Doolan is an Honest Man

Ayr United have strengthened their attacking options with the signing of experienced striker Kris Doolan on a one year deal.

 Ian McCall has moved to snap up the 32 year-old – 10 years after signing the player from Auchinleck Talbot when manager of Partick Thistle. Doolan went on to make 401 appearances during a decade at Firhill, scoring 121 goals including 54 during a five year stint in the Scottish Premiership.

 Revered by Thistle supporters, Doolan was inducted into the Maryhill club’s Hall of Fame in March 2019 during his testimonial season but was informed by Gary Caldwell he was free to find a new club at the end of last season.

Ian said :”With Lawrence leaving I wanted to ensure at least one of our new signings in the forward areas was a proven goalscorer, and Kris is certainly that at a high level. I have been chasing this deal for 6 weeks and there were many clubs after him, big clubs in our league, so we are absolutely delighted that he has chosen to come here. He is extremely fit, and after the way he left Thistle he is very hungry to succeed. Kris is a great boy, he is exactly the type we want here and will fit in perfectly.”

A full interview with AU Media will be released later today.

Volunteer weekend 28-30th June

Somerset Volunteer Work Weekend Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June

 As we prepare for the new season in the Championship, we’re looking for volunteers to help get the stadium into shape. In particular we need  help with weeding, clearing and painting split over 6 half days.

 Friday 28th June:        09:00 – 13:00 and 13:00 – 17:00

Saturday 29th June:    09:00 -13:00 and 13:00 – 17:00

Sunday 30th June:      09:00 – 13:00 and 13:00 – 17:00

 If you’re able to help, please contact Mark Pettigrew by email at pettigrm@aol.com letting us know which half day session, or sessions you can help with.

 We’ll confirm which sessions were running with when we know how many volunteers we have.

Hospitality 2019/20

Now that the fixtures have been released for the new season we are already taking bookings for hospitality. Last season saw fantastic numbers through the doors of the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite so if you are looking to book then we would advise doing so in plenty of time.

Prices, once again, will remain exactly the same at £65 per person and season ticket holders receive a £10 discount and must show the season ticket on the day. Match day packages are for 2 people and upwards.

Match Sponsorship (£650 + VAT for 10 people) is a great way to entertain business clients or celebrate special occasions and gives you the opportunity to choose and present the Man of the Match with champagne.

Ball Sponsorship (£400 + VAT for 6 people) ensures that you walk away with a signed ball from the 2019/20 playing squad.

If you would like to book or receive further information please contact our Hospitality manager Iain Grant by phone on 07462 601049 or 01292 263076, or by emailing hospitality@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Fixtures 2019/20

1 Saturday 03/08/2019 3:00 PM Morton H
2 Saturday 10/08/2019 3:00 PM Dundee A
3 Saturday 24/08/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South H
4 Saturday 31/08/2019 3:00 PM Partick Thistle A
5 Saturday 14/09/2019 3:00 PM Dundee United H
6 Saturday 21/09/2019 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic A
7 Saturday 28/09/2019 3:00 PM Arbroath A
8 Saturday 05/10/2019 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle H
9 Saturday 19/10/2019 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic A
10 Saturday 26/10/2019 3:00 PM Dundee H
11 Tuesday 29/10/2019 7:45 PM Morton A
12 Saturday 02/11/2019 3:00 PM Partick Thistle H
13 Saturday 09/11/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South A
14 Saturday 16/11/2019 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic H
15 Saturday 30/11/2019 3:00 PM Arbroath H
16 Saturday 07/12/2019 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle A
17 Saturday 14/12/2019 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic H
18 Saturday 21/12/2019 3:00 PM Dundee United A
19 Saturday 28/12/2019 3:00 PM Queen of the South H
20 Saturday 04/01/2020 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic A
21 Saturday 11/01/2020 3:00 PM Dundee A
22 Saturday 25/01/2020 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle H
23 Saturday 01/02/2020 3:00 PM Partick Thistle A
24 Saturday 15/02/2020 3:00 PM Morton H
25 Saturday 22/02/2020 3:00 PM Arbroath A
26 Saturday 29/02/2020 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic A
27 Tuesday 03/03/2020 7:45 PM Dundee United H
28 Saturday 07/03/2020 3:00 PM Dundee H
29 Saturday 14/03/2020 3:00 PM Queen of the South A
30 Saturday 21/03/2020 3:00 PM Partick Thistle H
31 Saturday 28/03/2020 3:00 PM Inverness Caledonian Thistle A
32 Saturday 04/04/2020 3:00 PM Dunfermline Athletic H
33 Saturday 11/04/2020 3:00 PM Alloa Athletic H
34 Saturday 18/04/2020 3:00 PM Morton A
35 Saturday 25/04/2020 3:00 PM Arbroath H
36 Saturday 02/05/2020 3:00 PM Dundee United A
(All fixtures subject to change)

