Dundee United match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 8th April 2017, kick-off 5.15pm

On Saturday, Ayr United play their penultimate home game of the league season when Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park for the early evening kick-off. The Honest Men dropped to the bottom of the table last weekend following the loss to Queen of the South but with four points separating the bottom four clubs and 12 points up for grabs it is still all to play for.

Dundee United picked up a valuable win during midweek, defeating Dunfermline 1-0 at Tannadice on Tuesday. That result, coupled with Morton’s defeat in the Renfrewshire Derby, saw them climb into third place in the table, a point ahead of Morton and one point behind second-placed Falkirk, with whom they drew last weekend.

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship on Saturday, Dumbarton are at home to Dunfermline, Raith Rovers host Morton and St. Mirren travel to face Falkirk.

Team News: Paddy Boyle is suspended. Conrad Balatoni and Robbie Crawford are out with injuries.

Ian McCall says: “Quite simply we have to be miles better than last week. We have to show a passion, a desire, a commitment that wasn’t there last Saturday. We have quality in the team but we have to work a lot harder and the boys will do that tomorrow. There will be a few changes to the team after last weeks display and with the injuries and suspension so that will give an opportunity to some of the boys that have been on the sidelines recently. We feel like we owe Dundee United one so we are really looking forward to the game as we know we can perform against them.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 11
Dundee United wins –11

Ayr have lost the last seven league meetings between the sides, with their last league win over the Tangerines coming in April 1977.

Last meeting: Ian McCall’s side will be looking to prevent Ray McKinnon’s men becoming the only side to take maximum points off them this season. The Honest Men came close to snatching a point at Tannadice in the last encounter between the sides at the end of last month, Mark Durnan netting the winner after Gary Harkins had equalised Simon Murray’s opener.

The Arabs’ visit to Somerset Park earlier in the season saw an early Tope Obadeyo breakaway goal secure them the win.

On this day: in 1972, Ayr defeated Dundee United 4-2 at Somerset Park. More recently, the Honest Men were involved in a nine goal thriller away to Dumbarton. United were 3-0 up after 12 minutes through Ray Logan, Christ Strain and Jerome Vareille. Two Andy Rodgers goals either side of Kieran McAnespie’s strike brought the Sons back into it, who went on to equalise with goals from John Gemmell and Paul McQuilken but Ayr were not to be denied, Chris Robertson making it 5-4 in the 79th minute.

Match Officials:
Referee – Crawford Allan
Assistant Referee 1 – Gordon Crawford
Assistant Referee 2 – Paul O’Neill
Fourth Official – Grant Irvine

Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5

Away turnstiles:
• Stand – 9 & 10
• Terracing – 2, 3 & 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

Club shop Online sale & £10 deals


The online shop begins a 50% OFF ALL STOCK sale on Monday April 10th running through till midnight on April 30th. Every item is reduced giving supporters far and wide a fabulous opportunity to buy a piece of history before the forthcoming badge change.

We haven`t forgotten our walk in customers either with some cracking £10 in store deals including:

Trapper hat & Peru hat both for £10
Round neck printed T shirts Any 2 for £10
Adult and kids onesies £10
Single and double duvet sets £10 each
Curtains £10
Mugs 4 for £10
Snowflake hats & scarfs mix and match 3 for £10
Giant Bigsy Bear soft toy 2 for £10
100% cotton giant luxury towel £10
All framed photos £10

*while stock last
**no further discount applies

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70% sale – final day Saturday


The club shop 70% OFF sale finishes this Saturday after our home game against Queen Of The South. Spend £20 or more in store and receive a massive 70% off your purchase.

This is a one off deal that will never be repeated so be sure to fill your boots with our famous club logo before it is consigned to history.

We have a huge range of clothing and merchandise available and all at a ridiculously low giveaway price.
The shop is open from 11am on Saturday match day.

50% OFF online sale begins on Monday 10th April.

