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.

Burns Supper 2018

The Honest Men and Bonie Lasses Burns Supper will take place on Friday 2nd February 2018 in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

Singing will be Tayler Logan which is a real coup as she reached the latter stages of televisions ‘The Voice’ earlier this year. Tayler is a graduate of The Royal Conservatoire and a really talented Burns speaker and we’re delighted she is also delivering the Reply on behalf of the Lasses.

Also a National Primary Schools Burns champion is Zoe Craig who is also performing on the evening. She is sensational!

The Immortal Memory will be given by Ian MacPherson MBE who is one of the finest Burns speakers in the country.

Comedian and acclaimed speaker Iain Gordon who performs throughout the UK will be doing Toast to the Lasses and to top it all off, seasoned Burns speaker and Ayr supporter Graham Hill will be the MC and reciting Tam O’Shanter.

Tickets are priced £35 and includes a fantastic 3 course meal and special gift for everyone attending. Tickets can be purchased in the club shop or by phone 01292 263435 ext 5.

Xmas shop opening hours

Christmas is fast approaching and we are currently receiving new stock every day to give our supporters as wide a choice as possible for the festive period. We have sold out of a number of ranges and sizes so if you see something you like and we don’t have it in stock then please ask as we are continually restocking.

Over the next week we are receiving a new order of leisurewear, socks, kids pyjamas and mugs so come in and see us or keep an eye on our website

On Sunday 17th December we are open 12-4 for a Christmas Open Day and we will have players in the shop, mulled wine, shortbread and mince pies.

We are selling gift vouchers in the shop with £10 and £20 denominations. These are not available on the website however if you would like them you can pick them up in store or by phone on 01292 263435 ext 5.

Friday 1st December            – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 2nd December     – 11am to 3pm then 4.45pm to 5.30pm

Sunday 3rd December        – Closed

Monday 4th December       – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 5th December       – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 6th December – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 7th December      – 3pm to 8pm

Friday 8th December           – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 9th December       – 11am to 3pm then 4.45pm to 5.30pm

Sunday 10th December        – Closed

Monday 11th December        – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 12th December       – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 13th December – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 14th December     – 3pm to 8pm

Friday 15th December           – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 16th December      – Closed

Sunday 17th December         – 12noon to 4pm (Xmas Open Day)

Monday 18th December       – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 19th December       – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 20th December – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 21st December      – 3pm to 8pm

Friday 22nd December         – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 23rd December      – Closed

Christmas Eve                         – 12 noon to 3pm

Xmas Day & Boxing Day       – Closed

Wednesday 27th December  – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 28th December     – 2pm to 5pm

Friday 29th December           – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 30th December       – 11am to 3pm and short time after match

31st Dec & 1st, 2nd, 3rd Jan  – Closed

Thursday 4th January            – 2pm to 5pm

Friday 5th January                  – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 6th January             – 11am to 3pm and short time after the match.

Banks O’Dee 2 Ayr Utd 6

William Hill Scottish Cup

Banks O’ Dee 2 v 6 Ayr United

by AUmedia

Ayr United made the long trip to Aberdeen finally seeing off a stuffy Banks O’ Dee side with a brace of goals each from Shankland, Moore and McDaid in this William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round encounter.  On a less than perfect surface, in freezing conditions and up against a strong wind this potential banana skin was avoided with a thoroughly professional performance by the Honest Men.

With only 32 seconds on the clock, United took the lead.  Robbie Crawford powered through from his own half to 20 yards out where he played a one-two with Craig Moore (a delicious back-heeled nutmeg) before slipping the ball into the penalty area.  It looked a simple ball for the Dee defence to deal with, but somehow everything seemed to go wrong. Defender Alan White nervously tried to clear but hit the ball off his own wingback Neale Allan. Somehow the ball stuck between Allan’s feet and, with keeper Shearer unable to assist, United’s Lawrence Shankland stepped in and poked the ball into the net from a tight angle.

