United make double signing

Miller and Walsh sign for the Honest Men

 

Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of Michael Miller and Tom Walsh.

 

Michael Miller joins the Honest Men after a successful campaign with Raith Rovers which saw the Kirkcaldy side crowned League 1 Champions. The 25 year-old, who made 26 appearances last season and scored five goals, featured mainly at right-back for the Rovers but is comfortable in a number of positions across defence and midfield.

 

Michael began his career with Celtic and enjoyed a spell on loan as Dumbarton, where he made his senior debut in 2014. A permanent switch to Greenock Morton that summer saw him win his first League 1 winners medal and become a regular at Cappielow in the Championship before making the move to Livingston in 2016 where he earned another title with the Almondvale club.

 

Complications with a knee injury saw him miss the entirety of the 2017/18 season but he has battled his way back to full fitness, featuring for Brechin City at the end of the 2018/19 season before making the switch to Raith Rovers.

 

Tom Walsh moves to Somerset Park after turning down a new two-year deal with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he has plied his trade for the past two seasons. The left-sided winger/midfielder made 68 appearances for the Highland club, scoring 13 times.

 

24 year-old Tom, from Troon, started his career with Rangers and made his first team breakthrough with the Ibrox club five years ago in the Championship, earning a number of starts under the temporary charge of Kenny McDowall and then Stuart McCall. Loan spells at Dumbarton and St. Mirren saw him add to his Championship experience before signing for the Sons on a permanent basis in 2017.

 

After a number of impressive showings for Dumbarton, Inverness quickly moved to offer Walsh a route back into full-time football.

 

Manager Mark Kerr said: Michael had an injury when he was a youth at Celtic however he has came back from that and won 3 titles in his career. He is a good age for us, is versatile and can play in a few different positions. He is just off the back of winning League one with Raith and he is really hungry to push on with his football career now.

Tom has been one of the best players in the Championship over the last two seasons. He will bring goals and assists and we are looking strong in the forward areas. Tom is only 24 but he brings plenty of experience with him and will help bring on several members of the squad.”

Season Tickets Important Information

Due to the ongoing situation surrounding Covid-19, we are unable to guarantee the way in which games will go ahead in the 2020/21 Season. We may have games played behind closed doors, which will be streamed, games with reduced crowds due to social distancing and ‘normal’ games with no crowd restrictions.

Therefore, we need to be flexible at this stage and we ask for everyone’s understanding during this ever-changing situation we find ourselves in.

Renewing a Season Ticket

Supporters can renew their Season Ticket online. You must log in to your ticket account first where you will then be prompted to renew your Season Ticket. When you visit the ticket page, the ‘Account Login’ can be found at the top right corner of the page.

Supporters who renew their Season Ticket for the 2020/21 Season can continue using their Season Ticket card that was issued during the 2019/20 Season.

Stand Season Tickets

As there could potentially be Covid-19 restrictions in place during the 2020/21 Season, supporters will be unable to purchase/renew individual seats in the Stand.

Instead, supporters will be able to purchase/renew a Season Ticket for a section of the Stand only (e.g. Family Stand, East Stand or Centre Stand). If Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, are in place then the Stand will be operating with a reduced capacity and it cannot be guaranteed that supporters will get to sit in the same seat for every game.

We expect to make individual seats available for purchase/renewal again from the 2021/22 Season.

Wheelchair users and Ambulant supporters

We now have Disabled Supporters Season Tickets available for both Wheelchair users and Ambulant supporters and are priced at the Concession rate. These tickets cannot be purchased online and must be purchased in the Club Shop, as proof of disability will be required when purchasing.

The Disabled Supporters Season Ticket will admit one plus one Carer.

If Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, are in place during the 2020/21 Season then the Disabled section of the Stadium will be operate with a reduced capacity and priority will be given to Wheelchair users and their Carers.

Supporters Club and Silver Club tickets

Due to the potential Covid-19 restrictions, both Supporters Club and Silver Club tickets will be unavailable for purchase at this present time.

