Season update & Shop hours

The league season begins on Saturday and the first league match at Somerset is on Saturday 12th August.

To date so far we have sold 559 season tickets and we would like to thank everyone who has been in so far to buy theirs.

There has been a huge transition throughout the Summer with the club moving to full time football and hopefully everyone is happy with what they have seen so far. Comfortable wins over Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, Clyde and Annan. 15 goals scored and the best record in Scotland so far.

What these matches in the group stage of the Betfred Cup have shown is the importance of our supporters. We outnumbered both Dumbarton and Annan away from home, and wouldn’t it be great if that was something that happened regularly in the league season. At home we had an excellent home crowd for the Ayrshire derby and a better than expected crowd for the Tuesday night game with Clyde. Both of these games had a great atmosphere and this is something we would love to have every week at Somerset. All the players have been mentioning this upturn in atmosphere and what a difference it makes during a match.

As mentioned we have sold over 500 season tickets however over the next two weeks we would love to get close to the 1000 mark and really get Somerset rocking every week.

We are still having issues with our payment provider however we are in dialogue with them every day to try and get our online store up and running as quickly as possible, until that time you are welcome in the club shop or can place an order over the phone. And remember that every adult and concession season ticket receives a free family pass for Culzean Castle and Country Park (worth around £40).

We are going to open the shop nearly every day up to and including Saturday the 12th of August, the day of our first home league match to ensure that you are able to purchase season tickets and or club merchandise.


Monday 31st July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 1st August – CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd August – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 3rd August – 3pm to 8pm

Friday 4th August – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 5th August – CLOSED

Sunday 6th August – 12 noon to 3pm

Monday 7th August – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 8th August – CLOSED

Wednesday 9th August – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 10th August – 3pm to 8pm

Friday 11th August – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 12th August – 10am to kickoff


Season ticket prices are as follows

Adult (21 and over) £220

Concession (over 65, student, 18-21) £120

Child (under 18) £50

Panda pal (under 12) £15

Annan match preview

Match Preview Annan Athletic vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group E Saturday 29th July 2017. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, on-form Ayr United travel south to face Annan Athletic looking to make it four wins out of four in the Betfred Cup. Ian McCall’s men need just a point to top the table but victory will put the Honest Men in a strong position to go into Sunday’s second-round draw as one of the eight seeded teams.

There will be a familiar face in the home dugout at Galabank, with Peter Murphy having been appointed Annan manager in the summer following the departure of Jim Chapman to Clyde. The popular Irishman made 81 appearances for the Honest Men during three seasons at Somerset Park. Murphy has added another Ayr favourite Ryan Stevenson, who will be hoping for to lead the line against his boyhood club rather than keep goal as he did for Raith Rovers last season.

Annan picked up their first points of the Betfred Cup on Tuesday night when they earned a bonus point against Dumbarton, former United hero Ryan Stevenson netting the winning goal in the penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw. They had previously lost 2-1 away to Clyde and 2-0 at home to Kilmarnock, Kris Boyd netting a double.

Ian says:”Jamie Adams is available however he won’t start due to the type of pitch at Annan. Alan Forrest could possibly have made it however we won’t risk him with the league season starting next week and Michael Rose has started light training so shouldn’t be too far away.

This will be a tough game for us tomorrow. We are all looking forward to seeing Peter again, he is a class act and we know his team will be well organised. We have some momentum built up and we want to keep that going so there won’t be many changes. I am delighted we are taking two buses down there and it just shows our fans will come in numbers if we give them a good product.”

Previous Meetings: Ayr and Annan have met just twice before and never, in a competitive fixture, at Galabank. In September 2011, the Black & Golds shocked the Honest Men at Somerset Park when a David Cox goal knocked newly promoted Ayr out of the Challenge Cup. In 1986, Ayr defeated Annan, then of the South of Scotland League, in the Scottish Cup 3-1.


Ayr have played at Galabank before in pre-season and defeated their hosts 7-0 in the Scottish Brewers Cup in July 2006.