If United thought it was going to be easy, they were in for a shock.  Banks O’ Dee were awarded a penalty in 4 mins, when keeper Jordan Hart came off his line to try and reach a hanging cross but failed to make contact and ploughed through striker Jamie Watt before landing awkwardly. It took 4 minutes for the penalty to be taken as Hart received treatment to a facial injury sustained in the incident.

Watt then stepped up and slammed the ball into the net from the spot and bring the sides level.

Worse was to come for United on 25 minutes when Banks O’ Dee went ahead, again from the penalty spot, after Ross Docherty barged Michael Philipson.  Again, it was prolific goal scorer Watt who stepped up and drilled the ball home, low to Hart’s right, taking his season’s tally so far to 21 goals.

Banks O’ Dee returned to their game plan, defending in depth and numbers, attempting to stifle United’s attacking intentions.  The Honest Men showed skill, calmness and composure, working the ball around the pitch with some excellent interplay whilst probing the Banks O’ Dee defence.  Some hard challenges were going in and Paddy Boyle suffered a nasty one when he was barged in mid-air and landed heavily on his shoulder. On 36 mins Boyle was forced to come off and was replaced by Declan McDaid.

One minute later and Ayr were back on level terms.  Moore chased onto a high ball over the Dee defence and into the box where, under pressure from Liam McCall, he fired the ball along the 6-yard line to Shankland who tapped home.

As Ayr turned on the power, Banks O’ Dee struggled to cope with the tricky wing skills of Crawford and McDaid prompted by Docherty pulling the strings in midfield.

On 43 minutes Ayr claimed the lead they deserved. Shankland put pressure on defender White who could only tap the ball to McDaid on the right-hand side of the box.  McDaid controlled, shuffled onto his left foot, before smashing a drive high into the net.

Just on the stroke of half time Ayr finally put space between themselves and the stuffy Northern Super League team and what a peach it was. Crawford surged down the left and played the ball to Ferguson who neatly back healed the ball behind the defensive line where he found Crawford who had continued his run. The midfielder then cut in before finding McDaid who flicked the ball under control before rifling home from 8 yards.

It could have been more when, in the last of the half’s five additional minutes, Shankland hit the post with a fierce strike.

Ayr started the second half with the same intensity as they had finished the first and the skills gap between the two sides began to show in abundance.

On 52 minutes Geggan played a neat cutback to Shankland in the box but the striker’s drive went narrowly wide and settled in the side netting.

Whatever faint hope the Dee had of getting back into the game was finally crushed when Kane Winton was shown a second yellow for an elbow in the face of Ross Docherty.

Ayr piled on the misery for the Dee when in 63 mins they went 5-2 up. Andy Geggan played the ball in front of Moore who chased into the box before unleashing a thunderous drive into the roof of the net.

2 mins later and it was 6.  Keeper Shearer rushed out of his box in an attempt to beat Shankland to the ball, but his clearance was poor and only reached Moore who lifted the ball into the open net from 35 yards.

It was now a masterclass from Ayr, switching to 3 at the back and pushing forward in waves. Crawford, moving into the centre of midfield, looked exceptional probing the Dee defence with pinpoint passes and showing an elegant and skilful control that left opposition players trailing and bemused in his wake.

That Ayr didn’t score more is the only mystery, with a Rose header cleared off the line, a Crawford drive scraping over the bar, young substitute Luke McCowan dribbling across the edge of the box then seeing his shot going just over, Moore hitting the side netting, McDaid hitting the bar, and substitute McGuffie terrorising the Dee back line, and going close on two occasions.

A satisfying journey north for the Honest Men and they can look forward to League action next Saturday at Recreation Park, Alloa.

