2018/19 fixtures released

The fixtures for the 2018/19 Ladbrokes Championship have been released this morning and we will begin our campaign on Saturday 4th August at home to Partick Thistle.

Our first away fixture is on the 11th August when we travel to Inverness.

The final league match of the season will also be at Somerset Park with Alloa Athletic the visitors.

For the full list of fixtures click here

Somerset make over

As we prepare for a successful season in the Championship, we’re looking for your help to give Somerset a makeover.
We’ll be having a clear up of the terraces from 10:00 this Saturday 16th June, so if you can make it please bring a hoe and help us clear the weeds.
We have a number of volunteers who do a fantastic job throughout the year in helping us to make improvements around the ground and we’re always looking for more.  If you can help with some of your free time during the week or at weekends please get in touch and we’ll be delighted to take you up on your offer.
We’re looking for as many volunteers as we can get to help us paint the barriers across the ground over the next month. If you can help please email Mark Pettigrew  at pettigrm@aol.com and let us know when you might be available.
Thanks,
Mark.

Shirt & Shorts Draw 2018/19

Ayr United are holding their annual Shirt/Shorts and Auction night on Friday 13th July. The popular event will be held in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and begin at 7.00pm.

The event gives businesses, organisations, groups of fans or individuals a unique and relatively inexpensive opportunity to advertise on the back of the Ayr United team shirts and on the shorts for the 2018/19 season for just £150 for one entry or £250 for two entries.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”As always this is an integral part of our year and this year it is more important than ever. Of course we won the League One title however now we look to push on and to do that we need the support of our community. We are looking to make this the biggest event yet and make the evening a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to come together in the one place, support our football club and meet new people. It goes without saying that we will be proudly displaying the League One trophy on the night so there will be plenty of photo opportunities.”

All entrants can bring a guest along for the event which includes a complimentary buffet and a welcome drink. All entrants will also receive their name/company name featured in every matchday programme and on our website.

The prize list is as follows.

1st Prize – Back of team shirt advertising, Home and away strip.

2nd Prize – Front of team shorts advertising, Home and away strip.

3rd Prize – Match Hospitality for 6

4th Prize – Boardroom guests of directors for 4

5th Prize – Framed Ayr United shirt 2018/19

As always one of the highlights of the evening is the fantastic auction and this year’s will be no different with some outstanding items on offer.

You can download the application form by clicking  here or contact Graeme Miller, our commercial manager, on 01292 263435 ext 3 or email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Players sign new deals

On a busy Tuesday at Somerset Park four players penned new deals to stay with the club in the Ladbrokes Championship 2018/19.

Lawrence Shankland, Alan Forrest, Craig McGuffie and Ross Docherty all signed deals today and commit to another season with the Ladbrokes League One title winners.

 

 

East Fife match preview

Match Preview
East Fife vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1
Saturday 30th March 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to Methil to face East Fife in the first of five massive games for the Honest Men which will determine the destination of the League 1 title. Ian McCall’s side saw their advantage at the top of the table cut to three points on Tuesday night as Raith Rovers won their game in hand – against East Fife at Starks Park – but United are in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven matches and winning six.

Raith Rovers – still to lose at home this season – host Albion Rovers.

Defeat for East Fife on Tuesday night means the promotion play-offs now look to be out of sight for Darren Young’s side; the Fifers occupy sixth place in the table, 11 points behind fourth place Alloa Athletic. Equally, a 12 point advantage of Albion Rovers in ninth place all but assures East Fife will remain in League 1 next season.

The Methil side have been somewhat inconsistent of late. After losing 3-0 at Somerset Park in February they won three games on the bounce, against Albion Rovers, East Fife and Airdrie, but have followed that up with 2-0 defeats in Forfar and Kirkcaldy.

 

Team News: Chris Higgins and Ross Docherty are out with injuries and Andy Geggan is suspended.

Ian says: “We have 5 games to go and it is completely in our own hands and we have worked very hard to get into this position. It wasn’t the best of displays last week and there are plenty of things we can improve on but we were professional and we were clinical. East Fife are a good side and have had some very good results of late so we are expecting a very tough match. Again the backing of a noisy away support will be crucial to us so hopefully we walk out to a wall of noise!

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 32

Draws – 20

East Fife wins – 18

 

United have won all of the last eight meetings between the clubs. Ayr’s last defeat in Methil was in 2011, despite Michael Moffat scoring a double.

 

Last Meeting: United have been in freescoring form against East Fife this season, scoring 10 goals in the three matches between the sides. Last month, goals from Declan McDaid, Lawrence Shankland and Alan Forrest saw United win 3-0 at Somerset Park, matching the result in September. Ayr’s first trip to Bayview this season was in December. The home side were leading at half-time but a Michael Rose double and goals from Lawrence Shankland and Craig Moore gave United a convincing victory in the end.

 

On this day: The Honest Men don’t have a great record on 30th March, winning just four of 17 matches played on this date. We did, however, defeat East Fife on the 30th March 2013. Scott Durie scored in the first half in the game at Somerset Park but late goals from Liam Buchanan and David Winters gave United all three points.

