Partick match information

Partick Thistle v Ayr United. 3pm Saturday 31st August

Our supporters will be based in the north end of the Jackie Husband stand entering through turnstiles 40 and 41 only. There will be a cash gate and also a card payment option which will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

Prices

Adults:  £20

Concessions (over 65s and students):  £15

Juveniles (under 16):  £5

WHEELCHAIR USERS

At league matches the cost for a wheelchair user/ambulant fan is £15 which includes a carer.

Tickets can be bought at the match on the day, unless the match is all ticket.

Wheelchair tickets can be purchased from the staff member on duty at the accessible entrance, the red gates between the Colin Weir Stand (the older stand on Firhill Road) and the John Lambie Stand (the newer stand behind the goals).

The area for away wheelchair users to watch the match from is the section in front of the Colin Weir Stand (the old stand at the side of the pitch on Firhill Road). The cover here is reasonable.

Wheelchair users should enter the ground from Firhill Road by the red gates between the Colin Weir Stand (the older stand on Firhill Road) and the John Lambie Stand (the newer stand behind the goals). Tickets can be purchased from the staff member here.

For matches where the away support is in the Jackie Husband Stand there may be a limited number of wheelchair places available for away wheelchair fans on the viewing platform in The Jackie Husband Stand. This is used by Partick Thistle season ticket holders. If spaces become available then it is possible for away wheelchair fans to reserve a space. If any away wheelchair fan would like to use the platform then they should contact Partick Thistle’s Disability Access Officer, Dougie McInnes, directly by emailing dao@ptfc.co.uk or by telephoning 07803 922570. Dougie will advise on availability of spaces.

 

CAR PARKING

Three car park spaces for blue badge holders of the away club can be reserved in advance in the official club car park. To reserve a space fans should contact their own club in the first instance who will forward names on to Partick Thistle.

For away fans using the section in front of the Colin Weir Stand many fans park in the streets surrounding Firhill as it is closer to the accessible entrance than the official club car park. As kick off time approaches these spaces fill up quickly so if seeking one of these spaces then the advice is to come early. Parking is at the owner’s own risk.

Some fans park on Scottish Canals land behind the Jackie Husband Stand. Parking here is free and again at the owner’s own risk but many fans park here trouble free. These spaces fill up quickly on match day. The spaces here are close to the away turnstiles of the Jackie Husband Stand.

 

 

THE AITKEN SUITE

Situated in the Colin Weir Stand is The Aitken Suite Lounge which opens before and after Saturday matches. For midweek matches the lounge usually opens before the match but not after. Fans should see the website for details. Home and away fans are welcome. Live matches are shown and food is also available. The lounge has a disabled toilet.

Access to the Aitken Suite for wheelchair users is by the red gates of the accessible entrance. Inside the ground there is a ramp beside the stand which allows wheelchair access into the Aitken Suite. The stewards on duty will provide assistance.

 

 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Partick Thistle’s Disability Access Officer Dougie McInnes at dao@ptfc.co.uk or on 07803 922570.

Houston signs on loan

Jordan Houston has today signed on loan from Rangers to the end of the season. The 19 year old right back is another highly rated product of the Rangers youth system.

Rangers’ Jordan Houston during the friendly against Cambridge United at The Hummel Training Centre, Glasgow.

Manager Ian McCall said “Jordan went on loan to Airdrie last season however he got an injury while on Scotland duty. He is predominantly a right back however he can cover several areas so he very much helps our squad. His arrival means that Andy Geggan could be another option in midfield which gives us a different dimension with the way he arrives in the box. We have seen Jordan several times including during pre season when he played against us and we are delighted to get him in.

Also today we have came to an agreement with David Ferguson and he has now been released from the club. We would all like to wish David well for the rest of his career and thank him for his efforts while at Ayr United. This will be the end of our business until January.”

 

Ayr Utd 1 Queen of the South 0

Ayr United 1 v 0 Queen of the South

by AUmedia

 

On Saturday, United bounced back from defeat two weeks ago against Dundee with a narrow 1-0 win over Queen of the South. A first half volley from Steven Kelly was enough for the Honest Men to take all three points at a sun-drenched Somerset Park.