Banks 0’Dee

Shearer, Allan, White, McCall, Robertson, Hamilton, Henderson, Winton, Watt, Philipson, Hall Subs: Sahhalevtis (GK), Murray, Duguid, Macleod, Shrive, Taylor, Smith


Ayr United

Hart, Ferguson, Rose, Reid, Boyle, Geggan, Docherty, Crawford, Moffat, Shankland, Moore

Subs: Avci (GK), Forrest, McDaid, McGuffie, Faulds, Waite, McCowan


Referee: Craig Napier

Attendance: 469

Banks O’Dee match preview

Match Preview
Banks O’ Dee vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup – 3rd Round
Saturday 18th November 2017. Kick-off 3pm


On Saturday, Ayr United make the  journey north to Spain Park, Aberdeen to face Junior side Banks O’ Dee in the third round of the Scottish Cup. It is something of a trip of the unknown for the Honest Men, who regardless will be buoyed by a dominant performance against League 1 challengers Raith Rovers on Tuesday night. A 3-0 win extended Ian McCall’s side’s advantage at the top of the table to three points and their unbeaten run to eight games.

Like United, Banks O’Dee are in red hot form and go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 10-0 win over North Superleague’s bottom side Banchory St. Ternan last weekend.

Team News: Chris Higgins and Brian Gilmour are both out with injuries. Jamie Adams won’t play due to the surface.

Ian says: “It is always good to have a break from the league and especially getting a draw in the cup that is something different for ourselves and our supporters. We take every cup seriously especially the Scottish Cup and there is no doubt we want to progress so we have prepared for this match the same way that we do for every other match. In absolutely no way will we be taking it lightly and that will be shown by our team selection. Games like this are never easy and they are in excellent form.”

Opponents: Banks O’Dee have won the Scottish Junior Football Association North Superleague in the previous two season and already look on course to win a third successive title, having won all nine league fixtures this season, scoring 36 goals and conceding just 5. Tommy Forbes & Sandy McNaughton’s side have a eight point advantage over nearest challengers Hermes plus a game in hand.

Striker Jamie Watt is the Dee’s dangerman. The 39-year old has 19 goals to his name this season in just 13 appearances, including five goals in the Scottish Cup.

Scottish Cup record: Ayr United have progressed past the third round of the Scottish Cup in seven of the last nine seasons. It is over 20 years since the Honest Men were knocked out the competition by a lower league club and the last non-league club to defeat Ayr in the Cup were Elgin City in 1967 – a season in which we won one league game all season and scored only 20 goals in 34 games.

The Honest Men have twice before faced Junior opponents in the Scottish Cup, requiring a replay to overcome East Region champs Lochee United in 2008 and defeating Aberdeen’s Sunnybank 5-0 in 2010.

Banks O’Dee are participating in Scottish Cup for the fourth time in their history. Wins over Linlithgow Rose (2-1), Huntly (4-0), and Selkirk (2-0) – all at home – has seen the Dee progress to the third round for the first time. Their only meeting against SPFL opposition in the competition was in 2009 when Montrose ran out 3-0 winners at Spain Park.

Match Officials:

Referee – Craig Napier

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – David Watt



Adult – £10

Concessions – £5

Club shop now Online

The Ayr United club shop is now online and available for orders. The site is working perfectly on laptops and desktop computers however on mobile devices, although all products are on there, it is not showing the product categories. This is being worked on currently and should be fixed within a few days.

We apologise for the length of time it has taken for us to have the online shop up and running however we had a long running problem with our payment provider who had to undertake a number of checks before giving us the go ahead to go live. We were advised it would be complete within two weeks however instead it took months.

We have a wide range of new products on the way including kids pyjamas, mugs, Xmas items, slippers, dressing gowns, Adidas trainingwear and lots more. All of these will be added to the website as soon as they arrive.

If you are looking for assistance or if there are any items you would like us to stock please contact us by email or by phone 01292 263435 ext5.

Every week the club shop will be open Monday 1-5, Thursday 3-8 and Friday 1-5. We will be opening extra days for Xmas and we will confirm this as soon as the decision has been made.

