Season tickets & Gate prices

We are delighted to confirm that season tickets will go on sale on Thursday (evening) 17th May online and in store.

There is an incredible feeling around Somerset Park at the moment and we have been delighted with the response of our fans to winning the League One title.

Now is the time we need your support more than ever. We are going to face an extremely strong Ladbrokes Championship and in order to compete we will be trying to provide our manager with all available funding. The main source of this will come from season tickets and the more we sell the bigger our playing budget.

To ensure we are able to compete we have looked at the prices around the league and concluded that, for the first time in many years, we needed to have a small increase.

Season Ticket prices for 2018/19 are as follows

ADULT – 240

CONCESSION – 140

CHILD – 55

PANDA PALS – 20

Gate Prices for 2018/19 season are as follows

ADULT – 17

CONCESSION – 11

CHILD – 6

Our season tickets have not arrived yet and are still in production however they will arrive shortly and will be posted out on arrival. We will confirm when they arrive.

Manager Ian McCall has also asked that we mention the AU 500 fund as he looks to add to the squad for the new season. The fund has seen extra members join since we lifted the trophy and an upsurge in members would make an enormous difference to this coming season. To find out more visit www.au500fund.com

Players released

Today Paddy Boyle, Craig Reid, Lyle Avci and David Waite were informed that they will not be offered a new contract with the club.

Manager Ian McCall said :”We wish all these boys all the very best for the future. Especially to Paddy and Craig who were integral in our fantastic season.

Paddy Boyle has spent the last three years at Somerset Park and has won promotion from League One in two of those three seasons. He also captained the club this season until injury cut his season short.

Craig Reid joined the club at the beginning of this season and made over twenty appearances in our title winning season.

Everyone at Ayr United thanks all four players for their efforts while at the club and wishes them luck for the future.

The Trophy.

Ayr United Football Club – League One Champions 2017/18. It has a fantastic sound to it and we are wanting to tell as many people about it this Summer as possible.

We have started taking the trophy to sponsors and advertisers and if you have backed us financially and would like us to bring the trophy to your business then please get in touch.

Or if you would like to discuss our sponsorship and advertising options please contact our commercial manager Graeme Miller or 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk. We would be delighted to bring the trophy along to help with publicity.

We would also love to take the trophy to local schools. Already this week we have confirmed we will be visiting Braehead and Newton Primary and Ayr Grammar. Get in touch with Graeme if you would like to have the trophy at your school.

We are opening our club shop this Saturday from 11am to 4pm and the trophy will be on display. Why not come in and purchase our new embroidered home top or some of our new Champions range then get a photo with the trophy.

Message from the Chairman

Well, we did it.  In true Ayr United fashion, we made it difficult for ourselves, but we still did it. 2017/18 Champions! That sounds pretty good.

 

I just want to take a moment and let you all know how thankful I am to be part of this club and the people who make it up.  As I stood there on Saturday with about five minutes to go, I had a quick reflection on everything I’ve experienced in the last 31 years at Ayr.  The main thing in my mind was how much I wished that my father had been there to witness what was unfolding.  He would have loved it.  Unlike me, outwardly he would have been calm, but just like me, he would have been freaking out internally.

 

I want to thank so many people who have made all of this possible. Firstly, to the Manager, the back room staff and the players. You’ve given us a season to remember and the entertainment value was high. It started with a win against Them which had the additional bonus of David Sargent’s iconic picture of Geggan celebrating in front of the Railway end.  At that pointI couldn’t have known that picture would finish a distant second to some of the pics from Saturday between 5:00 and closing time.

 

Other highlights included some decent cup runs including a game live on Sky against Rangers where we gave ourselves some false hope after taking the lead only to succumb to a barrage of goals in the final 30 minutes.  Incidentally, that was also the day that I learned the hard way that “Huns” is a bad word. I won’t be making that mistake again…

 

124 goals from double digits of players.  Incredible!  Lawrence Shankland who our Chaplain appropriately expressed “God loves everybody and everybody loves Lawrence Shankland” deservedly taking home the Player of the Year award at last night’s PFA dinner. The final whistle on Saturday and we could all see the players grouping together to wait for the final whistle.  I personally found great joy watching Declan McDaid’s emotional roller coaster from panic inducing anticipation to unbridled joy when the final news came from Kirkcaldy.  The next few minutes are a complete haze. The players went crazy, the Manager shot up the tunnel, the supporters stormed the pitch and I just paced back and forth by myself clapping like an idiot not knowing quite what to do or where to go.

