Ayr United vs. Partick Thistle
Saturday 4th August 2018. Kick-off 3pm
On Saturday, Ayr United will raise the League 1 winner’s flag at Somerset Park before taking on Partick Thistle in the first fixture of a highly anticipated Championship season. Ian McCall’s side go into the match buoyed not only by last season’s title win but also a perfect Betfred Cup group stage campaign, taking maximum points from their four games – including the win over Thistle at Firhill last Saturday.
After defeat at the hand of the Honest Men, Partick had to wait until Sunday to have their progression to the next round of the cup confirmed. Inverness’ heavy defeat at the hands of Hearts meant they finished as one of the four best runners up, setting up a tie against Celtic. Alan Archibald will be looking for his team to get off to a good start following Thistle’s relegation from the Premiership last season.
Ceremonies get underway at 2.45pm, with home fans asked to make their way into the ground in plenty of time to see the league flag unfurled.
Team News: Mark Kerr serves a one-match suspension carried over from last season. Chris Higgins is out and Craig Moore will begin training again on Monday.
Ian says:”We are hugely looking forward to tomorrow. It will be a special occasion before the match and I hope everyone enjoys it however for us our only thoughts are on getting the three points. Last weeks game means absolutely nothing in terms of tomorrow. Of course we have a confidence just now but the training all week has been intense and focused on our league campaign starting. Season ticket sales have been going well and of course we are hoping for a bumper crowd with an amazing atmosphere.”
Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins –28
Draws – 16
Partick Thistle wins – 20
Last Saturday’s win over Thistle was United’s first since a 1-0 victory at Somerset Park in 2010, ending a six-game run without a win.
On this day: in 2001, United opened up their Division One campaign away at Brockville. Former Ayr assistant manager John Henry scored the first goal of the game for Falkirk but second-half penalties for James Grady and Eddie Annand gave the Honest Men all three points. Overall, our opening day record reads: P103, W39, D26, L38.
Referee – Craig Thomson
Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence
Assistant Referee 2 – Daniel Groves
Adults – £17
Concessions (U21s, Over 65s and Students) – £11
U18s – £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.