Tonights game has just passed an 11.30 pitch inspection and will go ahead as planned with a 7.45pm kick off.
Can supporters travelling by car, please note that Somerset gardens is resident parking only therefore they should not park in there on match day, as this causes problems for the residents.
There is plenty of parking nearby which can be utilised.
Safety and Stadium Manager
Ayr United Football Club
The Ayr United ‘Honest Men and Bonie Lasses’ Burns Supper is due to take this Friday in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite.
We are still requiring a number of ticket sales to ensure this event can go ahead and what a night it promises to be.
We have assembled a fantastic cast for the night which sees former Scotland manager Craig Brown giving his unique take on the immortal memory.
The immortal Memory will be given by the former Scotland manager Craig Brown who guided Scotland to Euro 96 and France 98.
Ian Macpherson MBE will deliver the Toast to the Lassies. Ian has spoken about Burns all over the world and is a Past President of the world largest Burns Club, the Bridgeton.
Yvonne Waring, a very talented actress who has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe for the last 15 years consecutively, will provide the Reply to Ian’s Toast.
There will also be a recitation from lifelong Ayr United fan Bill Boyd who is a National Trust for Scotland tour guide in Alloway and a very knowledgeable Burnsian.
Music and song will be provided by the professionally trained singer and native of Arran, Frances Coyle and experienced Scots performer George Ferguson.
Seasoned after dinner speaker and Burns performer Graham Hill will MC the event and will be reciting Tam O’Shanter.
This event should be one of the highlights of our calendar and we need your support to ensure it goes ahead. Tickets are £35 and available from our club shop or contact 01292 263435 ext3
Ayr United vs. Dundee United
Friday 25th January 2019. Kick-off 7.45pm
Tonight, Friday, Ayr United look to return to form and put last Saturday’s cup shock behind them when Dundee United are the visitors to Somerset Park.
Three draws followed by three defeats mean the Honest Men are without a win in six matches since beating Dundee United at the end of November, however, we remain in touch with Ross County at the top the Championship and a win would see us go back to the top of the table ahead of the Staggies’ game at home to Alloa Athletic.
The visitors have their own incentive to take all three points in front of the BT Sports cameras: a win will see them usurp Ian McCall’s side in second place.
The Opposition: Dundee United come into tonight’s game on the back-to-back victories; a 1-0 home win against Dunfermline in the Championship and a comfortable 4-0 win at Montrose in the Scottish Cup last weekend. Previously, Robbie Neilson’s side had just one win in five league games. That run saw 1-1 draws at Morton and Inverness and a 2-1 win over 10-man Falkirk – in which Aaron Muirhead scored a late penalty for the Bairns – bookended by Ayr’s stunning win at Tannadice eight weeks ago and defeat at the hands of Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park in their final match of 2019.
Saturday saw four new faces in the Dundee United squad, with experienced midfielder Morgaro Gomis, Aiden Nesbitt and former Aberdeen forward Cammy Smith starting; while American midfielder Ian Harkes – son of former USA international John – came off the bench to score the Tangerines’ fourth goal in the final minute.
Ayr United – DDDLL
Dundee United – DWLDW
Team News: Andy Geggan, Alan Forrest, Jamie Adams, Lawrence Shankland and Mark Kerr are all out with injuries.
Ian says: “We have worked extremely hard this week with the huge focus being getting three points tonight and getting back to the top of the league. Obviously we are going through a sticky patch recently but we know we are better than that and can’t wait to get back out there. It is going to be tough, Dundee United have added to their squad and are in good form so we need to get back to our best. And what better time to do that, under the lights on live television at Somerset Park.”
Head to Head (League):
Ayr United wins – 29
Draws – 15
Dundee United wins – 28
Ayr United are undefeated in 8 of 36 league matches against Dundee United at Somerset Park.
Last Match: Dundee United are yet breach Ross Doohan’s goal in the two matches between the sides this season. Lawrence Shankland and Declan McDaid goals ensured the Tangerines left Somerset Park emptyhanded at the start of October, while Shankland netted four at Tannadice at the end of November in a stunning 5-0 win for the Honest Men. Michael Moffat was also on the scoresheet.
