball down the right and Alan Trouten controlled right on the bye line and sent a flicked cross to the back post, where Mickey Donald casually nodded home from 2yds.

Half time and it was Ayr Utd 2 -0 to the good.

The second half was not as energetic and franetic as the first as both teams adapted to the ever changing conditions and cancelled out each other’s attacking threats.
Annan almost drew a goal back in the 50th minute when Josh Todd broke into the box on the left hand side, but his shot went wide of the goal, but suggested that Annan were on the lookout for a goal.

That goal eventually came in the 58th minute when Todd again latched onto a ball in the box and sweetly passed into the centre, to be met by Wetherson on the penalty spot and the striker confidently stroked the ball into the net past Fleming.

Ayr replaced the limping Gilmour with Nisbet in the 59th minute after Gilmour suffered a dead leg. This proved to be an inspired substitution. Annan also took the opportunity to replace half their team in attempt to reinvigorate their fortunes.

In the 62nd minute, Donald played an excellent ball forward to the Trialist, who spotted an excellent diagonal run by Nisbet, who controlled the ball before blasting a drive which brought out a great save by Annan’s keeper.

Nisbet’s speed and fizz caused problems for the Annan defence and two more runs into the box were only thwarted by the keepers lunge and last minute tackles. However, the youngster was not going to be denied for too long.

In the 73rd minute, Nizzy’s preditorial eye for goal saw him latch onto a through ball from the Trialist on the left hand side of Annan’s goal. He controlled the ball almost on the bye line, turned and curled the ball into the far corner of the net. A sublime finish by the youngster sealing a 3-1 victory for Ayr Utd.

Raydale Tournament Cup Final Report
Gretna 2008 0 v 1 Ayr United

Ayr, with two trialist forwards upfront, were first out of the traps instantly in the attack and in only two minutes had the first chance. With the ball swung in from the left Craig McCracken rose to powerfully header goal-ward, but with the goalkeeper well beaten Gretna somehow managed to scramble the ball off the line and away.

This early fright seemed to shock Gretna into action and six minutes the impressive Brandon Longcake surged forward and was only denied by a last-minute tackle by Gerry McLaughlin. From the resultant corner Dean Smith found the head of centre half Alan Inglis whose header went narrowly wide.

Gretna were beginning to cause Ayr considerable problems with wingers Longcake and Smith tantalising the Ayr defence and centre forward Iain Anderson running the channels. Ayr found it difficult to mount successful attacks with the trialist forwards appearing uncomfortable and unable to link up successfully with the promptings of Trouten, Murphy and Donald in particular.

In the 26 minute Ayr keeper Greg Fleming pulled of an excellent save from Longcake who controlled a long ball to the edge of the penalty area before turning and lashing the ball goal-ward. Fleming reacted quickly and his threw himself at full stretch to his left tipping the ball away.

Ayr reacted instantly, with Mikey Donald driving down the left and playing an inch perfect pass to Trouten whose turn and drive flew narrowly over.

Things were beginning to get a bit tasty with tackles flying in and a number of personal ‘battles’ breaking out. This was not for the fainthearted and at points it looked like it might get out of control as tempers frayed in the heat. It was however surprising that Ayr’s Trouten became the first player of the tournament to be booked for dissent. During the period of armed neutrality at half time manager McCall started phase one of his master plan to create what he believed was probably ‘the youngest Ayr team to win a trophy’.

Fleming, Boyle, Trouten, Murphy and one trialist made way for Newman, Wardrope, the experienced Gilmour, Nisbet and McKenzie.

From the kick-off Nisbet and McKenzie began to torture the Gretna defence. The previously impenetrable Gretna backline seemed unable to deal with and Nisbet’s speedy darting run runs and McKenzie’s close control and ability to pick out Nisbet with laser-like accuracy. After only one minute on the park McKenzie controlled the ball before turning and ranging down the right-hand side before playing the ball into Nisbet on the edge of the box allowing him to drive the ball towards goal.

Two minutes later Nisbet returned the compliment putting McKenzie through into the box but he was denied by a good save by Parker in the Gretna goals.

On 48 minutes an atrocious tackle from behind on Mikey Donald resulted in Gretna winger Dean Smith receiving a yellow card.

The balance of the game had totally turned with the Ayr youngsters using their pace and skill to take the game to Gretna. McKenzie, Nisbet and Michael Wardrope all created chances but were denied by last minute tackles and the agile Parker.

Then came a moment of near tragedy for United when Wardrope attempted to clear from his own penalty area only to see it blast of the head of the unaware Scott Milligan and return at pace towards the Ayr goal. Fortunately keeper Shaun Newman was alert and scrambled back to clutch the ball on the line.