Match Officials:

Referee – Steven Reid

Assistant Referee 1 – Paul O’Neill

Assistant Referee 2 – Liam Butler



Adults – £12

Concessions – £6
Latest Odds

Annan Athletic – 5/1, Draw 10/3, Ayr United – 1/2

Shop opening hours

The club shop will be open this week

Monday 24th July – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 25th July – 4pm to 7.45pm

Thursday 27th July – 3pm to 8pm

Free Culzean pass for Season ticket holders

We are delighted to announce a partnership with the Ayrshire & Arran National Trust for Scotland. All of our Adult and Concession season ticket holders will receive a Family Pass to Culzean Castle and Country Park (worth around £40). 









Our commercial manager Graeme Miller said :” We have been really keen to add value to our season ticket and this is a great start as Culzean is a fantastic family day out, a big part of Scottish history and is right on our doorstep. Season Ticket holders are the bedrock of our club and hopefully this season we can repay them with plenty of wins and now also a chance to visit one of Ayrshire’s premier landmarks with the family for free. Hopefully this will encourage more of our fans to buy season tickets and at the same time support our National Trust.” 





Stuart Maxwell, the general manager for the Ayrshire & Arran National Trust said :” We are delighted to team up with Ayr United for what we are sure will be an exciting season ahead. We look forward to welcoming all season ticket holders and supporters of ‘The Honest Men’ throughout the year and look forward to strengthening our partnership with all at the club. The National Trust for Scotland in Ayrshire & Arran operates not only Culzean Castle & Country Park but also the Robert Burns properties and Brodick Castle on Arran. The new Wild Woodland playpark at Culzean is a fantastic draw for families and is now the largest outdoor playpark in the UK and our exciting new playpark Isle be Wild is proving to be an excellent day trip destination on Arran.”

Not to worry if you have already bought your season ticket, just bring it into the Club Shop and we will give you your pass.

The family pass entitles two adults and up to four children access to Culzean castle and country park and is valid until 31/10/2017.

Our club shop is open tomorrow (Saturday 22nd July) from 10.30am to 3.30pm, Monday (24th July) from 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday (25th July) from 4pm to 7.45pm and Thursday (27th July) from 3pm to 8pm.



Player sponsorships 17/18

Sponsoring a player is one of the most popular sponsorship activities at Ayr United. Sponsoring a player for the 2017/18 season will ensure your name being in every match programme throughout the season, receiving your players strip from the season personally autographed when the season ends and an invite to the Player Sponsors event during the season.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to support the club, get to know and meet your player and also to have your name on our website and in our programme.

The cost of sponsoring one of our players shirts is £170 for the season or you can choose to sponsor the home and away shirt or two home or two away for £300.

If you are interested or want to know more please contact the commercial department on 01292 263435 ext 3 or by email

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a player so far this season. We are delighted with the response we have had.


SQUAD LIST FOR 2016/17 –

1 – Jordan Hart, HOME – Aviators, AWAY – Karen Malcolm

2 – Chris Higgins, HOME – John Morrison, AWAY – Ian McKay

3 – Paddy Boyle, HOME – Mark Pettigrew, AWAY – Mark Pettigrew

4 – Brian Gilmour, HOME – Hillhouse Quarry, AWAY – Steve Paterson

5 – Michael Rose, HOME – Karen Malcolm, AWAY – The Silver Club

6 – Andy Geggan, HOME – Sheena & Nick West, AWAY – Graham Peterkin

7 – Michael Moffat, HOME – Kevin Coates, AWAY – Richard Colville

8 – Robbie Crawford, HOME – Mactech Europe, AWAY – Prestwick Tartan Army

9 – Craig Moore, HOME – Kevin Coates, AWAY – Lisa Campbell

10 – Alan Forrest, HOME – Alfie & Tommy Stevenson, AWAY – North Terracing Mob

11 – Declan McDaid, HOME – Lisa & Colin Campbell, AWAY – Sheena & Nick West

12 – Craig McGuffie, HOME – Ayr United travel club, AWAY – Ayrviators

14 – David Ferguson, HOME – Iain A Cowie Phsyiotherapy, AWAY – Iain A Cowie Physiotherapy

