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Kelly joins from Rangers

United add highly rated Ger on loan

Ian McCall has today made his second loan signing of the week, adding highly-rated Rangers midfielder Stephen Kelly to his squad. Kelly, who scored a second-half hat-trick against United in yesterday’s pre-season friendly at the Rangers Training Centre yesterday, joins the Honest Men for the 2019/20 season.

The manager said :”Stephen is very very highly rated at Ibrox. We had been speaking to Steven Gerard and Gary McAllister about him well before our game yesterday where he scored a hat trick. He is a central midfielder who can play in a 2 or a 3 and is very versatile. He is always looking to move and pass the ball and he was in the top 3 at Rangers when they completed their fitness testing. We need him to integrate well at the club, feel like an Ayr United player and have a great season.”

The nineteen-year-old signed a new deal in September to extend his stay at the Ibrox-club until 2021 and comes to Somerset Park looking for first team experience after being in and around Steven Gerrard’s matchday squad last season.

The Port Glasgow born youngster, a Scotland U18 and U19 internationalist, made his competitive debut in Rangers’ 4-0 win over Ayr in last season’s Betfred Cup.

Frank is 3rd Summer signing

Frank Ross becomes latest Don deal

Ian McCall has made his third signing of the Summer, adding Aberdeen midfielder Frank Ross to his squad, on loan until January.

Ian said :”We are absolutely delighted to get him as there was plenty of interest. With Declan leaving in the Summer it left us light in the wide areas. Frank can play off the left or right and he is definitely one to excite the fans. His remit is to come here, perform really well for 6 months and push himself right back into the reckoning for the first team at Aberdeen.”

Another Dons youngster to make the switch to Somerset Park, Ross is rated highly at Pittodrie but missed the majority of the last campaign with a back injury suffered on international duty with the Scotland U21s. The 21-year-old signed a new deal with the Reds in May and will be hoping a stint with the Honest Men can help re-establish him in the Aberdeen first-team.

Part of the Aberdeen Youth Academy since the age of eight, the Ellon-born player made his senior debut in May 2015, one of 11 substitute appearances alongside three starts for the Aberdeen first team. He has one goal for the Dons – a stunning free-kick against Rangers in December 2017. Later that season, Frank joined Greenock Morton on loan, making 18 appearances for the Cappielow club and scoring twice.

He impressed Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty at the start of last season in a number of fixtures, including a Betfred League Cup tie against St Mirren and the following week’s Premiership fixture at Easter Road against Hibernian, but saw his progress curtailed by the long term injury.

An attack-minded player, Frank is comfortable on either wing.

Special Hospitality Betfred Cup

We have a special offer on hospitality for both our Betfred Cup home matches with Falkirk on the 20th July and Stranraer on the 27th July.

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 in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite
Half time pie and Bovril.

If you would like to book please do so through our club shop – in store or over the phone on 01292 263435 ext5

Betfred Cup tickets on sale now

Tickets for our Betfred Cup matches at Somerset with Falkirk and Stranraer are on sale now. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (under 21s, students and OAPS) with under 12s going free.

The tickets are now available online by clicking on the link tickets and selecting the specific match you wish.

If you have purchased a season ticket with a reserved seat and wish to have the same seat for the cup games then you have until the 14th of July to purchase. After that time all seats will be available for purchase.

If you are using the same login as you used to purchase your season ticket the cup tickets will be available on your phone and they can be printed out.

Concession tickets have a special alert when being scanned and verification will be required to confirm the concession – ie student ID.

If you are not a season ticket holder you can buy online and choose a seat that is not taken by a season ticket holder or any terracing tickets. Alternatively you can come into the club shop and purchase in store.

When buying an adult ticket online you will then be able to choose the under 12 ticket which is free of charge.

The shop will be open tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) from 10am – 2pm

5 Star Lottery Winners – Wk 52

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Livingston tickets on sale now.

Tickets are on sale now for our Betfred cup match at Livingston through our club shop. The tie takes place on Tuesday 16th July, at the Tony Macaroni Arena with a 7.45pm kick off.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for concessions (under 18, student, registered disabled and OAPs) and if you have bought an adult ticket you are entitled to under 12 ticket which is free of charge.

Registered disabled supporters can have a carer accompany them free of charge.

 

5 star lottery winners wk 51

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

 

WEEK NUMBER 51      25/06/19

 

 

£1000 B0924 W Steel Girvan
       
MONDAY    
£50 B3035 N Lothian Maidens
£10 F0322 G McAllister Ayr
£10 A0544 A Atkinson Prestwick
£10 H2644 Mrs McNeil Mossblown
       
TUESDAY    
£50 C2824 P Payne Prestwick
£10 F1115 R Stevenson 19th Hole, Ayr
£10 A0713 G Charlton Ayr
£10 D3241 J Rowan Minishant
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WEDNESDAY    
£50 B3122 M Begg Logan
£10 C3245 E Marshall-Colville Ayr
£10 A2521 A Hannah Maybole
£10 E3931 A McGill 8 Ball, Ayr
       
THURSDAY    
£50 A3011 F Young East Kilbride
£10 C2245 C Steele Ayr
£10 F1422 C Rowan Ayr
£10 A0234 H Little Ayr
       
FRIDAY    
£10 B2445 Mr Thompson Mossblown
£10 B2333 M Burns Kirkoswald
£10 A2912 J Greenwood Ayr
       

 

 

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Board Statement

A message from the Board of Ayr United Football and Athletic Club

There has been significant speculation over the financial performance of Ayr United over the course of season 2018/19 and the position of the club going into season 2019/20. As a board of directors, we wish to offer some clarity on these matters without breaching commercial confidentiality or providing information to the benefit of our competitors.

