Ayr United are very sad tonight to report the passing of one of our former long serving employees, Bobby McIntyre, who served as kitman for 21 years.
Bobby joined the Club initially as Kitman for the reserve team under George Caldwell in 1985 and after the retiral of long term physio/kitman at that time; Willie Wallace he took on the kit responsibilities for the First team a role he carried out with great distinction from then on.
He also was stand in physio at reserve games and was the provider of enormous wisdom to our players sent off over the years, keeping them calm once they came off. As soon as someone was red carded you could be sure Bob was at the tunnel and ready to look after them.
Faye MacLeod, wife of the late great Ally MacLeod said tonight “I am sad tonight to learn of Bobby’s passing. Ally and I were very fond of him and he will be sadly missed.”
Bob’s son Stevie was a formidable part of the 1987/88 Second Division Championship winning team and arguably one of our best ever full backs, a fact of which Bobby was always so very proud.
Long term friends and close working colleagues former Groundsman Davie Harkness and wife Dorothy said tonight “ We saw Bob a few weeks ago and this news is a great shock. He was a great friend and tremendous servant to Ayr United, He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Nan and her family tonight”
Bobby was always renowned come all weathers for standing at side of dugout in a Polo shirt and following the 3-0 triumph over Kilmarnock in 1999, Andy Walker dedicated the win on Sportscene that night to him as he’d made it clear in the dressing room afterwards how much the win meant to him.
For years Bobby kept himself fit jogging daily up and down the terraces in the stadium before and after his shifts. He is remembered fondly by former staff, colleagues, players and all those he came into contact with. Truly one of the Club’s great characters.
Club Chairman Lachlan Cameron commented “ In recent years loyalty in football has become very rare. Bobby showed that in abundance to Ayr United over two decades and was an inspiring character, who was always so bright and cheery. Upon his retiring in 2006 he was awarded a Testimonial dinner which in keeping with his popularity sold out in record time. My thoughts and prayers and those of everyone at the Club are with the McIntyre family tonight.”
Bob is survived by his wife Nan, daughters Patricia, Linda , Christine, sons Steven and Andrew and grandchildren.