Season Tickets on sale now

We are delighted to confirm that our season tickets for 2019/20 are now on sale. This will be our first year with Total Tickets which will now make the process of watching Ayr United easier than ever before.

We now have gate scanning technology which means you will never be handing over cash at the turnstile and whether you have a season ticket or single match ticket you can use your phone to gain access.

This will also improve the situation for cup games as season ticket holders will now have the option to reserve their own seats.

To buy a season ticket click on the Tickets link on our website.

When buying a season ticket you will receive a confirmation email which will explain that your season ticket will now be available on your phone and you will also be able to pick up a season ticket card from the club shop.

If you are looking for a season ticket for the terracing then simply select the terracing option and the type of season ticket you are looking for.

To have a season ticket in the stand you are now able to choose the specific seats that you would like. Click on ‘Pick your seat’ and then choose the area you would like – Family Stand, East Stand or Main stand and choose from the available seats. We will then put your names on the back of your seats for you.

If you already have a seat in the stand reserved then for the next two weeks we will keep your seat for you however you cannot order online – to order please come into the club shop or call 01292 263435 ext 5 during opening hours.

If you would like to buy a ticket for a cup match at Somerset the game will automatically load onto your season ticket and you will not require a separate ticket. Our first two cup matches will be available on the site within the next week. 

Supporters club memberships have been increased to £25 for this season and due to the demand we only have 200 available on a first come first served basis. You will still receive a separate card for these which will require to be scanned on the door of the hospitality suite.

On a matchday tickets will be sold at a designated area next to the club shop – a ticket must be purchased before entering the ground. Alternatively you will be able to purchase single match tickets online. 

If you have any questions please don’t  hesitate to contact us at the club shop on 01292 263435 ext 5. 

Weekly shop opening hours

Monday 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Thursday 2pm – 7pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

This Tuesday (18th June) we will also be open from 11am – 4pm.

 

 

Shirt & Shorts draw 2019

Ayr United are holding their annual Shirt/Shorts and Auction night on Friday 19th July. The popular event will be held in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and begin at 7.00pm. Manager Ian McCall will be in attendance and will hold a Q and A with attendees.

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 2019/20 season for just £150 for one entry or £250 for two entries.

Last years winner, Stewart Hay chose to donate his prize to The Breastfeeding Network and Alzheimers Scotland.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”As always this is an integral part of our year and this year it is more important than ever. We exceeded expectations on the pitch last year and with that came a large amount of exposure from the written press, radio and especially on Live TV. This gives even more value for money for our winners. It should be a great night with the manager taking questions to kick it all off.”

All entrants can bring a guest along 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 on our 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 2019/20

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 commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Crawford moves on

Today Robbie Crawford confirmed to the club that he will be moving on at the end of his contract. Robbie joined our football academy in 2008 and has been at the club ever since.

Manager Ian McCall said “Robbie came through the Ayr United Football Academy and has played well over 200 first team games. We are extremely sorry to see him go and it has been a very tough decision for him. He had several clubs to pick from and it was no surprise there was so much interest in him. He is a terrific boy and I firmly believe he is nowhere near the level he can get to yet albeit he has been excellent for us.”

Everyone at Ayr United thanks Robbie for his efforts whilst at Somerset Park and wishes him all the best for the future.

New ticket system & pricing

Fans of Ayr United can now look forward to a much more advanced, simpler and effective way of purchasing tickets for matches.

We have entered into a new partnership with Total Tickets Ltd who also provide the full ticketing solutions for Ayr Racecourse.

This will allow supporters to buy tickets online ahead of all matches at Somerset Park.

Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they will show on arrival at the ground.

The turnstile operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground.

Those who arrive at the ground and wish to pay will go to a designated ticket sales area and receive a ticket when they pay the entrance fee. This will then be scanned at the turnstile to receive entrance to the ground.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

The system comes with unique benefits such as being able to purchase and send a ticket to a friend. It will also be much easier if we are faced with a big cup game – season ticket holders will as always have first option for tickets but will now be able to choose their own seats.

