5 Star Lottery Winners – Wk 52

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Livingston tickets on sale now.

Tickets are on sale now for our Betfred cup match at Livingston through our club shop. The tie takes place on Tuesday 16th July, at the Tony Macaroni Arena with a 7.45pm kick off.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for concessions (under 18, student, registered disabled and OAPs) and if you have bought an adult ticket you are entitled to under 12 ticket which is free of charge.

Registered disabled supporters can have a carer accompany them free of charge.

 

5 star lottery winners wk 51

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS

 

WEEK NUMBER 51      25/06/19

 

 

£1000 B0924 W Steel Girvan
       
MONDAY    
£50 B3035 N Lothian Maidens
£10 F0322 G McAllister Ayr
£10 A0544 A Atkinson Prestwick
£10 H2644 Mrs McNeil Mossblown
       
TUESDAY    
£50 C2824 P Payne Prestwick
£10 F1115 R Stevenson 19th Hole, Ayr
£10 A0713 G Charlton Ayr
£10 D3241 J Rowan Minishant
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WEDNESDAY    
£50 B3122 M Begg Logan
£10 C3245 E Marshall-Colville Ayr
£10 A2521 A Hannah Maybole
£10 E3931 A McGill 8 Ball, Ayr
       
THURSDAY    
£50 A3011 F Young East Kilbride
£10 C2245 C Steele Ayr
£10 F1422 C Rowan Ayr
£10 A0234 H Little Ayr
       
FRIDAY    
£10 B2445 Mr Thompson Mossblown
£10 B2333 M Burns Kirkoswald
£10 A2912 J Greenwood Ayr
       

 

 

Don’t miss any more chances to win,

 

To join the Lottery please call the office on 01292 263435 (option 1)

 

You can go online at www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Board Statement

A message from the Board of Ayr United Football and Athletic Club

There has been significant speculation over the financial performance of Ayr United over the course of season 2018/19 and the position of the club going into season 2019/20. As a board of directors, we wish to offer some clarity on these matters without breaching commercial confidentiality or providing information to the benefit of our competitors.

Firstly, the club is ambitious and wishes to compete at the highest level we can in the SPFL. We believe we have shown that with the decision to return to full-time status in the league title winning season 2017/18. We have had a very successful season past where the team was challenging at the top of the table throughput the course of the season and reached the promotion play-offs.

However, that ambition must be tempered by the legal requirement we have as directors to ensure that the club can function as a going concern. Above all else, we must be able to pay our staff’s wages, suppliers and other obligations and this will always determine the level of budget we are able to provide across all areas of the club.

The audited accounts have not yet been produced for season 2018/19 so any points raised in this statement are based on estimates.

Employment

  • 38 full-time staff across all departments
  • Over 80 people earn all or part of their income working for Ayr United
  • No directors are paid anything from the club
  • We estimate that just under 70% of our turnover goes on wages including taxes and pension contributions
  • A successful season like that just past, means that significant bonus payments are paid, funded by that success.

Additional Expenditure

In the region of £200k on exceptional items including:

  • Stadium fabric repairs
  • Project Brave to the AUFA
  • Legal fees
  • Plant and equipment (e.g. new tractor)
  • Kit van and fit out
  • Payment of debts (not directors’ loans)
  • Medical support extended and medical procedures through the season

Players signed after the start of the season or contracts extended beyond 6 months

As the season progressed, we released additional funds to strengthen the playing squad beyond the initial budget. This was provided based on the team’s success in the League Cup and on encouraging home attendances in the first half of the season.

Income for the past season

For clarity, income and profit are different numbers, for example if we had an income of £50,000 from the shop, we would have to pay suppliers for the goods and pay the shop staff’s wages before we know what the profit is. This profit then goes towards the other running cost of the club including players wages and other costs. The same applies to other income streams.

  • We had decent season ticket sales and pay at the gate sales in the first half of the season.
  • Fixture congestion and midweek matches saw a significant drop off between the two halves of the season in gate receipts.
  • Hospitality, retail and commercial were all strong income streams, these were insourced in season 2017/18 and significantly increased our turnover yielding a reasonable profit compared to the income from outsourcing of these functions. This decision saw hospitality and retail income move from around 8% of turnover to around 21% of turnover.
  • Prize money from the Championship, League Cup and Scottish Cup were significant income streams.
  • The AU500 Fund and AU Development Society contributed significant amounts approaching 6 figures
  • In addition to this, individual directors made substantial donations in the past season.
  • Significant VAT payments are made on applicable elements of this income.

Other expenditure

As with all businesses, we have significant costs to pay in the running of the club over and above the wages and salaries of our staff including:

  • Rates & Water
  • Insurance
  • Electricity
  • Vehicle costs
  • Fuel
  • Telecoms
  • Stationery, printing & postage
  • Bookkeeping & payroll
  • Auditor

Competing in the Championship is more expensive than competing in League 1. Our initial estimates suggest that we had an increase in turnover (not profit) of around 24% for season 2018/19 compared to season 2017/18. This was consumed by the increase in wages and running costs and in the exceptional items mentioned above.

Volunteers and Donations

The input from volunteers in working around the ground, offices and shops is an invaluable and intrinsic part of the club and we’re always keen to see more supporters get involved.

The donations and efforts of the members of the AU500 Fund over the past three years have been a game changer for the club’s playing budget and we are very grateful to them and hope that the membership and donations continue to grow.

Similarly, the long-standing contributions from the Ayr United Development Society members (the administrators of the Ayr United Five Star Lottery) have supported the club financially in numerous projects around the club and of course we are also very grateful to them.

 

The season ahead

For the season ahead, we as a board have budgeted based on a break-even budget without the requirement for support from the directors. As individuals, we have made significant donations over the past few seasons, but this is not something we would include in the initial budget nor can it be relied on every season.

We will always do what we can to maximise the playing budget and we work closely with the manager to provide the strongest playing squad we can afford. In the Championship, we are competing with teams with a range of turnovers, some of whom will have lower and others will have perhaps two or three times our turnover.

We hope, as we are sure all our supporters do that, we can continue to increase our turnover in the coming years through increasing attendances which can drive increases in the playing budget. That will take time, but we remain optimistic that the club can continue to grow.

We would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers, sponsors and everyone else who has backed us over the last season.

Queens Park friendly

Queens Park have asked us to remind supporters that the friendly match on 2nd July is strictly closed door and no supporters will be admitted. Please do not travel to avoid any disappointment on the night.

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.