Season Ticket Update

Covid-19 has proved to be one of the biggest challenges in the lifetime of not only Ayr United Football Club, but in most of our supporters lives post World War II. Economically and emotionally it has done damage in almost every part of the globe. It has brought out the best in people as well as the worst. Ayr United have attempted to do the right thing by our supporters and Scottish Football in general during this crisis. Everyone in football has a connection from the supporters to the players, management, backroom staff, administration, all other employees  and the Board etc.

 

Football couldn’t happen in its current form without all of those pieces which is why we have tried to do right by all of them. We managed to top up wages and salaries where we could with help from the furlough scheme.  We also extended the contracts of players when we were unsure of who would stay and when we would return. We did that because we felt it was the right thing to do and it would also help cement our reputation among those that play for us as well as those that have played with us previously that we are a club with integrity.  A club that will do anything in their power to support anyone associated with them. We have proved that over the past 15 years and I’m proud of the reputation we have among all former players currently playing in our leagues.  I’m convinced it is why we are having the success that we have had with our younger players over the past few years and why I think we will continue to have that success.

 

We also try to take care of our supporters. We don’t have money for all the upgrades that we would like to do to the ground and we recognize that there are areas that need attention.  However, we have been systematically improving various areas of Somerset every year for over 10 years and we will continue to do so. We will also continue to try and make the whole match day experience a positive and give all supporters value for their money.

 

Because our season ticket holders were shorted 4 games, we felt it appropriate to offer refunds for those games not played.  Amazingly, less than 20 supporters took us up on the offer and the money that was saved helped us to pay for a lot of the items previously mentioned. Without that display of support from our season ticket holders, the club would be in a lot more serious situation than we are currently.  That gesture from our season ticket holders allowed Mark Kerr to sign the players he has so far and we look forward to more exciting signing news in the next few weeks. So, I would like to thank all of our supporters for their efforts through this trying time with all of the initiatives and sales in the shop etc, but especially to our season ticket supporters.  You are the backbone of this club and your efforts will not be forgotten.

 

That being said, it is now time for the new season and season ticket income is a huge part of our planning.  With a reduction in season ticket prices and less home games, it is going to be even tougher than normal. We have already had a number of fans contact us and offer to pay the usual season ticket prices and for that reason we will have a Donation button on the front page of our website. We cannot express our gratitude enough to all our season ticket holders, never has your input been more crucial. And to those who are able to give that wee bit extra, never will it have made more of a difference.

 

I don’t know what the future holds for our leagues or for Ayr United specifically, but as an optimist, I can only say that whatever happens, we will get through it and with the support from our fans and anyone associated with the club we will come out on top.

Lachlan.

Season Ticket Prices 2020/21

Adult (21 & over) – £230

Concession (Over 65, Student, 18-21yrs) – £140

Child (Under 18) – £45

Panda Pal (Under 12) – £15

Match Ticket Prices 2020/21

Adult – £20

Concession – £14

Under 18s – £7

Full details of how to purchase will be published at the beginning of this coming week.

Patrick Reading signs for United

Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of Patrick Reading on a two year deal subject to Scottish FA registration procedures.

Patrick is a highly rated left back who is a member of the Scotland under 21 squad. He joined Middlesbrough as a 13 year old before signing a professional contract in April 2017.

Since then Patrick has been in superb form for the under 23 side and signed for Stevenage in January.

Manager Mark Kerr said :” I think Patrick is the kind of player that our fans have really taken to in recent years. Someone like Michael Rose and Daniel Harvie who chose to move and try and get first team football. Patrick is strong and has really energy and pace down the left hand side. He moved to Stevenage in January however with everything that has happened with Covid19 we had an opportunity to get him to Scotland and are absolutely delighted to get the deal done. Some top names in football speak extremely highly of him and of course he has played with some of last seasons squad at under 21 level.”

Hummel 2020/21 away kit revealed

We are delighted to reveal our bespoke Hummel away kit for the 2020/21 season.

Gary Bright, Head of Teamsport Uk & Ireland said “The design process for the new Ayr United away jersey took place over several months. After discussions with the Club and Football 1st, it was a unanimous wish to bring the supporters something a bit special.

