Doohan Returns

Ross Doohan has tonight penned a new one year deal, on loan from Celtic, for the 2019/20 season.

Manager Ian McCall said :”Obviously this was a deal I knew I wanted to happen from early last season. Ross integrated himself to Ayr United and he was an absolute credit to himself, his family and to Celtic Football Club. He still has improvement in him but considering last season was his first full season as a number one his performances were remarkable for a young goalkeeper. We are delighted to get the deal over the line and Ross will go straight into the squad for tomorrows game.”

Ross played 47 times for the club last season and quickly established himself as a fans favourite. He also came very close to beating the clubs long standing shut out record with 20 over the course of the season. He won every fans Young Player award at the end of season Player of the Year event. Ross goes straight into the squad for tomorrows Betfred Cup opener at Berwick.

Betfred Cup tickets on sale now

Tickets for our Betfred Cup matches at Somerset with Falkirk and Stranraer are on sale now. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (under 21s, students and OAPS) with under 12s going free.

The tickets are now available online by clicking on the link tickets and selecting the specific match you wish.

If you have purchased a season ticket with a reserved seat and wish to have the same seat for the cup games then you have until the 14th of July to purchase. After that time all seats will be available for purchase.

If you are using the same login as you used to purchase your season ticket the cup tickets will be available on your phone and they can be printed out.

Concession tickets have a special alert when being scanned and verification will be required to confirm the concession – ie student ID.

If you are not a season ticket holder you can buy online and choose a seat that is not taken by a season ticket holder or any terracing tickets. Alternatively you can come into the club shop and purchase in store.

When buying an adult ticket online you will then be able to choose the under 12 ticket which is free of charge.

The shop will be open tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) from 10am – 2pm

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.

 

 

Roscoe signs from Aberdeen

Defender Sam Roscoe joins the Honest Men from Aberdeen.

Ian McCall has moved to make his first signing of the summer transfer window by adding Aberdeen defender Sam Roscoe to the Ayr United squad.

Roscoe, who turns 21 on Sunday, has been a mainstay of the Dons development squad and last season gained valuable Championship experience while at loan at Alloa Athletic. Standing at 6ft 5in, Sam made 25 appearances alongside Andy Graham at the heart of the Wasps’ defence as Jim Goodwin’s side defied the odds to avoid relegation.

Manchester-born Roscoe, who joined the Dons from Blackpool in 2016, impressed during his time at the Indodrill Stadium, the left-sided centre-back showing excellent positional play and composure on the ball.

Ian said: “Sam is a left sided centre back who has a serious presence about him. We needed a replacement for Michael Rose and Sam is a different type of player. He has played almost a full season at Championship level and did very well. We have got him on a 2 year contract and are absolutely delighted to get the deal over the line.

Aberdeen have been fantastic to deal with and the process for Aberdeen and Sam must have been made easier when they see how well Lawrence, Michael and Daniel have done.”

Moore & Adams sign new deals

Today Craig Moore and Jamie Adams both signed new deals to January.

Talking about Jamie Adams, manager Ian McCall said “He has just been a huge player for us in my time here. He was unfortunate with injury last season and he had minor surgery recently to sort the issue. He should be running in time for pre season and we are very hopeful that he will be available for the Betfred Cup games. The way he was playing at the start of last season I wouldn’t have swapped him for any centre half in the league.”

And on Craig Moore the manager said “Moorey just needs a bit of good luck. He has had some terrible luck with freak injuries since being at the club. He is a proven goalscorer and has had a tough time being up against Lawrence Shankland for a place in the starting line up. In terms of timescales he had surgery on his leg in the Summer and we look to have him in full training by the end of August and vying for a place by the end of September.”

Safety stewards & volunteers required

Ayr United are looking to recruit more safety stewards for the coming 2019/20 season in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Also as preparations move along for the new season the club would be grateful to anyone who could give up some of their free time to help out with weeding and painting around the ground.

In both instances please email Roy Provan at stadium@ayrunitedfc.co.uk to express an interest.

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 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

Ayr Utd 1 Alloa 1

The last game of the season. Premiership Play-off place assured, one team in the league definitely relegated, the bottom four all fighting to stay up. If ever a team needed the Force with them, then it was today. Visitors Alloa, sitting in the relegation zone, needed a win to stay up and were therefore in no mood to play nice.