Season tickets will now be in the form of a small plastic card, similar to a credit card which will have your name on the back. These can then easily be renewed at the touch of a button.

This system has also been put in place to enable the club to stay in better contact with supporters. With email addresses on this new system we will be able to keep our supporters up to date with all the goings on at Somerset Park.

We expect our new system to be live within the next four weeks and we will keep you fully informed of our going live date. At this point we will go into further detail about how to use the system.

We would like to thank everyone who bought a season ticket for the past season (s) and also everyone who paid at the gate during the season. Your support is completely invaluable to us and it was great to see the vastly increased numbers, in the first half of the season.

We have reviewed our pricing for the 2019/20 season and have decided that if we want to continue to compete in the Championship we have to bring our pricing up closer to the other, established teams in the league. This means we will have a slight increase on most options however the price will stay the same for under 18s and Panda Pals.

SEASON TICKETS 2019/20

ADULT – £26O

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £160

UNDER 18 – £55

PANDA PALS (UNDER 12S) – £20

GATE PRICES 2019/20

ADULT – £18

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £12

UNDER 18 – £6

Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Premiership play-off quarter-final, 2nd leg
Saturday 11th May 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle needing to overcome a two-goal deficit to keep our Premiership dreams alive. In a week of high profile European comebacks it is still all to play for but after losing the first-leg 3-1 on Tuesday, the first goal of the game could be vital. Ian McCall’s side will travel north today (Friday) and the Honest Men have a good record away from home in play-off football, losing just one of eight games on the road at this stage of the season.  

Opponents:Only Falkirk won fewer home games (5) than Inverness in the Championship this term, with John Robertson’s men performing better on the road than at the Caledonian Stadium. On eight occasions, Caley were held to a draw, including United’s first trip to the Highland capital at the start of August. However, the scale of the Honest Men’s task is illustrated by the fact that have Caley been beaten by two or more goals at home just once this season, by Dundee United last month.


Team News: Steven Bell, Jamie Adams, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Ian says: “Of course we would have liked the score to be different from the first leg but it is what it is and we know what we have to do. We have had some excellent away results and performances this season so this tie is far from over. We will have a big noisy support and if we get the first goal then it is very much game on.”

Head to head (at the Caledonian Stadium):
Ayr United wins – 1

Draws – 7

Inverness wins – 8

United’s only win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Inverness came in January 2003, Stewart Kean scoring the solitary goal of the game in the 3rd minute of the Division 1 encounter.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Kylie Cockburn

Fourth Official – Barry Cook

Admission –

Adult: £12

Concession (Over 65, 16-25, Junior (12-15) ): £6

Under 12s: FREE *

   *With an accompanying ticket holding adult or concession. 

Inverness ticket information

On Saturday we travel to Inverness for the second leg of our Premiership Play Off quarter final. The match kicks off at 3pm.

Inverness have a ticketing system which will allow our supporters to purchase tickets for the away end. You can even buy these on the supporters bus on the way up – this means avoiding queues on the day. The tickets will then be available on your phone or if you prefer you can print off at home.

Tickets for the match are as follows

Adult: £12

Concession (Over 65, 16-25, Junior (12-15) ): £6

Under 12s: FREE *

   *With an accompanying ticket holding adult or concession. 

If you would like to buy a ticket in advance please click here

Away strip on sale now

Our new away strip is on sale now. We received a small delivery of the following sizes today KIDS – 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and ADULT – medium, large, XL and XXL.

Prices are identical to last season at £39.99 for kids tops and £49.99 for adult.

We are expecting a further delivery at the end of May which will include the shorts, socks and the sizes 11/12, 13/14 and adult Small. There is going to be a slight delay with the 3XL size and we will keep you posted when we expect them.

Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ladbrokes Premiership play-off quarter-final, 1st leg
Tuesday 7th May 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

After a season that has confounded all expectations, tonight, we welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Somerset Park with both clubs potentially just six games away from promotion to the Premiership. United closed out their Championship campaign with a draw at home to Alloa Athletic on Saturday which, coupled with Inverness’s win at home to Dunfermline, saw tonight’s visitors snatch third place and home advantage in Saturday’s second-leg.

Dundee United await the winners of the tie over two legs.

Opponents:Inverness finished the Championship season strongly with twenty points from their final ten games, including wins in their last two at Alloa and at home to Dunfermline. John Robertson’s side had the best away record in the Championship during the regular season, taking 33 points from their 18 games on the road this year and losing just three times.

Form:

Ayr United – LLLWD

Inverness Caledonian Thistle – WDLWW


Team News: STeven Bell, Jamie Adams, Andy Geggan and Craig Moore are out with injuries.

Ian says: “The league season has now finished and we find ourselves in a spot very few would have expected at the start of the season. None of that matters now and all we are focused on is these two huge games against a very tough opponent. What we need tonight is our fans to create an atmosphere befitting of a game of this size. We need the place rocking and hopefully our fans will be behind both goals we are shooting towards.”

Head to head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 6

Draws – 4

Inverness wins – 7

United have just one win in the last 15 meetings between the sides, a 1-0 victory in the League Cup at Somerset Park in August 2011. Eddie Malone score the only goal of the game on the Honest Men’s journey to the semi-finals of the competition that season.

Last Meeting:

All four encounters between Ayr and Inverness have been close affairs this season, however, Caley have had the upper hand, taking 10 points from a possible 12, including two wins at Somerset Park. Just a month ago, the Highlanders travelled south and earned a 1-0 midweek win courtesy of a second-half Brad McKay goal. Ross Doohan had earlier saved an Aaron Doran penalty after felling Nathan Austin in the box, one of two penalties the Caley Jags have failed to convert against United this season. 

Ayr will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the first match between the sides at Somerset Park this season back in January which saw the visitors race into a three goal lead within the first 18 minutes of the game. There were just nine minutes between the first of Nathan Austin’s quick-fire double and Liam Polwarth’s strike; the Honest Men did hit back through Declan McDaid and Lawrence Shankland but were unable to find an equaliser. 

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir
Assistant Referee 1 – David Roome
Assistant Referee 2 – Sean Carr

Fourth Official – David Munro

Admission:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £6

(OAPs, students and under 21s)

Under 12s – Free

(must be accompanied by an adult)

Hospitality offer Inverness game

On Tuesday 7th May we face Inverness at Somerset Park with a 7.45pm kick off in the Premiership Play off quarter final first leg.

We have a special offer for this game only in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

A ticket costs £30 and that includes the following

Drink of choice on arrival

Choice of bar meal

Watch the match from indoor viewing box

Half time pie and Bovril.

If you would like to book please do so through our hospitality manager Iain Grant on 07462 601049

Luke signs new deal

Luke McCowan today put pen to paper on a new two year deal. Manager Ian McCall said “This has been on our minds for some time and it has nothing to with his performance at Firhill on Saturday. He has progressed all season in training and the way he played on Saturday was of no surprise to us. We are delighted to get him signed up and are looking forward to seeing his progression.”

Right back Michael Hewitt and Striker Mark McKenzie have also agreed new two year deals with the first team. Manager Ian McCall said “Both have done very well this season with the reserves and will begin full time training with the first team in the Summer.”

Ellis Hare Reid is also in discussions about a one year extension as the manager feels he has made a huge improvement in the last six months.

Stuart Faulds, James Hilton and Chris Higgins have been told that their contacts will not be renewed. Manager Ian McCall said “This is always the tough part of the season and with Stuart and James we have told them that they are both capable of playing league football and they need to go somewhere where they have a good chance of regular game time.

Chris Higgins has been very unlucky with injury. He is a fantastic professional and will be a huge asset for the next 2 or 3 years wherever he goes.”