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Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Betfred Cup – Group E

Tuesday 24th July 2018. Kick-off 7.45pm

 

On Tuesday night, Ayr United face League 1 new boys Stenhousemuir at Somerset Park looking to maintain their 100% record in the Betfred Cup. A third win out of three could put us on the verge of qualification for the next round ahead of the last game of the group, away to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

 

Ian McCall made four changes for the weekend trip to face Albion Rovers and is likely to shuffle the pack once more as he seeks to give as all his first team squad game time. Cliftonhill’s scorched park contributed to poor spectacle but the Honest Men were well worth the 2-0 victory in Coatbridge.

 

Stenhousemuir will complete their group stage fixtures tomorrow night having already played three matches in the competition. Brown Ferguson’s side picked up at resounding 4-0 at home to Albion Rovers a week ago but were defeated 2-0 on the opening weekend by Partick Thistle and lost out by the same scoreline to Morton at Cappielow on Saturday.

 

Team News:  Ross Docherty returns to the match day squad, however, Craig Moore misses out though illness.

 

Ian says: “We are looking forward to getting back to Somerset after our performance there against Morton. The pitch wasn’t great on Saturday and the performance was similar, we never really got going despite being pretty comfortable. We will be looking to get our third win in a row however we know it will be difficult, we have had Stenny watched and they are a decent side. Back at Somerset though we know if we play the way we can we should be able to get the three points which will put us in a good position in the group.”

 

Opponents:

The Warriors finished in fourth position in League 2 last season – 22 points behind second-placed Peterhead – but clinched promotion via the play-offs at the expense of the Blue Toon with a narrow 2-1 aggregate win in the final. Former Ayr United defender Mick Dunlop was the Warriors’ hero over the two games, scoring twice during the second-half of the first-leg at Ochilview.

 

Dunlop and brother Ross have since moved on but Ferguson has held on to top goalscorer Mark McGuigan. Morgyn Neill, who was Ian McCall first signing at Ayr when he joined on loan from Motherwell, has signed for the Warriors from Stranraer and Graeme Smith, also ex-Ayr, in Stenny’s new number one after five years with Brechin City.  Attacking midfielder Sebastian Ross is one to look out for – the Scottish youth internationalist is on loan from Aberdeen, where was U20s player of the year last season.

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins –41

Draws – 17

Stenhousemuir wins – 27

 

There have been five League Cup meetings between the sides, with United winning 3, one draw and one Stenny win.

 

Last Meeting:

The last matches between the two sides were during season 2015/16 in League 1. United won all four fixtures that season, scoring 14 goals. The Warriors lost 5-2 and 4-1 at Somerset Park.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – Brian Templeton

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

Adults – £10

Concessions (U21s, Over 65s and Students) – £5

 

GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS

 

 

  • Away fans

o   West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10

  • Home fans

o   Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile.  In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate.  They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.

o   Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand.  Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

o   For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21

o   For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26

 

All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.

 

 

Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches –  and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction. 

Albion 0 Ayr United 2

Albion Rovers 0 v 2 Ayr United

by AUmedia

On an exceptionally dry and bumpy pitch, Ayr got off on the front foot, taking the game to the Rovers, but unable to capitalise on the chances they created. In just 3 mins Declan McDaid surged forward and was brought down just outside the Albion Rovers box but the resultant free kick never threatened the home side’s goal.

In the early stages Albion Rovers’ chances were few and far between and Jamie Watson’s free header on 8 mins, comfortably saved by Ayr stopper Ross Doohan, was the only action of note.

Ayr went close on 13 mins as a Craig Moore header went out for a corner, but United fans only had to wait 2 mins for the Honest Men to go in front.  Keeper Doohan played the ball long and Moore did well to win the header and flick the ball over the defensive line and into the path of Lawrence Shankland in the box. Shankland controlled well but Rovers’ keeper, Gareth Hallford, did well to get down to his shot but the ball deflected to Alan Forrest who stroked home. United were one up.

The goal did nothing to improve the slow pace of the game with United seeming to accept the comfortable nature of their control and possession. This could have been their undoing if Rovers had more composure in their infrequent forays forward with both Lewis McLear and Ronan Kearney going close with shots when they should have done better.

Ayr continued to create chances and on 34 mins McDaid produced a magnificent flick into the box for Daniel Harvie, but his attempt was blocked for a corner. Soon after, Shankland played a long and accurate pass which was well controlled by McDaid but his flick to Moore just evaded the Ayr striker and ran out of play.  Next, it was Shankland’s chance to try his luck but his strike from 25 yards was saved by Hallford at the foot of his right-hand post.

