Aberdeen match information

On Wednesday 10th August we play Aberdeen in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup at Somerset Park. Kick off is 7.45pm.

For Ayr supporters the game is entirely pay at the gate. Turnstiles will be open in the stand, Somerset Road End and the North Terracing. Gate 9 at the railway end of the stand will be used purely for Aberdeen supporters with tickets.

Admission is as follows:-

£17 adults

£10 OAPs and students

£5 under 16s

 

For Aberdeen supporters who have already purchased tickets for the stand you must enter through gate 9. There will be no cash entry into the stand for Aberdeen supporters. The Railway End will have the cash turnstiles for the away fans.

If the match is tied after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played followed by penalties if the match is drawn after 120 minutes.

Season tickets are not valid for this match.

 

 

Kevin Nisbet signs

19 year old Partick Thistle striker, Kevin Nisbet, has signed on loan until the 14th of January. He has already featured ten times for the Thistle first team.

Kevin scored a hat trick against Clyde last week in the Irn Bru Cup and has already had a loan period at East Stirling where he scored 6 times in 11 games.

He is used to playing off the shoulder of defenders and is clinical in front of goal. Pace is considered one of his key assets, and his intelligence movement and awareness ensures assists for his team mates.

Manager Ian McCall said “We needed another striker and Kevin is just what I was looking for. Someone with bags of pace who can run in behind. He has played a lot of times off the bench for the first team so his next step is starting, he is very highly thought of. He has got an eye for a goal and excellent all round attributes.

Ayr Utd 0 Raith Rovers 2

Ayr United 0 v 2 Raith Rovers

 

Ayr got their Championship campaign off to a poor start as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Raith Rovers.  A first half goal from Ross Callaghan plus one in the second from Ross Matthews sealed the 3 points for the Fifers.

 

Gaffer Ian McCall made one change to the side that defeated Livingston as Forrest came in for Thomas to lead the line for the United.

 

The game started brightly for The Honest Men and Forrest was first to try his luck.  After collecting the ball on the left from Boyle, Forrest took a strike at goal from the edge of the box only his for the ball to curl just wide of the far post.  Paul Cairney was next to go for goal however his header from a Boyle cross was tame and easily collected by ex-United keeper Cuthbert.

 

19 minutes gone and it was the away side who took the lead through Ross Callaghan.  Matthews picked up the ball on the right hand side and his long hanging cross was collected in the box by Barr at the far post and he chipped the ball to the centre where it was met by Callaghan who powered home a header from close range.  1-0 Raith.

 

Shortly after, the Honest Men almost brought themselves level.  Meggatt thundered a freekick from 30 yards towards goal and Cuthbert could only parry.  The ball was met by Cairney who looked to have the simple task of nodding home but was hit by a high boot from McHattie. To everyone’s disbelief referee Euan Anderson waved away claims for a penalty given though.

 

United continued to press and were handed a glorious chance which Cairney again failed to convert.  One touch passing from Boyle and Donald led to Donald putting Cairney through on goal however Cuthbert was there to smother his shot from close range.

 

Raith then almost doubled their lead through McManus.  A cross from Barr was met by McManus whose looping header came back off the post and Vaughan just failed to reach the rebound.  A let off for Ayr as they went into halftime 1-0 down.

 

Ayr started the second half brightly and almost equalised through Forrest.  Cairney picked up the ball inside the box and laid the ball off to Forrest who could only fire his shot wide from 15 yards when it looked easier to hit the target.

 

Ayr were left to rue their chances and the away side doubled their lead through Ross Matthews on the 75th minute.  Raith broke from an Ayr attack in the Raith half and Barr took the ball down the left hand side, squared it to Skacel whose shot was blocked well by Fleming but the fell to Matthews who coolly slotted home from 15 yards to seal the 3 points for Rovers.

 

The final chance of the game fell to Raith as they looked to add extra gloss to the scoreline.  Roberts picked the ball up on the left, skipped past Boyle, and his cross was met by Skacel and his first time shot trickled just wide of the post.

