Club Update

As you may know, Somerset Park is currently closed for business until further notice.

All staff are working remotely from home in line with Government guidance.

Please note that the main office number 01292 263435 will not be monitored for the time-being.

Staff members can still be contacted via email.

  • General Enquiries – info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

If you require to contact a particular staff member, then please see the contacts below:

  • General Manager – Tracy McTrusty – tracy@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Commercial Manager – Graeme Miller – commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Safety and Stadium Manager – Roy Provan – stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Hospitality Manager – Iain Grant – hospitality@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Lottery Team – lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Shop Team – shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
  • Accounts Department – accounts@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

 

Update from the Lottery

Due to current circumstances and for the safety or yourself and our agents, we are looking at alternative ways of collecting your lottery monies.

As you know the lottery help support AUFC and we must be able to continue the good work we do.

If you have the facility of on-line banking you can pay your lottery payment directly in to our bank account or you can choose to set up a standing order.

If you wish to pay in any of these ways please contact us by messenger on Facebook or email us at lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

We can then issue you with the information you need to do this.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

Update – 21/03/2020

Thank you to all our members who are currently still paying into our Lottery even through these tough times. It is much appreciated.

If you are concerned about Lottery agents coming to your door then maybe having a Standing Order set-up is the way forward. If you would like us to help you set up your Standing Order, then email us at lottery@ayrunitedfc.co.uk and we would be happy to help.

Also, if you have any family members or friends over the age of 16 who would be interested in joining the Lottery and help support the Club, then please get in touch and we can have them set up in no time.

Thank you to everyone and please keep safe.

Message from the AU500 Fund

CAN YOU HELP?

The Coronavirus has brought unprecedented challenges to clubs everywhere, including Ayr United.

Cash flow will be a significant problem for all clubs and we have the unique benefit of the AU500 Fund to allow fans to contribute in the absence of income coming into the club.

You can help by paying one-off amounts to following:

Sort Code: 87-37-54

Account Number: 82216262

Or join as a regular member by emailing us at info@au500fund.com

Please put your name as a reference for your payment.

Monthly contributions are by Standing Order allowing you to stop, start or amend the amounts at any time.

Club Statement

Ayr United Football Club would like our supporters to know that the Board of Directors are working hard behind the scenes to minimise the financial impact the current pandemic will inevitably have on our Club.

Most importantly, the first priority is to protect its players, staff, volunteers and members of the public. Therefore, until further notice Somerset Park will be closed for business. Contingency plans have been put into action and staff will be working from home. Players will not be attending squad training sessions. This situation will be reassessed at the end of the week. We will take guidance and direction from daily updates by the SFA/SPFL and government.

The Scottish FA and SPFL today have released the following statement:

Coronavirus – Joint Response Group Update – 16th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

We can confirm that earlier today one of our first team squad reported that he had various symptoms, similar to those of Covid 19.

Following UK Government guidelines and advice our player was instructed to self isolate, which he is now doing.

This measure is entirely precautionary and does not affect anyone else at Ayr United.

Our focus now is on ensuring our player makes a swift return to good health.

Following the most recent statement from the SPFL board we will respond later this evening.

Coronavirus Statement

The Joint Response Group can confirm the decision of the Scottish FA Board to suspend ALL domestic professional and grassroots football under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA until further notice.

As a result, the SPFL has announced the postponement of this weekend’s and following midweek’s fixtures, starting with tonight’s Premiership match between Motherwell and Aberdeen and the Championship match between Queen of the South and Ayr United.

The Scottish FA and SPFL will continue to liaise with governments and UEFA in relation
to domestic, European and International fixtures in the coming days and more information will be communicated at the appropriate time.

The Scottish FA Board made its decision in the interests of the health and safety of players, match officials, staff, supporters and the general public.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “Since the guidance outlined by governments last night we have been engaged in extensive dialogue to clarify the position and implications of that guidance for Scottish football.

“Today’s announcement is made in the interests of public health but, equally, the health and safety of players, match officials, and staff across the game. This is of paramount importance as the country enters the ‘delay’ phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is also why the Scottish FA is compelled to ensure that the suspension is cascaded through the non-professional and grassroots games until further notice.”