On 39 mins Albion Rovers had one of their best attempts of the match after Jamie Adams conceded a freekick just outside the box when he bundled over Jamie Watson when going for a high ball.  McLear stepped up and smashed a curling, up and down, drive around the Ayr wall, and just past Doohan’s right-hand post.

On 42 mins, after some sharp interplay down the right by Ayr, a quick one-two between McDaid and Shankland at the edge of the box put McDaid through one-on-one with keeper Halford who again pulled off a magnificent save.

The last real chance before halftime came 1 min later when Alan Forrest stepped inside at the edge of the box and struck a dipping drive that just shaved the top of the bar.

The second half saw the arrival of a much more purposeful United.  Almost from the re-start, David Ferguson lifted a long ball towards Shankland but keeper Hallford came out quickly to intercept as it looked odds on that Shankland would add another to this year’s goal tally.

The Albion stopper then pulled off yet another remarkable one-on-one save this time denying Forrest, who had neatly controlled Bell’s inch-perfect, long diagonal right to left pass, before darting in on goal.  And just as it looked like the keeper could not possibly have any more in his locker, he again saved one-on-one, this time from McDaid as the winger charged into the box from the right and unleashed a snapshot.

On 62 mins, Craig Moore went for the spectacular as he released a long dipping shot from outside the box which unfortunately went well over the bar.  3 mins later Ayr Michael Moffat replaced Craig Moore and on 67 mins Craig McGuffie was brought on for Declan McDaid.

McGuffie’s impact was felt almost instantly, by-passing defenders on the right before finally being caught on the by-line but still managing to win a corner for Ayr.  Taking the corner himself, the winger curled the ball to the back of the box where Forrest controlled and sweetly struck the ball past keeper Hallford, only to see his shot knocked off the line by Kearney. Moments later, Forrest again surged down the left before driving over the bar.

Ayr’s final substitution saw Mark Kerr replacing goal scorer Alan Forrest on 77 mins.

3 mins later and Ayr were 2 up.  McGuffie swung in a corner from the left and captain Steven Bell broke away from his marker and launched himself at the ball, heading it powerfully into the net where he also found himself.

A second goal was no less than Ayr deserved, and the game was truly in the bag for the Honest Men.  They could have had two or three more. 1 min later Moffat headed just over, on 85 mins Moffat raced onto a long through ball before passing to McGuffie whose exquisitely curled shot went inches wide, and just on full-time Shankland headed just past the post from another McGuffie corner.

Next up, it’s back to Somerset Park on Tuesday night for the visit of Stenhousemuir in the next match of the Betfred Cup group stage.

Albion Rovers

Hallford, Smith, Forrester, Eley, Murdoch (c), McGeough, McLear, Gallagher, Cunningham, Watson, Kearney Substitutes: Potts (GK), Gracie, Greene, McMahon, McCann

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Bell (c), Adams, Ferguson, Forrest, Crawford, Murdoch, McDaid, Shankland, Moore Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Geggan, Moffat, McGuffie, McCowan, Kerr.

Referee: Mike Roncone

Attendance: 519

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Albion Rovers vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup – Group E

Saturday 21st July July 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Coatbridge to take on Albion Rovers in both sides’ second fixture in Group E of the Betfred Cup. Ian McCall’s side will be looking to build on last week’s strong showing against Greenock Morton at Somerset Park and double their points tally with a win.

 

After sitting out on Saturday, Albion Rovers kicked off their Betfred Cup campaign on Tuesday night at Ochilview, where they went down to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Stenhousemuir, all four goals coming in the second-half.  The Warriors’ comprehensive victory coupled with Partick Thistle’s 2-1 win over Morton at Firhill has pushed the Honest Men down to third position in the standings.

 

Opponents:

Relegation from League 1 last season saw the departure of manager Brian Kerr who has been replaced by John Brogan. Brogan enjoyed success as manager of Stirling Albion in the early 90s before an extended period in Junior football with the likes of Blantyre Victoria, East Kilbride Thistle, Yoker and most recently Wishaw Juniors.

 

Alan Trouten and Scott McLaughlin headed up a long list of senior players who left the club in the summer, with long-serving defender Alan Reid, defenders Jason Marr and Ross Perry and midfielder Graeme Holmes also moving on. Bogan’s recruitment has primarily been from the Junior ranks, and includes defender Alan Murdoch who began his career at Ayr United, albeit without making a first-team appearance.