The Club’s decision on the management of Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing measures and reduced capacity of the Stadium, shall be final.

Season Tickets are now on sale and are available for purchase/renewal here –

https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/99

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Club Shop on 01292 263435 (option 5).

Weekly Club Shop Opening Hours

Monday – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday – 1pm to 5pm

Friday – 1pm to 5pm

We also have Step-by-Step Guides available for buying tickets online:

Buying on a Mobile Phone

Buying on a Computer

 

 

Season Ticket Update

Covid-19 has proved to be one of the biggest challenges in the lifetime of not only Ayr United Football Club, but in most of our supporters lives post World War II. Economically and emotionally it has done damage in almost every part of the globe. It has brought out the best in people as well as the worst. Ayr United have attempted to do the right thing by our supporters and Scottish Football in general during this crisis. Everyone in football has a connection from the supporters to the players, management, backroom staff, administration, all other employees  and the Board etc.

 

Football couldn’t happen in its current form without all of those pieces which is why we have tried to do right by all of them. We managed to top up wages and salaries where we could with help from the furlough scheme.  We also extended the contracts of players when we were unsure of who would stay and when we would return. We did that because we felt it was the right thing to do and it would also help cement our reputation among those that play for us as well as those that have played with us previously that we are a club with integrity.  A club that will do anything in their power to support anyone associated with them. We have proved that over the past 15 years and I’m proud of the reputation we have among all former players currently playing in our leagues.  I’m convinced it is why we are having the success that we have had with our younger players over the past few years and why I think we will continue to have that success.

 

We also try to take care of our supporters. We don’t have money for all the upgrades that we would like to do to the ground and we recognize that there are areas that need attention.  However, we have been systematically improving various areas of Somerset every year for over 10 years and we will continue to do so. We will also continue to try and make the whole match day experience a positive and give all supporters value for their money.

 

Because our season ticket holders were shorted 4 games, we felt it appropriate to offer refunds for those games not played.  Amazingly, less than 20 supporters took us up on the offer and the money that was saved helped us to pay for a lot of the items previously mentioned. Without that display of support from our season ticket holders, the club would be in a lot more serious situation than we are currently.  That gesture from our season ticket holders allowed Mark Kerr to sign the players he has so far and we look forward to more exciting signing news in the next few weeks. So, I would like to thank all of our supporters for their efforts through this trying time with all of the initiatives and sales in the shop etc, but especially to our season ticket supporters.  You are the backbone of this club and your efforts will not be forgotten.

 

That being said, it is now time for the new season and season ticket income is a huge part of our planning.  With a reduction in season ticket prices and less home games, it is going to be even tougher than normal. We have already had a number of fans contact us and offer to pay the usual season ticket prices and for that reason we will have a Donation button on the front page of our website. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all our season ticket holders, never has your input been more crucial. And to those who are able to give that wee bit extra, never will it have made more of a difference.

 

I don’t know what the future holds for our leagues or for Ayr United specifically, but as an optimist, I can only say that whatever happens, we will get through it and with the support from our fans and anyone associated with the club we will come out on top.

Lachlan.

Season Ticket Prices 2020/21

Adult (21 & over) – £230

Concession (Over 65, Student, 18-21yrs) – £140

Child (Under 18) – £45

Panda Pal (Under 12) – £15

Match Ticket Prices 2020/21

Adult – £20

Concession – £14

Under 18s – £7

Full details of how to purchase will be published at the beginning of this coming week.

Zanatta joins the squad

Dario Zanatta is the latest player to sign for Ayr United for the 2020/21 season subject to Scottish FA registration procedures.

Dario began his career with Hearts and whilst at Tynecastle he had successful loan spells with Queens Park, Alloa and Raith Rovers before signing for Partick Thistle in August 2019. The 23 year old then chose to invoke a release clause in his contract after Partick were relegated and wants to stay in the Championship.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Dario is an exciting player, I am sure most of our fans have seen him play against the Club on several occasions and he always causes problems. He is a player that I have always liked and we are thrilled to be able to add him to our squad.

