Show Racism the Red Card

Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years, the SPFL and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland.

In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20th October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.

All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend on Friday 14th October and Saturday 15th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL said “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

Club ambassador Nicky Devlin said :”Ayr United have worked with Show Racism the Red Card for many years, as I have done with previous clubs. The numerous initiatives that have been run are hugely worthwhile and everyone here is fully behind the Fortnight of Action.”

The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

The SPFL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at SPFL.
Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.

Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.
Show your support for tackling racism:

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AUFC Armed Forces Day

Ayr United Manager Ian McCall and Capt Mick Green 6SCOTS have joined forces to promote the Ayr United Armed Forces day on Saturday 22nd October.

Ayr Manager Ian McCall said “ On behalf of everyone at the club it’s a great honour to be hosting the Armed Forces at Somerset Park, the town has great military links with many of our supporters having served or serving with the Armed Forces, so we look forward to welcoming them to Somerset park as our guests”.

Event organiser from the military Captain Mick Green stated, “I am absolutely delighted with this show of support from Ayr United to the Military community past and present, both football and the military are at the heart of a community and to be invited by Ayr United to be there guest for the day is a wonderful gesture of support to the military community by the chairman Lachlan Cameron and Ayr United”.

Any Veterans, Cadets or serving members of the Armed Forces wishing to come along to the game on the 22nd should contact Capt Mick Green on his e-mail 6SCOTS-HQ-PASO@mod.uk or by phone 0141 224 5470 Monday to Friday.
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Quarter Final on Sunday

It has been confirmed that the IRN BRU Cup quarter final tie with St Mirren will take place on Sunday 13th November and will kick off at 12.30pm.

The tie will be played at The Paisley 2021 Stadium and will also be shown live on TV by Premier Sports.

Ticket prices for the match will be announced in due course.

Ayr Utd 1 Falkirk 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Falkirk

Ayr United progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Irn Bru Cup on Friday night, following a 1-0 extra-time victory at home over Falkirk. Gary Harkin’s first goal for the club was enough to ensure safe passage into the last eight of the competition.

These two sides met just two weeks previously in the league with Falkirk 2-0 winners and it was the Bairns who had the first real chance of the game. With 11 mins on the clock, Scott Shepard was set free down the right hand side but his effort was easily saved by Greg Fleming.

Harkins was providing a terrific out ball for Ayr and he was unlucky not to find the net as a snap shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Mehmet in the Falkirk goals.

This was the only action of note in a stalemate opening 45 mins with both teams struggling to create any real chances and the game becoming bogged down in midfield.

Hippolyte and McHugh then both had chances to break the deadlock for Falkirk, but they wasted the opportunities and the game remained locked at 0-0.

Harkins had another effort saved before Ayr’s Conrad Balatoni, a dominant figure throughout the match in central defence, prevented Shepard from opening the scoring with a wonderful last ditch sliding tackle on 67 mins.

After 72 mins came the major turning point in the game. Peter Murphy was adjudged to have fouled Lee Miller inside the box and referee Alan Muir pointed to the spot. However, Greg Fleming was once again the hero as he produced a stunning save to tip Luke Leahy’s low drive onto the post. The score remained 0-0 but this incident provoked a much needed upgrade in impetus and tempo.

Mehmet then produced a terrific save on 77 mins to again deny Harkins. The keeper threw himself through the air himself to acrobatically tip the United frontman’s volley wide of the post.

With neither team able to find a goal in 90 mins the tie headed into extra-time. The first chance of this fell to Falkirk’s John Rankin but he lashed an effort high over the bar.
Ayr then had a huge claim for a penalty as Andy O’Connell seemed to be taken down in the box but Alan Muir this time waved play on, much to the bemusement of the majority in the ground.

Fleming produced another fine save from Hippolyte before Ayr finally made the break through. With 113 mins gone and penalties looming Harkins raced on to a delicious Andy O’Connell through ball before rounding Mehmet and slotting the ball home under pressure from Luca Gasparotto. A cool, calm and composed finish from Harkins, who had been a real threat all evening.

Falkirk made life uncomfortable for Ayr in the remaining seven minutes and it took a tremendous effort from the United backline to prevent the equaliser. An excellent save from Fleming prevented Leahy’s spectacular overhead kick finding the net with Nicky Devlin throwing himself in front of the ball as Lee Miller looked certain to smash home the rebound.

1 – 0 was how it finished at Somerset Park and it was Ayr who progressed to the last eight of the completion with Harkin’s strike the decisive goal after an entertaining extra-time.