 

Team News: Michael Rose and Mark Kerr have picked up slight knocks and will both start on the bench. Ross Docherty and Chris Higgins are still out.

 Ian says: “Obviously we were delighted with the first game last weekend. It was an all round excellent performance. I said from the start we will use these games to make sure we get as many boys game time as we can hence there being a few changes today. To be honest it is difficult to leave anyone out at the moment with the way pre season training has gone and no matter who starts we are going to have a very strong starting 11.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 50

Draws – 12

Albion Rovers wins – 30

 

The two clubs have met four times previously in the League Cup. In 1946 they were paired together in Group 8, sharing a remarkable 16 goals over the two games. Rovers won 5-4 at Cliftonhill but lost 4-3 at Somerset Park. It was more straightforward for the Honest Men in 1953, with 4-1 away win followed up with a 3-0 win at home.

 

Last Meeting:

The last meeting between the sides was of course the final day of last season in what proved to be a day of hugely contrasting emotions. Goals from Craig Moore and Declan McDaid gave the Honest Men a routine 2-0 victory with results elsewhere handing United the League 1 title and promotion to the Chmapionship but condemning Albion Rovers to relegation to League 2.

 

With 3-2 and 5-1 wins at Cliftonhill, United won all four meetings with Albion Rovers last season scoring 13 goals, of which Craig Moore hit six.

Stat:

Since the League Cup group stage was reintroduced in 2016, United have won 8 of their 9 games, scoring 23 goals.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – Mike Roncone

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Gall

 

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6

U12s (with adult) – £3

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Morton match preview

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Ayr United vs. Greenock Morton

Betfred Cup – Group E

Saturday 14th July 2018. Kick-off 3pm

 

On Saturday, Ayr United return to competitive action at Somerset Park just 77 days on from lifting the League 1 trophy, with Greenock Morton the visitors in the Betfred Cup as the 2018/19 season get underway. The Honest Men will be looking to get off to a good start against fellow Championship opponents and progress from the group stages of the competition for a third consecutive season.

 

Ian McCall’s focus over the summer has been retaining the majority of the squad that scored 124 goals in all competitions last season, including 15 in the group stage of the Betfred Cup, but new signings Daniel Harvie, Ross Doohan and Andy Murdoch are all in line to make their debuts for the club. Murdoch joins the Honest Men after two seasons at Cappielow, while on-loan Celtic keeper Doohan was at Morton at the start of last season but did not make an appearance.

 

Visitors Morton ended last season with just two wins from their final 11 league games, scuppering any hopes of a promotion play-off spot, finishing seventh in the final league table. That led to a parting of the ways with manager Jim Duffy after four years at the club. Former Brechin, Raith Rovers and Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon – who boasts an excellent record as a manager against Ayr – was appointed Morton’s new boss at the end of May.

 

Team News: Ross Docherty trained with the first team however won’t make this match and Chris Higgins is still on his was back from the injury picked up last season. Everyone else is fit and available.

 

Opponents:

A number of Ton stalwarts followed Jim Duffy in leaving Morton this summer, including defenders Tam O’Ware, Ricki Lamie, Mark Russell and Michael Doyle. Talented midfielders Ross Forbes and Gary Harkins – who enjoyed something of a renaissance under Duffy – have also moved on.

 

Among the replacements recruited by Ray McKinnon, Chris Millar and Jim McAlister are reacquainted with the club for which they have over 400 appearances between them. Ryan Scully will challenge Derek Gaston for the gloves following his move from relegated Partick Thistle while former Rangers prospect Charlie Telfer will be looking to re-establish himself in Scotttish football after a spell with Almere in the Netherlands.

 

Morton reached the semi-finals of the League Cup two seasons ago, losing to Aberdeen at Hampden, but missed out on progression from the group stages last season.

 

Ian says: “The first competitive game of the season is always one to really look forward to however this is even more special as its our first game at Somerset after winning the league. Training has been  superb and the boys are in great shape physically and played some great football at times during the friendlies. The pitch will be in great shape and we can’t wait to get out there in front of what will hopefully be a good crowd.”

 

Head to head (Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins –41

Draws – 16

Morton wins – 24

 

The Greenock side have had the better of 13 previous meeting in the League Cup, winning seven and losing only three.

