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Dundee United vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Friday 30th November 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm


Tomorrow night (Friday), Ayr United travel north to the City of Discovery to take on Dundee United in a top-of-the-table clash at Tannadice. It is the first of a Friday night TV double-header for the Honest Men, with next week’s fixture at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle also being broadcast live.


Only a win at Tannadice will guarantee Ian McCall’s men hold on to top spot in the Championship this weekend, with Ross County and Dundee United having closed the gap to two points and three points respectively; the Staggies travel to Recreation Park on Saturday to face Alloa Athletic.


United kept a 14th clean sheet of the season in overcoming a spirited Beith Juniors side in the Scottish Cup last weekend and have conceded just once in the last five Championship fixtures on the way to 11 points from a possible 15. Ian McCall will be hoping for another resolute defensive display against his former club on Friday night.


The Opposition: Dundee United come into the match on the back of a 10 day break from competitive action, with their last match versus Alloa Athletic on Tuesday 20th November. A 4-2 against the Wasps made it four wins in-a-row for Robbie Neilson’s side and the former Hearts and MK Dons manager has yet to taste defeat in his new role, only dropping points in a 1- 1 draw against Inverness.


Neilson boasts a host of attacking options, with Slovakian striker Pavol Safranko in particularly fine form with four goals in his last six games, and could be boosted by the return of skipper Fraser Fyvie from injury.


Form Guide:

Ayr United – WWDDW

Dundee United – DWWWW


Team News:  Mark Kerr looks set to miss out on a return to face his former club due to a calf strain. Alan Forrest and Jamie Adams remain sidelined while Craig Moore is suspended.


Ian says:”There has been plenty of talk about the form Dundee United are in however we are in good form ourselves and we head there with plenty of confidence. Everyone knows they are a big club in Scotland but we have shown this season that we can match these teams. We have a few injuries to deal with but again we know that we have players more than capable to step into the squad. Its a Friday night game, live on TV with a big crowd, and we are hugely looking forward to it.”


Head to Head (League):

Ayr United wins – 28
Draws – 15

Dundee United wins – 28


The Honest Men have just one victory at Tannadice since 1959, a 1-0 win in the Premier Division in April 1977.


Last Match: Ayr United ended up comfortable 2-0 victors when the sides met earlier in the season at Somerset Park, a match that saw Laurie Ellis takes temporary charge of the Tangerines following the departure of Csaba László.  Goals in either half from Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid gave The Honest Men the win.


Match Officials:

Referee – Don Robertson

Assistant Referee 1 – Alastair Mather

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

Fourth Official – Graham Beaton



Adults – £20

Concessions – £10 (65+, under-18s and FTS with valid matric)

Messages from Dundee United –

Ayr United fans are allocated the West Stand (‘Shed’). Lower tier prices of £20 Adults / £10 Concessions apply and access is through turnstiles 19 and 20. The away coaches can park in Neish Street, which is opposite the ground, those travelling by car will have to park out with the no waiting coned areas around Tannadice as there are no parking facilities for supporters.

Random searching will also take place involving both sets of fans. Surfing flags are not permitted and all other flags will be checked by CCTV to ensure they are neither offensive or derogatory, drums are not permitted in the ground and finally the stadium is a no smoking stadium and includes E cigarettes.

Smoke devices at Beith

The club would like to thank our supporters for, again, turning up in great numbers to support the team. Unfortunately the behaviour of a small few fell well short of acceptable conduct.

Setting off smoke devices may seem like it’s ‘harmless fun’ and ‘adding to the day’ however this is far from the case and in actual fact affects the health of other supporters who are breathing in the smoke.