Next week back to Championship action as Ayr travel to Dumbarton in a vital and compelling fixture for the United faithful.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Murphy, Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Cairney, Harkins, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty Subs: Hart (GK), Crawford, Donald, Rose, O’Connell, Wardrope, Donald
Falkirk
Mehmet, Kidd, Watson, Gasparotto, Leahy, Shepard, Rankin, Kerr, Hippolyte, Miller, McHugh Subs: McMinn (GK), McCracken, Baird, Sibbald, Henderson, Gallacher, Blues
Referee: Alan Muir
Attendance: 1247
Report: AUmedia

KO change on Xmas Eve

After discussions between both clubs it has been agreed that the Christmas Eve fixture at Somerset Park against Dumbarton will now kick off at 12.30pm instead of 3pm.

Falkirk preview & info

Match Preview
Falkirk vs. Ayr United
Irn-Bru Cup Fourth Round
Friday 7th October 2016, Kick-off 7.45pm

This evening Ayr United face Falkirk at Somerset Park in the Irn-Bru Cup, with a place in the Quarter-Finals awaiting the victors. United were held to 0-0 draw against Dunfermline on Saturday and will be looking for revenge against a Falkirk team Ian McCall’s side will unlucky to lose to a fortnight ago.
A late Tom Walsh equaliser for St Mirren in Paisley last Saturday ended a run of five consecutive wins for Falkirk, a run which of course included Ayr’s 2-0 defeat at the Falkirk Stadium. It has earned Peter Houston the manager of the month award for September.

The Bairns progressed to this stage of the competition with a resounding 6-1 win at home to Elgin City. Falkirk have won the Challenge Cup on four occasions, more than any other side.

Team News: Jamie Thomas was in line to start the match however he was called up for Wales under 21s on Thursday and flies to Armenia today. Everyone at the club wishes Jamie well for his international call up. Kevin Nisbet is cup tied. Craig Moore, Jamie Adams and Paddy Boyle miss out through injury.

Ian says: “We have had one defeat in our last six matches and that was against Falkirk with what I felt was probably our best performance of the season. I have heard a few negative comments about this competition however I love it and if we get another round or two the fans will really start to get excited. What’s not to like about a cup tie under the lights at Somerset Park on a Friday night. Hopefully we get a good crowd.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 18
Falkirk wins – 23

Tonight is the third meeting between the sides in the Challenge Cup, with all three matches at Somerset Park.
Last meeting: the last meeting between Ayr United and Falkirk was at Somerset Park also in the League Challenge Cup, in August 2013. Rory Loy’s goal on the hour mark cancelled out Craig Malcolm’s first half opener before a Scott Shepherd goal in extra-time saw Falkirk progress.

Falkirk were also winners when the sides met in the same competition in July 2004. Andy Lawrie, John O’Neill and Darryl Duffy netted in the second-half for the Bairn, for whom Neil Scally made a late substitute appearance, replacing Ryan McStay.

On this day: in 2000 Ayr beat Raith Rovers 3-1 at Starks Park courtesy of a Glynn Hurst double and Paddy Connolly. United have won 7 of 12 matches played on October 7th.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – Alasdair Ross
Assistant Referee 2 – Joseph Lawson

Admission:
Adult – £12
Conc – £6

PLEASE NOTE THE ALLY MACLEOD HOSPITALITY SUITE IS CLOSED TO SUPPORTERS DUE TO A WEDDING TAKING PLACE.

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FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 14

£1000 D3934 H Drain Ayr

MONDAY
£50 L1413 D Stewart Glasgow
£10 A3732 I Little Ayr
£10 D3241 J Rowan Minishant
£10 L0324 R Crate Ayr

TUESDAY
£50 A4713 A Findlay Prestwick
£10 C0522 J Ormiston Gifford
£10 C0932 G Ralston Prestwick
£10 K1415 A Cuthbert Annbank

WEDNESDAY
£50 A0945 M Mitchell Muirkirk
£10 B2032 J McCrorie Girvan
£10 G4334 D McBlain Crosshill
£10 A4031 K Henry Girvan

THURSDAY
£50 D0532 G Park Muirkirk
£10 Q2431 J Waddell Ayr
£10 C2321 M Newman Ayr
£10 A2624 M Smillie Annbank

FRIDAY
£10 A3342 D Smith Ayr
£10 A4121 M Guthrie Ayr
£10 G3031 H Mills Kirkoswald

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Big total for Alzheimer Scotland

On Saturday we faced Dunfermline at Somerset Park with chairman Lachlan Cameron donating £10 to Alzheimer Scotland for every season ticket holder that came through the gates.

709 season ticket holders attended the game meaning that Lachlan will be handing over £7090 to Alzheimer Scotland.

We also had collection buckets at the entrance points to the match including the away end and between our own supporters and the Dunfermline travelling support £1617.57 was raised.

There is also an online page which will stay open for another week https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AyrUtd which has raised £220 so far. If anyone would still link to donate you can do so by clicking this link.

So in total so far £8927.57 has been raised to support the work of Alzheimer Scotland in Ayrshire.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, your donations have been hugely appreciated.