 

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer

Assistant Referee 2 – David Ingram

 

Admission:

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

Ayr Utd 3 Raith 0

Ayr United 3 v 0 Raith Rovers

by AUmedia

 

The Honest Men made it three consecutive 3-0 wins and moved within a point of top spot with a game in hand after victory over title rivals Raith Rovers.  In front of a noisy Somerset Road End, Shankland and Adams sent Ayr on their way in the first half before Moffat wrapped things up shortly after the break.

The first chance of the game came after only 1 minute and fell to McDaid who did well to create space on the right after a Kerr cross but unfortunately, he could only fire his shot wide of the target from 20 yards out.

Ayr had started the brighter of the two sides and it wasn’t long before they created their second real chance of the game. On 4 mins, Boyle raced down the left and sent a cross in for Moffat who’s shot from right on the penalty spot was straight at Matthews.  Moments later Adams had a header from a Boyle cross saved by Lennox.

Raith’s first opportunity came on 9 mins when Barr crossed the ball for Zanatta whose first time shot was first saved by Ruddy and then cleared by Bell.

Boyle was proving a real threat to Raith a Rovers defence and, on 31 mins, his link up play with Crawford allowed the midfielder to weave into the box however he saw his low shot blocked.

Ayr’s pressure finally paid off just 3 mins later when Shankland opened the scoring.  McDaid won a free kick on the right and whipped in a delivery that was met by Shankland. The striker’s header rocketed past Lennox for 1-0, sending the Somerset Road End into raptures.

Ayr were on fire and instantly pushed forward and, with the Raith defence still stunned, Moffat raced forward and passed to Shankland but his close-range shot was blocked.

On 42 mins Ayr made it 2-0 through Adams. Bell sent the ball into the box and, under no pressure, Raith captain Kyle Benedictus’ simply nodded the ball towards Adams whose shot while on the slide slipped under the grasp of Lennox and into the net.  Somerset was in dreamland.

There was no let up from Ayr and their ruthless performance was highlighted further on 52 mins with a goal from Moffat to make it 3-0.  McDaid’s corner came into the box and it landed to Rose who hit it towards goal and Moffat tapped in at the back post.

Raith’s next big opportunity came on 57 mins when Furtado fired in a powerful strike on the edge of the box which scraped just wide of the right-hand post.

Vaughan was next to try and pull a goal back for the visitors when he found space in the box and had a shot ripped wide by Ruddy on 74 mins.  This was to be Raith’s only shot on target in the second 45 mins.

The last chance of the game fell to Ayr on 83 mins when a corner from McDaid and was met by Geggan, following a run similar to that which gave Ayr the winner against Kilmarnock earlier in the season, but his header at the near post was superbly saved by Lennox.

Ayr now travel to Arbroath on Wednesday evening aiming to keep the pressure on Raith.

Ayr United
Ruddy, Geggan., Bell, Rose, Boyle, McDaid, Kerr, Adams, Crawford, Shankland, Moffat.  Subs Hart, Moore, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Docherty, Reid.

Raith Rovers 
Lennox, Thomson, Benedictus, Murray, McHattie, Zanatta, Matthews, Hendry, Vaughan, Barr, Furtado.  Subs Watson, Spence, Buchanan, Court, Smith, McKay

Referee:  Gavin Ross
Attendance:  2126
Match Report:  AUmedia

Scottish Cup 5th rd details

We can now confirm that Sky have chosen our 5th round William Hill Scottish Cup tie to be shown live on television.

Regardless of whether Fraserburgh or Rangers win their 4th round match the 5th round tie will be shown live at Somerset Park on Sunday 11th February at 2.30pm.

Ticket information for the tie will be available immediately following the result of Fraserburgh v Rangers.

Bell rings for United

Steven Bell today penned a deal at Somerset Park to the end of the 2018/19 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Steven has been fantastic for Stranraer, he has played well over 150 games for them since joining in October 2013. He was the Stranraer captain and you can never have enough captains in your team. He has great experience at this level and the league above and can play in a number of positions for us which is very important. We have probably been putting pressure on the players with injuries to get back as quickly as possibly and this gives them a chance to make sure they are right. This signing will probably mean that we will need to work things around and one or two will be going out.”

Steven said “The first I knew about anything was on Tuesday after the game, Ian McCall had spoken to Stevie Farrell to check availability. There was interest from other clubs but after speaking to my new gaffer I knew this was where I wanted to come. Ayr being at the top of the league was a huge factor as I want to win something, the older I get the less chance I will have to do that so I have a real hunger to succeed. I know a lot of the current team whether it be through having played with them previously or having played against them so I know there is a lot of quality in this squad. I have played at Somerset many times and I always felt the Somerset Road as being intense so it will be good to have them on my side now.

Steven’s previous clubs are Dundee United, Queen of the South, Stirling Albion, Dunfermline and Stranraer. He is generally a central midfielder and has also played centre-back.

 

 

Shop Xmas Open Day

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

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

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

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

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

John Kerr

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

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

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

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