 

Then the wait for the helicopter to arrive.  Neil Doncaster told me when he got there that they decided to risk it and left Cumbernauld after we scored the second goal and headed towards Ayr.  Thank goodness I didn’t know that at the time. I was having a tough enough time trying to avoid all of the people around me following the Raith game intently on their phones. I’m not particularly superstitious, especially by Scottish standards and certainly not by Scottish footballer standards, but I just felt that me not looking at a phone would somehow keep Raith from scoring. Obviously crazy, but hey, it worked.  Sports people are weird.

 

To Bodog, I just want to say how much we appreciate their support as our main sponsor and the other various pieces that they have done to assist us.  Also, the rest of our sponsors almost all of which come from our local community.

 

The Academy who in their 11 years of existence have produced a growing pipeline into the First Team and carry out so much work in the community on our behalf.  The directors, the employees and the volunteers.  You are the way forward for Scottish Football and I’m proud to be part of that organization.Davie White continues to do an excellent job as our Head of Youth and we are lucky to have him.  The added bonus for me is I learn a new Scottish word almost every time we go out and the way he speaks about Cumnock is how most people describe Hawaii.

 

The people who work at the Ayr United Development Society (The Lottery).  Your contributions over the last 20 years or so have been an important piece of the puzzle

 

The hardworking staff at the club. That’s ground staff, kitchen staff, office staff, security and maintenance etc.  Tracy, Lewis and Graeme who run the club and make sure that all of the fun stuff and the not so fun stuff is all taken care of. A special shout out to Lynne. I get two real perks in my position at the Club.  One is that I get to stand where I want for the games although part of that reason is that I can’t control my mouth at points and that is a requirement in the Director’s box and the other perk is that every time I am at Somerset I get a special chicken and haggis pie hand delivered by Lynne at halftime. To all of you, I hope Saturday in some way makes up for the fact that you are all overworked and underpaid.

 

To all of the volunteers at every level throughout the club.  We are a club of the community and for the community.  We couldn’t do this without you.

 

To the Directors.  Thank you for doing all that you do.  Directors traditionally are treated with disdain in football and you guys rarely get the recognition that you deserve. If it wasn’t for the time and effort that you put in volunteering for the benefit of the club, we wouldn’t be here. Lewis, you are one of my favorite people in this world.  We’ve travelled to Scotland games in foreign lands and 99% of the Ayr games I’ve attended, you’ve been there working your socks off making sure everything is squared away and everybody is taken care of. There’s been a few rough patches both internationally and domestically but overall, it’s been a pleasure.

 

Finally, and most importantly, I want to express my gratitude to the Supporters. Managers, players, directors and staff come and go but the one ever-present element of a Football Club is the support. I genuinely love the fact that we are the size we are.  Supporters of Clubs like ours are the life blood of Scottish football. Genuine congratulations to Celtic for winning yet another title, but I honestly think supporters of teams like Ayr, Montrose and St. Mirren have it better. The dark days are darker but the highs are higher. I wouldn’t swap the feeling I’ve had for the last two days for anything and the fact that it was a long road to get here makes it almost sweeter.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to win trophies every year, but the reality is that it’s not an annual event.  Savor this moment and remember it forever.

 

I loved seeing all of the pictures and videos people put up on their social media accounts.  Pictures of people like Jamie Garrett etc. with the Trophy and or individual players.  That’s what I mean about a club our size.  There is a real interaction between the players and the support etc. Standing on a bench in a pub laughing and singing with a few hundred folk huddled around and intertwined with the players is something I will never forget. Also, having my name sung at me while at the urinal in the men’s room is one of the strangest experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to try and explain that to my golf buddies in California when I get there

 

I also genuinely feel bad that there were possibly a few thousand people who weren’t there on Saturday because of our two previous results. It’s not the way I would have chosen to close the season but you have to admit, it was the most Ayr United thing ever. Those of you who were there will cherish that forever and to those who weren’t, I hope we can do this again in the near future.  The season ticket holders, the ardent supporters, the hospitality supporters, the casual supporters and the past and future supporters, we love you all and just remember “We beat them in the Betfred Cup, we’re super Ayr and we’re going up”

Albion match preview & info

Match Preview

Ayr United vs. Albion Rovers

Ladbrokes League 1

Saturday 28th April 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

The League 1 season comes to a climax on Saturday, with Albion Rovers making the journey to Somerset Park. The SPFL have a helicopter on standby to deliver the league trophy but consecutive defeats for the Honest Men, at home to Stranraer and away to Alloa last Sunday, mean a win for Raith Rovers over the Wasps at Starks Park will see the chopper – and title – head east.

