Thomas signs on loan

Ian McCall has added to his squad with the loan signing until January of Wales under 19 starlet Jamie Thomas.

Jamie recently signed a 3 year deal with Premiership Burnley and is delighted and at being given the opportunity to get the chance at some first team football.

The manager said :”Jamie is someone that John Henry knows really well as they worked together at Bolton. He only left Bolton because of their financial difficulties and it shows how highly thought of he is that a Premiership team have given him a deal.

He plays for Wales under 19s and is a goalscorer.  He is left and right footed and can take free kicks with either foot. We are delighted we have got him to January and are really looking forward to working with him.”

St Mirren match preview

Match Preview St. Mirren vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group G Tuesday 19th July 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight, Ayr United travel to the Paisley 2021 Stadium to face St. Mirren in the second round of fixtures in Group G of the Betfred Cup. With both sides picking up 3 points on Saturday, a win for either side would but them in a strong position to qualify for the second round.

Alex Rae’s Buddies were made to work for their victory at the weekend despite former Motherwell striker David Clarkson opening the scoring at the Tony Macaroni Arena after just 13 minutes. Nicky Cadden and Dale Carrick put Livi ahead with just 22 minutes to go but Lewis Morgan levelled the scores in the 74th minute and Clarkson netted the winner in spectacular fashion seven minutes later.

Also in Group G this week, Edinburgh City host Livingston tomorrow night.

Team News: Andy O’Connell will not be involved as we are still awaiting the final part of his clearance to come through. Michael Rose is not available due to a slight problem with his hamstring and Jamie Thomas has tweaked his groin but should be available for Saturday.

Ian says: “It’s going to be a really tough game, we had them watched on Saturday and they are a big strong side with good players. St Mirren will be up there this season in the play off places so its a good test. We are nowhere near ready yet however Saturday showed that we have a unity, a togetherness and some real quality which will always give us a chance.”

Head-to-Head (League Cup): Ayr United wins – 9 Draws – 2 St. Mirren wins – 3

Last meeting: St Mirren stormed to a four goal lead after just 38 minutes when the sides last met, in the second round of the League Cup in 2012. Lewis Guy, Steven Thompson, Paul McGowan and a Kenny McLean penalty put the Buddies on easy street at St. Mirren Park. Michael Moffat netted before half-time; United favourite Gary Teale rounded off a 5-1 win for the home side who went on to lift the trophy.

The result revenged Ayr’s 1-0 win the previous season – Chris Smith heading the Honest Men into the semi-final with a late goal.

Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Ross Menzies


Adult – £12

Over 65 – £6

Full-Time Student – £6

Under-18 – £6

Disabled – £6 (carer will gain admittance free of charge)


Ayr United 2 Hamilton 1

Ayr United 2 v 1 Hamilton Academical

The Honest Men started the season with a surprisingly comfortable victory over Premiership Hamilton in the Betfred League Cup.

With less than one minute on the clock Daryll Meggatt played a long freekick from his own half into the penalty area and, under pressure from Paul Cairney, Hamilton defender Jesus Garcia Tena was forced to put the ball behind. From the corner the ball was easily taken by keeper Remy Matthews (signed on loan the previous day from Norwich City) but referee Nick Walsh had spotted Ayr’s captain Nicky Devlin being bundled to the ground by Darian McKinnon as he attempted to make a run into the box. Penalty to Ayr after only 68 seconds.

Alan Forrest grabbed the ball and placed it on the spot before sending the keeper the wrong way and blasting the ball into the net giving Ayr an early lead.

Although having a lot of possession Hamilton’s response was slow and ponderous giving Ayr’s well-organised defence few problems and lacking quality in the final third. It took the Accies until the 17th min to create any real threat with Alex D’acol finding getting his head to a cross but sending the ball comfortably into Greg Fleming’s hands.

United were always looking dangerous on the break and in the 30th min Alan Forrest latched onto a Crawford pass down the right and charged into the penalty area but his shot was well saved by Matthews at his near post.

As the half developed Hamilton continued with their ponderous build-up and created very few chances with only a poorly taken freekick in the 40th minute which was easily held by Fleming to show for their efforts.