We took inspiration from historic Ayr United colours and used these in conjunction with an updated iconic Hummel design.

Little additions such as the hem sign off and back neck design add the finishing touches to a jersey that all of us at Hummel are extremely proud of.”

Expected delivery of the new away kit is in August and when we have the exact dates we will make it available for pre order in July.

For the release of our kit we teamed up with Stonewaller Magazine which is a new magazine focusing on showcasing Scottish football from a different angle. For more photos from the shoot check out all our social media channels. You can follow the magazine on twitter @stonewaller_mag

 

Player of the Year 2020

Our Player of the Year Awards 2020 were due to be held on Saturday April 25th at Arthur St Kitchen.

Due to Covid19 this event is unable to take place.

The current situation is hugely challenging for everyone ; our supporters, our sponsors, local business, and our football club. It leaves us in an extremely difficult predicament and we need our supporter’s help now more than ever.

The financial implications to our football club of the current shut-down cannot be overstated.

Not only will we not have any income from home games for the foreseeable future, but we have had to cancel one of our main fundraising events of the season as well.

Commercial Manager Graeme Miller said :”We have a great need to raise funds due to this unprecedented situation however we wanted to come up with a way that would not just benefit ourselves, but also one of our sponsors and would be a unique opportunity for our fans to support the club.

Obviously our Player of the Year event can no longer take place however we are still going to sell tickets for it. For every ticket sold we will give a donation to Arthur St Kitchen, one of our main sponsors who are also being badly affected by the cancellation.

Buying a ticket also gives you a vote for your Player of the Year 2019/20 and Young Player of the Year 2019/20. When the votes are collated we will then buy all our trophies from Reid’s Trophies, another big supporter of the club, and when possible present them to the players.

Finally every person that buys a ticket will receive one of these limited edition T Shirts.

These will never be for sale in the shop and only those buying a ticket will receive one.

When buying a ticket please use the box provided to give your vote for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year and also the size of the T shirt you would like. Also you are able to purchase multiple tickets and if you choose to do so please note the different sizes of T shirts you would like.”

We will keep this open to the end of April and we will order T Shirts on a weekly basis. Any help you can give us at this time would be hugely appreciated. To buy a ticket for the event please click here

Players eligible for Young Player of the Year are Ross Doohan, Daniel Harvie, Sam Roscoe, Luke McCowan, Jordan Houston, Stephen Kelly, Aaron Drinan and Connor Malley.

We would like to place our thanks to anyone able to help us in this difficult time. Further ways of supporting the club will be announced in the near future.

Thank you.

Dundee match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Dundee

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 7th March 2020. Kick-off 3pm

Tonight (Tuesday), Ayr United and Dundee go head-to-head again at Dens Park following Saturday’s goalless draw at Somerset Park. A point for both clubs at the weekend closed the gap to second placed Inverness, who lost at Alloa. Caley are also in action this evening, hosting Queen of the South as the race for the play-offs continues.

 

Team News: Andy Murdoch, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Mark says: “We have a lot of positives to take out of the last 3 games, of course we would have liked to pick up 3 points in our home matches but it Is difficult to fault the players. Tonight will be another big test and we are looking forward to a big pitch with a good surface. It is another game we are really looking forward to.”

League Form:

Ayr United: DLWDD

Dundee: DWWDD

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 28

Draws – 25

Dundee wins – 61

 

Our last league win over Dundee at Dens Park was back in January 1981.

 

Previous Meeting: Prior to Saturday’s 0-0 draw, Dundee had come out on top in both meetings between the sides this season. It was 1-0 at Dens Park in August, Andrew Nelson grabbing the winner in the 74th minute while Dundee were 2-1 winners at Somerset Park in Mark Kerr’s first game in charge. Luke McCowan countered early strikes from Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan but the Honest Men were unable to find an equaliser.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – John Beaton

Assistant Referee 1 – Graham McNeillie

Assistant Referee 2 – Jonathan Bell

 

Admission:

Adult – £24

Concessions – £16

U18s – £10

Arbroath match preview

Match Preview
Arbroath vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 22nd February 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make a long-awaited return to Championship action with an away trip to Arbroath. The Honest Men’s 1-1 draw at Firhill three weeks ago was our previous league outing prior to a narrow Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of St. Johnstone and last weekend’s postponement.