With matters now out of the hands of Ian McCall’s side, all United can do is win and hope Alloa can take something from Starks Park, where the home side have dropped just four points all season. A draw for Ayr would be good enough if Jim Goodwin’s side became the first side to beat Raith at home in the league this season.

Visitors Albion Rovers are consigned to the relegation play-offs at best and could be automatically relegated on Saturday if Queen’s Park defeat Arbroath at Hampden and Rovers fail to pick up at least a point. Brian Kerr’s side ended a run of seven straight defeats last Saturday, taking all three points at home against East Fife with a Sean Higgins goal in the first minute of the match; a second-half equaliser for the Spiders away to Forfar Athletic ensured that the fight against the drop would go to the last day.

 

Team News: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Paddy Boyle, Andy Geggan and Craig Reid are out with injuries. Lawrence Shankland is suspended.

 

Ian says: “There is no question about how down everyone felt after Sundays game. It has been extremely difficult to get the head round the fact we are going into the final weekend a point behind however we are all well aware that we still have a job to do. The players know that the only thing worse than how they felt on Sunday would be if Raith slipped up on Saturday and we didn’t capitalise. Our focus is winning Saturday’s game as Albion have a huge amount to play for so it certainly won’t be easy, all we can do is try and win our game and see where it takes us. We have put far too much into this season to come away with nothing.”

 

Head to head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins – 33

Draws – 7

Albion Rovers wins – 10

 

There has only been one draw in the last 37 matches between Ayr United and Albion Rovers, stretching back to August 1961.

 

Last Meeting: United have won all three meetings between the sides this season. After a 5-1 win at Cliftonhill on the opening day of the league campaign, the subsequent two matches have been much closer affairs, a 3-2 win at Somerset Park at the start of December and a victory by the same margin away from home last month.

Back in December, Craig Moore and Lawrence Shankland twice put Ayr ahead only for Sean Higgins and Alan Trouten to level the scores, but just two minutes after Trouten’s equaliser, Chris Higgins scored what proved to be the winning goal.

United were again pegged back in the Tuesday night fixture between the sides at Cliftonhill last month. Craig Moore – his fifth goal in three games against Rovers – and Jamie Adams put United two-goals ahead with strikes in the 28th and 36th minute but Kane Hester and Trouten again made it 2-2. Great work from Craig McGuffie set up Lawrence Shankland for the winner in the 75th minute after home keeper Daniel Potts failed to hold on to McGuffie’s strike.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2 – Ryan Kennedy

 

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions and U21s – £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

Reduced prices on Saturday

After the weekends results the title is no longer in our own hands, however, it is not over yet. As a thank you to our fans for the support throughout the season, particularly the incredible numbers at Alloa on Sunday, we have reduced the prices for Saturday’s match to £10 and £5.

Adults £10

Concessions (OAPS, Students and under 21s) £5

The Railway End will be accessible for home fans and we will have Clap Banners in the shop, at the turnstiles and kiosks.

Alloa preview & info

Match Preview
Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 22nd April 2018. Kick-off 4.10pm

On Sunday, Clackmannanshire braces itself for a black and white invasion as a huge travelling support is set to back Ayr United against Alloa Athletic as the title race comes down to the final two matches. The Honest Men will be looking to bounce back after suffering a set-back last weekend, losing top-scorer Lawrence Shankland and all three points at home to Stranraer – a first defeat in ten games for Ian McCall’s men.    

Raith Rovers won at Stranraer today so they are at the top of the table by one point.

Alloa will prove stern opponents and last weekend all but guaranteed a place in the promotion play-offs with an away win over Forfar Athletic. Jim Goodwin’s side have lost just one of their last six games but were defeated in their last home game, versus Stranraer.

Team News: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Paddy Boyle and Craig Reid are out with injuries. Lawrence Shankland is suspended. 