15 – James Hilton, HOME – Available,  AWAY – Available

16 – Jamie Adams, HOME – Dave Byars, AWAY – Dave Byars

18 – Stuart Faulds, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

20 – Lyle Avci, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

21 – David Waite, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

22 – Kieran Balfour, HOME – Mirren Watters, AWAY – Available

23 – Ross Docherty, HOME – Elliot Stirling, AWAY – Ayr United Travel Club

24 – Leon Murphy, HOME – Available, AWAY – Available

25 – Luke McCowan, HOME – Pristine Machine, AWAY – Pristine Machine

26 – Craig Reid, HOME – John & Linda Gemmell, AWAY – Jack Miller Girvan

Dumbarton match preview

Match Preview Dumbarton vs. Ayr United Betfred Cup Group E Tuesday 18th July 2016. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United travel to the newly named Your Radio 103FM Stadium to face Dumbarton. The Honest Men will be looking to make it two wins out of two in Betfred Cup group stages after Friday night’s famous Ayrshire Derby victory at Somerset Park.

Dumbarton sat out the weekend’s round of fixtures, instead taking on neighbours Clydebank in a friendly. A 2-1 win for the Sons ensured they completed pre-season unbeaten, having also drawn with Albion Rovers and defeated Partick Thistle.

Former Ayr ‘keeper Alan Martin heads up a number of departures from the Rock over the summer along with top goalscorer Robert Thomson, Andy Stirling, Mark Docherty, Gregor Buchanan and Darren Barr. Manager Stephen Aitken has recruited former Rangers goalie Scott Gallacher, Queen of the South defender Andrew Dowie and Chris Johnstone, Mark Stewart and Craig Barr, all from Raith Rovers.

Elsewhere in Group E, table toppers Clyde take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Ian says: “Craig Reid is still out and we are hoping he will be back for the Clyde match. Alan Forrest still has the knock that he took before the Kilmarnock game so he won’t make tonight but he will also be back for the Clyde match and Michael Rose is going to miss the next 5 or 6 games which is really unfortunate for him as he has been looking excellent.

Tonight is going to be a completely different game and we need to be aware of that. There wont be anything like the atmosphere we had on Friday however the game is just as important for us as a win will put us in a very strong position in the group. Hopefully we take a good support and they get right behind us.”


Head-to-Head (League Cup): Ayr United wins – 15 Draws – 2 Dumbarton wins – 4

The Sons have won just one of the last 10 meetings between the sides in league competition but won the last League Cup match. A last minute Steven Bonar goal knocked Ayr out the competition at Somerset Park in September 2003.

Last Meeting: Ian McCall’s men were unbeaten in the four meetings between the sides last season, winning twice, and the fixture averaged 4.5 goals per game. The last meeting between the sides was a Somerset Park in March where goals from Robbie Crawford and Farid El Alagui cancelled out Robert Thomson’s opener for Dumbarton, who had Gary Fleming sent off.

United’s trip to Dumbarton ended in dramatic fashion, with a Michael Rose free-kick and Craig Moore penalty in injury time snatching a 2-2 draw for the Honest Men after Ross Docherty saw red in the first half.

Match Officials:

Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Willie Conquer

Assistant Referee 2 – Alan Macfadyen



Adults – £15

Concessions – £9

Parent & Child (U12) – £20
Latest Odds

Dumbarton – 6/5, Draw 5/2, Ayr – 2/1

Shirt/Shorts draw winners

On Friday evening,  the 7th of July, we held our annual Shirt & Shorts draw and auction in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite.

The winners, who will have their company name on the back of our shirts for the 2017/18 season were local funeral directors Peter Wilson & Sons.  Funeral director Robin Baird, an Ayr supporter for 60 years, has entered the draw every year and unfortunately for him this was the first one he was unable to attend.