The club has received numerous complaints from our own supporters regarding these incidents at Saturdays game and if anyone has any information or footage of the incidents please contact Roy Provan on 01292 263435 (stadium & security extension) or by email royprovan@yahoo.co.uk

Beith 0 Ayr Utd 3

Beith Juniors 0 v Ayr United 3

by AUmedia


A 0 – 3 win over Ayrshire Juniors side Beith in the William Hill Scottish Cup saw Ayr United awarded another Ayrshire ‘derby’ against Auchinleck Talbot. Although the result looked convincing on paper, the Championship side were made to work hard for their victory. A crowd of 1780 watched on as the two teams battled it out on a cold, but bright, November day in a typically towsy cup game.


Ayr United won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half, a slope of eight feet between one end of the park and the other. The slope was to play a vital part in the game in the second half.


United were in attacking mood from the start, with the first attempt of the game coming from McDaid rushing down the right-hand side straight from the off. His cross into the box was not hit with enough power and Beith keeper, Grindlay, who played a pivotal role in this game, made a comfortable save.


Two minutes later and Liam Smith, from inside his own half, slid the ball to Moffat who, hearing the shout from his strike partner Shankland, let the ball travel through to him on the edge of the box. Shankland’s first touch put the ball in the perfect position to launch a powerful dipping shot at goal and only an athletic one-handed save from Grindlay kept the ball from the back of the net. The Beith number 2, Connor McGlinchey cleared the ball from the danger zone and the Beith fans breathed a sigh of relief.


Seconds later, Shankland was ready for another go. A cross-field pass from Michael Rose saw the ball being picked up by Daniel Harvie on the left wing with Shankland just in front of him. With Moffat occupying the attention of two Beith defenders, Shankland was free to turn and fire a powerful shot at the goal, where yet again Grindlay was up to the task, diving at full stretch to push the ball past the post for a corner. Ayr were unable to capitalize on the resulting corner and the score stayed at 0-0.


Ayr were not quite finished yet. After some good one-touch passes moving the ball from left to right, Liam Smith received the ball close to the right touch-line. Getting past his marker and down to the goal-line, he whipped in a fearsome cross over the heads of the Beith players to reach Andy Geggan at the far post, but his header went over the bar.


Ayr were now going full out on the Beith goal to try and open the scoring. Chris Higgins, looking assured and confident on his return to first team duties after injury, sent a long, inch-perfect pass into the Beith penalty area where Shankland was unmarked. The ball dropped neatly over the striker’s shoulder allowing him to get to the line, but his shot from an angle was blocked by Grindlay and again Ayr were denied the goal they were desperately seeking.


Beith were not out of the picture though and always looked dangerous on the counter-attack, with their two wingers, Christie and Bradley, determined, skilful and speedy. Defensively, Beith were well organised, working hard and getting everyone behind the ball in their own half, forcing Ayr to knock the ball back and forth looking for the opening to send the ball forward.


Long probing kick-outs from Grindlay offered Beith their best chances, looking for a forward to get in behind the Ayr defence as it pushed up, or relying on centre-forward Milliken to hold up and lay off to support as it arrived. The junior team showed great intent but could not unlock the defensive backline, superbly orchestrated by Rose and Higgins.


On 30 minutes United thought they had found the breakthrough as a bundled shot through a melee of players saw the ball nestle in the back of the net, but the far side assistant had his flag up for offside much to the chagrin of the attacking Ayr players.


With no quarter being asked in the tackles, it was merely a matter of time before the referee was required to pull a card from his pocket and on 37 mins Geggan was the unlucky recipient of a yellow, being adjudged to have made a dangerous tackle. In truth, the tackle was no worse than some that had been meted out by combatants from both sides throughout the game.


Beith continued to frustrate Ayr for the remainder of the half and as the whistle blew for half-time the score stood at 0-0.  Ayr certainly had the bulk of the possession and chances on goal throughout the first half but, it had literally been a bit of an uphill struggle. The second half would see Ayr increase their dominance and make good use of the advantage of the steep gradient against what became a tiring Beith side.


