Supporter Liaison Officer

Ayr United take great pleasure in confirming the appointment of Jamie Garrett as the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer, known as an SLO.

 

Jamie has been an Ayr supporter for over 50 years and has played a huge part in running the Ayr United Travel Club, ensuring that our supporters travel safely to away matches all over the country.

 

The main aim of the supporter liaison officer role is to build and maintain dialogue between supporters of Ayr United and the club itself.

 

Jamie will work towards developing a comprehensive understanding of all relevant matters affecting the club and its supporters.

 

Over time Jamie will  gather feedback, formally and informally, from supporters and help to identify key issues and opportunities and communicate these to the club.

 

Jamie is already working closely with Roy Provan (Safety & Stadium Manager), and indeed has proved invaluable in helping to sort out some issues already.

 

The SLO role is backed by UEFA and the club feel it is an important role to provide an ear for our supporters at both home and away fixtures.

Jamie can be contacted by emailing slo@ayrunitedfc.co.uk and is also on twitter @Ayrslo

Arbroath 0 Ayr Utd 3

Arbroath 0 v 3 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

United extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five wins in-a-row with a 0-3 victory over Arbroath on Saturday. An exceptional first half performance with a double from Alan Forrest and a strike from Stephen Kelly bagged the Honest Men the maximum three points at Gayfield Park.

Ayr had a strong start to the game and opened the scoring in the 12th min. Mark Kerr intercepted in midfield and headed the ball to Michael Moffat who controlled and sent a short pass on to Luke McCowan. A lovely one-two between him and Alan Forrest allowed McCowan to break forward and flick the ball into the centre of the box for Forrest who superbly turned Josh Campbell and fired the ball into the top right-hand corner.

The home side got close to equalising shortly after on 16 mins. Bobby Linn broke down the left wing and crossed to feet Campbell who directed a first-time shot goalwards, but Sam Roscoe got a foot on it to block and turn the ball over the bar.

In the 20th min, a defensive mistake by Arbroath allowed Ayr to double their advantage. Daniel Harvie took a free kick five yards inside his own half and sent a long ball into the box where defender Ricky Little knocked it into the air before it could reach Forrest. The ball, however, fell straight back to Forrest who slid it under Jason Thomson and into the net from close range. This took the winger’s tally to 6 goals for the season so far.

Only 1 min later, Forrest almost got his hat-trick. Neat play between Forrest and McCowan resulted in the ball being flicked to Moffat at the edge of the box. Moffat nodded into the path of Forrest, and the winger headed the ball over advancing keeper Darren Jamieson but could only watch as the ball scraped past the post and went wide.

Ayr were pressing for another goal and found the back of the net again on 27 mins. Harvie took a freekick just inside the Ayr half short to McCowan who passed it straight back. Harvie then played a long ball up the park which found Moffat in the box. Despite pressure from Little and Thomas O’Brien, Moffat headed back for Stephen Kelly who came rushing into the box. The midfielder wasted no time and spectacularly slammed the ball past Jamieson to make it 0-3 Ayr.

United were in full control and could have added another goal to their tally on 35 mins. Ross Docherty won the ball on the right wing and sent a cross in for Kerr who flicked it on to Forrest at the left edge of the box. Forrest broke forward, beating Thomson and O’Brien on his way, but saw his low drive polish the right post as it went past.

Arbroath got a chance with 6 mins of the half left when a cross came in, but despite pressure from O’Brien, Ross Doohan did well to collect the ball at the bottom right-hand corner and so it remained 0-3 at half time.

The Red Lichties had a more spirited start to the second half and almost clawed one back 3 mins in. A long ball forward was met by Luke Donnelly who sent a short pass on to Michael McKenna. McKenna dribbled himself forward into space and fired a powerful low shot at the goal from 18 yards but Doohan went down to collect it and denied the home.

Despite always keeping the upper hand, Ayr didn’t create the clear-cut chances they had in the first 45 mins. United’s best opportunity in the second half came on 61 mins. Andy Geggan lifted the ball down the right where it was picked up by Jordan Houston, 10 yards out. He crossed it into the box for Forrest whose first-time attempt took a slight deflection off Jason Thomson’s heel and was collected by Jamieson.

United never lost control of the game and didn’t allow Arbroath any serious efforts as they played down the remaining mins. The final whistle blew to seal five wins in-a-row for the first time since 1978 at this level for Ayr and Arbroath’s first home league defeat of the season.