Ian says: “Alloa are a good side and it took a last kick of the ball winner from Craig Moore the last time we played there. We will need to make a couple of changes but our away form has been good all season so we know we can get a result. It sounds like we are taking a huge support and if they could get right behind us, which I am sure they will, it could make a big difference.”

Head to head (at Recreation Park):

Ayr United wins – 25

Draws – 16

Alloa Athletic wins – 17

United have won just one of the last 8 meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: Jim Goodwin’s side have taken four points back to Clackmannanshire from their two trips to Somerset Park this season. In February, all the scoring was done in the first 17 minutes of the game; Lawrence Shankland netting the first goal in the 10th minute but the Wasps countered through Jamie McCart and Ross Stewart.

A thrilling encounter in September ended 3-3, with Shankland again opening the scoring. A Craig Reid own goal levelled the game and the Wasps went ahead in the second-half through Kevin Cawley. Jamie Adams equalised but was then controversially adjudged to have handled in the box by referee Euan Anderson. Scott Taggart made no mistake from the spot but Alloa were unable to hold on to all three points, with Shankland getting a last gasp equaliser.  

There was another late show in this season’s first encounter at the Indodrill Stadium. Michael Moffat’s header gave Ayr the early lead with Scott Taggart equalising in the 76th minute only for Craig Moore to had the Honest Men the win with a goal in stoppage time at the end of the game.  

On this day: in 1976, Ayr defeated Celtic 2-1 at Celtic Park in the Premier Division.

Match Officials:

Referee – Greg Aitken

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler

Admission:

Adults – £16
Senior Citizens (over 65) – £8
Juvenile (under 16) – £4

The Ayr buses and cars can park in Morrisons carpark(the one on the left).
There is plenty of on street parking available in the town for no charge.
Alloa request the Ayr supporters arrive early and enter via turnstiles 9,10,11,12 and 13. These gates include juvenile and concessions. 9 and 10 will close at kick off but the remaining three will remain open until 4-30pm

Wheelchair users in communal area below main stand

Flags should not be draped over trackside advertising but may be put over areas with no advertising and on back fence at Railway end.
Both clubs request that all supporters adhere to the ground regulations.

Ayr Utd 1 Stranraer 2

Ayr United 1 v 2 Stranraer

by AUmedia

 

Home fans arrived in large numbers at Somerset with hope and not a little bit of expectation but were left disappointed as 10-man United were downed 2-1 by Stranraer thanks to a late Scott Agnew penalty.  An early Anderson opener for Stranraer shocked the home side before an Adams equaliser seemed to put Ayr on the front foot but the sending off of Lawrence Shankland for an alleged elbow made it an uphill struggle for United. Despite the one-man disadvantage, Ayr dominated the second half but a penalty in the closing stages was enough to earn Stranraer all 3 points.

The first chance of the game resulted in the opening goal for Stranraer.  A cross from the left was met by Anderson at the back post and the towering forward looped a high header across goal leaving keeper Hart stranded as the ball nestled into the far corner.  0-1 after only 2 mins.

Ayr looked to respond to this early setback and it was only 6 mins later when Adams met a Forrest corner but could only direct his header just past the right-hand post.

Shankland was next to try his luck to pull Ayr level as he was set through one-on-one but his volley was superbly saved by Currie.  From the resultant corner on 15 mins Adams’ header (almost identical to his one previously) fired into the right-hand corner and sent the railway end into raptures.  1-1 and Ayr were back in the game.

Ayr’s tails were really up now and on 20 mins Shankland saw a shot in a packed Stranraer box blocked before the dominant figure of Adams then had yet another header but this one smacked off the bar with the slightest of touches from Currie.

Stranraer’s next chance fell on 25 mins when Ayr failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Turner, but the Stranraer midfielder failed to make the most of it and hit a tame shot straight at Hart.

The real turning point in the game came on 32 mins when Shankland was sent off for an apparent elbow on Neill.  The referee was quick to issue a red to Ayr’s top goal scorer as both he and the defender went in to challenge for the ball.

Stranraer failed to break down Ayr in the second half or create any real openings until 73 mins when Hamill took a strike from distance that was easily held by Hart in goal.  The game was still in the balance despite the numbers advantage to the away side.

Just as Ayr thought they were going to battle for a valuable point Stranraer were awarded a penalty on 84 mins.  Turner raced into the box and was tripped by Adams, resulting in the referee pointing straight to the spot.  Agnew stepped up and fired low into the bottom right corner and despite Hart getting a hand to it, the ball nestled in the back of the net for 1-2.