Season Tickets on sale now

We are delighted to confirm that our season tickets for 2019/20 are now on sale. This will be our first year with Total Tickets which will now make the process of watching Ayr United easier than ever before.

We now have gate scanning technology which means you will never be handing over cash at the turnstile and whether you have a season ticket or single match ticket you can use your phone to gain access.

This will also improve the situation for cup games as season ticket holders will now have the option to reserve their own seats.

To buy a season ticket click on the Tickets link on our website.

When buying a season ticket you will receive a confirmation email which will explain that your season ticket will now be available on your phone and you will also be able to pick up a season ticket card from the club shop.

If you are looking for a season ticket for the terracing then simply select the terracing option and the type of season ticket you are looking for.

To have a season ticket in the stand you are now able to choose the specific seats that you would like. Click on ‘Pick your seat’ and then choose the area you would like – Family Stand, East Stand or Main stand and choose from the available seats. We will then put your names on the back of your seats for you.

If you already have a seat in the stand reserved then for the next two weeks we will keep your seat for you however you cannot order online – to order please come into the club shop or call 01292 263435 ext 5 during opening hours.

If you would like to buy a ticket for a cup match at Somerset the game will automatically load onto your season ticket and you will not require a separate ticket. Our first two cup matches will be available on the site within the next week. 

Supporters club memberships have been increased to £25 for this season and due to the demand we only have 200 available on a first come first served basis. You will still receive a separate card for these which will require to be scanned on the door of the hospitality suite.

On a matchday tickets will be sold at a designated area next to the club shop – a ticket must be purchased before entering the ground. Alternatively you will be able to purchase single match tickets online. 

If you have any questions please don’t  hesitate to contact us at the club shop on 01292 263435 ext 5. 

Weekly shop opening hours

Monday 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Thursday 2pm – 7pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

This Tuesday (18th June) we will also be open from 11am – 4pm.

 

 

Shirt & Shorts draw 2019

Ayr United are holding their annual Shirt/Shorts and Auction night on Friday 19th July. The popular event will be held in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite and begin at 7.00pm. Manager Ian McCall will be in attendance and will hold a Q and A with attendees.

The event gives businesses, organisations, groups of fans or individuals a unique and relatively inexpensive opportunity to advertise on the back of the Ayr United team shirts and on the shorts for the 2019/20 season for just £150 for one entry or £250 for two entries.

Last years winner, Stewart Hay chose to donate his prize to The Breastfeeding Network and Alzheimers Scotland.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”As always this is an integral part of our year and this year it is more important than ever. We exceeded expectations on the pitch last year and with that came a large amount of exposure from the written press, radio and especially on Live TV. This gives even more value for money for our winners. It should be a great night with the manager taking questions to kick it all off.”

All entrants can bring a guest along for the event which includes a complimentary buffet and a welcome drink. All entrants will also receive their name/company name featured in every matchday programme and on our website.

The prize list is as follows.

1st Prize – Back of team shirt advertising, Home and away strip.

2nd Prize – Front of team shorts advertising, Home and away strip.

3rd Prize – Match Hospitality for 6

4th Prize – Boardroom guests of directors for 4

5th Prize – Framed Ayr United shirt 2019/20

As always one of the highlights of the evening is the fantastic auction and this year’s will be no different with some outstanding items on offer.

You can download the application form by clicking  here or contact Graeme Miller, our commercial manager, on 01292 263435 ext 3 or email commercial@ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Crawford moves on

Today Robbie Crawford confirmed to the club that he will be moving on at the end of his contract. Robbie joined our football academy in 2008 and has been at the club ever since.

Manager Ian McCall said “Robbie came through the Ayr United Football Academy and has played well over 200 first team games. We are extremely sorry to see him go and it has been a very tough decision for him. He had several clubs to pick from and it was no surprise there was so much interest in him. He is a terrific boy and I firmly believe he is nowhere near the level he can get to yet albeit he has been excellent for us.”