Gerry McCoy from Alzheimer Scotland chose Nicky Devlin as man of the match and pictured with Nicky are Gerry and Lorna Walker also representing Alzheimer Scotland

AU500 fund hands over £600

AU500 Fund Continues to Grow

The AU500 Fund was launched by a group of dedicated fans in August to raise donations for the Ayr United playing budget and, at Saturday’s match against Dunfermline, the committee presented a cheque for £600 to Ayr United managing director Lewis Grant.

This month’s cheque was for £100 more than last month which is great progress. AU500 Fund Chairman Ron Withers said “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to make these contributions to the club playing budget to support its growth to become an established Championship club and then hopefully a Premiership club a few years after that.”

He continued “Whilst we’ve made a great start to the fund, we really need to get more fans contributing to help us compete with the other teams in this league. If you’re able to contribute £20 a month to the fund or you’re interested in finding out more about the fund please visit our website www.AU500Fund.com for more information on what we’re all about and how to sign up, it’s a really simple process.”

Pictured presenting the cheque to Lewis Grant are AU500 Fund committee members Jamie Garrett, Lisa Campbell, Robert Ritchie, Ron Withers and Willie McCulloch.

Ayr Utd 0 Dunfermline 0

On a day where everyone associated with Ayr United paid their respects to ex-Chairman Donald Cameron, The Honest Men were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Dunfermline. With a crowd of almost 3000 coming through the gates and the addition of “clappers” there was a fantastic atmosphere inside the ground.

Ian Mccall named one change to the side from last week with Kevin Nisbet dropping out for Jamie Adams.

It didn’t take long for the home side to create their first chance of the game and on 3 minutes almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion. Gilmour met the ball 25 yards out and his half-volley looked destined for the net if it weren’t for Murdoch who did superbly to tip the ball over the bar. From the resultant corner, Balatoni’s powerful header was well held by Murdoch.

Dunfermline created their first chance on 10 minutes after good play by Paton. Paton picked the ball up on the left and beat Devlin on the byline before taking a strike from a tight angle which was saved at the feet by Fleming.

Ayr were almost undone on 19 minutes from a quick Dunfermline break. As the away side countered, Cardle received the ball on the left in plenty of space and cut the ball across to Clark who could only blast his shot over the bar from the edge of the box.

Ayr continued to threaten however and on 23 minutes Adams met a Gilmour cross from the right but he could only fire his first time shot over the bar from close range while under pressure.

Gilmour’s deliveries were causing the Pars defence all sorts of problems and handed Forrest a chance on 29 minutes. Gilmour’s deep cross met Forrest at the back post and his header was well saved by Murdoch.

On 33 minutes Pars had a chance of their own from a well worked set-piece. Paton’s corner met Williamson at the back post and his header across goal was met by Martin who fired the ball over the bar from close range.

The best chance of the game fell to the feet of Reilly on 44 minutes. McCabe flicked the ball into the path of Reilly who break free of the Ayr defence but Fleming was there to smother the striker’s shot.

Dunfermline continued to press in the second half and on 52 minutes carved out another chance. Cardle met a ball on the edge of the box and chested it down before volleying over the bar. A few minutes later and it was Alagui’s turn to try his luck but his speculative overhead kick was well saved at the bottom right hand corner by Fleming.

On 57 minutes Gilmour almost opened the scoring, again through spectacular fashion. As he picked the ball up on the right about 30 yards out, he fizzed a shot towards goal which had to be clawed out the top right corner by Murdoch.

Pars looked to have opened the scoring on 61 minutes but had their goal ruled out. As the cross came in from the left, Alagui nudged Balatoni before nodding the ball down for Cardle to blast into the net. Referee Don Robertson pulled play back for the nudge and the goal was disallowed.

On 84 minutes Docherty received the ball midway in the Dunfermline half and he drove forward before unleashing a powerful shot which flew over the bar from 25 yards out.

Ayr’s best chance to clinch all 3 points came on 86 minutes through Harkins. As Harkins won the ball on the left, he skipped into the box and with Murdoch out of his goal tried to pick out Nisbet however the Pars defence was there to clear.

Cairney had the last shot of the game however his strike went harmlessly wide of the left hand post from 20 yards out on 88 minutes as the game drew to a close.

The result leaves Ayr ahead of their Fife rivals in 7th place. United take a break from league action next week as they welcome Falkirk to Somerset on Friday evening in the 4th round of the Irn Bru Cup.

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Forrest, Crawford, Adams, Harkins, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty. Substitutes Hart (GK), McGuffie, Nisbet, Thomas, Cairney, Donald, Murphy.

Dunfermline
Murdoch, Martin, Ashcroft, Williamson, Talbot, Paton, Geggan, Herron, Cardle, Reilly, Clark. Substitutes Hutton (GK), Richards-Everton, Moffat, McCabe, McMullen, Higginbotham, El Alagui.

Referee: Don Robertson
Attendance: 2883
Match Report: AUmedia