With this result, Ayr remain second in the table, still on equal points with table toppers Dundee United.

The Honest Men return to Somerset Park next Saturday where they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league. United extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five wins in-a-row with a 0-3 victory over Arbroath on Saturday. An exceptional first half performance with a double from Alan Forrest and a strike from Stephen Kelly bagged the Honest Men the maximum three points at Gayfield Park.

Ayr had a strong start to the game and opened the scoring in the 12th min. Mark Kerr intercepted in midfield and headed the ball to Michael Moffat who controlled and sent a short pass on to Luke McCowan. A lovely one-two between him and Alan Forrest allowed McCowan to break forward and flick the ball into the centre of the box for Forrest who superbly turned Josh Campbell and fired the ball into the top right-hand corner.

The home side got close to equalising shortly after on 16 mins. Bobby Linn broke down the left wing and crossed to feet Campbell who directed a first-time shot goalwards, but Sam Roscoe got a foot on it to block and turn the ball over the bar.

In the 20th min, a defensive mistake by Arbroath allowed Ayr to double their advantage. Daniel Harvie took a freekick five yards inside his own half and sent a long ball into the box where defender Ricky Little knocked it into the air before it could reach Forrest. The ball, however, fell straight back to Forrest who slid it under Jason Thomson and into the net from close range. This took the winger’s tally to 6 goals for the season so far.

Only 1 min later, Forrest almost got his hat-trick. Neat play between Forrest and McCowan resulted in the ball being flicked to Moffat at the edge of the box. Moffat nodded into the path of Forrest, and the winger headed the ball over advancing keeper Darren Jamieson but could only watch as the ball scraped past the post and went wide.

Ayr were pressing for another goal and found the back of the net again on 27 mins. Harvie took a freekick just inside the Ayr half short to McCowan who passed it straight back. Harvie then played a long ball up the park which found Moffat in the box. Despite pressure from Little and Thomas O’Brien, Moffat headed back for Stephen Kelly who came rushing into the box. The midfielder wasted no time and spectacularly slammed the ball past Jamieson to make it 0-3 Ayr.

United were in full control and could have added another goal to their tally on 35 mins. Ross Docherty won the ball on the right wing and sent a cross in for Kerr who flicked it on to Forrest at the left edge of the box. Forrest broke forward, beating Thomson and O’Brien on his way, but saw his low drive polish the right post as it went past.

Arbroath got a chance with 6 mins of the half left when a cross came in, but despite pressure from O’Brien, Ross Doohan did well to collect the ball at the bottom right-hand corner and so it remained 0-3 at half time.

The Red Lichties had a more spirited start to the second half and almost clawed one back 3 mins in. A long ball forward was met by Luke Donnelly who sent a short pass on to Michael McKenna. McKenna dribbled himself forward into space and fired a powerful low shot at the goal from 18 yards but Doohan went down to collect it and denied the home.

Despite always keeping the upper hand, Ayr didn’t create the clear-cut chances they had in the first 45 mins. United’s best opportunity in the second half came on 61 mins. Andy Geggan lifted the ball down the right where it was picked up by Jordan Houston, 10 yards out. He crossed it into the box for Forrest whose first-time attempt took a slight deflection off Jason Thomson’s heel and was collected by Jamieson.

United never lost control of the game and didn’t allow Arbroath any serious efforts as they played down the remaining mins. The final whistle blew to seal five wins in-a-row for the first time since 1978 at this level for Ayr and Arbroath’s first home league defeat of the season.

With this result, Ayr remain second in the table, still on equal points with table toppers Dundee United.

The Honest Men return to Somerset Park next Saturday where they face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the league.

 

Arbroath

Jamieson, Thomson, Hamilton, Little, O’Brien, Whatley, Campbell, McKenna, Donnelly, Murphy, Linn Substitutes: Gaston (GK), Doris, Kader, Spence, Wilson, Stirling, Virtanen

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Roscoe, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McCowan, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Doolan, Moore, Houston, Ecrepont, McKenzie

 

Referee: Grant Irvine

Attendance: 1105

Board statement

As announced yesterday, Sandy Stewart has agreed to take on the role of Manager on an interim basis during the recruitment process to appoint a new manager. Mark Kerr will assist him and a coach will be added in the next day or so.

