Mitre Delta Returns

June 1st 2017



Mitre, match ball of choice for the Scottish Professional Football League, is ready to make history again with the return of its iconic Delta trademark. Redesigned, reinvented and rejuvenated, the Delta is back as Mitre’s new official match ball for the EFL, SPFL and WPL, engineered for optimal control, accuracy and power.


Instantly recognisable thanks to its heritage, the Delta holds a unique place at the heart of British football and over the years has been treasured by players and fans alike. Last seen on Scottish football pitches in 2001, its return means that a new generation of players can now have their first football experiences with a brand new ball with the same legendary trademark. This season the Delta returns – resigned, reinvented and rejuvenated – wearing the classic fluo and silver colourway which makes the SPFL ball unique.


This, the most advanced football from Mitre, features brand new technology including a textured surface for instinctive aerodynamic control. The added embossed grooves provide up to 400% more stability at speeds of 30 – 45 mph as well as greater accuracy vs a flat panel construction of the same ball¹.


A distinctive 14 panel design with innovative Hyperseam™ technology ensures optimum energy dissipation and a super accurate flight. Combining the benefits of bonded and stitched seams guarantees superb speed and pin-point accuracy with a consistent feel, almost zero water uptake² and superior durability. A laminated bladder combined with a rubber sheet constructed in between two layers of foam backing give explosive power coupled with improved control.


Mark Upshall, Head of Category at Mitre Sports International, says; “We’re really proud of the Delta trademark and its iconic heritage so can’t wait to bring it back. Our new Delta ball has been updated with brand new technology to make it our most innovative football yet. We hope its return will inspire new moments of football brilliance among future generations – the same way it has with players in the past”.


The Delta (RRP £115), Delta Replica (RRP £12) and Delta Replica Mini (RRP £7) will be available for purchase from 1st June exclusively through From 15th June onwards, the range will be widely available at all key retailers.


[1] Source: Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017

²Source: Accredited FIFA Testing, January 2017

Footgolf event postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Ayr United Legends Footgolf event, which was due to be played next Saturday, has been postponed.

We will confirm the new date at the end of June after the fixtures for the coming season have been released however it is expected to be held on a Sunday in early September.

Thank you to everyone who has put a lot of work into the event and we look forward to seeing everyone at the rescheduled date.

Shirt/Shorts Draw & Auction 2017

Ayr United are holding their annual Shirt/Shorts and Auction night on Friday 7th July. The popular event will be held in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and begin at 7.30pm.

This coming season will see us as one of the favourites to gain promotion straight back to the Ladbrokes Championship and we kick off the season with an Ayrshire derby against Kilmarnock at Somerset Park which is live on BT Sport.

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 2017/18 season for just £150 for one entry or £250 for two entries.

Crucially the winners will have their logos on the strips for the Kilmarnock match which will be a fantastic opportunity to have your details on show all over the world.

All entrants will receive two tickets 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 for the first time this year we will also include a link to your website on the Shirt & Shorts entrants page on our new 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 2017/18

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

Club shop June hours


A reminder to supporters that the club shop badge clearance event continues until Friday June 30th in store and Monday June 12th for online sales.

The shop is open weekdays 12pm to 4pm throughout the month apart from the following dates:

Tuesday 6th June – CLOSED

Tuesday 13th June – CLOSED

Tuesday 20th June – CLOSED


Betfred cup draw

The draw has been made for the Betfred Cup Group stage.

We have been drawn in Group E with Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, Clyde and Annan.

Ties will be played over the two weeks beginning Saturday 15th July.

We will update as soon as we know the dates and venues for the fixtures.

Declan signs as Daryll leaves

Declan McDaid has became the latest player to sign for the 2017/18 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :” I am delighted we have managed to keep Declan for this coming season. He is young like Forrest and McGuffie but he offers something a bit different to those two. He is a bit more direct and has real pace.

Declan can play anywhere along the front 3, left, right or through the middle. He can score goals and although we only got a small glimpse of him last season before he got injured he showed that he will be a real handful for opposing defences.

We made Daryll Meggat an offer for 2017/18 however he just wasn’t able to commit fully to our new set up due to his work commitments. So today we have parted company. Daryll did very well in his time here and he won’t have any problems picking up a new part time club. He moves on with our best wishes.”

Ayr Utd Legends Footgolf

Ayr United Legends Footgolf Competition Saturday 17th June 2017

 As Ayr United embarks on an ambitious restructuring to begin building a sustainable full-time football club with strong links to the communities and businesses of Ayr and Ayrshire, Scotland’s No.1 footgolfer, Gavin Craig, is doing his bit to help by raising funds to support the playing budget for season 20171/18.

Footgolf is inspired by golf and uses the skills of football and Gavin, with help from friends and family, has organised the inaugural Ayr United Legends Footgolf Competition to be held at Roodlea Family Golf Centre near Coylton, South Ayrshire, KA6 6EP on Saturday 17th of June. The event will have a 1pm meet, a shotgun start and a short prizegiving at around 4pm with a fundraising auction.

This will give you the chance to have a great day out playing footgolf accompanied by and Ayr United figure from the past or present. We’re hoping for 18 teams of 4 to take part with an entrance fee of £25 per player.

Each team will have an Ayr United figure accompanying them but it’s hoped to spice things up the closing few days by opening a transfer window, where teams can bid to win their preferred Ayr United figure from the available list. Ayr United Media has agreed to help in running the transfer window, so watch its Facebook page for details.

If you can’t play, but would like to support the event, business or individuals can sponsor and name a hole for £25.

Our friends at the AU500 Fund have agreed to collect the sponsorship and entrance money on behalf of the event.

We’ll send details on the rules, allowable footwear (no golf shoes or football boots) and the running order of the day to entrants.

If you’d like to enter or sponsor a hole, then please download the application form here, complete and send it to both these email addresses.

Academy players sign up

9 Ayr United Football Academy players tonight signed contracts with the club.

Lyle Avci, David Waite, Stuart Faulds, Leon Murphy, Kieran Balfour and Luke McCowan have signed on full time contracts and James Hilton, Jamie Ballantyne and Grant Thorburn have signed on part time contracts.

Head of Youth Davie White said :”It’s a pivotal moment for the Academy players. Of course it is also recognition for the Academy itself that the manager sees these boys to be good enough to train full time in the first team squad.

It also means a lot for our younger age groups like the Under 11s etc to see that there is a pathway to full time football and the first team if they work hard enough and are good enough.

These are all local boys and it is about creating building blocks to become a vibrant, sustainable and community club.”

To hear what Davie and manager Ian McCall had to say about these signings look out for an interview with Ayr United Media which will be aired later tonight.


Doc signs as new club captain

Ross Docherty today signed a new deal for the 2017/18 season and has been appointed the new Ayr United club captain.

Manager Ian McCall said :”I feel Doc can improve an extra 25% with full time football. He never hides, even when he isn’t having the best of games he wants the ball. He might not be the loudest on the park but he deserves to be captain as he leads by example and is very well respected inside the dressing room. He is a player I have always liked and I am delighted to get him on board for this coming season.”

Ayr United Media interviewed Doc after his signing which will be aired later this evening.

Doc signed for the club at the start of the promotion winning season of 2015/16 and swept the end of season player of the year awards. His style of play always endeared him to our supporters and his importance is shown anytime he has missed a game through injury. He has played 77 times for United scoring 2 goals.