 

Both Ayr and Arbroath could have the opportunity to go second in the league table – if Inverness Caledonian Thistle are defeated by Dundee United in tonight’s (Friday) fixture at Tannadice. For Mark Kerr’s men the game kicks off a busy schedule of seven games in three weeks.

Opponents: Dick Campbell’s side are enjoying an impressive season in the Championship after succeeding the Honest Men as League 1 champions last year. The Angus club occupy the final promotion play-off spot, albeit both fifth placed Dundee and Dunfermline have a game in hand.

 

The Red Lichties have won their last three Championship games although sandwiched between wins at home to Partick Thistle and away to leaders Dundee United was a Scottish Cup replay reverse at the hands of Falkirk. Last weekend saw Arbroath defeat Queen of the South 2-0 at Gayfield.

 

January signings Craig Wighton, on loan from Hearts, and Dale Hilson have made an immediate impact with Scotland U21 striker Wighton netting the winning goals against Thistle and Dundee United and ex-Forfar frontman Hilson scoring against former club Queen of the South on Saturday. Nineteen-year-old Logan Chalmers, added on loan from Dundee United, further strengthens Arbroath’s attacking options.

 

Team News: Craig Moore, Andy Geggan, Andy Murdoch and Ross Docherty are out with injuries. Aaron Muirhead misses out through suspension.

Mark says: “It was disappointing to have the game called off last week so we had the boys in and trained on Saturday and training has been at a really high quality all week, everyone is desperate to get back out there. We now have a really busy period of games however players will always say they prefer games to training so they are looking forward to it. It gives us an opportunity to use the squad and with a couple of good results early we could really build up the momentum.”

League Form:

Ayr United: LLWWD

Arbroath: LLWWW

 

Head to head (at Gayfield):

Ayr United wins – 21

Draws – 16

Arbroath wins – 15

 

United are unbeaten on their last six visits to Gayfield (four wins and a draw).

Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the sides.

 

Previous Meeting: United Midfielder Stephen Kelly has netted in both meetings between the sides this season. In September, his 27th minute strike rounded off a 3-0 win for the Honest Men at Gayfield after Alan Forrest’s quickfire double. In December, his wind assisted corner opened the scoring at Somerset Park but Michael McKenna’s penalty levelled the scores in difficult conditions.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Steven Kirkland

Assistant Referee 1 – Kylie Cockburn

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Admission:

£18 – Adults

£10 – Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer)

£20 – Adult and Child Gate

Connor Malley signs

Mark Kerr has made a deadline day move by signing highly rated Middlesbrough midfielder Connor Malley to the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

Mark said :”Connor is one of Middlesbrough’s top prospects and is very close to breaking into their first team. I have been down to see him several times and he is a very exciting attacking midfielder. He travels well with the ball, goes by players and is a goal threat. Now this gives us really good depth in the middle of the park and I am delighted to get this over the line”

Partick match preview

Match Preview
Partick Thistle vs. Ayr United

Ladbrokes Championship
Friday 31st January 2020. Kick-off 7.05pm

Tonight (Friday), Ayr United have the opportunity to go second in the Championship table when they take on botton-of-the-league Partick Thistle in Glasgow. The Honest Men travel to Firhill on the back of three consecutive 1-0 victories, most recently at home to Inverness. It is set to be a busy day for player-manager Mark Kerr, who will also be looking to further strengthen his squad ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Opponents: Partick Thistle slumped to the foot of the table on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at Arbroath. Brian Graham scored a 90th minute goal on his Partick Thistle debut but first-half strikes from McKenna and Wighton condemned the Jags to their third consecutive defeat after losses to Celtic in the Scottish Cup and a 4-1 reverse at the hand of leaders Dundee United last time out in the league.

