Club Statement

With regards the game against Queen of the South at the weekend, it has come to our attention that there was instances of coin throwing and a steward being spat in the face.

This is wholly unacceptable and in no way can be excused.

We are working closely with Queen of the South and Police Scotland with a view to tracing the culprits.

Can I ask that if anyone has any information with regards these incidents, please contact me on stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk or via Jamie Garrett slo@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Bill Barr

Ayr United Football Club are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former chairman Bill Barr.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Mr Barr’s family and friends.

We will update when more information becomes available.

Queen of the South 3 Ayr Utd 1

Queen of the South 3 v 1 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United suffered a disappointing 3-1 Championship defeat to Queen of the South on Saturday. Michael Moffat cancelled out an opening goal from Kevin Holt, but Queens restored and extended their lead through Connor Murray and Gary Oliver to take the win at Palmerston Park.

Ayr looked the stronger side in the opening stages and created several good chances with Craig Moore and Stephen Kelly both getting close in short succession. Ayr looked to be taking charge and looked the more likely to score but it was Queen of the South who opened the scoring on 18 mins against the run of play. A good passing move between Stephen Dobbie and Darren Lyon fed Kevin Holt at the left post who drilled a tight-angled shot under Ross Doohan.

The hosts changed their tactics to a more conservative approach and Ayr struggled to get past the tight and deep-sitting defence.

Despite the toil, United kept grinding away and found a well-deserved equaliser on 38 mins. Luke McCowan delivered a high cross which was met by Moore at the right post. He knocked it down across the goal for Michael Moffat who tapped it in to make it 1-1 and Ayr were back in the game.

On 44mins Ayr created a glorious chance with good work on the left resulting in the ball coming in at pace allowing a flicked shot by Moffat that went inches past the post. Queens breathed a sigh of relief and the sides went in all even at the break.

It was a spirited start to the second half and either side could have been next to score. Queens should have capitalised on 60 mins when the ball fell to the unmarked Connor Murray on the penalty spot, but he mishit and couldn’t keep his volley on target.

Ayr came close only three mins later when a short corner eventually came in for a Sam Roscoe header, but Queens’ keeper Robby McCrorie punched the ball clear.

It was the hosts who were the first to find the back of the net in the second half. On 67 mins, a one-two between Dobbie and Murray brought Queens into the penalty area and, as Ayr failed to clear, it was picked up again by Murray who slammed home into the top right-hand corner.

While United had stayed determined when trailing in the first half, heads went down this time. The only serious effort came from McCowan who tested McCrorie with a powerful drive that looked goal-bound on 71 mins, but the keeper did well to deny him.

The Doonhamers gained the upper hand and doubled their lead on 74 mins. A long cross from Dobbie reached Scott Mercer on the right for a cutback into the path of Gary Oliver who slotted a first time shot home.

Matters got worse for Ayr on 78 mins when Luke McCowan was sent off for a challenge on Oliver and United were down to ten men.

Queen of the South were now in full control and played the remaining minutes down trouble-free to secure the 3-1 scoreline and the maximum three points.

Ayr remain second in the league, but table-toppers Dundee United are six points clear.

United now have a three-week break before welcoming Arbroath to Somerset Park in the Championship at the end of November.

 

Queen of the South

McCrorie, Mercer, Holt, Kilday, Brownlie, Pybus, Murray, Kidd, Hamilton, Dobbie, Lyon Substitutes: Leighfield (GK), Oliver, McCarthy, Semple, Irving, Gourlay

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Moore, Docherty, Kelly, Forrest, Moffat, McCowan Substitute: Hare-Reid (GK), Ecrepont, Bell, McGuffie, McKenzie

 

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 1850

Fan Information for Tomorrow’s game

Turnstile numbers for visiting fans, section of the ground

BDS Digital (East) Stand sections 6 – 8 have been set aside for away supporters. Turnstile 3 and 4 will be in use in the BDS Stand.

Turnstiles will be open for spectator entry at 2.15 p.m.

 

Separate catering outlets and toilets will be available for use.

 

Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off. The bar under the Gates Stand will also be open for refreshments.

 

Tickets, location of sales & entry cost

Entry is by ticket only. Ticket offices are open at:

Arena -12.30 p.m.

BDS Stand away section – 1.30 p.m.

 

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is CASH ONLY. If you wish to purchase your ticket by card then you should use the Arena ticket office.

 

Category   Price
Adults £18
OAP/Concession £10
Student £10
Age 16-21 £10
Under 16 £5
Pre-School Kids FREE

Concession price for disabled includes entry of 1 carer.

Adults £8
OAP/Concession £5
Student £5
Age 16-21 £5
Under 16 £3

Car Parking/Bus Parking and any on-street restrictions

It is requested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location. Supporters buses including minibuses will not be allowed to park in the Arena car park.