Winning their company name on the shorts were the aptly named Extrordinair who are one of the most  powerful airfreight specialists in Scotland and based at Edinburgh airport.




Third place was won by Ayr United media who will have hospitality for 6. On the evening they advised that they will take up their commentary positions from the hospitality suite on their chosen match which should be an interesting listen!

Fourth place and winning the guests of the directors in the boardroom was Linea Construction, another regular in the draw.

And fifth place, winners of a framed Ayr United shirt from the 2017/18 season were Precision Autoparts.

The auction, as always, was a fantastic success with Iain Ferguson at the helm and raised just under £4k.

We would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who entered the draw, all that came along on the evening, all the companies who donated such fantastic auction prizes and to those bidding in the auction as this event is a crucial part of our income stream for the season.

All the entrants are listed below

1 – AU500 FUND

















18 – GW REID










28 – G R LOGAN



31 – G & S BAKERS
















Ayr Utd 1 Kilmarnock 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Kilmarnock

Premiership Kilmarnock came to Somerset Park for the Betfred Cup Group E match on Friday night, high on hopes and backed by bookies’ confidence in their superiority over League 1 Ayr United. That, however, is not all it takes to win the Ayrshire Derby. United had passion, a desire to win, a non-stop work ethic, organisation, not a little skill and talent, and a roaring home support; that made all the difference.

In front of a live TV audience on BT Sport, the 2017-18 Scottish football season burst into being in the most magnificent of fashions: a local derby and a ‘giant’ being brought to its knees in humiliating fashion. It may have been good viewing for the armchair fans but, to actually be there feeling the testosterone fuelled moments, hearing communities of loyal fans singing their hearts out, savouring the sweet taste of victory against your greatest sporting rivals, and sharing it all with like-minded others, is more than special, it is incomparable.

And Somerset Park, this may be a relic to some in the modern football world, but relic or not, this old lady is perfect, creating a cauldron of passion and excitement that the new generation of anodyne, all seated, kit grounds cannot hold a candle, and of which they can only fruitlessly dream.

This was the time and the place. Weeks of chest puffing and bravado, weeks of online taunting and workplace badinage and banter, this was over. It was time to step up, a time of proof. Bragging rights were at stake.

When referee John Beaton blew his whistle to start the match it was a signal for Ayr United to take the game to their local rivals who seemed surprisingly subdued and lacking desire through-out the first 45 mins.

Ayr created three excellent chances early on. First, on 6 mins, good interplay down the right-hand side saw Andy Geggan just fail to control the ball well enough and his effort went wide. On 8 mins, more close link up play created space for Docherty but his drive from 25 yards took an unfortunate deflection and, instead of bulging the net, flipped into the arms of keeper Jamie MacDonald. Just 4 mins later, Declan McDaid showed off his skills on the right, leaving three defenders trailing in his wake, before crossing into the box. With players lining up to shoot, no one managed to get a clear sight of goal and the panicked Kilmarnock defence finally got the ball away.

Kilmarnock were creating few substantial chances but were at their most dangerous from set pieces.

On 20 mins it was yet again Ayr who came close. With a corner coming in from the left, Jamie Adams punched a hole in the defence and headered powerfully goalward only to see keeper MacDonald pull off one of his numerous first half saves that kept Kilmarnock in the game. From the rebound Craig Moore’s drive smacked into the side netting to audible gasps of relief from the Kilmarnock faithful thronging the Railway End.

Challenges were tough and regular but referee Beaton kept a lid on things, while keeping his hands away from his card, allowing the game to flow and did much to help create the spectacle that the match became.

With 29 mins gone, Kilmarnock created a solid chance from a corner with Power coming into the penalty untracked and unmarked but somehow managed to volley the ball high and out of the park.