The result now leaves Ayr only 2 points ahead at the top going into the final two games of the season.   The Honest Men travel to Alloa next Sunday for another monumental game in the hunt for the League One title.

Ayr United

Hart, Rose, Crawford, Moore, Forrest, Ferguson, Adams, Shankland, Reid, Kerr, Bell.  Substitutes Hare-Reid, Moffat, McGuffie, Faulds, McDaid, Murphy, McCowan.

 

Stranraer

Currie, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, MacPherson, Agnew, Turner, Lyon, Anderson, Okoh.  Barron, Hawkshaw, Scott, Elliot, Gray, Dykes.

 

Attendance:  2323

Referee:  Euan Anderson

Match Report:  AUmedia

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Stranraer
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 14th April 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men can take a huge step towards the League 1 title when they take on Stranraer to Somerset Park. A win over the battling Blues would leave United needing just two more points from their remaining two games to guarantee top spot – and could even be enough to clinch the trophy this weekend if Raith Rovers fail to take maximum points at home to Queen’s Park.

Ayr’s never-say-die attitude has been clear for all to see in recent weeks, coming from behind to defeat East Fife and Airdrieonians on the road, while at home Ian McCall’s men have won their last four games, scoring 13 goals without conceding.

Visitors Stranraer require a win to keep their faint promotion hopes alive with the Blues currently lying six points adrift of third and fourth placed Arbroath and Alloa Athletic and an inferior goal difference. Stephen Farrell’s side have, however, put themselves back in contention in recent weeks, winning three games on the bounce including last time out at Alloa where Morgyn Neill scored the only goal of the game.

Arguably the Blue’s best result of the season came three weeks ago at Gayfield when despite being two goals down after 13 minutes, three goals in the last 20 minutes from Stephen Okoh, Grant Anderson and Scott Agnew gave them a vital three points and go to prove the team from Wigtonshire are not to be taken lightly.

Team News: Ross Docherty, Chris Higgins, Paddy Boyle and Andy Geggan miss out through injury.

Ian says: “I have read quite a few things over the last week and sensed an attitude from a lot of supporters that the league is over. This is far from over, football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth when you least expect it. We have approached this game exactly the way we have the last ten games. Our focus is on this match and absolutely nothing else as we know that if we win then nobody can do anything about it.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 42

Draws – 9

Stranraer wins – 22

 

After losing all four matches against Stranraer during season 2014/15, the Honest Men are unbeaten in eight of the last nine games between the sides, losing only once.

 

Last Meeting: United were 5-1 winners when the sides last met, at Stair Park at the start of January. Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat put United two-up at half-time with an Alan Forrest double and Shankland again giving Ayr a five-goal lead before Kyle Turner’s late consolation.  The match was Steven Bell’s last for Stranraer before he joined the Honest Men.

 

Moffat and Shankland were also on the scoresheet during the first Somerset Park match-up between the sides this season, with both goals coming in the second-half. The Blues finished the game with nine men after Scott Robertson and Steven Bell were sent-off.

 

The first meeting between the sides this season was at Stair Park in August and required a late Paddy Boyle to give Ayr all three points.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Jim Burns

 

Admission:

Adult – £16

Concession (OAPs, Students, 18-21) – £10
Child (Under 18) – £5

New sponsor announced

Our seven year shirt sponsorship deal with Bodog has come to an end however our new deal is a global first.

Calvin Ayre, the man behind long time sponsors Bodog, has founded a news site on the cash craze following his own successful investment.

His CoinGeek.com will step in as our official new backers, with shirts to carry the logo “Bitcoin BCH”.

United commercial manager, Graeme Miller, said: “We were initially approached to see whether we could accept sponsorship payment in BCH.

“It was a big learning curve for us but we are very happy to be the first club to accept not just payment by BCH but also to promote the cryptocurrency to a wider audience.”

BCH is considered to be the one true form of Bitcoin, as intended by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2008. With very low transaction fees BCH is better for both the merchant and the customer.

Ayre added: “I think it’s great for BCH that such boundaries and promotional ideas are being used to show merchants and consumers that BCH really is the only true bitcoin.”

  • The new kits will be unveiled at this Saturday’s Player of the Year awards.