 

A tough start to the league campaign however could prove to be a valuable wake-up call for the Honest Men as they prepare for life in the Championship.  United now host Premiership opponents Aberdeen in the League Cup on Wednesday as they look to bounce back from this defeat.

 

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Murphy, Meggatt, Crawford, Cairney, Adams, Docherty, Donald, Forrest.  Substitutes: Hart (GK), Thomas, Rose, Wardrope, McCracken, McGuffie, O’Connell.

 

Raith Rovers

Cuthbert, Thomson, Mvoto, Benedicuts, McHattie, Thomson, Callaghan, Matthews, Barr, Vaughan, McManus.  Substitutes:  Lennox (GK), Johnston, Osei-Opoku, Coustrain, Roberts, Skacel, Stewart

 

Referee:  Euan Anderson

Attendance:  1550

Match Report:  AUmedia

Season Ticket Update

We have been delighted with the response of our fans over the last few days and we have now surpassed last seasons total season ticket sales.

A season ticket for the 2016/17 Ladbrokes Championship season is fantastic value at £220 for adults. With 18 home games it works out at a saving of £86 over the season or 5 free games effectively.

An OAP season ticket is £120 which gives a saving of £60 over the season. There is a similar saving with a student season ticket at £110 giving a £70 saving.

Arguably the best value lies with the Under 16s season ticket which comes in at only £50 and the Panda Pals season ticket for Under 12s which is £15.

Season tickets are still on sale online and in the club shop from 10am tomorrow.

16/17 important information

The 2016/17 Ladbrokes Championship begins at Somerset Park tomorrow.

Turnstiles will be open at the North Terracing this season as well as all the usual places.

Students will be asked for a current and valid student card.

 

ALLY MACLEOD HOSPITALITY SUITE

Access to this will be for Silver club season ticket holders, Supporters Club members and hospitality guests only.

There will be a steward on the door and to gain access you must show this seasons Supporters Club Membership card. There will be no access to the suite at half time.

 

Programmes and teamsheets will be available from the club shop. On matchdays the club shop will be open from 10am to 3pm and for a short time after the match.

 

Raith match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers Ladbrokes Championship Saturday 6th August 2016. Kick-off 3pm

The Championship season kicks-off on Saturday with Raith Rovers the visitors to Somerset Park. Buoyed by a successful Betfred Cup campaign, Ian McCall’s men will be looking to get off to a winning start to life in Scottish football’s second tier against a side who finished fourth in the league last season, putting together a 11-match unbeaten streak to reach the promotion play-offs where they were narrowly edged out by Hibernian.

Raith Rovers started the season with 2-1 victories over Cove Rangers and Montrose in the Betfred Cup and then picked up a bonus point after shoot-out success in Dingwall. However, the Rovers failed to progress to the next round after defeat at home to Alloa Athletic left them on eight points – not good enough to claim a spot as one of the best runners-up.

Team News: Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour are injured and unavailable.

Ian says:”We have worked really hard to get here so it’s a game we are hugely looking forward to. Raith are an established Championship side which is what we want to be however I don’t consider them any bigger a club than us. First league game of the season never loses its excitement and having it at Somerset is even better. I am really hoping for a great home support and their backing from the terracing is going to be crucial to us this season.”

The Opposition: Former Kilmarnock and Hearts manager Gary Locke was appointed to the Starks Park hotseat in the summer following the departure of Ray McKinnon to Dundee United and will be assisted in the dugout by Darren Jackson. One of the headline signings of the close season has been 37-year old Czech midfielder Rudi Skácel – a player revered by Hearts fans, he is in line to make his Rovers debut on Saturday. Also joining up with the the Fife club are French defender Jean-Yves M’voto, who started his career with PSG; striker Declan McManus; Bobby Barr – a thorn in United’s side during his time at Albion Rovers and Morton – and Prestwick-lad Chris Johnston following his release by Kilmarnock.

Head-to-Head: Ayr United wins – 48 Draws – 43 Raith Rovers wins – 47

United are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings between the sides and have lost just one of the previous 11 encounters.