Ayr again piled on the pressure and the crowd could sense an upset was on the cards. As Robbie Crawford tried to carve his way across the front edge of the box from the left, experienced defender Kirk Broadfoot appeared outpaced and out turned and chose to pull the midfielder back. Referee Beaton had a simple decision to award a foul.

McDaid decided to go for goal from the freekick just outside the box. His strike was delightful getting the ball over the wall and quickly down towards the front post but once again keeper MacDonald pulled off an excellent save turning the ball away for a corner.

McDaid swung in the corner and Andy Geggan made his run into acres of space in the box and powerfully headed home to put the Honest Men one up with 38 mins on the clock.

Kilmarnock tried to respond but and on 42 mins Kris Boyd should have done better, meeting a cross from the left but only sending it straight into the arms of keeper Jordan Hart.

Kilmarnock looked out of ideas and lacking punch up front and craved the halftime whistle. The break was good for the East Ayrshire outfit with Manager Lee McCulloch altering their formation, and instilling a more aggressive and positive attitude.

The second half saw Kilmarnock attempting to dominate with impressive winger Jordan Jones becoming the heart of the best that the Premiership side could offer.

On 53 mins, Harts came to the rescue of Ayr with a fine save after Kilmarnock broke at speed from defence. Only 2 mins later and it was Jones again who was causing Ayr problems, getting past 3 United defenders on the left before coming into the box before being stopped by Rose.

Although Ayr were being forced backwards due to Kilmarnock pressure they defended with resolute strength preventing any opportunities from being turned into goals.

Unfortunately for Ayr, central defender Michael Rose had to be replaced due to injury but the defence remained rock solid with Adams moving back from midfield into defence with Brian Gilmour stepping into his role.

Ayr then came close through defender Paddy Boyle on 59 mins when his drive from 20 yards out was saved by MacDonald at full stretch.

Kilmarnock were, by now, huffing and puffing and Ayr had chances to seal the game.  On 76 mins, a Gilmour freekick was met by Moore in the box but his powerful header went straight to the keeper. If that was close, an 81st min moment of genius by Robbie Crawford deserved to have ended in the back of the net. After picking up the ball in midfield, Crawford channelled his internal Leonel Messi, powered forward into the box, waltzed around four bemused Kilmarnock defenders before reaching the 6-yard line and poking the ball goalward. Somehow the excellent MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goals got his legs in the way to stop what should have been the goal of the tournament never mind the game.

These misses didn’t matter as Kilmarnock failed to summon up the energy or guile to break the United resistance. As referee Beaton’s whistle sounded signifying that the 90 + 2 mins were over, Somerset Park erupted into a sea of black and white and a hurricane of noise as the team and their vocal support celebrated victory over their Ayrshire rivals.

Bragging rights to Ayr.

Next time out, Ayr visit Dumbarton on Tuesday in the next match of the Betfred Group stage.

Ayr United

Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat, Crawford, Moore, McDaid, Adams, Docherty Substitutes: Avci (GK), Gilmour, Forrest, McGuffie, Ferguson, Faulds, McCowan



MacDonald, O’Donnell, Broadfoot, Power, McKenzie, K. Boyd, Jones, S. Boyd, Waters, Wilson, Frizzell

Substitutes: MacKay, Taylor, Higgins, Thomas, Samizadeh, Graham, Cameron


Match Officials

Referee:         John Beaton

Asst Referee: Andrew McWIlliam

Asst Referee: Brian Templeton

4th Official:     Alan Newlands


Attendance: 6,417

Match Report: AUmedia

Ayrshire derby match preview

Match Preview Ayr United vs. Kilmarnock Betfred Cup Group E Friday 14th July 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm

The 2017/18 Scottish football season kicks-off in style on Friday night with the return of the Ayrshire Derby to Somerset Park. It is eight-and-a-half years since Kilmarnock’s last trip down the A77 to face the Honest Men – and 24 years since their last win on Ayr soil.

Ian McCall’s side returned to full-time training on 19th June and the squad has been boosted by the return of Andy Geggan and fans favourite Michael Moffat. Both will make their second ‘debuts’ for the club. Former Queen of the South skipper Chris Higgins bolsters the defence while six Football Academy players have graduated to the first team squad and could feature.

