Club Shop Update

As per the Government guidelines our club shop will now remain closed to at least the 18th of January. However we will still be able to offer a limited click and collect service.

On Monday 28th December and Monday 4th January we will be operating a click and collect service in store from 1pm to 5pm. During this time you can order online, contact the shop and come and pick up your order. Or phone the shop and you can make a purchase over the phone.

Our contact number is 01292 263435 ext 5 and we can also be contacted on shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Hearts match preview

Match Preview
Heart of Midlothian vs. Ayr United

SPFL Championship

Saturday 26th December 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Boxing Day, Ayr United travel to Edinburgh to take on league leaders Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle. The Honest Men will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Arbroath last week which ended a four match unbeaten run in the league and 6 hours of Championship football without conceding a goal.

 

The Honest Men slipped out of the top four with the loss at Gayfield but remain just three points off second place in an increasingly tight play-off picture. Just five points separate Dunfermline Athletic in second and Dundee in seventh.

 

Opposition: Hearts return to league action after Sunday’s thrilling Scottish Cup Final at Hampden that saw the Jam Tarts lose out on penalties to Celtic. The match looked to be heading only one way in the first-half after goals from Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard put Celtic in a comfortable position but second-half goals from Liam Boyce and Stephen Kingsley set the final to extra-time, which the Jambos led through Josh Ginelly, only for Leigh Griffiths to send the game to penalties.

 

Hearts hold a three point advantage at the top of the Championship with a game in hand having won six of their seven matches so far. Their only defeat came at East End Park last month. Their last league game saw them rout Queen of the South 6-1 at Tynecastle.

 

Team News:  Innes Cameron misses out through injury.

Mark says: “We let ourselves down badly last week, we were nowhere near the standards that we expect of ourselves and sometimes having a game like this after a performance like that is a good thing. Hearts are obviously big favourites for the title and you saw last weekend how good they can be but we have good players in our team that can cause them problems. We had kept 4 clean sheets in a row prior to last weekend and had been on a good unbeaten run in the league, we need to build that momentum again.”

 

League Form:

 

Ayr United: DWWDL

Heart of Midlothian: WLWWW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 27

Draws – 20

Heart of Midlothian wins – 47

 

Boxing Day will be the first league meeting between Ayr United and Heart of Midlothian since February 1983.

 

United’s last win over Hearts was over 40 years ago: the Honest Men won both legs of a League Cup 3rd round tie in September 1980.

 

Previous Meeting:

United won the last meeting between the sides, a League Cup third round tie in September 2011. Scott Robinson put Hearts in front with a 49th-minute strike at Somerset Park but Gareth Wardlaw levelled for Ayr on 63 minutes and neither side could find a winner in extra time.

 

Kevin Cuthbert was Ayr’s penalty shoot-out hero, saving Danny Grainger’s attempt while Rudi Skacel also missed from the spot, allowing Mark Roberts to send the Honest Men into the quarter-final. Michael Moffat, Jamie McKernan and Alan Trouten also successfully converted.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – Drew Kirkland

Assistant Referee 2 – Chris Philips

 

Live Coverage:

Ayr United supporters can register for PPV by visiting https://ppv.heartsfc.co.uk/events and registering your details in the top right of the screen. Once your details are registered and you are logged in, you can purchase the PPV by clicking on the graphic in the centre of the page and then selecting ‘Purchase Game Pass’.

 

Users are encouraged to remember their login details when registering. If there any issues logging in then please contact heartstv@streamdigital.tv ahead of kick off on Saturday.

 

Hearts have set the cost to stream this game at £18.50

 

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Black & White TV Sponsors

We are delighted to announce our first sponsor of Black & White TV – Lindsay Mortgage Services. Earlier this season they also took a trackside board and we would like to thank Andrew Lindsay for the fantastic backing.

We have had a great response to Black & White TV and we are looking for more sponsors. Sponsorship will last from current date up to the 31st of December 2021. Sponsors will have their logo at the start and end of every video that we produce on Black & White TV and during the year we will release an interview with yourself giving you the chance to promote your company.

If you are interested or have any questions please get in touch with Commercial Manager Graeme Miller at commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk for more information.

Black & White TV

We are delighted to announce the launch of our own channel, Black & White TV.

Our aim is to provide extra content for our supporters while providing a new revenue stream for the club.

The cost will be £5.99 per month however we are going to make this completely free until the 31st of January.

Regular features will include an interview with assistant manager Michael McArdle every Thursday where he will give his take on the previous match, the weeks training and the upcoming fixture. Pre match interviews with the manager as well as post match. Get to know the squad with A-Z questions finding out their likes and dislikes and much more. Extended match highlights will now also be shown on Black & White TV.