The second half saw United come out with added confidence and immediately started to put pressure on the Hamilton defence and in 48 mins they were rewarded with their second goal. After a series of attacks Brian Gilmour placed a through ball to Robbie Crawford near the edge of the penalty area on the right and Crawford turned inside across the front of the box, creating space before curling a sweet drive into the top right-hand corner of the net. Ayr were 2 – 0 up and deservedly so.

Hamilton immediately attempted to increase the tempo. After a series of corners Greg Docherty dashed round the Ayr defence on the left before driving the ball across the front of the goals where it was first knocked away by Meggatt and the follow up drive by Louis Longridge deflected away by a torpedo like block from Peter Murphy.

Hamilton suffered a blow in the 55th min when central defender Jesus Garcia Tena was stretchered from the field after badly twisting his knee following a tackle by Paul Cairney.

This was the sign for Hamilton to make the first of a number of substitutes and Ayr would also do so before the end of the 90 minutes.

Hamilton substitute Daniel Redmond’s first touch was a 20-yard drive at the United goal but Fleming was a match for his efforts.

Hamilton failed to show the guile or application necessary to break down the United defence and it was Ayr who were beginning to look more likely to be next on the scoresheet. With 65 mins gone skipper Devlin nicked the ball from Redmond and charged out of his own half cutting diagonally towards the centre of the penalty area and past two defenders before slipping the ball to Forrest in the box. Forrest took the ball with his right foot try to curl the ball into the net but keeper Matthews got down low to save.

Seven minutes later Forrest again had a great chance. Gilmour clipped the ball forward into space behind the Hamilton backline and Forrest seemed set to go one-on-one with the keeper but the forward misjudged the bounce of the ball and veteran midfielder Dougie Imrie managed to clear.

Hamilton never really looked likely to score and it came as a great surprise when in the 93rd min they got the ball in the back of the net. A deceptive high looping ball towards the penalty area somehow evaded the head of Murphy and was expertly cushioned by Redmond off his chest to Longridge. Longridge coolly flicked the ball onto his left hand side before blasting it into the net.

There was no time back for Hamilton and Ayr deservedly won this match gaining three points. Next for Ayr as a trip to Paisley on Tuesday where they will face St Mirren in the next match of Group G of the Betfred Cup.


Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Murphy, Meggatt, Crawford, Adams, Docherty, Gilmour, Cairney, Crawford Substitutes: Hart (GK), Wardrope, McGuffie, McCracken, Johnson


Hamilton Academical

Matthews, Docherty, Kurakins, Devlin, Tena, Gillespie, Imrie, Mackinnon, D’acol, Longridge, Crawford Substitutes: Martin (GK), Redmond, McMann, McGregor, Boyd, Tierney, Hughes


Referee: Nick Walsh

Attendance: 994

Report: AUmedia

Hamilton match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Hamilton Academical Betfred Cup Group G Saturday 16th July 2016. Kick-off 3pm

Just 62 days on from clinching promotion to the Championship, Ayr United return to competitive action on Saturday as they kick-off Season 2016/17 at home to Hamilton Academical in the new-look Betfred Cup.

Just one side from Group G is guaranteed to progress to the second round of the Cup, meaning both sides will be looking to get off to a strong start.  Ian McCall’s starting line-up is likely to have a familiar look to it, with the gaffer’s priority to re-sign the stars of last season’s campaign but a couple of new faces could make their home debut.

Martin Canning’s Accies finished 10th in the Premiership last season, 9 points clear of Kilmarnock and the relegation play-off, however, their League Cup campaign ended at the first hurdle with a 2-1 defeat away to Raith Rovers. Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 hero Michael McGovern has left the Lanarkshire club meaning former United ‘keeper Alan Martin is set to start between the posts and the combative Darian MacKinnon should also feature. The former Clydebank forward played 8 games for the Honest Men in 2012 on loan from Accies, scoring 3 goals.

Also in Group G on Saturday, St. Mirren travel to face Livingston with SPFL new boys Edinburgh City not in action.

Team News: Michael Rose is out with a hamstring injury however should be fine within a week. Mikey Donald is 50/50 however is likely not to be risked to be fit for Tuesday night.

Ian says: “This is the earliest we have ever started and we are short of  personnel and match fitness however every club will be in the same position. We are awaiting clearance for Andy O’Connell and Jamie Thomas and if it comes through both will be in the squad. The League Cup is a great competition so despite the fact our focus is on the league season starting we want to give it a real go to qualify. At Somerset Park we will look to win every time we play and tomorrow will be no different.”