Car parking is available in the Arena car park, alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available around the stadium.

 

Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are no ongoing roadworks currently around Dumfries that may affect travel times to Palmerston Park. Fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/index.aspxfor confirmation of any delays.

 

Disabled access

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a layby on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. The cost of entry of 1 personal assistant is included in the price of the concession ticket.

 

Specific advice for away fans in respect of condition of entry e.g. searching policy, unacceptable behaviour?

QOS have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

 

Palmerston Park is a non-smokingvenue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices.Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol. This will be strictly enforced.

 

All spectators are required to abide by our acceptable behavior policy.

 

Queen of the South FC look forward to hosting you at Palmerston and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey to and from our stadium. Further information can be accessed via our website www.qosfc.com and social media.

Queen of the South match preview

Match Preview
Queen of the South vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 9th November 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the journey down the A76 to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South at Palmerston Park. The Honest Men are buoyed by back-to-back victories over Greenock Morton and Partick Thistle which has seen them return to goalscoring form and remain on the coattails of league leaders Dundee United, who face city rivals Dundee at Dens Park tonight.

 

Palmerston has not been a happy hunting for Ayr United of late but Mark Kerr’s side will be looking for all three points heading into three-weeks without a fixture due to the international break and Scottish Cup.

 

Opponents: Queen of the South go into tomorrow’s match on the back of two 2-0 defeats; at home to Inverness a fortnight ago and at Dunfermline last Saturday. Allan Johnston’s side lie seventh in the league table with 13 points from their 12 games.

 

Despite their defeat at home to Inverness last time out, the Doonhamers – and Stephen Dobbie – remain a threat at home and were 4-0 winners over Dundee United last month.

 

Team News: Mark Kerr, Frank Ross, Jamie Adams, Kris Doolan and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries. Andy Geggan is suspended.

Mark says: “It is a huge game for us as we head into a two week break with no competitive game. We want to keep this run going, keep the momentum going and make sure we start the game quickly. We know that Queens have got players that can cause us problems so we have worked on that. The last couple of games we have created plenty and that is something we want to keep doing, the boys are confident but working extremely hard. No doubt we will have a good support down there and we want to send them into the break in good spirits.”

Form:

Ayr United: LLLWW

Queen of the South: WWDLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 17

Queen of the South wins – 36

 

United are without a win in their last 14 visits to Palmerston Park, stretching back to August 2002.

 

Previous Meetings:

The Honest Men overcame the Doonhamers at Somerset Park in the first meeting between the sides this season, in August. Midfielder Stephen Kelly scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

 

Three of the four meetings between the sides last season were also narrow encounters, with two 1-1 draws and a 1-0 win for United over Queen’s at Somerset Park in April. The Doonhamers were comprehensive 5-0 winners in the other fixture between the sides last season in Dumfries.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Don Robertson

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers

Assistant Referee 2 – Simon MacLean

 

Admission:

Adults  – £18

Concession (OAPs, students and 16-21) – £10

Under 16 – £5

Pre-School Kids – Free

Club Statement

This week Graham Peterkin and Mark Pettigrew both resigned from the Board of Directors at Ayr United Football Club.

We would like to thank Graham and Mark for the time and effort they gave to the club and wish them all the best for the future.

Ticket Queues on Match Day

We wish to acknowledge the issue of a large volume of people queuing to purchase Match Tickets on Saturday, at our match against Partick Thistle.

This was caused by a very large amount of people buying tickets close to kick-off.

We strongly recommend that tickets are bought prior to Match Day as we have very limited provision for selling tickets on the day (11am to kick-off from the Admin Office).

However, there is ongoing availability. Tickets are sold in the Club Shop during the hours of:

  • Monday – 1pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday – 2pm to 5pm
  • Thursday – 2pm to 7pm
  • Friday – 10am to 4pm

You can buy in person or by phoning through your order to the staff, who will be happy to help.

The most popular option and easiest way to purchase tickets is online, on a computer or on your smart phone, using the links published on our website for each match.

Click here to purchase tickets

Tickets are usually available three weeks in advance of matches.

If you are a regular attendee, then it is best to create an account and from there you can purchase tickets match by match with your personal login. The online service is available 24/7.

We understand that there will be some supporters who decide last minute to attend the match and turn up to buy on the day. At this stage you can still purchase tickets on your phone as you will be sent an online ticket which will be scanned at the turnstile from your phone, with no need to go to the ticket sales point.

We endeavour to help you as much as possible with giving out information and guidance to assist and ask that you are supportive of the ticket system. Our staff took a lot of verbal abuse on Saturday and while we understand your frustration, we ask that you treat our staff with courtesy while they go about servicing the needs of every customer.