Sign up by clicking here. We will give details of how to make monthly payments when we near the end of January.

Our first content will be released tomorrow and after that our Head of Catering Lynne will give you a cracking Christmas recipe. Michael McArdle will give his thoughts on Christmas Eve before we head to Tynecastle.

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Arbroath vs. Ayr United

SPFL Championship

Saturday 19th December 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to take on Arbroath in their last fixture before Christmas. The Honest Men head to Angus on the back of four consecutive clean sheets in the league and are the only Championship side who are unbeaten since October.

 

United were unable to find a winning goal last time out with Friday night’s televised fixture at home to Raith ending in a stalemate. Ayr remain in the top four of the table, two points behind second placed Dunfermline Athletic.

 

Opposition: After an impressive first season in the Championship last term which saw the Red Lichties finish fifth, Arbroath have yet to record a league win this season. Two points from seven games, following draws at home to Queen of the South and Morton mean Dick Campbell’s side sit bottom of the table, two points adrift of the Doonhamers and Alloa Athletic.

 

Arbroath went to the bottom of the table last weekend, after losing a basement battle at home to Alloa. The Wasps picked up a vital win with a second-half Stefan Scougall goal.

 

The Angus side’s team has a familiar look to it, with Campbell holding on to the majority of the squad that has served him so well over the last couple of years. Veteran striker Kris Doolan is one of just four new faces at Gayfield, alongside former ‘keeper Scott Gallacher and youngsters Michael Ruth and Connor Smith, on loan from Aberdeen and Hearts respectively.

 

Team News: Cammy Smith comes back into the squad after suspension. Innes Cameron misses out after taking a knock in training.

Mark says: “We want to keep the momentum going, we’ve got a run of clean sheets and are unbeaten since the Morton game at the end of October. Sometimes it can be the makings of a good side who are very solid at the back, don’t play anywhere near their best but are solid and still have chances to win games. We know what to expect from Arbroath and we know just how difficult it will be but we want to keep this run going. We need to be better in possession and create more chances as we know we have quality in the forward areas of the pitch.”

 

League Form:

 

Ayr United: LDWWD

Arbroath: LDDLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 56

Draws – 21

Arbroath wins – 29

 

Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides, with the Honest Men having won over half of the last 99.

 

The Honest Men are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Gayfield.

 

Previous Meeting:

Our last trip to Arbroath was abandoned at half-time due to high-winds. The match, in February this year, saw The Honest Men play into the teeth of the gale during the first-half, reaching the break level after an Aaron Drinan goal was cancelled out by Colin Hamilton direct from a corner.

 

Over 12 months ago, the meeting at Somerset Park did end 1-1 after a second-half Michael McKenna penalty at Somerset Park equalised Stephen Kelly’s opener. Ayr won 3-0 at Gayfield earlier last season with early goals from Alan Forrest (2) and Stephen Kelly.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Ross Macleod

Assistant Referee 2 – Calum Doyle

 

Live Coverage:

Visit https://arbroathfc.tv/payperview/ to purchase this match to stream for £12.

 

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Club Shop Delivery Update

We would like to thank everyone who has been using our Online shop and has came into the Shop since we were able to reopen on Saturday. The response has been amazing and we hugely appreciate it.

We have been getting a lot of queries regarding deliveries that have not arrived yet and there is no doubt that Royal Mail are currently busier than ever before. At the moment it looks like deliveries that would normally take 1 or 2 days are taking around around a week or so (some are arriving quicker).

Royal Mail advise the final Posting date for 1st class deliveries is the 21st December. With the shop being open every day we are taking online deliveries to the Post Office every day at 5pm and we will continue to do this however if you are looking to guarantee delivery prior to Christmas we would strongly advise ordering within the next day or so as we feel anything after that may struggle to arrive before the 25th.

A reminder of our opening hours and that you can order online and pick up in store

Tuesday 15th – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 16th – 1pm to 5pm

Thursday 17th – 1pm to 5pm

Friday 18th – 1pm to 5pm

Saturday 19th – 10am to 2pm

Sunday 20th – 11am to 3pm

Monday 21st – 1pm to 5pm

Tuesday 22nd – 1pm to 5pm

Wednesday 23rd – 1pm to 5pm

Christmas Eve – 10am to 2pm

Raith match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Raith Rovers

SPFL Championship

Friday 11th December 2020. Kick-off 7.45pm

Tonight (Friday), Ayr United take on Raith Rovers under the floodlights at Somerset Park in an intriguing encounter at the top end of the Championship. The live BBC Scotland Friday Night football pitches third against fourth in the table, both sides locked on 11 points.