Head-to-Head: Ayr United wins – 53 Draws – 42 Hamilton wins – 59

Saturday will be the 155th meeting between the sides – United have only faced Kilmarnock and Morton on more occasions. Honours are even in the nine previous League Cup ties, with four wins each and one draw,

Last meeting: Ayr and Hamilton last faced each other in Season 2011/12 when they shared 17 goals over four league matches. Hamilton were unbeaten at Somerset with one draw and a win, the last meeting between the sides at the end of April 2012. Mark Roberts opened the scoring for the Honest Men but Accies netted twice either side of a red card for Eddie Malone. Michael McGowan hit back immediately for 10-men Ayr but we couldn’t hold on for the win – Jon McShane netting in the 89th minute for the visitors.

Match Officials:

Referee – William Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – Mark McLean

Assistant Referee 2 – Callum Spence


Adults – £12

Concessions – £6


Latest Odds

Ayr – 10/3, Draw 14/5, Accies – 4/5

Event safety stewards required

Ayr United are currently looking to recruit more event safety stewards to work at Somerset Park during the forthcoming season in the Championship.

Level 2 event stewarding qualification would be advantageous, but not essential at this stage.

If interested please email Roy Provan, Safety and Stadium Manager at Ayr United with contact details and a brief resume of any experience you may have.

Applicants should be enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Turnstile Operators Needed


Turnstile Operators required for this upcoming season.

Applicants must be over 16

Cash handling experience essential

Able to work under pressure and with the general public

Saturdays from 1:30pm until 3:30pm

Some midweek fixtures

Snack provided and entry into game at end of shift

To start immediately if possible, or before 6th August

Please apply with your details to

Raydale Cup reports

Ayr United: Raydale Tournament
Ayr United continued their preparation for the coming season by again taking part in the Raydale Tournament hosted by Gretna FC. Unlike last year the Honest Men failed to return with the trophy after unexpectedly losing their opening match against South Shields, but made some amends by hammering Gretna 8 v 0 in the third place play-off. Queen of the South came out on top the final with a 3-1 victory over South Shields but the scoreline flattered the Doonhamers who had to withstand incessant pressure from their South Tyneside opponents.

Ayr manager Ian McCall was disappointed with the defeat on the first day but insisted that it was more important for his squad to get game time and be fully prepared for the season to come. He highlighted the need for additional players, particularly in attacking positions, and that his squad was still ‘light’ but that players would be joining in the coming weeks. Two these would appear to be trialist strikers Andy O’Connell and Jamie Thomas. O’Connell scored in last week’s friendly against Stenhousemuir while Jamie Thomas struck two against Gretna. Highly rated Wales under 19 international Thomas would come on loan from Burnley.

South Shields 2 v 0 Ayr United
Gaffer Ian McCall fielded 2 trialists in the semi-final against South Shields with Andy O’Connell having his second outing and Kieran Gibbons (formerly of Aberdeen, Livingston and Cowdenbeath) looking to impress.

The semi-final started off at a quick pace with the English side taking a foothold in the match. After 3 minutes, Fleming was made to work by tipping over a volley round the post by Foley from close range.

Ayr’s first chance of the match came after 30 minutes with Crawford slipping the ball through to O’Connell in the box but the big striker was forced wide and his ambitious strike from a tight angle was well held by the South Shields’ trialist keeper.

With 39 minutes gone it was South Shields who took the lead through a touch of good fortune. Ex-Sunderland player Julio Arca swung in a freekick from the right and the ball evaded all the players in the box before being caught by the strong wind and curling into the opposite top corner leaving keeper Fleming clutching at fresh air.

It got from bad to worse for United 2 minutes later when controversially Devlin was adjudged to have fouled Foley for a penalty to South Shields. Devlin appeared to have made an inch perfect tackle flicking the ball away for a corner but the referee saw it differently. Captain Leepaul Scroggins made no mistake from the spot and coolly slotted home giving the English side a comfortable lead going into halftime.

Ayr did try to find a way back into the game in the second half and almost pulled a goal back on 53 minutes through Daryll Meggatt. Gilmour delivered a freekick from the right and Meggatt’s header went inches wide of the post.