The half started with Ayr shooting downslope, but straight into the low winter sun that by now was clear of the clouds that had obscured it for most of the first half.  Ayr came out with a more zip to their play as they upped the tempo and started to pull the Beith players out of position with fast, accurate, crisp play.


Moffat was first to try his luck on 53 mins, his right footed shot from the six-yard box again being saved by the on-form Grindlay. Geggan was next up.


A forward pass from the half-way line by Rose saw Shankland at the edge of the box surrounded by Beith players. Unable to turn or get a shot away, he neatly back-heeled the ball through a gap and into the path of the charging Geggan but, yet again, Grindlay denied Ayr the goal they desired, diverting the ball for a corner with his feet. From the corner, the ball fell again to Geggan shot blasted against the Beith crossbar. With the metalwork still thrumming from the impact, a left-footed strike on the rebound from Rose saw the ball skim millimetres over the top.


The deadlock was finally broken on 64 mins. Moffat crossed the ball into the box from the left side, but Bell was unable to gain full control under pressure from two Beith defenders.  The ball spun backwards and Shankland was first to the ball, his left-footed shot evading Grindlay for the first time and ending up in the back of the net. 0 – 1 United and the Ayr fans breathed a sigh of relief.


The Beith players were beginning to tire and United ratcheted up the pressure. Ayr then made two substitutions, Crawford being replaced by McGuffie and Docherty coming on for Geggan. It was Docherty who was next to make his mark on the game.


On 80 mins, a cross from one side of the box to the other saw Shankland unmarked and in acres of space. Selflessly turned the ball to Docherty close to the penalty spot, and the midfielder ‘passed’ into the net to double Ayr’s advantage and all but kill off the game.


The result was signed, sealed and delivered on 88 mins. Harvie charged forward and slid the ball wide to late substitute Luke McCowan who pushed towards the line and delivered into the box where Moffat dinked the ball into the net to make the score 0 – 3 to the Honest Men. Ayr were assured their progress to the next round of the cup.


Although the final score was a convincing win for Ayr, Beith can rightly hold their heads high having provided a tough, uncompromising test for the Championship side.


Next up it’s back to league action as United travel to Dundee United on Friday for Ayr’s first televised game of the season.


Beith Juniors

Grindlay, McGlinchey, Noble, Nicky, Sheridan, Wilson, Christie, Frize, Milliken, Collins, Bradley

Substitutes: Haggerty, Docherty, Middleton, McPherson, Green, MacDonald, Miller


Ayr United

Doohan, Higgins, Harvie, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, McDaid, Bell, Shankland, Smith

Substitutes: Hare-Reid, McGuffie, Ferguson, Murdoch, Ecrepont, Docherty, McCowan

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 1780

Beith match preview

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Beith Juniors vs. Ayr United

William Hill Scottish Cup third round

Saturday 24th November 2018. Kick-off 1.30pm


On Saturday, Ayr United make the 25 mile journey to Bellsdale Park to take on Beith Juniors in the Scottish Cup tie of the round. The match pitches the League 1 champions and Championship leaders against the West Region Premier Division champions in the first meeting between an Ayrshire Junior and Senior club in the Scottish Cup.


It is over 20 years since The Honest Men were on the wrong end of a Scottish Cup upset and were knocked out by a club from a lower division and Ian McCall’s side overcame North Region Junior champions Banks O’Dee last season. On-form Beith, meanwhile, will be looking to make it third time lucky at this stage of the competition, having been knocked out by Airdrie and Greenock Morton in the third round in 2010 and 2016.


The Opposition: John Miller has overseen a successful period in Beith’s history since returning to the club as manager in April 2013. Under Miller, the Mighty won the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 2016 and, having led them to promotion from the Super League 1st Division in 2014, Miller added the Premier Division title last season when Beith pipped Auchinleck Talbot by one point on the final day of the season.


That title success has given Beith a third crack at the senior Scottish Cup this season (they also entered in season 2010/11 after the club’s first Premier Division win, also under John Miller). They have already overcome Threave Rovers, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, Nairn County and Linlithgow Rose to reach the third round once more.