 

United will be looking to record a third consecutive Championship victory – and fourth clean sheet in-a-row – having followed up a 2-0 win over Dundee at Somerset Park with a win by the same scoreline over Alloa last weekend.

 

Opposition:

League 1 Champions Raith Rovers have enjoyed a great start to life back in the Championship after a three year stay in Scottish football’s third tier. John McGlynn – in his second spell in charge at the Kirkcaldy club – has guided Rovers an identical record to the Honest Men after six games: 3 wins, 2 draws and a defeat.

 

Last weekend, Rovers took on Dunfermline Athletic in a Fife Derby at Stark’s Park, relinquishing a two-goal advantage to share the points with the Pars. Manny Duku and Frankie Musonda put the home side ahead but two goals within 60 seconds for Dunfermline saw them avoid a first defeat of the season.

 

Dutch striker Duku has eight goals in eight games since signing from Hayes & Reading United in the summer and the Rovers are top goalscorers in the Championship with 16 goals in 6 games. At the other end of the park, former Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald will be looking to shut out Ayr’s attack.

 

Team News: Cammy Smith is suspended after his red card at Alloa last weekend. Tom Walsh is isolating after being contacted by Track and Trace.

Mark says: “Tonight is an occasion we are really looking forward to. Live on television under the floodlights at Somerset playing the team one place above us in the table. Raith have made a good start to the season after promotion and have been playing some good football but we are in a good place just now with 3 clean sheets in a row and back to back wins. We are at home and will be on the front foot from the start looking for 3 points.”

 

League Form:

 

Ayr United: DLDWW

Raith Rovers: WDWLD

 

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 51

Draws – 45

Raith Rovers wins – 50

 

The Rovers have just one win in their last seven visits to Somerset Park

 

Previous Meeting:

United were 3-0 winners on both of Raith’s last two visits to Ayrshire with the clubs battling each othrer for the League 1 title during season 2017/18. Lawrence Shankland, Robbie Crawford and Craig Moore scored in November 2017 with Shankland, Michael Moffat and Jamie Adams on the score sheet later that season in March 2018.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir

Assistant Referee 1 – Ralph Gordon

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

Fourth Official – Graham Grainger

 

Live Coverage:

Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel. Sportscene starts at 7.30pm. There will be no club stream of the match.

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Covid19 Update

Ayr United can confirm that one of our first team backroom staff has returned a positive test for Covid19 and is currently isolating in line with the Government guidelines.

 

We have been in contact with the Government and the SPFL over the past 48 hours and due to the fact all protocols and guidance have been followed no other members of staff or players will be required to isolate.

 

Everyone at the club wishes our member of staff a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him back at work in the near future.

 

Tom Walsh is also in isolation after being contacted by Track and Trace although this has nothing to do with the above situation.

Alloa match preview

Match Preview
Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United

SPFL Championship

Saturday 5th December 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to Clackmannanshire to take on Alloa Athletic as both clubs return to Championship action after contrasting results in the Betfred Cup last weekend. Mark Kerr will be hoping his players can bounce back from a chastening defeat at the hands of Livingston but know that a third consecutive clean sheet in the league would go a long way in consolidating our position in the top-four by the end of tomorrow. United currently have a one point advantage over Inverness, who take on Queen of the South this evening, and Morton.

 

Opposition: Despite still awaiting their first Championship win of the season, Alloa head into Saturday’s game buoyed after causing an upset in the Betfred Cup last weekend, knocking out Heart of the Midlothian at the Indodrill to set up a quarter-final tie against Hibernian. The Wasps went in the Hearts game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Tynecastle just four days previously but held Robbie Neilson’s men over 90 minutes and it was Alan Trouten who netted the winner from the penalty spot in extra-time.

 

Peter Grant’s side have picked up just one point from their first five games of the Championship season; Dundee coming back from 3-1 down to deny Alloa the victory at the Indodrill Stadium at the start of last month.

 

Team News: Mark Kerr expects to have a full squad to choose from for the first time this season.

Mark says: “Obviously last week in the Cup was very disappointing but we have had a really good weeks training and we are hugely focused on making it back to back wins in the league. There are some big head to head in the league this weekend and we know that 3 points tomorrow will make the league table look a lot better, it is a big incentive for us and one we have talked about all week. For the first time we have everyone available and that is going to bring real competition for places.”