Ayr continued to press and after 68 minutes almost scored in bizarre fashion. Gilmour swung in a corner and similar to Arca’s freekick, the ball was caught by the wind and this time almost went straight into the net if it weren’t for the keeper who managed to claw the ball away from the top corner.

In the latter stages Ayr had a series of chances which looked destined for the net but the clinical touch that was missing and they could not get back into the game.

Winners South Shields had booked their place in the final against Queen of the South in the final after the Dumfries side thumped Gretna 6-1 with goals from Dowie (x2), Smith (x2), Lyle (x2) with a trialist getting Gretna’s consolation goal.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Meggatt, McCracken, Gibbons (T), Gilmour, Cairney, Forrest, O’Connell (T), Crawford. Substitutes Wardrope, McGuffie, Murphy, Hart (GK)

South Shields
Trialist (GK), Baxter, Turner, Trialist, Storey, Arca, Palmer, Scroggins, Shaw, Cogdon, Foley. Substitutes Galpin (GK), Carson, Morse, Briggs, Byrne, Ramsay, Teasedale.

Gretna 0 v 8 Ayr United
In the 3rd place play-off, a youthful, yet ruthless, Ayr side thrashed Gretna 8-0. Goals from trialist Jamie Thomas (x2), McCreadie, Forrest (x2), Crawford, McGuffie and Donald rounded off a worthwhile trip for The Honest Men and put a smile back on the faces of the travelling support.

It took Ayr no longer than 14 minutes to get up and running with trialist Thomas opening the scoring. Waite chipped in a ball from the left to McGuffie whose cross into the box was met by the head of Thomas and the ball flew into the top corner for 1 – 0.

Surprisingly it wasn’t until the second half when Ayr got their second of the game through McCreadie in the 60th minute. The young midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box and his drive looked to be comfortable for the keeper but somehow he fumbled the ball into his own net to gift Ayr a second goal.

After that Ayr never seemed to look back and quickly made it 3 on the 62nd minute through a penalty from Thomas. Dickenson fouled Johnston in the box and Thomas tucked away the penalty for his 2nd of the game.

3 minutes later and it was 4-0, this time through the promising youngster McGuffie. The youngster picked the ball out of the sky perfectly, dropped the ball dead with his foot, then turned swiftly sending two defenders the wrong way before firing in the bottom corner to increase Ayr’s lead.

Substitute Forrest was next to get in on the act and got on the score-sheet. Was 71 minutes gone a Gretna defender seemed content to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick but hadn’t reckoned on the United man’s tenacity. Forrest claimed the ball then ran along the line towards the goal before slamming the ball in between the keeper and his near post in a move somewhat reminiscent to his first United goal against Queens Park at Hampden in 2013. 5-0 United.

With 79 minutes on the clock it was 6-0 with Donald scoring. Forrest again broke into the box but his shot was well saved by Murray in the Gretna goal but the ball fell to Donald who was there to poke home from 5 yards to increase Ayr’s already convincing lead.

Two further goals from Crawford, after a great run through the Gretna defence, in the 82nd minute and a tap in by Forrest 90th minute compounded Gretna’s misery as Ayr claimed third spot in style.

Ayr now begin the new competitive season at home to Premiership side Hamilton in the Betfred League Cup group stages on Saturday at Somerset Park.

Ayr United
Fleming, Waite, Thorburn, Docherty, Adams, Murphy, Johnston, Wardrope, Thomas (T), McGuffie, Donald. Substitutes Devlin, McCreadie, Forrest, Crawford, Ballantyne, Hart (GK).

Murray, Blaked, Wadge, Casey, Hunter, Hope, McCartney, Rudd, Mattinson, Grandison, Shiel. Substitutes Dickenson, Cox, Winter, Simpson, Studholm, Weir, Errington, Blake.

Report: AUmedia

Auction Prizes for Shirt/Shorts Draw




 Friday 8th July 2016 7.30pm

We have secured some fantastic auction prizes for this years event and Telephone and Proxy Bids can be organised prior to the auction by contacting Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 (ext3) or by emailing


LOT 1 – 4 BALL GOLF AT PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS – Kindly donated by Eddie Prentice, Club Secretary. A round of golf for 4 people at Prestwick St Nicholas golf club.