Ayr Utd 4 Partick Thistle 1

Ayr United 4 v 1 Partick Thistle

by AUmedia

 

United recorded back-to-back Championship wins with a runaway 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle on Saturday. The Honest Men went two up through Craig Moore and Michael Moffat in the first half and doubled their lead early in the second half with two sensational strikes from Moore and Alan Forrest. Partick did manage a consolation goal through Joe Cardle, but Ayr reigned supreme at Somerset Park.

United looked up for it from the get-go and opened the scoring in the 10th min. A one-two between Luke McCowan and Craig Moore inside the Thistle half got the ball out to the right wing and set Jordan Houston up for a low cross in from 22 yards. His shot was met by Moore in the box who turned it into the net to give the hosts the lead.

Shortly after, on 18 mins, United doubled their advantage. Daniel Harvie broke down the left wing and good interplay play between him and McCowan allowed the fullback to deliver the ball to Alan Forrest at the edge of the box. Great defending from Stuart Bannigan didn’t allow Forrest to cut in so the United man sent a short pass back to McCowan who flicked in a cross that was met by Michael Moffat for a header past Thistle keeper Scott Fox.

Partick Thistle had little to offer against an attacking and committed Ayr side that could have scored again on 37 mins. A long ball forward from Ross Docherty freed McCowan to drive through the midfield to the edge of the penalty area from where he passed on to Forrest. The winger broke into the box and flicked the ball goalwards, but Fox did well to tip it over the bar at the top left-hand corner and the score at half time remained 2-0 Ayr.

United carried the attacking spirit they showed in the first half into the second and found the back of the net again on 48 mins. McCowan sent in a cross from the right wing for Moore who, under pressure from the Thistle defence, headed it back to Stephen Kelly outside the box. Kelly flicked it on to Docherty and good play between the pair and Harvie set Moore up 25 yards out. The striker controlled it and blasted a stunning hit past Fox for his second goal of the afternoon.

Only four mins later, it was 4-0 Ayr. Moore intercepted at the halfway line for a break forward and before Steven Saunders could come at him to defend, he slid the ball into space on the left wing where Forrest came racing in. Forrest advanced into the box and took a curling shot from 10 yards that found the bottom right-hand corner.

The match remained explosive with McCowan and Sam Roscoe both coming close for United in short succession and Thistle recorded their first shot on target on 55 mins when Joe Cardle hit the left post from distance.

Ayr still dictated the play but took the foot off the gas and clear-cut chances became sparser.

The Jags capitalised on the now more settled game and pulled one back on 78 mins. Sean McGinty played a long pass to Cammy Palmer who broke forward towards the penalty area and as Ayr failed to defend, the ball was picked up by Lewis Mansell. He passed it out to Ryan Williamson on the right wing whose high cross into the box was met by Cardle for a header past Ross Doohan from close range.

Partick Thistle got more into the game towards the end of the match and created a chance in the 90th minute. Palmer played the ball down the right wing for Williamson who crossed it in from 18 yards. Mansell came sliding in at the right post but lifted it over the bar and missed the chance to claw another one back.

The remaining seconds ticked down and the Honest Men’s rampant display saw them take home the maximum three points and ensured a dismal return to Somerset Park for former Ayr manager Ian McCall.

United remain second in the league, three points behind table-toppers Dundee United and three ahead of Dundee in third.

Next up, Ayr head down to Dumfries as they face Queen of the South in the Championship at Palmerston Park on Saturday.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Kelly, Docherty, Forrest, Moffat, Moore, McCowan Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Geggan, Doolan, McGuffie, Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Partick Thistle

Fox, Williamson, Penrice, McGinty, Cardle, Bannigan, Miller, Gordon, Palmer, Zanatta, Saunders Substitutes: Sneddon (GK), O’Hare, Harkins, Slater, Mansell, de Vita, Robson

 

Referee: Willie Collum

Attendance: 2558

Partick match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Partick Thistle

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 2nd November 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, bottom-of-the-table Partick Thistle travel to take on Ayr United at Somerset Park in a hotly anticipated Championship match-up. It is the return to Somerset Park of former manager Ian McCall, as he looks to revive the fortunes of the Glasgow side who again find themselves in the wrong half of the Championship table.

 

United bounced back from three consecutive defeats on Tuesday night with a win against a Morton side that were previously unbeaten at Cappielow this season. Despite a poor sequence of results, with defeats at home to Inverness and Dundee and away to Dunfermline, the Honest Men remain within just three points of league leaders Dundee United, who travel to third place Inverness Caledonian Thistle this weekend.

