Club Statement

Chairman’s Statement.

I’ve spoken with Mark Kerr and Mick McArdle today following a board meeting this morning and would confirm they have left the club by mutual agreement.

I’d like to put on record, our thanks for all their hard work over the last two seasons and I personally wish them both well in whatever they do next.

The search for our new manager is underway but in the interim period, David White and Derek Stillie will take charge with support from our Academy coaches.

Whilst we have identified potential candidates for the managers position we would also request any expressions of interest are sent to applications@ayrunitedfc.co.uk no later than 5pm on Monday 8th March 2021.

This is firmly not how I pictured my first six weeks in the role, but I’m very grateful to Alan Murray and Willie Houston, who have over 25 years board experience at Ayr United and collectively, we’re confident we will get the next steps right for our club.

David Smith.

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Arbroath
SPFL Championship
Saturday 27th February 2021. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men face Arbroath at Somerset Park in a huge Championship fixture. Back-to-back home defeats, our first of the season, saw United fall to ninth place in the table last Saturday but, with little between the league’s middle pack, the Honest Men remain in promotion play-off contention and know a win against the Red Lichties will propel them to back up the table, with three clubs including Dick Campbell’s men all sitting just point ahead of United.

Opposition :
Arbroath are the Championship’s form team and travel to Ayrshire on a seven-match unbeaten run. Last weekend, a second-half Kris Doolan goal earned them all three points at home to Raith Rovers and elevated the Red Lichties to sixth in the league table, albeit Inverness’s point at home to Alloa during midweek means they currently occupy seventh place.

Striker Jack Hamilton has played a big part in Arbroath’s recent good form, scoring three goals in four games since joining on loan from Livingston in January. The 20 year-old spent the first part of the season with East Fife and has 13 goals in 22 appearances for the Fifers,
Arbroath and Livi this term. Hamilton missed the Raith game through injury but is expected to return to action tomorrow.

Team News : Andre Wright misses out through injury. Everyone else is fit and available.

Mark says : “We are under no illusions of the task ahead of us. Sitting in 9th place in the table is a horrible feeling and we must get ourselves up the table. We are the ones who must put it right, and with the players we have we know we can. Nobody wants to hear about the chances that we miss as the simple facts are we haven’t taken them and it has put us in a situation we don’t want to be in. All week we have talked about the importance of sticking together and how different this table would look with a couple of good results in a row. The critical thing now is to actually go out and do it, we just have to go and win games.”

League Form :
Ayr United : LDWLL
Arbroath : WDWDW

Head to head
Ayr United wins : 56
Draws : 21
Arbroath wins : 30

The Red Lichties have lost just once in their last five visits to Somerset Park.

Last Meeting :

Dick Campbell’s side picked up their first league win of the season in the first meeting between the sides this season at a cold and windy Gayfield in mid-December. Midfielder James Craigen netted in the 36th and 39th minute, with Jack Baird scoring what turned out
to be only a late consolation goal two minutes before full-time.

Match Officials :
Referee – Grant Irvine
Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon
Assistant Referee 2 – David McKniff

Live Coverage:
Supporters of both sides can purchase a PPV Pass to watch this game for £12.50 by visiting here. Season ticket holders should use their QR code to log-on to watch the match.

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50/50 Draw:
You can buy tickets for our inaugural virtual half-time draw up until kick-off here. The winner will be announced in our live coverage and online at half-time. Click here to enter

50/50 Half Time Draw

We know that our supporters have been missing the Half time draw so we have brought you an online virtual version.

Our new 50/50 Half Time Draw is ran by the Ayr United Five Star Lottery, which has been up and running since 1990 and paid out over £1m in prizes.

Every single penny of profit from the lottery is donated back to Ayr United Football Club.

50 percent of the takings go to one lucky winner and 2nd prize gets you 10 free shots at the half time draw at the next game.

Our very first draw is this Saturday for our home game with Arbroath. You can buy tickets from now up to kick off at 3pm.

Tickets cost just £1 each to enter with no limit on the amount of tickets you can purchase. Remember, the more tickets you purchase, the bigger the prize and the more you increase your chances of winning!

The winners will be announced at half time during our live stream.

To play click here and choose a seat (or seats) which act as a ticket and are £1 each.

Dundee match rearranged

Following today’s postponement, our match v Dundee at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park has now been rearranged to take place on Tuesday 16th March with a 7.00pm kick-off.

Dundee match postponed

Following an early afternoon pitch inspection, tonight’s match v Dundee at Den’s Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

Raith match rearranged

Following the postponement of our fixture v Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park, originally scheduled for Saturday 13th February. The match has been rearranged and will now take place on Tuesday 9th March with a 7.00pm kick-off.

Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Inverness Caledonian Thistle
SPFL Championship
Saturday 20th February 2021. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Somerset Park. Severe weather saw our matches at Dundee and Kirkcaldy postponed over the last 10 days meaning United return to action after a narrow defeat at home to leaders Heart of Midlothian
a fortnight ago.

Just six points separate fourth and ninth places in the Championship table, with sixth place Ayr seven points off Raith Rovers in second, meaning it is still all to play for in this typically competitive division.

Opposition :
Since Boxing Day, Inverness have suffered 11 league and cup postponements leaving them playing catch-up in the Championship. John Roberston’s side have played 12 league games, two fewer than the Honest Men and four less than Hearts, Queen of the South and Arbroath.
The Highlanders were in action during midweek, however they were unable to get their first win since early December, going down to a 2-0 defeat at home to Queen of the South. That result saw them remain in 9th place in the table albeit they are within three points of the
three clubs above them in the table, including United.

That last victory came in the return fixture at Queen of the South and is Caley Thistle’s only away win of the season but also their biggest; Kai Kennedy, Roddy Mcgregor and Miles Storey all getting on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory.

Team News :  Jordan Houston returns to the squad after injury.

Mark says : We have watched the footage from Inverness game midweek and they should have taken something from the game. They dominated throughout and will be fired up with a point to prove. We head into the game with confidence, although we ended up with no points from the Hearts game there was plenty we could take from it and adding that to the Alloa and Dunfermline games previously we definitely feel we have the ability now to really get some momentum going. Although we lost last week we still have a strong record at Somerset and we want to create another unbeaten run here.”

League Form :
Ayr United : DLDWL
Inverness : LDDDL

Head to head
Ayr United wins : 8
Draws : 13
Inverness wins : 18

United’s 1-0 win over the Highlanders at Somerset in January 2020 ended a 17 year, 14 match run without a league win over Inverness.

Last Meeting :
The sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium back in October. Innes Cameron opened the scoring with his first touch after coming on as a second-half after good work by Cammy Smith by Nikolay Todorov grabbed a late equaliser for the home side
to ensure the points were shared.

Ayr: Sinisalo; Muirhead, Reading, Baird, Roscoe; Chamlers (Cameron) Murdoch, Miller; Smith (Hewitt), Moffat (Houston), Anderson.

Match Officials :
Referee – Peter Stuart
Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam
Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

Live Coverage:
Supporters of both sides can purchase a PPV Pass to watch this game for £12.50 by visiting https://ayrunitedmedia.co.uk/live-streaming . Season ticket holders should use their QR code to log-on to watch the match.

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Raith match postponed

Due to snow and ice, tomorrow’s match v Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park has been postponed.

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.

Dundee match rearranged

Following yesterday’s postponement, our match v Dundee at Dens Park has now been rearranged to take place on Tuesday 23rd February with a 7.00pm kick-off.

Dundee match postponed

Tonight’s match v Dundee at Den’s Park has been postponed due to snow.

A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.