LOT 2 – AYR UNITED AWAY GAME PACKAGE – Be the guests of the directors at an away game during the 16/17 season which will include travel on the team bus. This is for 2 people.


LOT 3 – WINE TASTING FOR TEN – Kindly donated by Corney & Barrow, Academy St Ayr. This is a voucher for up to 10 guests and starts off with a glass of fizz on arrival, a full tour of their eighteenth century cellars followed by wine tasting of anything between 6 and 8 different wines. This will last between 90 mins and 2 hours.


LOT 4 – DINNER B&B AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE HOTEL –1 night stay for 2 people in the Blenheim Suite at the 4 star Fairfield House Hotel in Ayr and includes 2AA rosette dinner for 2 in Martins Bar-Grill and breakfast.


LOT 5 – PENALTY SHOOT OUT PACKAGE – You and five friends will have the opportunity to take part in your own half time penalty kick competition at Somerset Park. Package is for any league match during this season and includes a bar meal and a prize for the winner.


LOT 6 – THE WHISKY ANGEL’S HOUSE MALT NO.1 – Exclusive to the Whisky Angel this exceptional Speyside single malt scotch whisky is the first in the range of the Whisky Angel house malts. This 8 year old malt is bottled from a single sherry cask with the strength reduced to 40% abv. Only limited bottles available.


LOT 7 – ONE NIGHT STAY AT MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA – A one night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast.


LOT 8 – SPA DAY AT MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA – Entitles you to a spa day for 2 persons including 1×30 minute treatment per person, afternoon tea, full use of robes, slippers, as well as full access to the State of the art Vital Health and Wellbeing Club and Spa for the day.


LOT 9 – BANQUET DINNER FOR 4 AT AYR INDIA – Exactly what it says. A delicious feast lies ahead for you at the Seafront or Town Centre restaurants.


LOT 10 – BOARDROOM GUEST AT AYR UNITED – Matchday guest of the board of directors for two people. Includes boardroom hospitality and seats in the directors box. Available for any league game this season.


LOT 11 – POOL NIGHT FOR 6 AT AYR 8 BALL – Free Pool all night at Ayr 8 Ball with a free drink for all on arrival.


LOT 12 – HOSPITALITY AT AYR RACECOURSE – Hospitality for two at Glasgow Fair Family Raceday on 18th July. Prize includes Club badge, race card, bucks fizz reception, four course lunch, afternoon tea, drinks package, private betting facilities and free car parking.


LOT 13 – BREAKFAST AT STAGE DOOR FOR A YEAR – Full breakfast for two people at the hugely popular Stage Door Restaurant every month for a year including tea and coffee.



LOT 14 – HOSPITALITY FOR 10 AT AYR UNITED – Match day hospitality for 10 guests at any league game this season (subject to availability) and will include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, view the match from private box, half time fayre and £100 bar tab.


LOT 15 – 4 BALL GOLF AT PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERTS – Kindly donated by Jim Jess, Club Secretary. A round of golf for four people at Prestwick St Cuthberts golf club. Expires 1st February 2017.


LOT 16 – ONE NIGHT STAY AT TRUMP TURNBERRY – A one night stay for two at the stunning Trump Turnberry Resort. Stay is inclusive of full Scottish breakfast and full use of the spa and leisure facilities.


LOT 17 – TABLE FOR 10 AT ENTERKINE XMAS PARTY – A fantastic prize for a top venue. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, 3 course dinner, Entertainment host, live band, free transport and a roll for the road.

Come along on Friday

On Friday we host our annual Shirt & Shorts draw and auction in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite. The popular event which gives entrants a chance to win their names on the back of the strips or on the shorts starts at 7.30pm however you can begin arriving anytime from 6.45pm.

Manager Ian McCall will be in attendance and making a speech to open proceedings about his time at Ayr so far and hopes for the season.

Local band Seaside Sons, led by huge United supporter Jason Skimming are playing throughout the night.

There is still time to enter the event, follow the link below or get in touch with Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 ext 3 or email

If you would like to come along and watch the entertainment then you can do so for £10 which will get you a drink and a buffet dinner. Please contact Graeme on the above details to confirm.

Thank you to everyone who has entered so far and we look forward to seeing you for what should be a great night.

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