Fergie signs new deal

Full back David Ferguson today penned a new deal and extended his contract until the end of this season.

Manager Ian McCall said “Fergie has done really really well since coming into the team and he made a starting slot his own with continued top performances. He is exactly the right type of boy we want in the squad and I am delighted to ensure he will be here for the rest of the season at the very least.”

David said “I have really enjoyed my time here and of course it helps when the team has been doing as well as we have in the league. It’s still early days in the season though and we all know what we want to achieve and that will take a lot of hard work. The fans have been great with me and hopefully we can keep this run of form going to repay them for the support they give us, especially away from home.”

East Fife match preview

Match Preview
East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 16th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of two consecutive away games before Christmas. Ian McCall’s side go into the match looking for a ninth consecutive victory and having not tasted defeat since their last trip to Fife at the start of September.  The Honest Men hold a five point advantage at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table.

 

Opponents East Fife here held to a 1-1 draw at home by Stranraer last Saturday and lost to bottom side Queen’s Park at Hampden the previous weekend but Darren Young’s side are unbeaten at New Bayview in their last five matches – including a 6-1 victory over Airdrieonians. The Fife sit in fifth place in the table, two points behind third place Alloa Athletic.

 

Team News: Ross Docherty and Robbie Crawford are ruled out through injury.

 

Ian says: “In terms of performance we know we have to improve on last week, we didn’t have the right shape to the team and in the end we had to work extremely hard to get the victory. East Fife have an excellent home record so this will be another very tough game. Alan Forrest and Declan McDaid both made a good impact off the bench last week so we have plenty to think about in terms of team selection, especially with another couple of players back from injury.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18

 

The last 12 games between the sides have seen 50 goals scored, an average of over 4.1 per game.

 

Last Meeting: United were 3-0 winners when the sides met at Somerset Park at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring in the 7th minute and goals in second-half from Andy Geggan and Chris Higgins either side of Jonathan Page’s red card.

 

The Honest Men’s won 5-0 on their last trip to New Bayview in March 2014 with Michael Moffat (twice), Kevin Kyle, Michael Donald and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet.

 

On this day:

 

Match Officials:

Referee – John McKendrick

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Ryan Lee

 

Admission:

Adult – £15
Senior Citizens (60 and over) – £12
Child – £5
Parent and child – £18
Parent and 2 children – £21

Last posting date for Xmas

To guarantee UK delivery in time for Christmas we must have received the order online by 5pm on Monday 18th December.

Any orders received on Monday will be posted first class recorded delivery on Tuesday morning. We will continue to post orders received after this date however we cannot guarantee arrival before the 25th December.

We have been adding new stock onto the shop website all week so why not take a look for yourself at  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/club-shop/

Remember you can order online and elect to pick up in store, we will be available for pick up orders up to 3pm on Christmas Eve.

5 Star Lottery winners wk 24

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

 

WEEK NUMBER 24    12/12/17

 

 

£1000 B0445 M SCOTT AYR  
         
MONDAY      
£50 K0431 J Shaw Ayr  
£10 C0142 G Paulo Ayr  
£10 A2022 E McClymont Dailly  
£10 H2412 J Ferguson Rankinston  
         
TUESDAY      
£50 F3444 A Bryden Ayr  
£10 E3041 B Mossie Ayr  
£10 B2831 N McWilliam Maybole  
£10 C2713 J Grier Ayr  
         
WEDNESDAY      
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£10 D2311 G Spencer Girvan  
£10 L1014 A Sullivan Ayr  
£10 D3121 A McDonald AG Dunlop  
         
THURSDAY      
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£10 D1531 A Hogg Ayr  
£10 D1932 D Johnston Ayr  
         
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£10 A3231 G Reddick Ayr  
£10 A0332 A Devlin Bishopbriggs  
         

 

 

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Shop Xmas Open Day

This Sunday, the 17th of December we are hosting a special festive afternoon in the club shop from 12 noon to 4pm.

We will have ginger wine, mince pies, shortbread and Panda Claus will be there handing out sweets.

Michael Moffat, Robbie Crawford, Alan Forrest and Craig McGuffie will be in attendance for autographs and photos.

To top it all off we will be giving away kids tickets for the Forfar game on the 30th December with every purchase made.

We have received lots of new stock for Christmas this week so why not come along and have a look.

Half Price Season tickets

Saturday’s 3-2 win over Queens Park was our 9th home league match of the season which marked the half way point of our home league season.

This means that from today we are selling Half Price season tickets for the remaining 9 home games.

So far this season entertainment has been the name of the game. We have scored 73 goals in just 24 games which means we are averaging over 3 goals a game!

As of today we sit 5 points clear in the league table and we need as many supporters as possible backing this team. We have won our last 4 matches at Somerset Park, scoring 11 goals in the process. We have also just completed 8 successive victories for the first time in 30 years.

HALF SEASON TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE CLUB SHOP

Adult £110 ( From £220)

Concession £60 (From £120). This covers over 65s, Students and 18-21 year olds.

Child £25 (From £50). Child covers under 18s.

Panda Pals – Under 12s – Remains £15.

John Kerr

We were shocked and saddened to hear the news over the weekend that John Kerr had passed away aged 61.

John, who was our physio from 1995 to 2005, was a hugely popular figure at Somerset park, not only during his time at the club but also after he had left.

‘Kerso’ as he was affectionately known,  was the club physio at the time we reached the League Cup Final and also the Scottish Cup semi final.

Everyone’s thoughts at Ayr United are with John’s friends and family at this time.

Queens Park match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queen’s Park
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 9th December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ian McCall’s side will look to make it seven consecutive league wins when Queen’s Park are the visitors to Somerset Park. The Honest Men are unbeaten since the start of September and top League 1 by three points.

