David Smith is new Owner & Chairman

Ayr United are delighted to announce that the Club have a new Chairman and Owner. David Smith, the current Vice Chairman has agreed a deal with Lachlan Cameron which sees him take the helm with immediate effect.

 

David is currently the Managing Director and Majority Shareholder of Ashleigh Building and has been a lifelong Ayr supporter. He is a family man living in Ayr, happily married to Lesley with three children, Gavin, Rowan and Charlie.

 

Lachlan became Managing Director in 2005 and has been Chairman of the Club since 2008 and has presided over 3 play-off victories against Airdrie, Brechin and Stranraer. Most importantly though was bringing the first trophy to Somerset Park in 30 years with the League  One title being won on a dramatic day in April 2018.

 

Ayr United are in a much better place now, on and off the field, compared to when Lachlan took over and the Club owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lachlan, and his family.

 

Incoming Chairman David said :”It is a huge honour to be the Owner of the Club I have supported my entire life. Since joining the Board I have been heavily involved and this seems like a natural step. I would like to thank Lachlan not only for everything that him and his family have done for Ayr United but also for how seamless he made the negotiations. Lachlan has written off a huge amount in loans to the Club and we are now in a really good place to move forward.”

 

To watch the interview with new Chairman David Smith on Black and White TV click here

Elgin match postponed

Due to a frozen pitch today’s Scottish cup tie at Elgin has been postponed. The game will now take place on Tuesday night with a 7.45pm kick off. This means our Championship fixture with Alloa will be rescheduled

Corrie Ndaba signs

Mark Kerr has made his first move during the January transfer window by bringing in highly rated 21 year old Ipswich Town defender Corrie Ndaba.

Mark said :”I have been down and watched Corrie live and also we have watched plenty of footage of him. We also got excellent feedback from the staff at Ipswich and every report on him is very positive. With the games coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season we need to make sure we have good defensive options. Corrie is a big, strong, athletic defender who is quick and good on the ball.”

Corrie started his career with Cherry Orchard in Dublin where Ipswich signed him from in 2016 and is under contract with them until 2022. He enjoyed a good pre season during August and impressed in friendlies against Tottenham and West Ham. Corrie has started several games for Ipswich this season and has received praise from manager Paul Lambert. He has signed on loan to the end of the season.

HonestMen Picks launches free to enter game

Win a cash prize every match this season with the new Honest Men Picks Free-to-Play app.

 

AYR UNITED FC are pleased to announce the launch of the new HONEST MEN PICKS app, giving fans access to a FREE to enter game with a cash prize for every match this season.

 

The AYR UNITED FC app allows supporters to compete on a peer-vs-peer level to predict the outcome of events during the match: Number of goals, assists, shots on goal, corners and more. Fans simply answer a handful of questions about the match for a chance to win a share of a cash prize-pool every match this season.

 

The fun and exciting new app for AYR UNITED fans displays a live leaderboard during the game, with the top points scorers scooping a cash prize.

 

Low6 Co-Founder and COO, Jamie Mitchell added: HONEST MEN PICKS will give fans the chance to pick the outcomes for every AYR UNITED match, such as most corners, shots on target, first goal scorers and more. Fans will be pitting their wits not against the bookie but rather other fans, with the objective to top the live leaderboard and win cash prizes. The technology is evolving all of the time and so fans can expect new features and promotions in the future too.”

 

HONEST MEN PICKS is available to fans as a result of a new club partnership with the sports technology company, Low6 who have developed the HONEST MEN PICKS for AYR UNITED FC. 

 

Low6 Co-Founder and CEO, Wayne Stevenson said: “Low6 are thrilled to be working with AYR UNITED FC. This is another exciting partnership for us as we continue to give more sports fans access to our fun games with cash prize-pools.”

 

Josh Turk, Chief Marketing Officer of Low6, said: “Low6 is seeing exponential growth with clubs and sports franchises globally, due to the fan-friendly nature of ‘pickem’ games. No odds to worry about, just make your picks based on your knowledge and off you go. Small stakes, high returns”

 

The HONEST MEN PICK app is available in the Apple App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android.

 

AYR UNITED FC COMMERCIAL MANAGER, Graeme Miller said: “This partnership with Low6 to develop HONEST MEN PICKS is very exciting for our fans. The app will add an extra fun element to a matchday and to have the cash prizes available without an entry fee is just amazing.”