*No further discount applies
**While stocks last

Q O T S match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queen of the South
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 8th April 2017

On Saturday, Ayr United look to bounce back from a heavy defeat in Paisley when Queen of the South are the visitors to Somerset Park. Only a win for the Honest Men will guarantee the Honest Men stay off the bottom of the table, and with the bottom six teams in the Championship all playing each other, would see Ian McCall’s men close the gap on some of their rivals.

Queen of the South beat Dundee United 4-2 last weekend, ended a run of five matches without a win. The Doonhamers lie in fifth position in the league table, eight points behind the final promotion play-off position and eight points ahead of Ayr in ninth.

Elsewhere in the bottom-half of the Championship, St Mirren are at home to Dumbarton and there is a Fife derby between Dunfermline and Raith Rovers at East End Park.

Team News: Conrad Balatoni and Jamie Adams miss out. Everyone else is available for selection.

Ian McCall says: “After last week I hear a lot of people writing us off however we have beaten 3 of the teams around us in recent games and we have trained well all week and are fully focused on this game. We need to win our battles all over the pitch and with our fans behind us there is no doubt we can get a positive result.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 23
Draws – 8
Queen of the South wins –14

Last meeting: The sides played out a goalless draw in their last encounter, at Palmerston Park on Hogmanay. Queen of the South’s previous visit to Somerset Park ended in a 1-0 win to the home side courtesy of a second-half Paul Cairney goal but it was a 4-1 win for the Doonhamers in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

On this day: United’s record on the 8th April reads W6, D6, L6. One of those defeats came in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup against Rangers at Hampden in 2000. The last two league matches on this date have ended 1-1, against Alloa in 2006 and Dundee in 1995.

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe
Assistant Referee 2 – Garry Doherty

Adults – £17
OAP’s and students – £10
Under 16s – £5

Queen of the South supporters buses can park in Craigie Park

Voting opens for new badge

We have had an incredible response from around the world in our request for designs of a new club crest. A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a design and all entries will be displayed inside Somerset Park for the new season.

The board of directors have had a difficult time going through all the entries and narrowing it down to just 5.

Below are the 5 entries that have been shortlisted and we are asking for your vote to decide which will become the new Ayr United club crest.

The badges will be displayed on a large board in the club shop where you can have a look and post your choice or alternatively email your choice to commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk


Designed by Craig Eccles. “When designing this badge I wanted to keep as much as possible from the current badge the same as I know how important a clubs crest is and how it has a lot of meaning to the fans of a club and everyone associated with it. I first looked at what was the problem with the current badge and decided to work around changing and eliminating these issues. I then choose to make the centre part of the badge the saltire cross to keep in part with the current design and also the original badge.”





Designed by Graham Linden. “I looked through what other teams in recent years have done, simplify the design. Rather than creating something elaborate that would look good in 2017, I wanted it to look good now and in the future.

As we’re called The Honest Men I thought it would make sense to have Robert Burns himself as the centrepiece. I wanted to include as much heritage to our club as I could, so from the current design I used the ball at the bottom of the badge. I also chose navy, red and yellow at the bottom of the circle as these are our first kit colours.”




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Designed by Alastair Cole & Scott Plain. “We have avoided making reference to the current badge in favour of a totally different design, one that reflects the history of the area and the club. We hope it will become so distinctive that it will be easily identified immediately as being Ayr United FC.

Some basic online research pulls up our old anchor insignia from the middle of the century when Ayr was a bustling, famous seaport. The anchor was used in our badge either side of World War 2. We decided to base our proposed design around that and we think that the badge we’ve come up with represents the proud history  of Ayr, but also has a bold modern feel that will make it stand out from the crowd.”



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Designed by Jamie Stevenson. “This design reflects the feelings that I think most of us want to retain the overall traditional look if possible while taking the opportunity to modernise a little for the future. I also wanted to incorporate the black and white bands from the traditional shirt and scarves which for many of us mean Somerset on a Saturday!”




new badge 5Designed by Alistair Devlin. “I decided from the start, to move away from a conventional shield shape and scroll with motto.  I settled on a roundel, as this is a strong container shape that lends itself fantastically to displaying a large amount of type with crystal clarity. It is a self contained shape that speaks the universal visual language that says perfection unity and strength. The border on the existing badge is a strong black outline and I wanted to retain this in the new badge, so I made the text roundel black with white lettering which is very powerful. This will look stunning sitting on a black and white home strip and also away colours as well.