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “As everyone knows, this is a fast-moving and unprecedented situation for the entire country.

“We have been in intensive and detailed discussions since last night and have also been taking on board the experience of our counterparts in England and across Europe. As a result, the board of the SPFL has agreed this morning that all league fixtures this weekend and next midweek will be postponed until further notice.

“The health and safety of fans, players and officials is absolutely paramount. We have not yet had any confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst players in Scotland, but, given the nature of this outbreak, it seems only a matter of time.

“We realise that many people will be bitterly disappointed, and we would obviously prefer to be in a position where we can continue as normal, but that’s neither realistic nor possible.”

Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th March 2020. Kick-off 3pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United and Dundee go head-to-head again at Dens Park following Saturday’s goalless draw at Somerset Park. A point for both clubs at the weekend closed the gap to second placed Inverness, who lost at Alloa. Caley are also in action this evening, hosting Queen of the South as the race for the play-offs continues.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Mark says: “We have a lot of positives to take out of the last 3 games, of course we would have liked to pick up 3 points in our home matches but it Is difficult to fault the players. Tonight will be another big test and we are looking forward to a big pitch with a good surface. It is another game we are really looking forward to.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DLWDD

Dundee: DWWDD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 28

Draws – 25

Dundee wins – 61

 

Our last league win over Dundee at Dens Park was back in January 1981.

 

Previous Meeting: Prior to Saturday’s 0-0 draw, Dundee had come out on top in both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Dens Park in August, Andrew Nelson grabbing the winner in the 74th minute while Dundee were 2-1 winners at Somerset Park in Mark Kerr’s first game in charge. Luke McCowan countered early strikes from Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan but the Honest Men were unable to find an equaliser.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adult – £24

Concessions – £16

U18s – £10

Ayr Utd 0 Dundee 0

Ayr United 0 v 0 Dundee

by AUmedia

 

United were held to a 0-0 draw by Championship play-off rivals Dundee on Saturday. Michael Moffat had a goal disallowed in the second half shortly before Conor Hazard denied Aaron Muirhead from the spot, but chances were sparse in an intriguing and closely matched encounter that was made difficult by the wet conditions at Somerset Park.

Both sides attacked from the get-go and the first big chance of the match came Ayr’s way on 5 mins when Aaron Drinan chased a long ball forward down the left wing and crossed it into the 6-yard box for the onrushing Alan Forrest, but the winger flicked his shot inches past the post.

Graham Dorrans responded for Dundee only moments later, his shot from the edge of the box forcing Ross Doohan into a save.

The game continued as an end-to-end affair with both teams pushing for an opener and looking capable of scoring for the better part of the first half.

United’s best chance came on 22 mins when Drinan played a short pass back to Daniel Harvie who lifted a high cross towards the box and into the path of Michael Moffat, but the striker directed his header straight at Dundee keeper Conor Hazard.

Jordan McGhee came closest to an opener for the visitors with 30 mins on the clock as Josh Meeking set him up to cut in for a curling effort goalwards, but Ross Doohan got a hand on the ball to turn it slightly wide and the shot scratched past the right post.

The rain began to pour down on an increasingly bumpy pitch and with the conditions deteriorating, both teams lost grip and struggled to create anything for the remainder of the first half.

As the game got back underway after the break, United took the initiative and started to gain the upper hand with good skill and passing that brought them into promising positions.

Michael Moffat found the back of the net on 54 mins after Jordan Houston beat Declan McDaid on the right and sent a tight-angled cross in to set Moffat up for a tap-in from close range, but the striker was ruled offside and the score remained 0-0.

Four mins later, Ayr were gifted a chance to take the lead as they were awarded an easy penalty. Hazard called for a loose ball in the box but hesitated to collect it and as Michael Moffat nipped in to pick the ball up, he was tripped by Cammy Kerr. Aaron Muirhead stepped up to take the spot-kick but was denied by an outstanding full-stretch save from Hazard who turned the ball round the post.

United looked unsettled after the missed opportunity and it was now Dundee who started to dominate proceedings with more control and composure, but the visitors struggled with the final ball and hardly threatened Ayr’s goal.

Dundee recorded their best chances through two set pieces but were denied twice by Doohan who first punched Dorrans’ kick from the left wing away and then collected a header from Jordan Forster who got on the end of a free kick from the halfway line.