 

 

Download the app now from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

 

 

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Inverness match preview

Match Preview
Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs. Ayr United

SPFL Championship
Saturday 24th October 2020. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United make the long journey north to take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their second Championship fixture of the season.

Mark Kerr’s men opened the campaign with a narrow win over Queen of the South at Somerset Park last Saturday; Michael Miller benefiting from the dangerous set-piece delivery of former-Inverness man Joe Chalmers to net twice against the Doonhamers, ensuring the Honest Men kicked off with a league win for the fourth consecutive season.

United head north boosted by the additions of forwards Cammy Smith and Innes Cameron.

 

Opposition: After taking two points from their opening two Betfred Cup games, Inverness started their league campaign with a defeat at the hands of Dunfermline last weekend. Despite taking a second minute lead through Bulgarian forward Nikolay Todorov, the Pars responded with three goals to send John Robertson’s side home empty-handed.

Robertson was without a number of first-teamers for the trip to Fife, with Lewis Toshney, David Carson, Kai Kennedy, Aaron Doran, Shane Sutherland and Miles Storey all unavailable. There was further injury woe for Caley Thistle when goalscorer Todorov was forced off after 20 minutes following a collision.

While important players in the shape of Shaun Rooney, Carl Tremarco, Charlie Trafford and Jordan White – a regular thorn in United’s side during his time at Inverness – departed the Caledonian Stadium in the summer, Robbie Deas (Celtic), Danny Devine (Dunfermline Athletic), Wallace Duffy (St. Johnstone) have all joined to bolster the defensive line for a club that will again be looking to finish in the play-off positions.

 

Team News: Cammy Smith and Innes Cameron are added to the squad. Tom Walsh misses out through injury. Luke McCowan is suspended.


Mark says: “We have watched the Dunfermline Inverness game from last weekend and Inverness were in control for most of the match but lost goals at crucial times. They are very good at stretching the game and we know from recent seasons that it is always a very hard place to go. We go there with confidence. We have had a good weeks training with a week between matches and also a couple of new faces into the squad.”

 

Head to head:

Ayr United wins – 8

Draws – 12

Inverness wins – 18

The Honest Men have just one win in 18 matches at the Caledonian Stadium. That win came in January 2003 and since then it has been five draws and four defeats under the shadow of the Kessock Bridge.

Previous Meeting: United’s victory over Caley Thistle last time out ended a eight-match streak without a win over the Highlanders. Stephen Kelly’s 61st minute goal was enough to give Mark Kerr’s men all three points at Somerset Park in January. Inverness won both the two earlier encounters last season 2-0.

 

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Muir

Assistant Referee 1 – John McCrossan

Assistant Referee 2 – George King

 

Streaming:

Saturday’s game can be streamed on the SPFL’s Match Centre website. Register for an account and buy the match for £10 at: https://matchcentre.spfl.co.uk/subscribe 

AUFC are on Monopoly!

THE AYR MONOPOLY ‘BIG REVEAL’  ..

.. and WE are in the game !

 

Look: WE get to star on the brand new MONOPOLY game for Ayr!

 

The much-anticipated board hits the shops this morning at 10am (Tuesday 20th October 2020).

 

And the ‘Big Reveal’ of the game sees:

 

  • Ayr United Football Club feature on our very own MONOPOLY space! We get to appear on a Pink (Pall Mall) square from the classic game’s original.

 

  • Culzean Castle named on the highest ranking piece of MONOPOLY prime estate, Mayfair.

 

  • Other landmarks that get to star on the board include the Wallace Tower, Ayr Town Hall, Ayr Racecourse (on Park Lane – the board’s second highest ranking position), Greenan Castle, The Grain Exchange, Belleisle Park, St. John’s Tower, The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the football club – and loads more Ayr crown jewels.

 

  • The four train stations from the original board take on a ‘travel’ theme.

 

  • And several charities ‘Pass GO’ too – including the Dunaskin Doon Band, which dates back to the 19th century and a little older than even MONOPOLY itself!

 

 

A delighted Councillor Siobhian Brown, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council , says of the new board:

 

 

“It’s fantastic that so many of Ayr’s famous landmarks are featuring in this special version of MONOPOLY.

 

 

“We have a wealth of history, culture and entertainment in and around Ayr – and I’m sure the game will encourage visitors in the future.”

 

The board has been produced by Winning Moves UK, under official license from the MONOPOLY brand, owned by Hasbro.