The twisting ropes speak of the maritime trade and fishing of Ayr and to me the twisting of the ropes speak of the twists and turns these industries have had throughout the years. 

I kept the football exactly how it is drawn in the existing badge because it is the most recognisable element of the existing badge! Again it speaks of Ayr and it’s maritime Heritage in that it is a Ship or dock’s capston, but it also ingeniously doubles as a football, perfect!

The final element of the badge has been the most difficult to deal with in design terms. I have had to try and invent a way to combine the shape of the twisting ropes with two blue triangles to infer the presence of a Saltire, but without their actually being one there.  I also used the saltire triangle devices as a device to lead the eye in to the centre of the badge.”

St Mirren 6 Ayr Utd 2

St. Mirren 6 v 2 Ayr United

Ayr had most of the early possession and there was no indication of the horror show that was to follow. On 5 mins, everything changed. United failed to clear and Stevie Mallan drove a delicious drive from the edge of the box into the far corner giving St. Mirren the lead.  Ayr may have had some reason to complain as Kyle Magennis appeared to have handled within the box before the ball reached Mallon but referee Gavin Duncan waved away complaints from Ayr captain Nicky Devlin and the goal stood.

On 20 mins, Mallon sent a long freekick into the box and, as Balatoni toppled in front of him, Gary MacKenzie headered home from 10 yards. This was a double blow for United as Balatoni was injured and needed to be replaced.

With Ayr reduced to 10 men and organising a substitution St. Mirren got their third.  A 12-pass move finally reached Demetriou on the right and the wing-back dribbled into the box before powering the ball across the face of the goal where Cammy Smith’s shot was miraculously stopped on the line by Nicky Devlin before cruelly ending up Stephen McGinn who tapped in. A great way to mark his 100th appearance for the Buddies’ captain. 23 mins gone, 3 – 0 St. Mirren.

Worse was to come and with 10 mins of the half remaining, St. Mirren struck again. Alan Forrest was dispossessed in his own half by McGinn who touched the ball to Smith.  Smith threaded the ball through to Magennis who rounded keeper Greg Fleming before firing home from the tightest of angles.

Just on half-time Robbie Crawford came close for the Honest Men but his drive from the edge of the box was turned around the post by keeper Billy O’Brien.

The second half saw St. Mirren come out hungry for more and on 52 mins they went five up when Lewis Morgan raced onto a ball played through the centre of the Ayr defence before slotting it home past Fleming.

On 74 mins Ayr came out of hibernation and pulled one back. Ryan McGuffie did well to force a corner for Ayr, and for once it was St. Mirren who failed to clear and Cairney pounced, rounding two players before slotting the ball home. 5 – 1.

12 mins later and Ayr had another. St. Mirren appealed for a freekick after Demetriou went down in a clash with Cairney but McGuffie played on, curling the ball to the back post where Farid El Alagui headered home.

Any hopes of a miraculous comeback were shattered just 60 seconds later as St. Mirren sealed the match with a goal from Smith. Josh Todd dribbled into the box before sending a cross to substitute John Sutton who headered against the post but Smith was in position to put the ball into the net.

St. Mirren now sit only one point below United with one game in hand and the Honest Men need to find something special in their locker to drag themselves back up the league.

St Mirren

O’Brien, Demetriou DemetriouDemetriou, Baird, MacKenzie, Eckersley, Mallan, McGinn, Magennis, Morgan, Smith, Loy Subs: Langfield, Gordon, Fjelde, Quinn, Webster, Todd, Sutton

Ayr United

Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Gilmour, Rose, Crawford, Meggatt, Balatoni, Docherty, Forrest, El Alagui Subs: Hart, Murphy, Moore, Harkins, Cairney, Wardrope, McGuffie

Referee: Gavin Duncan Attendance: 4,620

Report: AUmedia