Applications for the position of Manager will be accepted from now up until October 11th with interviews planned for the following week and an announcement of a new management team by October 21.

Please submit any applications to info@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Ian McCall statement

Departing manager Ian McCall left the club this morning with the following message :”I want to thank chairman Lachlan Cameron for the faith he showed in me when giving me the chance to manage this club several years ago.

I also want to thank everyone at Ayr United for all the hard work that goes in behind the scenes and for ensuring it is a well run family club.

Finally I need to thank the supporters, I hugely appreciate the fact you took me to your hearts and gave us some incredible backing during my time at the club, especially away from home. I wish the club all the very best in the future. “

Alloa 1 Ayr Utd 4

Alloa Athletic 1 v 4 Ayr United

by AUmedia

 

High-flying United recorded their fourth consecutive Championship win with a 1-4 victory over Alloa Athletic on Saturday. The Honest Men got all the work done in the first half with an early penalty scored by Alan Forrest followed by goals from Sam Roscoe, Luke McCowan and another from Forrest. Alloa clawed one back through Kevin O’Hara in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to take points from Ayr at the Indodrill Stadium.

Ayr opened the scoring early on when they were awarded a penalty on 10 mins. Luke McCowan flicked the ball forward for Michael Moffat in the box, but as he flicked the ball past outrushing keeper Jamie MacDonald, he was brought to the ground. Referee David Lowe pointed to the spot and Alan Forrest stepped up to take the spot-kick. He made no mistake and slotted the ball past MacDonald and into the bottom left-hand corner to give United the lead.

Only three mins later, Ayr went two goals up. Stephen Kelly delivered a corner from the left which keeper MacDonald misjudged and allowed to go over his head. Sam Roscoe

moved in behind and rose unchallenged to head the ball into the back of the net.

Ayr dominated with pacey, high-intensity football and another great chance came their way in the 18th min. McCowan intercepted in his own half and broke forward. He played a short pass to Kelly whose curled ball was met by Moffat who had sprinted down the right-wing. The striker made his way into the box and had only MacDonald left to beat, but his shot was straight at the keeper leaving the score at 0-2.

It only took another min for Ayr to add a third to their tally though. Andy Geggan won the ball in the Ayr half and flicked on to Mark Kerr who sent a long ball forward to McCowan. Despite pressure from the Alloa defence, McCowan controlled it and curled it out to Moffat on the right. Moffat cut in and sent a short pass back to McCowan who turned near the penalty spot and drilled the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.

United were now in full control and could have scored again on 22 mins. Great build-up play between Forrest and Daniel Harvie resulted in the ball being flicked to Moffat who continued his run down the right but saw his attempt collected by MacDonald at the left post.

Alloa created their only clear-cut chance of the first half on 28 mins when Kevin O’Hara broke forward then sent a long ball down the left. It was picked up by Liam Dick who drove a tight angled low pass from near the goal line into the box for Kevin Cawley. Unfortunately for Alloa, the diminutive midfielder’s first touch shot from seven yards went inches past the right post leaving the hosts goalless for the moment.

It was, however, United who found the back of the net again next. On 31 mins, Ross Docherty picked up a poor clearance header from Robbie Deas and lifted a great ball forward into the box where Forrest came racing in from the left and headed home from eight yards.

It was all Ayr for the remainder of the first half and Alloa must have been relieved that the scoreline remained at only 0-4 at half time.

Alloa manager Peter Grant made two changes to his team, bringing on Jon Robertson and Adam Brown for Robbie Deas and Liam Buchanan. The substitutions showed immediate effect as the start to the second half was more balanced with the Wasps getting back into the game.

Neither side created clear-cut chances from open play in the opening 15 mins and the only goal scoring opportunities came from set-pieces. The first came for Ayr on 49 mins. Alan Forrest was tackled late by Steven Hetherington giving United a free kick 12 yards out on the left. Kelly stepped up to take it, but his shot cracked off the crossbar and went out. It was a similar story for Alloa in the 60th min when Iain Flannigan curled a free-kick from the edge of the box over the bar.

Only a min later though, the home side finally got their goal. A free-kick inside the Alloa half was taken short and ended up with Scott Taggart who lifted a cross-field pass out to Robertson on the right. The substitute broke down the wing and crossed into the box from 16 yards. At close range, O’Hara got a touch onto the ball and turned it past Ross Doohan and into the net.