With a tranche of players till out injured, McCall still managed to put out a strong team to face his opponents, looking to equal or better the result at Inverness to stay ahead of the Highland team in the league and gain the lucrative second leg home tie next week.

With bright sunshine, a pitch looking in excellent condition and very little wind, this was a perfect day for football, and the fans from both sides were hoping for a tussle of galactic proportions.

Ayr United to the reins early on putting pressure on the Wasps goalmouth, winning a series of corners within the space of three minutes, but on each occasion Alloa were up to the task of defence, crowding and hustling the Ayr players and not allowing a free shot at goal.

It was not all defending duties for the visitors though as Alloa were also getting in to the Ayr box, with Doohan having to make a point blank save from a Zanatta header in the 6th minute as the striker collected a cross from the left side and found himself clear at the near side post. Shortly afterwards, again getting the ball from Sheilds on the right wing, Zanatta found himself in an identical spot and when it looked easier to just slide the ball in to a virtually undefended goal mouth, he blasted the shot and somehow it hit the bar from 5 yards out and spun harmlessly away from the danger zone.

Alloa took a deserved lead on 32 minutes when Conor Shields got on to the end of a pass just outside the Ayr penalty box and getting around Rose, drove the ball low and straight in to the left-hand side of the goal beyond the reach of Doohan. 0-1 Alloa and the visitors were in to the safety zone.

The lead was only to remain intact for four minutes when Shankland got his 34th goal of the season. A fantastic cross in to the box from Cadden fell right at the feet of Shankland at the back and he grabbed the chance and slammed the ball in to the net in front of the home support. 1-1, and with scores at the other games, Ayr were still in fourth place and Alloa were still safe.

Both teams continued to look for the winner that would consolidate their league position, but in truth it was the visitors that looked the sharper of the two teams as Ayr sat back a bit and slowed the game down, perhaps with one eye on their upcoming games against Inverness in the coming week.

The second half was to produce chances for both teams with the Alloa strike force of Shields and Zanatta causing Ayr problems with their pace. Ayr continued to soak up the pressure, looking to strike back on the break.

Honest Man of the Year, Shankland, came off the park on the 70th minute having had a good run out and was replaced by his usual strike partner of Moffat in a like for like replacement. Alan Forrest came on at the same time for Miller as McCall looked to shake things up in attack for the last 20 minutes of the game.

The last 10 minutes of the game seemed to last forever for the visitors as United made things difficult for them,  with Luke McCowan launching a shot towards goal with the precision of a missile strike on the Death Star’s ventilator shaft, only for it to be pushed over the top of the crossbar.

With 91 minutes on the clock, referee Collum had seen enough of the game and the season and blew his whistle to bring both to a close. Alloa were ecstatic at managing to confound the critics and stay in the Championship for another season, while Ayr dropped down a place to fourth with Inverness winning at home by a single goal over Dunfermline Athletic.

However, looking back on the season, United have barnstormed their way through the league, setting a pace early on that would see them top the table for 6 games in succession and never drop any lower than 4th place for the rest. A season that saw them once more struggle with injury that required them to dig deep and grind out a result when they really needed to. Another season of incredible highs, including a 5-0 thumping of Dundee United at Tannadice, and desperate lows when they were knocked out the Scottish Cup by Auchinleck Talbot. But, they finish with a chance at promotion for the second season in a row as they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle over two legs in the coming week, with the first game at Somerset Park on Tuesday night.

Has it been a successful season? On balance, definitely yes.

Ayr United

Doohan, Harvie, Kerr, Rose, Shankland, Docherty, McCowan, Smith, Cadden, Miller, Muirhead

Subs: Hare-Reid, Crawford, Moffat, Forrest, Ecrepont, Thorburn, Hewitt

Alloa Athletic

Parry, Taggart, Dick, Graham, Hetherington, Cawley, Robertson, Trouten, Flannigan, Zanatta, Shields

Subs: Roscoe, Hamilton, Brown, Kirkpatrick, Peggie, Henry, Karadachki

Referee: Willie Collum

Attendance: 1665