That 4-0 win over Linlithgow started sequence of wins that now totals five after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Largs Thistle in the Super Premier Division.  ‘The Cabes’ occupy third place in the Super Premier Division, 13 points behind runaway leaders Hurlford United, albeit with two games in hand.


Connor McGlinchey has been the Bellsdale Park side’s top performer this season and is in line to make his 100th appearance for Beith on Saturday. The full-back – who won League 2 while at Peterhead in 2014 – has 10 goals in 20 appearances this term, six coming from the penalty spot.  At the other end of the park, former Ayr United stopper Stephen Grindlay is in his fifth season at Beith while another ex-Ayr player, Andy Reid, has been with Beith for over 10 years, scoring 195 times in 321 appearances.


Form Guide:

Ayr United – WWWDD

Beith Juniors – WWWWW


Team News:  Jamie Adams and Alan Forrest are out with injuries.


Ian says: “We must ensure that we are not this seasons Scottish Cup story. We will ensure Beith are given every respect as they are a good side. The pitch should be in good condition and although there is plenty of chat about the slope we aren’t bothered about that. We are going with a strong team and the only thing that matters is getting into the next round. It will be a great atmosphere and we are really looking forward to something different.”


History vs. Beith:

Beith Juniors were formed in 1938 as a successor to the disbanded senior side Beith who had previously competed in the Scottish Football League between 1923 and 1926. The newly formed Ayr United and Beith met five times in 2011, with Ayr United recording wins in the Scottish Consolation Cup and Ayrshire Cup after two replays in February and the Scottish Qualifying the following season in October. Beith’s only win over the Honest Men in 11 meetings came in the Ayrshire Cup in 1926, while the last match between the sides in August 1938 saw Ayr record a 7-1 victory.


On this date: in 2007, United were knocked out the Scottish Cup at the third round stage by Partick Thistle at Firhill. Alex Williams gave United an early lead in Glasgow but Mark Roberts struck on the stroke of half-time and Liam Buchanan scored the winner in the second-half.  Eight of the Thistle starting XI that day also played for Ayr United during their career.


Match Officials:

Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell


We thank you for travelling to support the team.  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 either Club or individuals facing charges.

All Scottish grounds 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 football stadiums.

 Copies of Ayr United’s Unacceptable Conduct Policy can be found on our website.  http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/unacceptable-conduct-policy/

Thank you and enjoy the game.

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Ayr Utd 0 Morton 0

Ayr United 0 v 0 Greenock Morton

by AUmedia

Saturday saw the second visit of Greenock Morton to Somerset Park for this season, but the first in the SPFL Championship. After their 5-1 defeat at Cappielow in September, the ‘Ton were out to make amends.

After a respectfully observed one minutes silence in memory of former Ayr United keeper, Davie Stewart, the game kicked off at a fast pace, both teams probing and harrying, but neither making much impact in the box.

On 12 minutes, the first corner of the game went the way of the home side, an attempted cross by Andy Geggan spinning off the Morton defender Tumilty and behind the goal line.

A delightful head flick by Craig Moore saw the ball land at Lawrence Shankland’s feet but the striker was only able to direct the ball harmlessly into the arms of the Morton keeper. Two minutes later, a second corner saw Shankland with another opportunity to open the scoring, but his right footed shot was saved comfortably in the top centre of the goal.

On the half hour, Morton started to press, and after a smooth as silk pass to Gary Oliver, the striker managed to evade the onrushing Bell, but his shot at goal from 10 yards out was easily saved by Doohan.

A few minutes later, the United keeper would repeat the process when a long throw-in from Morton allowed them to get to the goal-line, but the cross was millimetres too high for that man Oliver again and it nestled harmlessly in Doohan’s gloves. Oliver continued to make a nuisance of himself though, and on 36 minutes his right footed shot from a tight angle was once again saved by Doohan as it travelled goalwards.