 

League Form:

 

Alloa Athletic: LLDLL

Ayr United: WDLDW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 64

Draws – 27

Alloa Athletic wins – 31

 

The Honest Men are unbeaten in the last 8 meetings between the sides (six wins, one draw).

 

Previous Meeting: Goals from Aaron Drinan and Alan Forrest handed United all three points in the last meeting between the two clubs, at the Indodrill Stadium at the end of February 2020.

 

Team: Doohan, Houston, Harvie, Roscoe, Bell; Kerr (Muirhead), Malley (Tiffoney), Kelly; Forrest, McCowan, Drinan (Moffat).

 

On this day: in history, United have a 69% win rate and have lost just two of 13 games the club has played on 5th December. Both losses came away from home in Central Scotland, however, at Stirling in 1964 and Falkirk in 1998. Our biggest win on this date was also in Stirling, a 6-2 victory over King’s Park in 1934.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Barry Cook

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Leslie

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

 

Streaming:

The live stream of Saturday’s game is available to purchase now at: https://live.alloaathletic.co.uk/event/5fa93d19b32a702181c5bf83. The price is £12

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Livingston match preview

Match Preview
Livingston vs. Ayr United

Betfred Cup Second Round

Saturday 28th November 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the Honest Men travel to the Tony Macaroni Arena to take on managerless Livingston in the last sixteen of the Betfred Cup. Mark Kerr’s side go into the game boosted by a 2-0 win over Dundee last weekend which saw United climb into the top four in the Championship table.

 

Opposition: Livingston will have interim management duo David Martindale and Tony Caig in the dugout on Saturday following the resignation of head coach Gary Holt on Thursday. The former Norwich and Scotland midfielder was appointed Livi manager in August 2018, replacing Kenny Miller, and guided the Lions to Premiership safety in his first season in charge. Further success followed last season when Holt steered the club to fifth, its second-highest ever league finish, however, with Livi sitting 10th out of 12 in the top flight and 12 points from 15 matches, Holt felt it was time to step away from the Tony Macaroni Stadium hotseat.

 

Holt leaves a squad that features former Ayr United fans favourites in the shape of Nicky Devlin, Robbie Crawford (currently on loan at Motherwell) and Alan Forrest. Ayr United Football Academy graduate Forrest has adapted well to life in the top flight following his summer move and has eight goals to his name so far including doubles in his last two League Cup outings. Other men to watch for the homeside include striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who started his career at Arsenal, however former Rangers and Hearts midfielder Jason Holt misses out after being hit with a retrospective two-game ban for a challenge in Livingston’s 1-0 loss at home to St. Mirren on Saturday.

 

The Lions eased through the Group Stage of the Betfred Cup, with four wins out of four against Alloa Athetlic, Edinburgh City, Airdrieonians and Stenhousemuir scoring 15 goals into the bargain.

 

Team News: Tom Walsh misses out through injury.

Mark says: :”We had a good result and performance last week and we really want to build on that. It is important to build momentum and get a run of positive results going. We know how tough it will be, Livingston are a good Premiership side however we won’t be going their to defend. ”

 

League Form:

 

Livingston: LLLDL

Ayr United: WDLDW

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 21

Draws – 13

Livingston wins – 19

 

There have been four meetings in the League Cup between the sides, with each side recording two wins.

 

Previous Meeting: United and the Lions met in the Group stage of the Betfred Cup last season at Almondvale. Goals for Aymen Souda and Ricki Lamie gave Livi all three points, with Andy Murdoch netting a consolation for the Honest Men.

 

Team: Doohan; Ferguson, Harvie, Bell, Roscoe (Muirhead); Murdoch, Docherty, Kelly, McCowan; Moffat, Doolan (Forrest).

 

On this day: in 2001, the Honest Men defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5-1 in the quarter-final of the League Cup, setting up a semi-final appearance against Hibernian. Ross Tokley scored the first goal of the game at Somerset Park for the visitors in the 9th minute but James Grady, John Robertson, Pat McGinlay and a Eddie Annand double sent the Honest Men to Hampden ater Tokely was sent off shortly after scoring.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – David Munro

Assistant Referee 1 – David McGeachie

Assistant Referee 2 – Aklan Mulvanny

Fourth Official – Steven McLean

 

Streaming:

The live stream of Saturday’s game is available to purchase now at https://ppv.livingstonfc.co.uk/events. The price is £15.00

Supporters will need to set up an account prior to buying a game pass then will login to their account on Saturday to view the game.

Please note that PPV purchasing cuts off at 14:30 on Saturday, so please purchase your pass before then. PPV purchasing will open back up after KO for anyone who may have missed the deadline.

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