Drinan dropped the ball back for Stephen Kelly to set up Ayr’s last serious attempt on goal with 10 mins left to play as Kelly’s shot from 20 yards looked goal bound but was kept out by Hazard.

The final chance to break the deadlock went Dundee’s way on 84 mins when Dorrans and Kane Hemmings created space at the edge of the box for the latter to direct a low drive that went inches past the post.

The score remained 0-0 at full time and secured United their first point against Dundee this season and a third consecutive clean sheet.

The Honest Men remain third in the league table, two points ahead of Dundee and two adrift of Inverness.

Ayr and Dundee meet again next Tuesday at Dens Park for their next Championship encounter.

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Houston, Moffat, Forrest, Harvie, Muirhead, Drinan, Kelly, Roscoe, Malley, Bell

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Tiffoney, Kerr, Docherty, Gillespie, Murphy, McCowan

 

Dundee

Hazard, Kerr, McGhee, Forster, Meekings, Berra, Byrne, McGowan, McDaid, Dorrans, Hemmings

Substitutes: Hamilton (GK), Cameron, Nelson, Field, Elliott, Crankshaw, Robertson

 

Referee: Steven McLean

Attendance: 1758

Travel Club Information

OUR TEAM NEED ITS 12th MAN !!!
GET YOUR NAMES IN PLEASE IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL WITH US

Here are the next 2 away games.

We hope to run buses to both of these games and also the Arbroath game the following week.
Please get your names in by pm txt or phone call.
Don’t post your booking on the Facebook posts.

TUESDAY 10 MARCH

DUNDEE V AYR

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Bus leaving from the Ship Inn Ayr at approx 4.30pm and picking up at Bon Accord , Charing Cross

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH V AYR

🏁🏁🏁🏁 £10 🏁🏁🏁🏁

Bus leaving from the Ship Inn Ayr at approx 4.30

All no shows and cancellations made less than 24 hours before travel must be paid for.

Just a reminder alcohol is prohibited on the bus.

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Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th March 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, United’s busy Championship schedule continues with the first of back-to-back games against play-off rivals Dundee. The Honest Men held league leaders and Dundee’s city rivals to a goalless draw at Somerset Park on Tuesday night in an impressive performance and will hope to take that good form into this weekend’s fixture.

 

Opponents: Dundee played out a goalless draw at Dens Park against Alloa on Tuesday night, finding the Wasps’ keeper Neil Parry in exceptional form on his return from injury. A plus for James McPake’s side was a third consecutive clean sheet after victories over Championship strugglers Queen of the South and Partick Thistle.

 

The Dark Blues find themselves in fourth place in the league table, two points behind the Honest Men and two points ahead of three teams with play-off aspirations, Dunfermline Athletic, Arbroath and Greenock Morton.

 

James McPake strengthened his squad over January, with the most notable addition being former Scotland international defender Christophe Berra. Conor Hazard, signed on loan from Celtic, has assumed the goalkeeping duties and former Partick Thistle utility man Christie Elliot and St. Johnstone midfielder Ross Callachan have also joined the Dees.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Ross Docherty, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Mark says: “The games are coming thick and fast and the players are really enjoying the competitive action. We trained on Sunday and Monday to ensure we were ready for Tuesday night and I think the way we finished the game shows that our training is really paying off. Tomorrow will be another big test for us against a really strong Dundee team. There has been little between us in the meetings so far this season and one look at the league table tells you how big a game it is. We need the backing of our fans more than ever during this busy spell so lets hear the Somerset Road End in full voice!”

League Form:

Ayr United: WDLWD

Dundee: LDWWD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 28

Draws – 24

Dundee wins – 61

 

United have won just one of the last 15 league meetings between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: Dundee have come out on top in both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Dens Park in August, Andrew Nelson grabbing the winner in the 74th minute while Dundee were 2-1 winners at Somerset Park in Mark Kerr’s first game in charge. Luke McCowan countered early strikes from Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan but the Honest Men were unable to find an equaliser.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Ivan Stankovic

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

 

Admission:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

 

To avoid queues on match day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving at Somerset Park. Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they should show on arrival at the ground. The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground. Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

 

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