 

The visitors had the stronger start to the game and created two good early chances. First, on 2 mins, Gary Oliver found Connor Murray free inside the box on the left, but his shot went past the right-hand post. 3 mins later,

Faissal El Bakhtaoui got on the end of a long ball up the park, neatly placed the ball round Daniel Harvie and into the box to the on-running Gary Oliver.  Oliver struck the ball from 12 yards out but was denied by an outstanding full-stretch, right-handed save from Ross Doohan.

 

Queen of the South looked the more organised and threatening team, pushing forward at speed, and closing Ayr down whenever they got on the ball. This forced United to defend rather than attack in the opening stages of the match.

 

The Doonhamers kept pressing and their next major chance came on 21 mins when a tight-angled cross into the box from Scott Mercer was met by Stephen Dobbie at close range. Dobbie looked odds to put the visitors in front but, under pressure from Jamie Adams who came in to block, the veteran striker lifted the ball over the bar.

 

It took Ayr 25 mins to get their first attempt on goal. A short pass from Luke McCowan was picked up by Alan Forrest breaking down the left. His cross into the box from near the goal line was, however, easily collected by Queens’ keeper Robbie McCrorie and the scoreline remained even.

 

1 min later, United took the lead. Steven Kelly won the ball in midfield and played it forward to Forrest. His marker, Scott Mercer, slipped and Forrest made use of this to sprint clear on the left before lifting a high, curling ball into the box but Queens’ defender Lee Kilday rose first to make contact. The ball looped upwards before dropping towards the edge of the box from where Steven Kelly spectacularly volleyed home.

 

Ayr briefly picked up momentum and became more threatening going forward while Queens looked shell-shocked, having conceded against the run of play. It didn’t take the visitors long to settle back into their rhythm and they soon took the upper hand again.

 

Queen of the South should have equalised on 36 mins when El Bakhtaoui failed to take advantage of a guilt-edged opportunity. The striker dispossessed Steven Bell 25 yards on and raced in on into the defenceless penalty area but his attempt was once again brilliantly blocked and knocked away by keeper Ross Doohan.

 

Despite being a goal up, Ayr found themselves put on the spot with Queens dominating and looking the stronger side at the half time whistle.

 

The second half started with both teams showing intent and creating half-chances, but the hot (28.5°C in the shade of the stand) and muggy conditions soon took their toll with the game settling and the pace slowing down.

 

Ayr looked to have a good penalty claim turned down when Andy Murdoch appeared to be blatantly pushed in the back by center-half Darren Brownlie, but referee Kirkland waved appeals away.

 

Queen of the South broke the silence in the 71st min when, yet again, only outstanding goalkeeping kept them from levelling the game. Connor Murray controlled a pass 15 yards out on the left-wing and crossed the ball into the box where it was met by Daniel Pybus. His downward header from close range looked goal-bound, but Doohan threw himself to his left and turned the ball wide with his left hand.

 

The game reignited and Ayr were next to create a major chance with 77 mins on the clock. Kelly delivered a corner from the left which was initially cleared but picked up by Alan Forrest on the right.

 

The winger beat cut in along the edge of the penalty area from the right then hit a stinging drive from 16 yards out which was spectacularly saved at the top left-hand corner by McCrorie.

 

Ayr kept their concentration high and despite a desperate last-minute attempt from El Bakhtaoui, who sent a shot from 30 yards wide of the right post, United played down the remaining minutes and nursed their advantage home.

 

On Saturday, United are away to Partick Thistle at The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McCowan, Bell, Adams, Murdoch, Docherty, Kelly

Subs: Hare-Reid (GK), Muirhead, Kerr, Roscoe, McGuffie, Doolan, Ferguson

 

Queen of the South

McCrorie, Mercer, Holt, Brownlie, Kilday, Pybus, Murray, Dobbie, Oliver, El Bakhtaoui, Kidd

Subs: Burns (GK), Irving, Lyon, Luissint, McCarthy, Hamilton

 

Referee: Steven Kirkland

Attendance: 2005

Message about Seagulls

Seagulls, particularly at this time of the year, have become a problem, during games.