The hosts almost clawed another one back on 68 mins. Andy Graham won a header in his own half and the ball was picked up by Brown who, under pressure from Muirhead, flicked on to O’Hara. O’Hara dribbled out to the right and created space for himself to cut back in, but his stinging shot from 20 yards was kept out of the net by great goalkeeping from Doohan at the bottom left-hand corner.

Alloa were pressing to get something out of the game, but United seemed comfortable and the clock ticked down to the final whistle and a 1-4 win for Ayr.

This result sees Ayr remain second in the league, still on equal points with table toppers Dundee United but the goal difference is now reduced to just one.

United are on the road again next weekend as they make the trip to Arbroath in the Championship.

 

Alloa Athletic

MacDonald, Dick, Graham, Hetherington, Deas, Cawley, Buchanan, Flannigan, Thomson, Taggart, O’Hara Substitutes: Henry (GK), Brown, Robertson, O’Donnell, Gillespie, Gilhooly

 

Ayr United

Doohan, Muirhead, Harvie, Kerr, Roscoe, Geggan, Moffat, Forrest, McCowan, Docherty, Kelly Substitutes: Hare-Reid (GK), Doolan, Houston, McKenzie

 

Referee: David Lowe

Attendance: 902

Club Statement

Statement from the Board of Ayr United Football Club.

Ian McCall has informed the club of his decision to accept the position of manager with Partick Thistle Football Club. We are currently in discussions with Partick Thistle to agree compensation details.

Sandy Stewart has agreed to take over the first team manager’s role in the interim and he will be assisted by Mark Kerr.

We would like to thank Ian for the progress he has helped Ayr United make on the road to becoming an established Championship club with the ambition to progress to the highest levels of the Scottish game.

The club is disappointed to be losing Ian and had indicated our desire for him to remain with Ayr United. We wish Ian well for the future.

The board of directors is determined to build on the progress made over the past five seasons and the club will issue more information during the week.

Information for Tomorrow’s game

Competition: Ladbrokes Championship

Fixture:

Alloa Athletic vs Ayr United

Saturday 21st September 2019

Indodrill Stadium, Alloa – Kick-off 3.00pm

Admission for Ayr United Supporters:

Turnstiles are located in Hilton Road, at the side of & behind KFC

Adults: £18

Senior Citizens (over 65): £10

Juveniles (U16s): £4

Supporters Buses / Car Parking

Supporters buses should park in Morrisons Car Park. Buses can drop off supporters at Hilton Road (KFC) and then proceed to Morrisons. After the match they can return for pick-up.

Car parking is available in Morrisons and town centre car parks. There is no charge.

Disabled Supporters:

There is a communal disabled area under the main stand, which offers cover from the inclement weather.

Advise for Away Supporters entering the stadium:

Alloa Athletic have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the stadium, especially in relation to pyro’s & controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators may also be subject to search. Any supporter who refuses to be searched will not be permitted to enter the stadium. No supporter will be admitted to the stadium who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

P.A. Announcers on Match Days

Ayr United are looking for anyone that would be interested in being a P.A. announcer on Match Days.

The aim is to have two or three persons who are capable of carrying out these duties on a volunteer basis.

In the first instance, please email stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk to express an interest.

Thank you,

Roy Provan

Safety and Stadium Manager

Alloa Match Preview

Match Preview

Alloa Athletic vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship

Saturday 21st September 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United head to Alloa for the first of  two away games in which the Honest Men will look to cement their place at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. A dominant performance and three points at home to Dundee United last weekend saw United draw level with the Tangerines with 12 points from five games.

Opponents: Alloa Athletic have started the season with four points from their opening five Championship games under new manager Peter Grant. After wins over Stirling Albion and Arbroath in the group stage of the League Cup, the Wasps picked up their first win of the league campaign three weeks ago at Queen of the South, following this up with a win at Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup. Last week, however, they were edged out 2-1 away to Dundee, a result that leaves them in eight place in the table, two points ahead of the Pars and Partick Thistle.

New faces amongst the Wasps’ squad this season have primarily been in forward areas with former Ayr United striker Liam Buchanan, Robert Thomson (ex-Brechin City, Dumbarton and Morton) and Kevin O’Hara all joining in the summer, while more recently goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald has moved on an emergency transfer from Kilmarnock following injury to regular number 1 Neil Parry, who was a stand-out performer for the Wasps last season.