Lee McCulloch led Kilmarnock to 8th in the Premiership last season after taking over from Lee Clark in mid-February on an interim basis when Clark departed the Rugby Park club to become manager of Bury. The former Motherwell, Wigan and Rangers forward oversaw 4 wins in 14 games before finally being appointed on a permanent basis last month.

Elsewhere in Group E, Peter Murphy’s Annan Athletic travel to face Clyde on Saturday while Ayr’s opponents on Tuesday, Dumbarton, are not in action.

Ian says:”Ideally we would probably have liked this game a week or two later however what a start to the competitive season. There aren’t many places like Somerset when there is 6 or 7 thousand in and the atmosphere tonight will be something special. Training full time has been fantastic and everyone has worked extremely hard. Craig Reid misses the match with a ligament strain and we are targeting the Clyde match to get him back and Alan Forrest has taken a knock that forced him to miss training yesterday so he will be a game time decision.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park): Ayr United wins – 27 Draws – 22 Kilmarnock wins – 18

Five of the seven League Cup meetings between Ayr and Killie have been drawn.

Match Officials:

Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Brian Templeton

Fourth Official – Alan Newlands


Match Information:

This is an all-ticket game. Season tickets are not valid.  Ticket Sales will close at 5.45pm on Friday from the Club Shop. Tickets ordered by telephone can be picked up until 7pm.
Full information here:
Latest Odds

Ayr – 10/3, Draw 3/1, Killie – 7/10

Match information – Ayr v Kilmarnock






Ticket Sales

This is an all-ticket game.   Season tickets are not valid.  Ticket Sales will close at 5.45pm on Friday from the Club Shop.  Shop opening hours are as follows

Wednesday 12th July – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 13th July – 1pm to 8pm

Friday 14th July – 1pm to 7.45pm (ticket sales 5.45pm /pick-ups 7pm)


Car Parking

There will be restricted parking at the Stadium on Friday due to the BT Sport trucks taking up a third of the capacity. Therefore, there will only be space for Blue Badge Holders, Officials and Staff.  Alternative parking will be available at The Racecourse for supporters’ cars.  Car Park Passes will not be valid.  Supporters’ Buses will be parked at Craigie Park.  Traffic in the surrounding area is expected to busy, allow added time for your journey.



Turnstiles will open at 6:45pm.  Please arrive early as we anticipate large numbers.  Bag searches will be in place and this will also add time.  We appreciate your cooperation and patience whilst our stewards carry out this essential task.

Please ensure you have your ticket ready for inspection and know the turnstile your ticket is for.

  • Away tickets:

o   Railway End – Turnstiles 1-6

o   West Enclosure – Turnstile 8

o   West Stand – Turnstile 9

  • Home tickets:

o   East Stand – Turnstile 10

o   Centre Stand – Turnstile 11

o   East Enclosure – Turnstile 12

o   Family Stand – Turnstile 13

o   North Terrace – Turnstile 25 & 26

o   Somerset Road – Turnstiles 17-22


Security and Safety

We work closely with the Police, Intelligence Officers and Kilmarnock Safety Officers.  Together we gather information from various sources.  With the information we have, we have increased our Security considerably to address the issues highlighted.  CCTV coverage will be also increased to help identify incidents and persons.

Anyone trying to gain access into the opposing support’s area will be refused entry and if found in the ground will be ejected.

All banners are not permitted entry into the ground for this game, due to the time it would take to check each one for its message and its fire retardancy. We would appreciate your understanding in this.

We would remind you that this is a live televised game.  All fans are respectfully requested to conduct themselves in a manner that does not bring either Club and its supporters into disrepute and adhere to the Ground Regulations, (posted outside turnstiles). Please visit for information on our Unacceptable Conduct Policy.

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. 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 both sets of supporters for their co-operation and backing of the teams.