The club has placed more bins on the terracing areas and we ask that fans use them to dispose of food waste.

We are aware, at the last fixture, that some fans were deliberately throwing food into the air to attract seagulls into the crowded areas.

The club is concerned for fans or players to be injured or suffer fouling from the seagulls.

Therefore, we ask that supporters refrain from doing this.

Stewards have been instructed, that should this deliberate behaviour be witnessed, the person/s, responsible should be ejected from the stadium.

Your cooperation would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Queen of the South match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Queen of the South

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 24th August 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United return to action when Queen of the South are the visitors to Somerset Park.

 

It is a fortnight since the Honest Men’s last game, with us and Queens both without a match last weekend having been knocked out of the Betfred Cup at the group stage. United’s performance in a narrow defeat away to Dundee merited more but proved the team will be competitive in the Championship again this season. The manager is looking for his players – and the fans – to play their part in making Somerset Park a fortress this season, starting with Saturday’s visit from Dumfries.

 

Opponents: Queen of the South will wear a special commemorative jersey tomorrow as the club celebrates its 100th anniversary. Queen of the South United – as they were initially named – were formed in March 1919, the amalgamation of three clubs: Dumfries F.C., 5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers and the Arrol-Johnston Car Company works team. The newly formed club’s first ever game took place on 16th August 1919 versus Sanquhar side Nithsdale Wanderers, a challenge match that ended 2-2.

 

One-hundred years later, the modern day Doonhamers have started the 2019/20 season with two draws in the league; it was goalless at Arbroath on the opening day of the campaign and 1-1 against Dunfermline a fortnight ago; Gary Oliver equalising in the second-half after Kyle Turner’s early opener for the Pars.

 

Oliver is one of a number of new faces recruited by manager Allan Johnston over the summer. The striker will be hoping to fill the boots of Lyndon Dykes who has moved to Livingston. Oliver has been joined at Palmerston by former Morton team-mates Lee Kiday and Robby McCrorie; former Hamilton Accies midfielder Darren Lyon and forward Faissal El Bakhtaoui. Michael Paton has returned to his former club, also via Dunfermline.

 

Prolific striker Stephen Dobbie has missed the last three matches with a hamstring tear but is expected to make his return.

 

Team News: Craig Moore and Frank Ross are out with injuries.

Ian says: We have had what feels like a long break since our last game at Dundee and we are really looking forward to getting back out there. Our last performance was good and it has certainly given us plenty to build on. We are always looking to make Somerset a fortress and we played very well here in the game against Morton so a fast start will be crucial for us.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 38

Draws – 17

Queen of the South wins – 37

 

Last Meeting:

Both teams took five points from the four fixtures between the sides last season. The most recent fixture came at the start of April and saw a first-half Lawrence Shankland penalty earn the Honest Men all three points. Team: Doohan; Smith, Harvie, Bell, Rose; Kerr, Crawford, Geggan (Murdoch), Cadden (McDaid); Miller (Moore) Shankland.

 

On this day: in 2002, Ayr travelled to Dumfries to take on Queen of the South. Goals either side of half-time from Mark Campbell and James Grady gave United a two-goal lead at Palmerston and we held on to all three points despite Steve Bowey’s late consolation for the home side.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland

Assistant Referee 1 – Joseph Lawson

Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions – £12

Under 18s – £6

Manager Statement

We received confirmation yesterday that Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly are in the Scotland Under 21 squad for the games around the weekend of September 7. We would like to give all 3 our congratulations for the call up.

We are also able to confirm that our 3rd round Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup tie at Wrexham will take place at the Racecourse Ground at 3pm on Saturday 7th September.

Manager Ian McCall said :”The game will go ahead on the planned date and we won’t be requesting a postponement and there are many reasons for that. I hugely respect this competition, when you get through a couple of rounds and get to the quarters, semis or final then it becomes a huge occasion for the club. Everyone will know how importantly I take every competitive match. The priority though is our league campaign. We fought extremely hard to become a Championship club and becoming an established Championship club is our main focus.