 

George Shrimpton, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, says:

 

“The game features the great and good of Ayr.. it’s crown jewels and many world famous landmarks. There is a full set dedicated to Robert Burns landmarks and we feel the game is a Love Letter to Ayr.

 

“It is also, perhaps, the perfect limited lockdown gift and must-have for Christmas.”

 

The new edition is now available at stores across Ayr including WHSmith, Waterstones and The Works – as well as very widely available online, including on Amazon.

Bruce is an Honest Man

Mark Kerr has moved to strengthen his attacking options on the eve of the 2020/21 campaign with the signing of striker Bruce Anderson on loan from Aberdeen until the end of the season.

The Manager said: “We are delighted to get this over the line. Bruce is someone we have been very keen on for some time now. He is a proper goalscorer and gets himself into great areas. Derek McInnes rates him very highly and considers him a natural finisher. Bruce has pace, energy and has been really involved in the Aberdeen first team for a couple of years now.”

Anderson, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last month, made his first team debut for the Dons in August 2018 against Rangers, scoring a 92nd minute equaliser to earn a point for his boyhood team. After 16 further appearances for Aberdeen that year, including a goal at Rugby Park in a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock, Bruce headed out on loan to Dunfermline in January 2019 where he scored five goals in 14 games for the Pars in the Championship.

The Banff-born forward, who also enjoyed a spell on loan at Elgin before forcing his way into the first team at Pittodrie, has added a further 20 Premiership, cup and European appearances to his name during last season’s truncated campaign and at the start of this season and moves to Somerset Park in search of regular starts.

United add Finnish keeper

Ayr United are delighted to announce the signing of Viljami Sinisalo on loan from Aston Villa subject to international clearance. The 18 year old, 6 foot 2 goalkeeper has signed a deal to the end of the season.

Viljami is the starting goalkeeper for Villa under 23s and is also a regular for Finland Under 19s.

Manager Mark Kerr said :”Villa consider Viljami one of the best of his age, anywhere in Europe. He is extremely highly rated and has been training with the Villa first team for the last year. We have had him up to have a look at him and he has shown us the level of his potential and our goalkeeping coach has been hugely impressed by him.”

Thanks Alasdair & Karen!

The week the Club received a donation of £3659.64 from diehard supporter Alasdair Malcolm.

During lockdown Alasdair and his daughter Karen came up with an idea of branded face masks to keep supporters safe.

Our fans purchased nearly 1000 masks which led to the amazing donation.

Masks were sourced from a supplier down south and Alasdair and Karen set about hand delivering hundreds to local supporters.

Everyone at Ayr United would like to thank both Alasdair and Karen for their efforts, it is greatly appreciated during these tough times.

Chalmers is an Honest Man

Joe Chalmers is United’s latest summer signing

Ayr United have further strengthened their midfield options ahead of the new campaign with the signing of Joe Chalmers from Ross County on a 2 year deal. The 26 year-old, who has also played a number of games at left-back during his career, follows former Inverness teammate
Tom Walsh in making the switch from the Highlands to Somerset Park this summer.

Manager Mark Kerr said: “I am delighted to get this deal over the line as Joe is someone I have tried to get on more than one occasion. He is a good age and has great experience in the Championship, as well as playing in the Premiership. Joe has a great left foot and will be a big asset from set pieces. He is calm and composed on the ball and also adds good height to the team.”

Glasgow-born Joe began his career with Celtic, joining the Hoops as a 10-year old and going on to make his senior debut in August 2012 as a second-half replacement for Emilio Izaguirre in the SPL. Persistent groin and hip injuries, however, robbed Chalmers of the opportunity to make an impression under Neil Lennon and then Ronny Deila and – after a loan spell at Falkirk the second-half of the 2013/14 season – he left Celtic Park in a bid to play regular football.

Joe signed for Motherwell in June 2015 and made 25 Premier League appearances for the Steelmen but further injury woes in his second season at Fir Park saw him depart the club at the end of his two-year contract.

Inverness was Joe’s next destination where he was a near ever-present for John Robertson’s side over two seasons at the top end of the Championship. After making 96 appearances for the Caley Jags, scoring six times, Joe made the switch to Highland neighbours Ross County last summer. Joe played 14 times for the Staggies in last term’s truncated Premiership campaign but was ruled out from the end of January onwards with an ankle injury that has limited his involvement for the Dingwall club this season.