The first real controversy of the match came close to the 40min mark when Declan McDaid won the Honest Men a free kick midway in to the defensive half. The sole Morton defender seemed to be standing closer than 10 yards away when the free-kick was taken and the match official blew to reset the kick. Ayr fans were rightly aggrieved however when the retaken free kick cannoned of the advancing defenders’ arm and landed at the feet of a Morton player who kicked the ball harmlessly away from the danger area.

A moment of madness though nearly cost Ayr a goal. A free kick on the far side was taken by Mark Kerr, but inexplicably he passed the ball straight to a Morton defender. With all the Ayr players with the exception of Liam Smith upfield for the kick, the Morton player chipped over the Ayr players, finding yet again that man Oliver making a break down the wing. Getting past the despairing Smith, Oliver was faced with only the Ayr keeper to beat, but his low drive towards the corner of the net was stopped by Doohan’s feet as he came out to meet the attack. Unable to capitalize from the loose ball, Morton could only look on as the returning United defenders were able to clear their lines.

Both sides had one more good attempt at goal, with Bob McHugh seeing his right footed shot from the centre of the box sliding inches wide of the goal post and Lawrence Shankland being denied by the fingertips of the Morton keeper Gaston to push the net-bound ball around his far post and out for a corner.

And so the first half drew to a close with the scores standing at 0-0. There was no doubt that the first half had been an evenly matched contest, but the Ayr players knew they were going to have to play much better if they were to break down the resolute Morton defence.

Ayr started the second half with more grit and determination than they had shown in the first. The first opportunity came Ayr’s way on 48 mins. Declan McDaid, receiving the ball from a throw-in managed to evade Jack Iredale and his looping cross was met by the head of Craig Moore, but the striker was unable to make a strong enough contact and the ball slipped wide of the post.

Ayr continued to keep up the pressure however and within a minute had a free kick just inside their own half. Taken by Michael Rose and lofted in to the penalty box, Shankland was only able to head the ball down to Moore’s feet. Back to the goal, he slid the ball back to Shankland who by now was in a good position. Shankland’s shot ricocheted off a Morton player to be pounced on by Robbie Crawford. Unfortunately, the ball came at him too high to make good contact and he fired straight at the Morton keeper.

McDaid had another shot on 51 mins blocked and Mark Kerr tried his luck a few seconds later from distance, but again the Morton keeper was up to the task and prevented the ball from going in to the net.

The game seemed to be settling down in to a midfield battle when on 60 mins Ayr were reduced to 10 men. Craig Moore picked up the ball just inside his own half and was making his way forward when a push in the back from Morton’s Buchanan sent him sprawling. With the free kick won, for some reason the Morton player attempted to kick the ball away from under Moore’s body, catching the player on the thigh. Moore retaliated with a raised foot, catching Buchanan between his legs, leaving the referee no option but to present a straight red for violent conduct.

Sensing this might be the break they needed, Morton pushed further up the field putting more pressure on the United goal than we had seen all game. They were, however, unable to break down a resolute United defence, who by this time had re-organised, pulling McDaid back in to mid-field and leaving Shankland as the sole striker up front. With 4 shots on goal in as many minutes, Morton would rue their squandered chances.

The first substitution of the game, and Morton’s only one, came on 70 mins when Charlie Telfer left the field of play after receiving an uncomfortable knock, and was replaced by Ross MacLean.  A by now tired looking Andy Geggan was replaced by Daniel Harvie on 77 mins, with Lawrence Shankland having put in the work of two men being replaced by Michael Moffat two minutes later. Moffat did bring some zip to the United attack with fresh legs, but by now the game was starting to fizzle out in terms of a spectacle with play being increasingly confined to the mid-field again.

The last action of the game came on 93 mins when a Morton corner was met by the head of Gregor Buchanan at very close range, but substitute Moffat was on the line to head away.