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries. Finn Ecrepont is away on Scotland duty.

Ian says: “Anyone expecting us to go there and win is completely wrong. We’re Ayr United and don’t have a divine right to be winning any game in this league. Saturday at Alloa is three points just the same as the Dundee United game and we’ll approach it exactly the same.”

Head to head: 

Ayr United wins – 61

Draws – 27

Alloa Athletic wins – 31

The Honest Men have recorded 26 league wins at Recreation Park in 55 matches against Alloa Athletic.

Last Match: The Honest Men were unbeaten against the Wasps last season, winning three and drawing one. The most recent meeting between the clubs was a 1-1 draw at Somerset Park on the final weekend of last season, a result which secured Alloa’s Championship status.

Ayr won both meetings at the Indodrill Stadium, 3-1 in February and 2-0 in September and also recorded a 3-0 win at Somerset Park in October. Lawrence Shankland scored six of our nine goals against the Wasps last season.

Match Officials:

Referee – David Lowe

Assistant Referee 1 – Calum Spence

Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McAlpine

Admission:

Adults – £18

Senior Citizens (over 65) – £10

Juvenile (u16s) – £4

Dundee Utd match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 14th September 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, the top two clubs in the Championship go head-to-head when unbeaten Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park in the league’s match of the day.

 

Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie and Stephen Kelly return from international duty to bolster an Ayr United team that was unlucky to lose out to Wrexham on penalties in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup last weekend; Doohan and Harvie having starred for Scotland U21s in their win in Croatia on Tuesday night.

 

Ian McCall’s side will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record this season but will face stiff opposition in Robbie Neilson’s Tangerines, who have netted 14 goals in their four league games so far.

 

Opponents: Dundee United’s last league game saw them sweep away neighbours Dundee 6-2 at home. A Calum Butcher double plus goals from Louis Appere and Lawrence Shankland from the penalty spot gave the Terrors a 4-1 lead at the break, with Ian Harkes and Cammy Smith completing the rout in the second-half.

 

Like Ayr, Dundee United exited the Challenge Cup last weekend, losing out on penalties to Arbroath. Robbie Neilson took the opportunity to rotate his squad but they were unable to find a way past a stubborn Arbroath rearguard at Tannadice.

 

All the attention is likely to be on Lawrence Shankland on his return to Somerset Park. The striker, who turned 24 last month, has scored 10 goals in his nine appearances for his new club this season, including four against Inverness on the opening day of the league campaign. Liam Smith also makes to return to his former club, while the club added defender Troy Brown to their squad this week with regular stopper Mark Connolly facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines through injury.

 

Team News: Craig Moore, Jamie Adams, Frank Ross, Craig McGuffie, Steven Bell and Andy Murdoch are out with injuries.

Ian says: “This was always at the back of the mind before the league games with Queen of the South and Partick, we really wanted to win both of those games and have a big top of the table clash here. Dundee United are a huge club with an excellent squad and they have started very well but this is Somerset Park, we have started well here in the league and we look to win every game here. We need a big home crowd and hopefully they treat it like the big game it is and get right behind us from the first whistle, exactly like what happened in Wrexham.”

Head to head (League):

Ayr United wins – 30

Draws – 15

Dundee United wins – 29

 

Dundee United have scored only one goal in their last six visits to Somerset Park, stretching back to March 1999.

 

Last Match:

Steven Bell’s 24th minute opener at Tannadice in April made it nine unanswered goals for the Honest Men against Dundee United last season, but second-half strikes from Pavol Safranko and Paul McMullan gave Robbie Neilson’s side their only win over Ayr.

 

Earlier in the season, Ayr recorded 2-0 (Shankland and McDaid) and 1-0 (Moore) wins at Somerset Park in October and January and stunned the Terrors with a 5-0 win at Tannadice in November, a match that saw Lawrence Shankland score four goals.

 

The Honest Men’s three league victories over Dundee United last season were their first since 1977.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Bobby Madden

Assistant Referee 1 – Jordan Stokoe

Assistant Referee 2 – Michael McCart

 

Admission:

Adults – £18

Concessions (OAPs, students and 18-21) – £12

Under 18s – £6