Ayr continued to press forward with McLaughlan’s deft flick at the front post going inches over, Nisbet pulling out an excellent save from Parker, and on 73 minutes a Gilmour freekick from the edge of the box saw the keeper again doing the miraculous by getting his hand to the ball and tipping it onto the bar. There was a feeling that something was about to happen and happen it did.

McKenzie picked up the ball just inside the Gretna half and pushed forward with Nisbet running decoy to his left. The Gretna defence was pulled out of position and McKenzie picked out Gilmour to his right in acres of space. Gilmour composed himself and dispatched the ball past the despairing keeper and into the net. gilly gretna

Another late tackle, this time by Gretna’s Danny Graham, resulted in another yellow card.

This had now become comfortable for United who had, throughout the half, added to the teams young look by replacing trialist 2, Donald and captain Nicky Devlin with Jamie Ballantyne, Stuart Faulds and James Hilton who all to slipped into their roles with ease.

At the final whistle Nicky Devlin received the Raydale Cup in front of a delighted band of travelling fans. Thanks to AU Media for the reports.
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Gretna Tournament Information

All roads lead to Gretna this weekend for The Raydale Cup. Ayr United play at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon against Annan Athletic. Match 1 kicks off at 12 noon and sees Gretna 2008 take on Carlisle City.

Admission prices are as follows – £10 for the weekend (4 matches) and £3 for under 16s. A day pass (2 matches) is £7 for adults and £2 for under 16s. Children under 12 years old have free entry with an adult.

On Sunday the losers of Saturdays matches will kick off at noon and the winners will contest the final at 3.30pm.

The Wee Bar will be open at Raydale Park from 11am and also has live music at night from Ben Conroy.

Martyn Campbell Testimonial

Irish Premiership side Coleraine visit Somerset Park next Saturday (18th July) for the Martyn Campbell Testimonial match, with 3pm kick off.

The day is very kindly being sponsored by Martyn’s employers, Taylor Wimpey and confirming the deal Production Director Steven Laurie said “Martyn is a valued member of our team and we are delighted to be providing some support to help make the day a resounding success”.

Testimonial committee Chairman Steven Maguire said “Taylor Wimpey have been tremendous, we can’t thank them enough and we hope their team attending have a superb day out”. TW_LOGO_RGB (2)

We thank Coleraine for providing the opposition and welcome them to the Club, in what is an important part of both Clubs’ pre season preparations as well as marking Martyn’s special occasion.

Kicking the day off is a superb old crocks match (1.15 kick off) which features many old favourites including several members of the 2002 CIS cup final squad. Confirmed so far are Mark Campbell, Eddie Annand, Craig McEwan, Marvyn Wilson, Neil Scally, John Dodds, Scott Chaplain, wing king Henry Templeton, Robert Reilly, John Traynor and Andy Lyons. Gaffer Ian McCall is expected to feature. The format will be a Martyn Campbell select v a Mark Campbell select.

Following the Old Crocks match Somerset Boab will perform a short set including his special song penned as a tribute to Martyn. Other pre match and half time entertainment will be provided by Cheerleaders from the Tracy Finlay School of Dance Kilwinning with further entertainment to be announced.

At Half time young supporters attending will have the opportunity to Beat Pandamonium in a fun Penalty competition.

Entry to the day is £10 for adults and £5 concessions. Please note that season tickets, Silver Club and supporters club memberships are not valid for this game.

A limited number of places are available for the Hospitality suite on the day. 3 course lunch with wine is available at £65 per head, with viewing from the Hospitality boxes. Please contact Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 option 3 to reserve.

The players participating in the Old crocks match will watch the main game from the Hospitality suite.

Tickets are also available at £15 to attend the Hospitality suite pre-match. This includes match entry and gives you the opportunity to purchase drinks and bar meals.

We hope as many supporters as possible will be able to attend and support this tribute to a magnificent Honest Man.

If you cannot attend but would like to support the activities you can do so securely online with the Club shop, using the following link http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=441
or send cheques payable to the Martyn Campbell Testimonial Association and send to the same name; c/o Ayr United FC, Somerset Park, Tryfield Place, Ayr, KA8 9NB.

Away Strip Back in Stock

We have received a further delivery of our enormously popular purple 2015/16 away shirt in time for the shop opening at 12pm on Wednesday 8th July.

The shirt is also available to purchase from our online store now.

For further information please contact the club shop on 01292 263435 Ext 5 (during opening hours) or by email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Please note that the shop will be closed this coming Saturday 11th July.

Opening hours this week:
Monday – Friday 12pm till 4pm
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