Firstly, the club is ambitious and wishes to compete at the highest level we can in the SPFL. We believe we have shown that with the decision to return to full-time status in the league title winning season 2017/18. We have had a very successful season past where the team was challenging at the top of the table throughput the course of the season and reached the promotion play-offs.

However, that ambition must be tempered by the legal requirement we have as directors to ensure that the club can function as a going concern. Above all else, we must be able to pay our staff’s wages, suppliers and other obligations and this will always determine the level of budget we are able to provide across all areas of the club.

The audited accounts have not yet been produced for season 2018/19 so any points raised in this statement are based on estimates.

Employment

  • 38 full-time staff across all departments
  • Over 80 people earn all or part of their income working for Ayr United
  • No directors are paid anything from the club
  • We estimate that just under 70% of our turnover goes on wages including taxes and pension contributions
  • A successful season like that just past, means that significant bonus payments are paid, funded by that success.

Additional Expenditure

In the region of £200k on exceptional items including:

  • Stadium fabric repairs
  • Project Brave to the AUFA
  • Legal fees
  • Plant and equipment (e.g. new tractor)
  • Kit van and fit out
  • Payment of debts (not directors’ loans)
  • Medical support extended and medical procedures through the season

Players signed after the start of the season or contracts extended beyond 6 months

As the season progressed, we released additional funds to strengthen the playing squad beyond the initial budget. This was provided based on the team’s success in the League Cup and on encouraging home attendances in the first half of the season.

Income for the past season

For clarity, income and profit are different numbers, for example if we had an income of £50,000 from the shop, we would have to pay suppliers for the goods and pay the shop staff’s wages before we know what the profit is. This profit then goes towards the other running cost of the club including players wages and other costs. The same applies to other income streams.

  • We had decent season ticket sales and pay at the gate sales in the first half of the season.
  • Fixture congestion and midweek matches saw a significant drop off between the two halves of the season in gate receipts.
  • Hospitality, retail and commercial were all strong income streams, these were insourced in season 2017/18 and significantly increased our turnover yielding a reasonable profit compared to the income from outsourcing of these functions. This decision saw hospitality and retail income move from around 8% of turnover to around 21% of turnover.
  • Prize money from the Championship, League Cup and Scottish Cup were significant income streams.
  • The AU500 Fund and AU Development Society contributed significant amounts approaching 6 figures
  • In addition to this, individual directors made substantial donations in the past season.
  • Significant VAT payments are made on applicable elements of this income.

Other expenditure

As with all businesses, we have significant costs to pay in the running of the club over and above the wages and salaries of our staff including:

  • Rates & Water
  • Insurance
  • Electricity
  • Vehicle costs
  • Fuel
  • Telecoms
  • Stationery, printing & postage
  • Bookkeeping & payroll
  • Auditor

Competing in the Championship is more expensive than competing in League 1. Our initial estimates suggest that we had an increase in turnover (not profit) of around 24% for season 2018/19 compared to season 2017/18. This was consumed by the increase in wages and running costs and in the exceptional items mentioned above.

Volunteers and Donations

The input from volunteers in working around the ground, offices and shops is an invaluable and intrinsic part of the club and we’re always keen to see more supporters get involved.

The donations and efforts of the members of the AU500 Fund over the past three years have been a game changer for the club’s playing budget and we are very grateful to them and hope that the membership and donations continue to grow.

Similarly, the long-standing contributions from the Ayr United Development Society members (the administrators of the Ayr United Five Star Lottery) have supported the club financially in numerous projects around the club and of course we are also very grateful to them.

 

The season ahead

For the season ahead, we as a board have budgeted based on a break-even budget without the requirement for support from the directors. As individuals, we have made significant donations over the past few seasons, but this is not something we would include in the initial budget nor can it be relied on every season.

We will always do what we can to maximise the playing budget and we work closely with the manager to provide the strongest playing squad we can afford. In the Championship, we are competing with teams with a range of turnovers, some of whom will have lower and others will have perhaps two or three times our turnover.

We hope, as we are sure all our supporters do that, we can continue to increase our turnover in the coming years through increasing attendances which can drive increases in the playing budget. That will take time, but we remain optimistic that the club can continue to grow.

We would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers, sponsors and everyone else who has backed us over the last season.

Queens Park friendly

Queens Park have asked us to remind supporters that the friendly match on 2nd July is strictly closed door and no supporters will be admitted. Please do not travel to avoid any disappointment on the night.