Last meeting:

The last meeting between Ayr United and Raith Rovers was in March 2012 at Starks Park. Brian Graham opened the scoring for the home team in the 13th minute but was ordered off seven minutes before the break after an altercation with Ayr’s left-back Eddie Malone. A Mark Roberts penalty and Malone free-kick put the Honest Men ahead but the home side netted a last minute equaliser through Argentinian striker Damian Casalinuovo.

Raith’s last visit to Somerset Park was on Boxing Day in 2011 and ended level, Jonathan Tiffoney equalising John Baird’s opener.

Match Officials:

Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Willie Ferguson

Admission:

Adults – £17

O.A.Ps & Students – £10

U16s – £5

Join the AU500 Fund

A group of our die hard supporters have started the AU500FUND which will give all our fans the chance to donate £20 per month towards players wages.

The club have opened a new bank account for the scheme to ensure every penny goes straight into the playing budget.

Committee chair Ron Withers said :”Our fans have been talking about something like this for a long time. Everyone on the committee shares an undying love for Ayr United and has spent a lot of their own time in getting this off the ground.

“We have targets we would love to reach, 500 members paying £20 a month would make an enormous difference to the football club. It will be a totally transparent process that is all about integrity. Everyone who becomes a member will be able to do so with the confidence and certainty that at the end of every month their money is going directly to pay for players wages.

The fund will operate with members setting up a standing order and every month every penny in the fund will be transferred to the account dedicated for the playing budget.

Chairman Lachlan Cameron said “It’s a fantastic idea, it works really well at other clubs and you can see the difference it makes by the players they are signing. I know that it has been talked about for quite some time so it’s great to have it up and running.”

“I am always as transparent as I can be when it comes to the money I put in and what it costs to run Ayr United and this fund will be completely transparent so you know exactly where your money is going and when.”

“”And if we were to reach 500 people paying the £20 a month it would be the difference between surviving in the Championship or going and competing.”

For more information visit www.au500fund.com

 

Urgent shop information

The club shop is open as usual this week from Monday to Friday 12 noon to 4pm and on Saturday the shop will open at 10am until 3pm and then for a short time after the match.

If you are looking to buy a season ticket on Saturday we would ask that you allow plenty of time to do as we are expecting to be very busy pre match. Also it would be a help if you were able to bring cash to help speed up the transactions.

You are still able to order season tickets online and pick these up from the club shop prior to the match. To have the season ticket ready for Saturdays match you would need to order online prior to 1pm on Saturday.

The shop will be well staffed on Saturday and we look forward to welcoming you all to the first league game of the season. As usual our wide range of Ayr United merchandise will be available as well as teamsheets and match programmes.

 

 

John Henry moves to Blackburn

Ayr United assistant manager John Henry has moved to Blackburn Rovers with immediate effect to take up the position of first team coach.

Ian McCall said :” John is a great boy and someone I rate very highly, he was the first person I contacted when I got the job here to come and join me. He is going to be reunited with Owen Coyle and it is a great opportunity for him. I am gutted he is leaving us but its a well deserved chance for him and there’s no way we could stand in his way. John has been a huge part of helping turn the club around and getting it on the upward curve that we feel we are on now.”

John Henry said :”It’s an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down and Owen wants me to start straight away. I have loved my time at Ayr, the club has been fantastic to me and it was great to be part of the turn around in fortunes. I fully believe the club is going in the right direction, the gaffer has been fantastic and he has a great team around him. There is a really good group of players there just now and I think they can have a good season.”

Everyone at Ayr United thanks John for his efforts at the club and wishes him all the very best in his new role.

 

Aberdeen match information

On Wednesday 10th August, 7.45pm, we will play Aberdeen in the last 16 of the Betfred Cup at Somerset Park.

The match will be pay at the gate and after discussions between the clubs we have agreed to go with our league pricing for the match.

Adults £17

OAPs and Students £10

Under 16s £5

Season tickets are not valid for this match.