Three more added to squad

We are delighted to announce 3 signings today to add to the current squad.

Steven Bell has re-signed for the 2020/21 season. He joined in January 2018 and played a huge part in the Club lifting the League One trophy at the end of that season. He has made 70 appearances for the club and is a big part of the dressing room.

Aaron Muirhead has signed a new year deal. Aaron signed in January 2019 and has played a big part in the Club cementing itself in the Championship top 4. The 29 year old defender has made 40 appearances during that time.

Andy Murdoch has signed a new two year deal. Andy signed at Somerset Park in July 2018 and made 51 appearances for the Honest Men before a cruciate ligament injury ended his season against Partick Thistle last September.

Manager Mark Kerr has spoken to Ayr United Media about all the signings and this will be available on our channels this evening.

Moffat signs for 8th season

We are delighted to announce that fans favourite Michael Moffat has signed a new one year deal for the 2020/21 season.

‘Moff’ has scored 97 goals for the Honest Men in 279 appearances and is in the top ten of all time scorers for the Club.

We will have more updates shortly as manager Mark Kerr builds his squad for the coming season.

Club Shop Open

We have now been cleared to open our club shop and will do so tomorrow (Friday 17th July) from 9am-12noon then closed for cleaning and open again from 1pm-5pm.
*Maximum of 4 customers in the shop at one time.
*Please use the hand sanitiser provided when entering.
*Follow the one way system shown by the yellow arrows
*Face coverings should be worn as per Government guidlines.
*Please follow social distancing as per Government guidelines.
*We are supporting NHS test and protect and will ask for your name and number.
New Hummel home kit on sale along with full range of Hummel leisurewear and much more.
Player of the Year t shirts are here and can be picked up during opening hours.
Please bear with us as we all get used to the new guidelines and remember every penny spent in our Club Shop is a massive help during these times.
From Monday 20th July we will be open the following hours every week until we announce any change
Monday 1pm – 5pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday 1pm – 5pm
Thursday 1pm – 5pm
Friday 1pm – 5pm

David Smith is new Vice Chairman

Ayr United are delighted to announce that David Smith was formally voted in as Vice Chairman at last evenings Board Meeting.

Since joining the Board in December last year, David’s extensive business experience has helped the Club hugely, particularly throughout the challenging last few months. His local knowledge, business background and reputation make him an ideal Vice Chairman for the club and we are excited about the future.

Club Shop Orders

We would like to thank all supporters that have pre ordered our new Hummel home kit. All orders prior to 1st July will be dealt with by the weekend of Saturday 4th July.

If you live in Ayrshire, thanks to 4 special volunteers, the kits will be hand delivered and if you live outwith Ayrshire it will be posted out.

We are still not in a position to open our Club Shop however we are hoping to be able to do so around the middle of July. We do now have our new home kits and are able to post them out

In the meantime all new orders will be dealt with as follows

LOCAL DELIVERY – The order will be kept in the shop to be picked up from when the shop opens.

POSTAGE PAID – We will post out at the first available opportunity which will be no more than a few days.

Sold out sizes of the home kit are now available for sale again.

We are awaiting delivery of our new Hummel leisurewear and will be aiming to have this available for the reopening of the club shop.

SPFL Trust

Much like every other football or sports club in recent times, Ayr United have utilised as much help as possible whether from the Government assistance packages, fans or other enterprising schemes to generate income against what has been an exceptionally difficult time for everyone.

The recent Covid-19 Fund released by the Scottish Professional Football League Trust is incredibly welcome and appreciated by everyone involved at the club. Our heartfelt thanks to Mr James Anderson and everyone at the SPFL Trust in processing this lifeline fund which allows us to plan and put in place our strategy to allow our footballing community to safely resume being part of our club when the formal guidance is released