Arbroath 1 Ayr Utd 4


by AUmedia

A devastating goal scoring spell in the second half saw The Honest Men overtake Raith Rovers and go top of the table on goal difference.  Shankland put Ayr ahead in the first half before a goal from Moore, an OG from Gold and a second from Shankland put Ayr on easy street in the second half.  Swankie netted Arbroath’s late consolation in a frustrating game for the home side
The first half was littered with few real clear-cut chances.  Crawford was United’s biggest attacking threat in the opening 10 mins with a couple of efforts on goal however his first attempt flashed well wide before his next strike was comfortably saved by Hutton in goal.

Arbroath grew into the game and on 14 mins defender O’Brien found himself with time and space on the edge of the box but could only fire the ball over the bar from 18 yards out.  5 mins later and it was the turn of defensive partner Hamilton who beat two United players and scraped a shot just wide from 20 yards out.

The best chance of the half for the home side came on 28 mins when they broke quickly from an Ayr attack, Linn then found himself one-on-one with Hart but saw his shot saved well by the keeper before he fired the rebound off the bar from close range as the home fans thought the ball was destined to hit the back of the net.

On 35 mins, Ayr made Arbroath pay for their missed chances and opened the scoring against the run of play through Shankland.  Moffat slipped the ball through to the striker who managed to squeeze it under the hand of Hutton and into the net for 0-1.

Arbroath started the better of the two sides in the second half as they looked to get themselves back into the game. Whatley had a strike that was well saved by Hart on 49 mins before Denholm just failed to get on the end of a teasing cross from Hamilton on 51 mins.

Just as it looked like United could be heading into a tricky spell they grabbed a second goal thanks to some good fortune.  With 53 mins gone, Shankland set Moore through on the right and his cross was met by Moffat whose attempt was saved by Hutton but rebounded off the hapless Gold and into the net for 0-2.

Two quickly became three for Ayr when Shankland got his double on 56 mins.  Moffat picked the ball up on the right and drove forward before sending a low cross to Shankland who coolly slotted the ball beyond Hutton for 0-3.

Arbroath were stunned and it only got worse for the home side, who were crumbling against Ayr’s devastating attacking prowess, when Moore made it four.  Crawford passed the ball to Shankland on the edge of the area and he laid off to Moore who slammed the ball into the back of the net from just inside the box to make it 0-4 on 58 mins.  The away fans hadn’t really had a chance to finish their celebration of the second goal before they found themselves 4 goals ahead.

United were ruthless in the second half and Shankland came close to his hattrick when he hit the post on 62 mins however it wasn’t to be for the striker who was subbed late on in the game for Forrest.  That is now 9 goals in 8 games for the in-form Shankland.

Arbroath fell apart in the second half but managed to claw one back through Swankie on 85 mins when Ayr failed to clear and allowed Swankie to poke home from 6 yards for 1-4.

It was a game in which Ayr were not at their best but their ruthlessness going forward in the second half was too much for Arbroath to handle and they ran out comfortable winners.  Ayr now welcome Raith Rovers to Somerset next Tuesday.

STARMEN – Lawrence Shankland 1st, Michael Rose 2nd, Jordan Hart 3rd.

ARBROATH – Hutton, Gold, Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Yule, Linn, Whatley, McCord, Swankie, Denholm.  Substitutes Hester, Prunty, Henry, Martin, Kader, Douglas (GK).

AYR UNITED – Hart, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, McDaid, Ferguson, Adams, Shankland, Docherty.  Substitutes Gilmour, Moore, Forrest, McGuffie, Reid, Avci (GK). 


Referee: Alan Muir

Attendance: 922

Manager & Moff win awards

Manager Ian McCall has won Ladbrokes League One manager of the month and Michael Moffat the Ladbrokes League One player of the month.

The matches which counted for the October award were a 2-2 home draw with Airdrie, a 5-0 victory at Forfar in which Moff scored a hat trick which included his 100th career goal and last weeks 2-0 home win over Stranraer, Moff scoring the crucial first goal.

Congratulations to both!