Everyone at Ayr United thanks Robbie for his efforts whilst at Somerset Park and wishes him all the best for the future.

New ticket system & pricing

Fans of Ayr United can now look forward to a much more advanced, simpler and effective way of purchasing tickets for matches.

We have entered into a new partnership with Total Tickets Ltd who also provide the full ticketing solutions for Ayr Racecourse.

This will allow supporters to buy tickets online ahead of all matches at Somerset Park.

Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they will show on arrival at the ground.

The turnstile operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground.

Those who arrive at the ground and wish to pay will go to a designated ticket sales area and receive a ticket when they pay the entrance fee. This will then be scanned at the turnstile to receive entrance to the ground.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

The system comes with unique benefits such as being able to purchase and send a ticket to a friend. It will also be much easier if we are faced with a big cup game – season ticket holders will as always have first option for tickets but will now be able to choose their own seats.

Season tickets will now be in the form of a small plastic card, similar to a credit card which will have your name on the back. These can then easily be renewed at the touch of a button.

This system has also been put in place to enable the club to stay in better contact with supporters. With email addresses on this new system we will be able to keep our supporters up to date with all the goings on at Somerset Park.

We expect our new system to be live within the next four weeks and we will keep you fully informed of our going live date. At this point we will go into further detail about how to use the system.

We would like to thank everyone who bought a season ticket for the past season (s) and also everyone who paid at the gate during the season. Your support is completely invaluable to us and it was great to see the vastly increased numbers, in the first half of the season.

We have reviewed our pricing for the 2019/20 season and have decided that if we want to continue to compete in the Championship we have to bring our pricing up closer to the other, established teams in the league. This means we will have a slight increase on most options however the price will stay the same for under 18s and Panda Pals.

SEASON TICKETS 2019/20

ADULT – £26O

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £160

UNDER 18 – £55

PANDA PALS (UNDER 12S) – £20

GATE PRICES 2019/20

ADULT – £18

CONCESSION (18-21, STUDENT, OAP) – £12

UNDER 18 – £6

Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Premiership play-off quarter-final, 2nd leg
Saturday 11th May 2019. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle needing to overcome a two-goal deficit to keep our Premiership dreams alive. In a week of high profile European comebacks it is still all to play for but after losing the first-leg 3-1 on Tuesday, the first goal of the game could be vital. Ian McCall’s side will travel north today (Friday) and the Honest Men have a good record away from home in play-off football, losing just one of eight games on the road at this stage of the season.  

Opponents:Only Falkirk won fewer home games (5) than Inverness in the Championship this term, with John Robertson’s men performing better on the road than at the Caledonian Stadium. On eight occasions, Caley were held to a draw, including United’s first trip to the Highland capital at the start of August. However, the scale of the Honest Men’s task is illustrated by the fact that have Caley been beaten by two or more goals at home just once this season, by Dundee United last month.


Team News: Steven Bell, Jamie Adams, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Ian says: “Of course we would have liked the score to be different from the first leg but it is what it is and we know what we have to do. We have had some excellent away results and performances this season so this tie is far from over. We will have a big noisy support and if we get the first goal then it is very much game on.”

Head to head (at the Caledonian Stadium):
Ayr United wins – 1

Draws – 7

Inverness wins – 8

United’s only win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Inverness came in January 2003, Stewart Kean scoring the solitary goal of the game in the 3rd minute of the Division 1 encounter.

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven McLean

Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor

Assistant Referee 2 – Kylie Cockburn

Fourth Official – Barry Cook

Admission –

Adult: £12

Concession (Over 65, 16-25, Junior (12-15) ): £6

Under 12s: FREE *

   *With an accompanying ticket holding adult or concession. 

Inverness ticket information

On Saturday we travel to Inverness for the second leg of our Premiership Play Off quarter final. The match kicks off at 3pm.

Inverness have a ticketing system which will allow our supporters to purchase tickets for the away end. You can even buy these on the supporters bus on the way up – this means avoiding queues on the day. The tickets will then be available on your phone or if you prefer you can print off at home.

Tickets for the match are as follows

Adult: £12

Concession (Over 65, 16-25, Junior (12-15) ): £6

Under 12s: FREE *

   *With an accompanying ticket holding adult or concession. 

If you would like to buy a ticket in advance please click here