On this day: The Honest Men have a 56.26 win percentage on Burns Night. The last fixture to be played on this date was at Stenhousemuir in 2014, in which Alan Forrest cancelled out now-Dundee United forward Paul McMullan’s goal in a 1-1 draw.
Referee – Don Robertson
Assistant Referee 1 – Graeme Stewart
Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney
Fourth Official – Barry Cook
Adults – £17
Concession (OAPs, students and 18-21 year olds) – £11
Under 18s – £6
Ayr United are delighted to be supporting South Ayrshire Foodbank once again.
At Friday night’s game we will be collecting non-perishable food items such as tinned vegetables, tinned meals (stew/curry), UHT milk and diluting juice
Crates will be at each turnstile and at the Club Shop
Please donate what you can to help such a worthy cause.
For more information visit https://southayrshire.foodbank.org.uk
United sign Muirhead
Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of defender Aaron Muirhead on a deal until the end of next season. Manager Ian McCall has moved to strengthen his defensive options after Falkirk made their club captain available.
The 28 year-old from Dumfries was briefly part of the Ayr United Football Academy U19s as a youngster before joining Annan Athletic, where he made his senior debut in 2009. After three seasons and 100 appearances for the Galabankies in the Third Division, Partick Thistle handed Muirhead the opportunity of full-time football, a chance he grabbed with both hands, making 29 league appearances in the Firhill club’s First Division title winning season, 2012/13.
After a further 18 months playing in the SPL with Thistle, Muirhead moved to join Falkirk in January 2015, at the same time as Mark Kerr. The pair were part of the Bairns side that recorded back-to-back second place finishes in the Championship.
As well as being a uncompromising defender, Muirhead is a deadly penalty taker and has an unenviable record from the spot.
McCall said: “With Michael leaving at the end of the season we had to ensure we added someone in that area and Aaron can play centre back and cover at right back or in the centre of midfield. He was an ever present in the Thistle team that won the league and when Falkirk were challenging at the top for several seasons. Falkirk have had a tough 18 months and he just needs a fresh start. Again he is exactly the type of boy I want in our squad and he will be a real asset.”
Aaron goes straight into the squad for Friday night’s fixture at home to Dundee United.
Guff and Fergie go out on loan.
Craig McGuffie and David Ferguson have today completed loan moves to League 1 clubs for the rest of the season.
Midfielder McGuffie has joined Raith Rovers and will look to help the Kirkcaldy club clinch promotion to the Championship, twelve months on after narrowly being edged out by the Honest Men on the final day of last season.
Ferguson, who recently signed a new 18 month deal at Somerset Park, meanwhile joins Jim Duffy’s Dumbarton. The Sons sit just three points off the foot of the League 1 table.
Ian McCall said: “The next part of the season is absolutely crucial for us but as a manager you can’t take your eye off trying to evolve the club. David and Craig need game time in pressurised situations. They are still both very young but both have serious attributes to succeed. They are both going to two managers that I know well and that will help them. The key is to have them back at the end of the season fighting to get in our first team next season.”
Best of luck to both players.
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Once again the vast majority of Ayr United supporters have been let down by a minority after a smoke device was thrown onto the pitch on Saturday.
These actions will place the club under investigation, as also happened after the Beith game.
As a result we are working with Police Scotland and East Ayrshire council CCTV to try and identify the person concerned.
If you have any information please contact Roy Provan, safety and stadium manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auchinleck Talbot vs. Ayr United
William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 19th January 2019. Kick-off 12.15pm
On Saturday, Ayr United make the short journey east to face Junior behemoths Auchinleck Talbot for a much anticipated Ayrshire derby in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
The Honest Men go into the televised tie on the back of two defeats and five games without a win, in stark contrast to Talbot who have won their last eight games and are undefeated in 13, stretching back to the start of October.