 

Opponents: Ian McCall makes a return to the opposition dugout at Somerset Park for the first time since January 2010 – after nearly five years in charge of the Honest Men. The 55-year-old appears to have a big job on his hands at Firhilll, with the Jags remaining at the foot of the table despite picking up six points from a possible 15 since McCall’s arrival.

 

Both wins have involved late comebacks, at Inverness at Dundee, but Thistle were unable to repeat the feat at Tannadice on Tuesday night, putting in a spirited performance but ultimately being undone by a solitary Lawrence Shankland strike. All of Thistle’s eight league points have been won on the road this season; they’ve lost five out of five at Firhill.

 

Team News: Frank Ross, Steven Bell, Mark Kerr, Jamie Adams and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Mark says: “After a really good win on Tuesday night we go into the game with confidence and we need to look to gain some momentum again. We have worked hard on what to expect from them and how we feel we can win the game. Ian McCall knows our team very well so we need to be ready for that. There should be a great atmosphere at the game and it is one we are really looking forward to.”

Form:

Ayr United: WLLLW

Partick Thistle: WLWLL

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 43

Draws – 28

Partick Thistle wins – 49

 

Previous Meeting:

Ian McCall’s Honest Men took advantage of an ill-disciplined Partick Thistle performance when the sides met at Firhill in August. Shea Gordon put the Jags 2-1 ahead in the 43rd minute, after Luke McCowan cancelled out Stuart Bannigan’s early penalty, but was sent off just 60 seconds later for a mistimed tackle.

 

Twenty minutes into the second-half Stuart Bannigan was also shown a red card for a reckless challenge on McCowan and the Honest Men hit back against the 9-men of Thistle, equalising through former Jag Kris Doolan. Stephen Kelly went on the grab the winner with a long range strike.

 

Last season saw United record three wins at Firhill, including in the group stages of the Betfred Cup. There was one win each at Somerset Park, with Thistle winning on their last trip to Somerset Park in April, Gordon again on the scoresheet.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – William Collum

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21) – £12

Under 18s – £6

 

There are no cash turnstiles at Somerset Park and supporters are encouraged to purchase match tickets in advance of tomorrow’s 3pm kick-off. Tickets can be bought online and printed at home or simply shown on your smartphone at the turnstile.

 

Home fans: https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/66

Away fans: https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/PTFC

 

Cash sales will be available from the Administration Office (home fans) and Lottery Office (away fans) on match day, but long queues can be expected.

Morton match preview

Match Preview
Greenock Morton vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Tuesday 29th October 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tomorrow night Ayr United travel to Cappielow to take on Greenock Morton looking to get back to winning ways. It is a quick turnaround for new management team Mark Kerr and Assistant Michael McArdle after Friday’s night loss to Dundee, a third defeat on the spin for the Honest Men.

Despite a poor run of form, we remain second in the table, three points behind leaders Dundee United ahead of a full midweek fixture list in the Championship; Dundee United are at home to Partick Thistle; Inverness, a point behind Ayr in third, make the long journey south to Dumfries to play Queen of the South. Dundee are at the Indodrill to face Alloa Athletic.

 

Opponents: Morton go into tomorrow tonight’s game on the back of a 2-1 win over Inverness at Cappielow on Saturday. Bob McHugh netted a double to halt a run of three games without a win, which included a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Dundee United at Tannadice.

David Hopkins’ side are unbeaten at home this season, with Dunfermline the only one of five teams to leave Cappielow with a point. Five defeats in five away from home, however, mean that Morton lie in seventh place in the table.

 

Team News: Frank Ross, Andrew Murdoch, Mark Kerr and Jamie Adams all miss out through injury.

Mark says: “We were at the Morton game on Saturday and we know how they will set up. First things first and we need to match them all over the park and deal with the specific threats they will pose. We will need to pass the ball better than we did on Friday, the first 25 minutes was good and we played some good football then the game was broken up and we struggled to get any real momentum. We need to make sure we get back to taking the chances we are creating.”

Form:

Ayr United: WWLLL

Dundee: WLDLW

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 62

Draws – 35

Morton wins – 49

 

United are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting:

There were six goals in the first meeting between the sides this season, at Somerset Park at the start of August. Michael Moffat got Ayr off to the perfect start with a goal in the 9th minute and second-half strikes from Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put us three goals to the good. Goals in Reghan Tumilty and Nicky Cadden threatened a Ton comeback but Craig McGuffie secured all three points with a last minute fourth for the Honest Men.

 

In the four encounters last season in the Championship, Ayr chalked up a 5-1 win at Cappielow early in the season, with the next three games ending in a draw.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Colin Steven

Assistant Referee 1 – Gary Hilland

Assistant Referee 2 – Elliott Husband Powton

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concession (Over-65s, Students, 18-20 year olds) – £15

Child (12 – 17) – £10

Child (Under-12) – £1