Ian McCall has been busy in the transfer market this month with no fewer than 15 players either leaving or joining Thistle in recent weeks. High profile departures include Sean McGinty, Gary Harkins and Kenny Miller. Darian McKinnon – once on loan at Somerset Park – has been brought in from Hamilton Accies to stiffen up the Jags midfield, Zak Rudden joins Brian Graham in providing striking options while Darren Brownlie will hope to help out a defence that is yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season.

 

Team News:. Andy Murdoch, Craig Moore and Andy Geggan are out with injuries.

Mark says: :”There is no doubt we are playing with confidence just now, that comes naturally when you win games and keep clean sheets. However just because it has been three 1-0 wins doesn’t mean we have stopped playing football, far from it. The boys are really looking forward to the game tonight, of course there is an extra wee edge to it but our focus all week has been on ourselves. Training has been top class and it always helps getting some new faces in to add competition. It is a big game and hopefully we have a really big away support making a lot of noise!”

Championship Form:

Ayr United: WLLWW

Partick Thistle: LWDLL

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 50

Draws – 30

Partick Thistle wins – 57

 

United have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides since the start of last season and four-in-a-row at Firhill.

 

Previous Meeting:

Ayr ran out 4-1 winners on Ian McCall’s return to Somerset Park in November. Craig Moore and Michael Moffat had Ayr two in front after 20 minutes, with Moore again and Alan Forrest on the scoresheet in the second-half before Joe Cardle’s late consolation.

 

The Honest Men were also winners at Firhill earlier in the season. United twice came from behind to run out 3-2 winners in a game that saw Thistle end with 9 men.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Euan Anderson

Assistant Referee 1 – Andrew McWilliam

Assistant Referee 2 – Kevin McElhinney

Fourth Official – Lloyd Wilson

 

Admission:

Adult – £20

Concessions (Over 65 & Students) – £15

U16’s – £5

 

Away fans will be housed in the north end of the Jackie Husband Stand entering the stadium via turnstiles 40 and 41 only.

 

There is a cash gate for Ayr United supporters and a card payment option will be available at the Jackie Husband Stand ticket booth.

 

Aaron Drinan signs

Ipswich Town striker signs on loan

 

Mark Kerr has moved to make his first signing of the January transfer window, adding 21-year-old striker Aaron Drinan on loan from Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy signed the Irishman from Waterford in January 2018, after the frontman impressed the former Republic of Ireland manager during Waterford’s 2017 League of Ireland First Division title win. Aaron signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the East Anglian club which runs until the summer of 2021.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”We have been tracking Aaron for some time now and were delighted to be able to get him up to train with us. He really impressed us at training and fitted in with the rest of the team straight away. He is a different striker to what we have got already, he has good height and will be able to stretch the game for us. He has already had a couple of loans and played for Ireland under 21s so we are getting him at the right time. Aaron is hungry to succeed and we are thrilled to have got him.

While yet to make his senior debut for the Tractor Boys under new manager Paul Lambert, Aaron has gained first team experience from loan spells at National League side Sutton United, in the League of Ireland and, most recently, the Swedish second tier, in addition to gaining seven Under 21 caps.

Last year he returned to Waterford on loan ahead of the 2019 SSE Airtricity Premier League season, scoring seven times in 18 appearances before heading back to Ipswich at the end of June. Two months later, he made the switch to GAIS in Sweden’s second tier. Aaron played eight games for the Gothenburg-based side up until the end of the Swedish season in November.

Aaron joins the Honest Men until the end of the season.

 

Scottish Cup Ticket Information

Scottish Cup 4th Round – Season 2019/20

Ayr United vs Ross County

For the upcoming fixture in the Scottish Cup against Ross County, the prices are as follows:

Adult – £18

Concessions – £12 (Over 65’s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)

U18’s – £6

Please note: Season Tickets & Half-Season Tickets are NOT valid for this match.

To avoid queues on Match Day it is strongly advised to purchase your tickets online before arriving 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.

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

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

Click below to purchase tickets:

Home Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/packages/221/e/78

Away Fans – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/RCaway