Speaking after the match, United manager Ian McCall, was content with a point, given the way the second half panned out. Ayr United stay at the top of the league with a 5 point advantage, but the chasing teams do have a game in hand.

Attention now turns to the William Hill Scottish Cup and an away game at Beith Juniors on Saturday 24th, with a 1:30pm kick off.

Ayr United

Doohan, Kerr, Rose, Geggan, Crawford, McDaid, Bell, Shankland, Murdoch, Smith, Moore

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Harvie, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Moffat, Docherty

Greenock Morton

Gaston, Kilday, Iredale, Buchanan, Waddell, Telfer, McAlister, McHugh, Tidser, Tumilty, Oliver

Substitutes: Scully, Thomson, Tiffoney, MacLean, Bell, McKeown, McGrattan

Referee: Willie Collum

Attendance: 2346

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Morton match preview

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Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 17th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm


Ayr United manager Ian McCall has urged the Somerset Park faithful to turn up the noise on Saturday when Morton are the visitors for a match the gaffer says is as big as he can remember. McCall is hoping his side will be roared on to three points that would see the Honest Men open up a seven point advantage at the top of the table, with Ross County playing in the Irn-Bru Cup this weekend and Dundee United not in action until Tuesday night when they host Alloa Athletic.


United extended their lead at the top of the table last weekend but lost their 100% record at Somerset Park after being held to a draw by Queen of the South. The Honest Men, however, still boast the best home record in the division and will be looking to maintain an unbeaten run that stretches back to April.


The Opposition: Two second-half penalties handed Alloa Athletic all three points against Morton last weekend as Jonatan Johansson’s side fell to a disappointing home defeat; that result on the back of a thumping 5-1 win over Partick Thistle the previous week.  Morton find themselves in fifth position in the league table, three points behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle who occupy the final promotion play-off spot.


Form Guide:

Ayr United – LWWWD

Morton – WLWWL


Team News:  Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Everyone else is fit and available.


Ian says: “For us to go seven points clear at the top of the league would be remarkable but it is certainly our aim to do just that, especially with the game being at Somerset. It certainly won’t be easy as Morton have just beaten Partick and Queen of the South. I was disappointed to only take a point on Saturday however that disappointment will disappear if we take 3 points on Saturday. We lost a poor goal on Saturday but after the three clean sheets prior to that I won’t be too hard on them.”


Head to head (League at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 15

Greenock Morton wins – 18


Last Meeting: Ayr benefited from a Michael Tidser penalty miss to go on to demolish the Ton 5-1 at Cappielow when the sides met at the end of September. Lawrence Shankland put United ahead in the 19th minute but a lapse in concentration allowed Charlie Telfer to disposes Robbie Crawford and equalise before half-time. United went on to score four goals in 16 second-half minutes after Ross Doohan conceded then saved Tidser’s spot kick, with Shankland again, Craig Moore (x2) and Declan McDaid on the scoresheet.


Morton’s last trip to Somerset Park in the league also ended in a comprehensive away win. A Ross Forbes double plus a strike from Gary Oliver put the Ton three goals ahead after just half-an-hour on a rain-lashed evening in January 2017. Jamie Adams pulled one back before half-time but Oliver added a second to make it 4-1.


On this date: United have won their last two fixtures played on November 17th, beating Stranraer 2-1 in 2012 at Somerset Park and St. Mirren 1-0 in 2001 at Love Street. Both games saw late winners for the Honest Men; Michael Moffat adding his second of the game in the 90th minute against Stranraer after Michael Moore had given the Blues a first-half lead while it was Pat McGinlay with the only goal late on in Paisley.


Match Officials:

Referee – Willie Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome

Assistant Referee 2 – Gordon McCabe



Adults – £17

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6

Tributes to club legends

Over the past week we have received the incredibly sad news that two of our club legends have passed away.