The Opposition: Twelve-times winners of the Scottish Junior Cup, including last year, Auchinleck are competing in the senior Scottish Cup for the seventh time this season. They have fared well against SPFL clubs on the four previous occasions they have come up against league opposition, including a controversial narrow defeat to Hearts at Tynecastle in January 2012 where a last-minute goal by Gordon Pope was incorrectly ruled out for offside, denying Talbot a replay.
Pope is one of six former Ayr United players currently in Beechwood Park side’s squad, with Willie Lyle, Craig McCracken, David Waite, Gareth Armstrong and Mark Shankland also amongst Tommy Sloan’s ranks. Striker Graham Wilson is Talbot’s top goalscorer this season with 22 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.
Road to Round Four: Auchinleck Talbot have already played six matches in the William Hill Scottish Cup this season, including away trips to Wick, Cove Rangers and Fraserburgh. Their first match in the competition was a 3-1 win over Banks O’Dee at Beechwood Park, which they followed up with a 10-0 win over Wigton & Bladnoch before narrowly overcoming the three Highland League teams, requiring a replay to defeat Cove.
The Honest Men have already face opposition from the Ayrshire Juniors this season, eventually defeating West Super League champions Beith Juniors in the previous round.
Team News: Alan Forrest, Jamie Adams and Mark Kerr are out with injuries. Everyone else is fit and available.
Ian says: “It will be a great occasion, Talbot have a great history and with the capacity crowd and live TV cameras there it will be electric. We were in Auchinleck last night and you can tell the anticipation levels are huge. It is a huge game for us as well though and we absolutely want to make sure we are in that draw for the last 16.”
Referee – Euan Anderson
Assistant Referee 1 – Frank Connor
Assistant Referee 2 – Craig Ferguson
Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson
Ayr United fans are asked enter and exit from the Main Street Gates 6 & 7 and will occupy the north end of the Main Street Terracing from the segregation point, the Bank End and the East Terracing up to the stand. Stand ticket holders will be seated in the north side of the stand.
Disabled access will be available at the social club gates.
Buses can drop off in Main Street, and leave the town if they wish, as long as they are back for pick up in the Main Street in good time for the game finishing. If they staying in Auchinleck, they should park at High house industrial estate on Barony Road.Entry to the ground for Ayr support is via gates 6 and 7 which are accessed from Main Street.
Searching is a condition of entry, aimed mainly at pyrotechnics and alcohol.
It is strongly advised that fans arrive in plenty time, as queues will build at the two turnstiles. The game is strictly ticket only, no person will be admitted without one. the kick off time is 12.15pm and turnstiles will open at 11am.
CODE OF CONDUCT
ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE GROUND ARE ADMITTED SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT THEY MAY BE RQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO A SEARCH TO PREVENT DANGEROUS ARTICLES BEING BROUGHT INTO THE GROUND WHICH MAY BE USED TO CAUSE INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY
NO PYROTECHNICS PERMITTED.
- STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE GROUND, ALSO PERSONS WHO ARE INTOXICATED BY ANY MEANS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ADMISSION TO THE MATCH.
- SUPPORTERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FIELD OF PLAY AT ANY TIME, ANYONE FOUND TO BE DOING SO WILL BE BANNED FROM FUTURE MATCHES
- THREATENING BEHAVIOUR, RACIST, SECTARIAN OR DISCRIMINATORY ABUSE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AND WILL NOT BE TOLLERATED BY THE CLUB
Club captain Ross Docherty and David Ferguson have both signed new 18 month deals keeping them at the club to the end of the 2019/20 season.
Manager Ian McCall said “Doc has been very unfortunate with injuries and has had to work very hard to get himself back fit. He is an important player for us and we are delighted to see him back out there. He will be also be very important for us moving forward.
David has impressed us all in training and we think he has a real future. Everyone needs to remember how young he still is. He hasn’t had the game time he would like but he is always ready to step in and never lets us down.”
Tel: +44 (0) 1292 263435
Fax:+44 (0) 1292 281314
Ayr United Football Club, Somerset Park Tryfield Place, Ayr, KA8 9NB