When you look at the 3 players that will be unavailable we have cover and that is not to say we wouldn’t have made some changes regardless of who was unavailable. Ellis Hare-Reid has been superb in training for some time now and he is very much in our sights as our number 1 for next season so there is no question he deserves a chance. Finn Ecrepont is also a young player who will need tested at this level so he may well be involved as well, which is a great thing is he another boy who has came through our Academy. And midfield is an area where we are covered.

If you look at where our club was a few years ago everyone involved in the club, including the supporters, should take a pat on the back for the fact we are now having situations where we have multiple players involved in international squads. It is a great problem to have. Now we have the biggest clubs in our country wanting to give us their young talent as they can see the progress they make while they are here.

Also there is no question that 3pm on Saturday is the most accessible time for our supporters. This is something completely different and I know that many of our fans will want to follow the team down there. Our fans suffered last season due to numerous live TV and rearranged games and hopefully they will enjoy this occasion.”

 

Hospitality offer QofS game

On Saturday (24th August) we face Queen of the South at Somerset Park with a 3.00pm kick off.

We have a special offer for this game only in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.

A ticket costs £35 and that includes the following

Drink of choice on arrival

Choice of bar meal

Watch the match from indoor viewing box

Half time pie and Bovril.

To book please contact Iain Grant on 07462 601049 or email hospitality@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Dundee 1 Ayr Utd 0

Dundee 1 v 0 Ayr United

by AUmedia

United suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Dundee in their first away game of the Championship season. A second half goal from Dundee substitute Andrew Nelson was enough to separate the teams, but Ayr’s performance seemed deserving of at least a draw.

The most disappointing detail was that with both teams playing attractive and entertaining football much of the discussion post-match was about the performance of referee Alan Newlands whose decisions at times had both sets of fans shaking their heads in disbelief. For United manager Ian McCall, who praised his team’s performance, one decision, in particular, caught his eye when Alan Forrest appeared to be blatantly fouled in the box, but the official saw no offence. The incident also resulted in McCall receiving a yellow card as he prematurely celebrated and, in his exuberance, encroached upon the playing surface.

Dundee had the better start to the game and created the first major chance on 9 mins when Paul McGowan won the ball and passed to Kane Hemmings in the box. The striker made space for an attempt on goal, but Jamie Adams blocked and sent the shot over the bar.

As the match progressed, Ayr found their feet and looked set to open the scoring in the 17th min. Michael Moffat beat the defence to slice the ball out to the left where it was picked up by Forrest and only a great reaction save from Dundee keeper Jack Hamilton kept his low, tight-angled shot out and the game level.

It was end-to-end football for the remainder of the first half with both sides looking threatening and challenging for an opener. Neither team managed to find the back of the net though and the score remained goalless at the halftime whistle.

The torrential rain that started during halftime did little harm to the play which remained fast-paced and competitive as the second set of 45 mins got underway.

Ayr created possibly their best chance of the game in the 66th min when Dundee failed to clear, and Forrest raced in to pick up the ball. The winger’s flicked attempt from 15 yards looked to have passed the outrushing Hamilton, but the keeper stuck out a foot to turn the ball narrowly wide.

Only two minutes later, it was United’s turn to save from a rebound when a shot from former Ayr player Declan McDaid bounced off Ross Docherty in the box and fell to the feet of Hemmings who was denied by a remarkable block by keeper Ross Doohan.

The Dee smelled blood and upped the pressure with their efforts finally paying off in the 74th min.

A pinpoint cross from Jordan Marshall was met by substitute Andrew Nelson at the edge of the six-yard box and he deftly headed past Doohan and into the bottom right-hand corner to score what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Ayr didn’t give up and continued to push forward, but Dundee were now in control and looked the stronger side.

The home team got close to doubling their lead on 88 minutes when Nelson delivered a cross to Josh Todd at the left post. His half-volley looked goal-bound, but an outstanding save from Doohan denied Dundee a late goal and kept the score on 1-0 at full time.