Yesterday we found out that Davie Stewart, who is billed as the club’s greatest ever goalkeeper, had passed away. And this comes only days after the passing of Johnny Graham, our skipper that led Ayr United into the first ever Premier League in 1975. 

Davie, who was inducted into our Ayr United Hall of Fame, was signed by Ally MacLeod in the summer of 1967 from Kilsyth Rangers. He was affectionately called ‘the man in black’ by supporters in reference to the goalie strip he would wear.

He went on to make 251 appearances and played a starring role as Ayr took Celtic to a replay in the 1969 League Cup semi final at Hampden.

In 1973 he was sold to Leeds United for £30,000 and went on to play in the European Cup Final two years later when the Elland Road club lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich.

Johnny Graham began his career with Strathclyde Juniors before going on to play for Third Lanark, Dundee United, Falkirk and Hibs.  

He signed for Ayr for £10,000 in 1971 and went on to score 72 goals in 202 games. In October of his first season he scored all 4 goals as we came from 3-1 down to beat Airdrie 4-3 at Broomfield.

Everyone at Ayr United would like to send their deepest condolences to the families and friends of both Davie and Johnny.

Queen of the South match preview

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Ayr United vs. Queen of the South

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 10th November 2018. Kick-off 3pm


On Saturday, Ayr United host Queen of the South in the first of two consecutive matches at Somerset Park, with the Championship’s last remaining 100% home record on the line. Ian McCall’s side have won all five home games in the league so far this season and boast a +11 goal difference after wins over Partick Thistle, Dunfermline, Dundee United, Falkirk and Alloa.


Last weekend saw the side consolidate our position at the top of the league table with a third win-to-nil in a week, overcoming bottom side Falkirk at the Falkirk Stadium. That result coupled with Ross County’s draw in the Highland Derby means the Honest Men hold a 3 point advantage over the second-placed Staggies, with Dundee United a further four points adrift.


The Opposition: Queen of the South travel to Ayrshire on the back of two straight defeats, at home to Greenock Morton and away to Dundee United. Indeed, since defeating United at Palmerston Park at the start of September, Gary Naysmith’s side have picked up just two wins from eight Championship fixtures. That run of form means they occupy sixth place in the league table, 12 points behind the Honest Men.


Stephen Dobbie, as always, is the Doonhamers’ main threat. The veteran striker has 25 goals in 20 games in all competitions this season but is amidst a relative barren spell for him of late, with just one goal in his last five matches since hitting his fourth hat-trick of the season against Alloa a month ago.


Team News:  Jamie Adams is out with an injury picked up in training. Andy Geggan misses out with illness. Everyone else is fit and available.


Ian says: “Of course a lot of people have been mentioning the word revenge however that’s certainly not how we are looking at it. We have been magnificent since that result and this is just another game that we want to go out and win, especially with it being at Somerset. There will also be plenty of people talking about Dobbie and Shankland however we have plenty of other threats. We are a third of the way through the season and three points clear and if we do as well in the middle third of the season then of course we will look at our aims.”


Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 26

Draws – 13

Queen of the South wins – 33

The Honest Men need three more goals for 100 league goals against Queen of the South.


Last Meeting: United fans will need no reminder of the last meeting between the sides, which saw Stephen Dobie complete a hat-trick within 22 minutes of the kick-off and go on to a grab a fourth goal in a 5-0 victory. Gary Harkins was the other goalscorer on a day that went from bad to worse for the Honest Men when Daniel Harvie was sent off in second-half.


Queen of the South’s last visit to Somerset Park was in April 2017 and saw Dobbie again on the scoresheet, netting twice in the Doonhamers’ 2-0 victory.


On this date: in 1928, the Honest Men were involved in a TWELVE goal thriller at Firhill, defeating Partick Thistle 8-4. The match is unsurprisingly the highest scoring league game the club have been involved in.


Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin Drummond



Adults – £17

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11

Under 18s – £6