Opponents Queen’s Park ended a run of five straight defeats last weekend with a 2-1 home win over East Fife. Striker Luke Donnelly netted both goals for Gus MacPherson’s side, who fell behind in the 16th minute. The result, however, was not enough to lift the Spiders off the foot of the table, with Forfar Athletic one point ahead.

Elsewhere in League 1, Raith Rovers travel to face Airdrieonians on Sunday.

 

Team News: Andy Geggan and Robbie Crawford are ruled out with injury.

Ian says: “We are really looking forward to the game as with Raith playing on Sunday we want to make sure we put the pressure on and do our job by getting the 3 points. There is no doubt it will be a difficult game as Queens Park are better than their league position suggests and they have a top manager. The boys have forged a winning mentality even when they aren’t at their best and that is a great trait to have. We need to be better defensively tomorrow and we have had a really good week training. Defensively we have been really good over this run we have been on however we shouldn’t be conceding two goals at Somerset. The atmosphere was completely different last week compared to the games against Stranraer and Raith so hopefully we can get that great atmosphere back tomorrow.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 43

Draws – 23

Queen’s Park wins – 31

 

The Spiders have won just once in their last 14 visits to Somerset Park.

 

Last Meeting: Goals from Jamie Adams and Lawrence Shankland earned United all three points when the sides met at Hampden Park at the end of September.

 

On this day: in 2006, United made the long trip north to face Peterhead in second round of the Scottish Cup. Goals from David Dunn and Jerome Vareille put the Honest Men into the next round a win that punctuated a run of six straight league defeats.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Gavin Ross

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Andy Taylor

 

Admission:

Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5

 

 

 

 

 

Burns Supper 2018

The Honest Men and Bonie Lasses Burns Supper will take place on Friday 2nd February 2018 in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

Singing will be Tayler Logan which is a real coup as she reached the latter stages of televisions ‘The Voice’ earlier this year. Tayler is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire and a really talented Burns speaker and we’re delighted she is also delivering the Reply on behalf of the Lasses.

Also a National Primary Schools Burns champion is Zoe Craig who is also performing on the evening. She is sensational!

The Immortal Memory will be given by Ian MacPherson MBE who is one of the finest Burns speakers in the country.

Comedian and acclaimed speaker Iain Gordon who performs throughout the UK will be doing Toast to the Lasses and to top it all off, seasoned Burns speaker and Ayr supporter Graham Hill will be the MC and reciting Tam O’Shanter.

Tickets are priced £35 and includes a fantastic 3 course meal and special gift for everyone attending. Tickets can be purchased in the club shop or by phone 01292 263435 ext 5.

Albion Rovers match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 2nd December 2017, Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, we play the first of a League 1 double-header at Somerset Park with Albion Rovers the visitors. Rovers saw their fixture away to Stranraer fall victim to the weather last weekend, while the Honest Men needed a last minute Craig Moore winner at Alloa to clinch all three points – a six consecutive victory which ensured Ian McCall’s men retained their three point advantage at the top of the table.

 

Seventh placed Albion are without a win in their last five league games, including a 5-4 defeat at versus East Fife at New Bayview and 4-3 reverse at home to Forfar Athletic. Despite this recent slump and league position, Rovers have the second best away record in the division, picking up 13 points from 6 games on the road. Conversely they have lost six out of seven at Cliftonhill, their only home win coming against Raith Rovers at the end of September.

 

Brian Kerr’s men did get back to winning ways a fortnight ago, beating Lowland League side East Kilbride 4-3 in the Scottish Cup. Former United midfielder Alan Trouten scoring what proved to be the decisive goal, his eighteenth goal in just 19 matches.

 

Team News: Paddy Boyle, Robbie Crawford and Andy Geggan are out with injuries. Everyone else is available.

Ian says: “We have just had a very tough run of fixtures and taken maximum points so there is a different pressure tomorrow where we will be fully expected to win. We want to keep this run going and there is that winning mentality which was shown at the end of the game last week. Every game has different challenges and Albion Rovers have had a lot of wins away from home so we will need to be at our best if we want to take maximum points. We are really hoping for a similar atmosphere to the Stranraer and Raith games at Somerset, the better the atmosphere the more difficult it is for visiting teams.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 43

Draws – 12

Albion Rovers wins – 27

 

Saturday will be the 50th meeting between the sides in Ayr. Albion Rovers were the first ever side to beat Ayr United at Somerset Park, back in October 1910 and also won on their last visit in April 2016 when former United defender Mick Dunlop netted the only goal.

 

Last Meeting: United travelled to Cliftonhill on the opening afternoon of the league campaign and returned to Ayrshire with a thumping 5-1 victory. Declan McDaid open the scoring in just the second minute and the Honest Men went into the break 3-0 up thanks to goals from Michael Moffat and Craig Moore. Moore completed his hat-trick in the second-half before a late Rovers consolation scored by Connor Shields.

 

On this day: in 2000, the Honest Men scored three goals away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle – but were on the wrong end of a 7-3 thumping.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Mark McHendry

 

Admission:

Adults – £16
OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds – £10
Under 18s – £5

 

We look forward to welcoming all fans to Somerset Park.  Your support is vital.  However, we all need to be able to enjoy watching games in a safe and considerate environment.  We ask that you support the players and team without resorting to unacceptable behaviour that can lead to the Club and individuals facing charges.

Like all Scottish grounds, Ayr United have a searching policy as a condition of entry. 

Possessing or using any pyro device and anyone detected will be liable to prosecution and a lifetime ban from Somerset Park.

 

 Copies of our Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found around the stadium, Match programme and on our website.  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

 

Thank you

Enjoy the game