Next up, United are at home to Queen of the South on Saturday the 24th.

Dundee

Hamilton, Kerr, McGhee, Ness, Forster, McGowan, McDaid, Johnson, Robertson, Marshall, Hemmings

Substitutes: Ferrie (GK), Meekings, Todd, Byrne, Nelson, Moore, Anderson

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McCowan, Bell, Adams, Murdoch, Docherty, Kelly

Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Kerr, Roscoe, Doolan, McGuffie, Ferguson, McKenzie

 

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance: 5220

Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Dundee vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 10th August 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the first of four trips to the City of Discovery this season where we will face Dundee at Dens Park.

 

The Honest Men started their second season in the Championship with a comprehensive 4-2 win over Greenock Morton last weekend. Goals from Michael Moffat, Luke McCowan and Alan Forrest put United three-up with the Ton’s two second-half goals briefly signalling a comeback before Craig McGuffie concluded the scoring.

 

Opponents: Former Livingston and Hibernian defender James McPake is the man charged with leading Dundee back to the Premiership after their relegation last season. The 35-year-old – forced to retire from playing last year due to a serious knee injury – takes over from Jim McIntyre who was unable to steer the Dark Blues to safety after a five year stint in the top flight.

 

Dundee progressed to last sixteen of the Betfred Cup without conceding a goal in the Group stages. After opening up with a 3-0 over Raith Rovers; McPake’s side were held to goalless draws at Cove Rangers and at home to Peterhead, winning the subsequent penalty shoot-out on both occasions, before edging out Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 in the decisive fixture. They opened up their league campaign at Dunfermline last Friday night, coming back from two goals down to grab a point, both goals coming from the penalty spot.

 

The Dee were given a boost yesterday with the signing of striker Kane Hemmings from Notts County. The former Rangers youth, who shot to prominence with Cowdenbeath, scored 28 goals in 44 games for Dundee in his first spell with the club before moving to Oxford United in 2016 in a deal reportedly worth £250,000. Hemmings supplements attacking options which include former Ayr United winger Declan McDaid and Danny Johnson, signed from Motherwell during the summer. Shaun Byrne, a key figure in Livingston’s promotion to the Premiership, is also a new addition in the centre of midfield.

 

Team News: Aaron Muirhead serves the second game of a two match ban. Craig Moore and Frank Ross remain sidelined with injury.

Ian says: “We were delighted to start the league season with a win and even more so to do it with such a good performance. It was great to have 4 different scorers and there is plenty of confidence around the team. Dundee will expect to be vying for the title this season so we know how difficult a task this is but we are approaching this game the same way we do every game, to go there and win.”

Head to head:
Ayr United wins – 28

Draws – 24

Dundee wins – 59

 

It is over 38 years since United’s last league win at Den Park, a 4-2 win in January 1981. The Honest Men have faced the Dark Blues in Dundee on league duty on 12 occasions since then, drawing 5 times.

 

Last Meeting:

United romped to a well-deserved 3-0 win in the Betfred Cup at Dens Park last season. A Lawrence Shankand double and Michael Moffat strike punctuated an outstanding performance from the Honest Men against their then Premiership opponents, who finished the game with nine men after frustration got the better of second-half substitute Sofien Moussa and midfielder Genseric Kusunga.

 

Team: Doohan, Geggan, Adams, Rose, Harvie, Forrest (McDaid 74), Murdoch, Kerr, Crawford, Shankland (Moore 90), Moffat

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands

Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart

Assistant Referee 2 – Steven Traynor

 

Admission:

Adults – £24

Concessions – £16

Under 18s – £10

Open Day Cancelled

Today we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Open Day which was planned for this Sunday at noon.

We have been monitoring the weather forecast all week and there is too much risk of significant rainfall between now and 3pm on Sunday.

We feel that the fairest decision for everyone involved in the event is to make an early call so plans can be changed for the weekend accordingly.

The Open Day is a big part of our year and we are currently looking at alternative dates and we will release news as soon as any decisions are made.