 

Last Meeting:

Lawrence Shankland was on the scoresheet in the last meeting between Ayr United and Morton, at Cappielow in April 2017, on that occasion giving the home side the lead. Craig Moore netted an equaliser on the stroke of half-time and the game finished all square.

 

Morton’s last trip to Somerset Park was a rain-lashed occasion in January 2017, broadcast live on BBC Alba. The visitors stormed to a three-goal lead inside 30 mins, Ross Forbes, twice, and Gary Oliver scoring the goals. Jamie Adams gave United a fighting chance of a comeback but a second goal for Oliver confirmed a comfortable win for the Ton.

The last League Cup tie between the sides was at Cappielow in 2005, United winning 2-1 thanks to an early Chris Strain double.

 

On this day: July 14, remember the date? United defeated rivals Kilmarnock on this day just 12 months ago, courtesy of an Andy Geggan header.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – William Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon

Assistant Referee 2 – Richard Murray

 

Admission:

Adults – £13

Concessions (U21s, Over 65s and Students) – £6

 

GENERAL ENTRY DETAILS FOR ALL FANS

 

 

  • Away fans

o   West Stand (seated) – Turnstiles 9, 10

o   Railway End (Terracing) – Turnstiles 2-6

o   Parent and child can go through turnstile 5 together.

  • Home fans

o   Turnstiles – please use the correct turnstile.  In the event of a parent and child paying at the gate.  They can enter together through turnstiles 13 & 20.

o   Turnstiles 9 & 10 will be used to accommodate away fans only for the West Stand.  Home fans will go through gates 11, 12 &13 for the Centre Stand and Family Stand.

o   For Somerset Road Terracing enter through turnstiles 17-21

o   For North Terrace enter through turnstiles 25 and 26

 

All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring the Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations. Please visit ayrunitedfc.co.uk for information on Unacceptable Conduct. Supporters are advised to remain within the stand and to refrain from entering trackside or the field of play. Searches will be carried out at the turnstiles for any controlled containers and pyrotechnics. Under the Sporting Events Act 1985, being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence (see below). Any person committing such an offence will face immediate ejection, arrest and a life time ban from the Club. Surfing flags are not permitted. Ayr United would like to thank all supporters for their co-operation and continued backing of the team.

 

 

Notice from Police Scotland:

Supporter safety is a key priority for all Clubs, we at Ayr United are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that the match day experience is safe and enjoyable.  One of the most dangerous things we have to deal with is pyrotechnic articles such as smoke bombs and flares in the stadium and we’d ask that you assist us to look after you by not bringing such articles with you to matches.  These articles can cause severe burns, damage to hearing or breathing difficulties and their use is especially distressing for groups such as small children and those who can’t easily move away when pyrotechnics are activated.  Experience shows that when a pyrotechnic is activated in a crowd there is often a movement away from the immediate area which can cause panic and disorientation and which creates a risk of slips and trips or crushing for those nearby.  Please be in no doubt that these articles are unpleasant and potentially life-threatening to be around – they are also illegal at football matches –  and being caught with them will result in exclusion from Ayr United] as well as a possible criminal conviction. 

 

Thursday treble signing

Ian McCall added 3 new signings to his squad two days prior to the first competitive match of the season at home to Morton in the Betfred Cup.

Ross Doohan has signed on a season long loan from Celtic. The 20 year old goalkeeper has most recently been playing for the Scotland Under 21s in the Toulon tournament. Ross has just signed a new 4 year deal with Celtic.

Manager Ian McCall said :”He was training with the Celtic first team last season and shared the goalkeeping duties at the recent Toulon international tournament. He is a good presence at 6″3 and uses the ball well with his feet as you would expect from a Celtic goalkeeper. He is an excellent young goalie who Celtic have high hopes for and again he fits the ethos here and that he is young and hungry to succeed. This is a huge chance for him and we are delighted to have secured the deal.”

Andy Murdoch has signed a one year deal. The 23 year old central midfielder has played over 60 games in the Championship in the last two seasons for Morton.

Manager Ian McCall said :”I am very surprised we were able to get him. We spoke to guys at Morton and they were flabbergasted that they let him go. We were made aware that he was available and got him in straight away. He fits the identity we want, he works so hard and gets about the middle of the park incredibly well. He uses the ball very smartly, keeps everything simple. We are absolutely thrilled to have him here and hopefully it will be for longer.”

David Ferguson, a big part of our title winning team last season has put pen to paper on a six month deal.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Its great to get him back, the six month deal is purely down to budgets. The chairman and board have backed us fantastically this Summer which has enabled us to get David back. He did very well last season, he is still very young and has a lot of pace and good attributes. What really impressed us was that last season when the pressure was on he really stepped up his game. He gives us great cover along the back line and he needs to have belief in himself.”

Stunning Auction prize

We are very lucky to have one of the most influential men of all time in the whisky industry as an Ayr supporter.

David Stewart MBE was born in Ayr and has been a supporter is whole life. He was appointed Malt Master of William Grant & Sons in 1974 and has held the position since which makes him the longest serving Malt Master of any distillers in the industry. He was awarded the MBE in 2016 and has been named an Icon of Whisky and Master of the Quaich

David has very kindly donated something very special for our auction at the Shirt & Shorts draw on Friday 13th July.

It will be a 70cl bottle of Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky drawn from a single cask from the warehouse in the Balvenie distillery.

The whisky will be taken from a cask filled in 1997 and at the original cask strength. This Balvenie whisky will be completely unique as it will be the ONLY bottle to be bottled from this cask. David will also sign the bottle.

We are hugely grateful to David for this and for anyone who has an interest in whisky this will be of massive interest.

The auction is taking place Next Friday night, 13th July, however we are accepting bids for this item now. If you have an interest please contact Commercial Manager Graeme Miller at commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

United team up with Mercure

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Ayr’s Mercure Hotel. Our squad has been given full access to the hotels leisure facilities ahead of the new season in the Ladbrokes Championship. 

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”This is a great example of how we can work with the local business community for the benefit of the club. We went to visit the facilities with our physio Stevie Maguire and he was delighted that he will have somewhere to work with any injured players in the coming season. The hotel embraced the fact we won the league and were more than happy to create a new relationship which should be beneficial for both parties.

Mercure General Manager Lindsay Steele said :”When the club approached us, we were only too happy to help. They did so well to win the league last year and we felt it important to acknowledge that success by assisting in anyway we could.”

The gym at the Mercure is being fitted with brand new equipment this week and our players have already began using the facilities.

Harvie signs for United

Daniel Harvie

Ian McCall has today moved to add the first new face to his League 1 winning squad with the signature of Scotland U21 defender Daniel Harvie on a two year deal.

The left-back, who turns 20 next month, joins the Honest Men after representing Scotland at the prestigious Toulon Tournament this summer. Daniel earned three caps for the Under 21s in the south of France, including in a win against the hosts, as the young Scots went on to finish fourth in the tournament.

Born in Glasgow, Daniel was with Aberdeen from 10 years of age, a product of the Dons’ Glasgow Centre. He made his first team debut for Aberdeen against Partick Thistle in 2016 before spending the following season on loan at Dumbarton, where he was pivotal in the club retaining their Championship status and picked up their Young Player of The Year award. He scored his first senior goal for the Sons in a 4–4 draw against United at Somerset Park in December 2016.

Harvie was part of the first team squad at Pittodrie last season but was unable to force his way into the starting line-up, making just three substitute appearances and following discussions with manager Derek McInnes chose to leave the Dons in search of first team football.

Ian McCall said: “There were 4 or 5 left backs available this summer however Daniel was our first choice. After the season he went straight to the Toulon tournament and had a much needed holiday when he got home so we ran the risk of losing out by waiting but we felt it was worth it. There were other teams in for him but I have a good relationship with his agent which certainly helped. He fits the culture of what I want at this club, young and hungry players. He has already played a full season in the Championship so he has the experience of the league. The clinching factor for me was that Derek McInnes offered him another contract at Aberdeen however he turned it down as he wanted to go and play first team football and that showed real guts.”

Win Ian McCall’s trophy

It is now only 3 weeks until our Shirt & Shorts Draw and Auction event at the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite.

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that manager Ian McCall has given us his Ladbrokes League One manager of the year 2017/18 trophy for the event.

To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to win this incredible prize and to raise money for additional players we have decided to do a raffle which you can enter as many times as you like. Entry is £10 and we will draw the winner on the night of the event.

If you would like to enter you can do so by entering through the online shop here or anytime in the club shop.

The manager has also donated many items of his club clothing which will have been seen in the dugout with IMC on them. These will be used for runners up prizes.

We are still looking for items for our auction and if you would like to donate anything please get in touch with Graeme Miller on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk