Sammy Conn 1961-2014

The club were saddened to hear the loss of former youth coach, Sammy Conn who passed away at the age of 52 on 17th August after suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

Born in Lanark in 1961, Sammy played for a number of clubs including Falkirk, Albion Rovers and Clydebank.

He finished his career at Cowdenbeath where he later became manager for a season.

Sammy joined Ayr United as a youth coach in 1998, working alongside George Logan under Campbell Money who was at the time Head of Youth Development.

He was employed until 2004 and was an inspirational and knowledgeable coach, proving influential in the development of up and coming footballers.

Most notably, Scotland internationalist Craig Conway, now plying his trade at Blackburn Rovers was coached by Conn and holds him in high regard.

Under Conn and Taylor, Ayr reached the final of the Scottish Youth Cup, losing 2-0 to a Rangers team containing Charlie Adam and Chris Burke.

After leaving Ayr United he went on to become Assistant Manager at Dalry Thistle & Kilwinning Rangers

Sammy & Margo had 3 children (1 Boy, 2 Girls) and were very proud grandparents.

Ayr United Football Club would like to express the condolences to family and friends of Sammy.

The funeral will be held in Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn on Friday, at 10am.

People attending are asked to wear bright colours and instead of flowers, donations are welcome for the Ayrshire Hospice who provided much needed care for not only Sammy but for the family as well.

Ayr United Open Day 14/15

The annual Ayr United Open Day will be held this Sunday, 24th August at Somerset Park.

The event will run from 12-3 pm and will kick off on the pitch with manager Mark Roberts holding a first team training session on the pitch between 12 and 1. Fans can watch the training session from the terracing.

From 1-3pm the Ayr United football academy will run coaching sessions for the kids attending.

WEST FM will be running the show with a presenter playing music throughout with plenty of giveaways.

Ayr United media will be hosting a commentator competition giving you the chance to see how you compare to the likes of Sky’s Martin Tyler.

Club Historian Duncan Carmichael will be conducting Stadium Tours and club mascot PANDAMONIUM will be available throughout the afternoon for pictures.

There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and a fire appliance.

The club shop will also be open from 12-3 and will be selling tickets for the Kilmarnock match as well as a huge array of AUFC merchandise.

This years event has kindly been sponsored by

Flair Not Flares Campaign

The Scottish FA in partnership with the Scottish Professional Football League have created an awareness campaign designed to tackle the growing concern of pyrotechnics inside football stadia.

#FlairNotFlares has been launched to assist clubs in promoting the positive aspects of the matchday experience, and to counter the threat to the health and safety of supporters caused by use of flares and other pyrotechnics in football grounds across the country.

The football bodies and senior clubs are encouraged to use the bespoke campaign around matchdays in a collective effort to eradicate the use of flares inside the stadium. The move has been supported by Police Scotland and the Football Safety Officers Association (Scotland).

Peter McLaughlin, Scottish FA Security and Integrity Officer: “Unfortunately, Scottish football has not been immune to the growing trend across Europe of pyrotechnics being used by fans inside football stadia.

“Indeed, we have already seen examples in Scottish football of club facilities being damaged by the use of flares, not to mention the safety of supporters, match officials and players being compromised by these devices – some of which are now home-made and smuggled-in in various parts – being thrown indiscriminately across stands and on the field of play.

“We have been privy to even more horrifying examples across Europe, where people have been seriously hurt and lives put in jeopardy, and it is our intention to work together to ensure fans can continue to watch Scottish football in comfort and safety.

Iain Blair, SPFL Operations Director and Company Secretary: “We are committed to working with clubs and supporters in order to ensure that matchdays in Scottish football are a safe and enjoyable experience for all.”

Shirkie signs!

Dale Shirkie this afternoon put pen to paper and signed with United for this season. Dale is a product of the Motherwell academy and played 30 times for Motherwell under 20s last season.

Manager Mark Roberts was delighted to get him on board and said “Dale has something to prove after leaving Motherwell and as a local lad knows what it means to play for a club like Ayr. Dale is something different to what we have, hes quick, big and athletic and can play up front or in an advanced midfield role.”

Shirkie, 19, is in the squad for tomorrows match at Stirling.

Ayrshire Derby Tickets!

Tickets for the Ayrshire derby on Tuesday, August 26 go on sale at the club shop from 12.30 TODAY.
Prices are £20 adults, £15 OAPs, under 21, students, £5 for under 16s and it is allocated seating.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 01292 263435 (ext 5) and online at
We are expecting it to be busy so we would ask for your patience if you don’t get through the first time.

Chairman Lachlan Cameron has pledged to inject an extra £10,000 to the playing budget if we can sell 2000 tickets for the big game. This is in addition to the money that is still available for the signing of players that is currently unused. This will be a personal donation from Lachlan not a loan. Depending on the result and the overall returns from the match there will most likely be additional money released to improve the playing budget even further this season.

Boss Mark Roberts said: “It’s a fantastic gesture and hopefully the fans will travel up there in numbers for this one.
“It promises to be a very special atmosphere and the more fans we take, the better.”

The shop will also be open tomorrow (Saturday 16th) between 9am-1pm.
Next week the shop will be open Monday-Friday between 12-4pm every day.
On Saturday 23rd August it will be open from 10am on our matchday against Forfar.
And on Sunday 24th August the shop will be open from 12-3pm in conjunction with the Open Day.
Final sales will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th between 12-4pm.

We will keep fans updated on the running total of sales.

This is a picture from the last time we were at Rugby Park and it would be magnificent to see similar scenes in the away end this time. 958O4437


Ayr United travel to Forthbank on Saturday looking to make it a perfect start to the League 1 campaign with a win over newly promoted Stirling Albion.

The Binos were promoted through the play-offs last season, beating Annan Athletic and East Fife on the way. They made the long trip to Peterhead on Saturday and came away from Balmoor with a point against the League 2 Champions.

Read on for our match preview:

Team News: Kevin McKinlay is still struggling and is not certain to play however we have a fully fit squad otherwise.

Marko says: “I wont be letting the boys think that the hard work is done by beating a full time team last Saturday, this will be a very difficult game and we must make sure the attitude is correct right from the start.We need to win our battles all over the pitch and pass the ball the way we did on Saturday.”

“Stirling went to Peterhead last week and got a result and that will be a very difficult place to go this season. They are strong up front however we are confident with our attacking options that we will create chances.

Ayr United wins – 24
Draws – 25
Stirling Albion – 25

Stirling Albion and Ayr United were last in the same division during season 2008/09 when the sides recorded one home win each. The other two matches ended in a score-draw.

The meeting between the sides at Albion’s old ground Annfield in September 1987 was the first in Scotland to be played on an artificial surface. The game ended 1-1.

Last Meeting:
United last made the trip to Forthbank in August 2009 in the first round of the League Cup. Goals from Willie Easton and Chris Aitken earned the Honest Men a win after extra-time. The Binos ended the match with nine men after the dismissal of Andy Graham and Ross Forsyth. Team: Grindlay; Keenan, Campbell, James, Aitken; Borris, Stevenson, Aitken, Easton; Roberts, Prunty.

– Captain Scott McLaughlin is in line to make his 100th appearance for the club on Saturday;
– United are table-toppers for the first time since January 2011.
– Sixteen year-old Sean McKenzie made his debut against Morton on Saturday, becoming the 21st Academy graduate to make a first-team appearance.
– Aged 32, Stirling boss Greig McDonald is the youngest manager in Scottish senior football.

On this day:
Ayr have played 20 times on the 16th August and our record reads: W8, D7, L5.

Match Officials:
Referee: Mat Northcroft
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane

Match Info:
Adults: £13
Students and OAPs: £8
U17s: £5
U12s: Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Forthbank Stadium

Located in Springkerse area of Stirling, Forthbank Stadium hosts home games for Stirling Albion FC. The stadium has a capacity of 3808 and was opened in 1993. Home fans are situated in the West Stand with travelling supporters based in the smaller East Stand. The North and South terracings are available when required.

Car Parking

There is free parking for home and away fans at the stadium however this is limited and is shared with users at The Peak facility. There is additional free parking at Springkerse Retail Park a 5-10 min walk.


Stirling is well serviced in terms of trains from most parts of Scotland. From the train station the ground is about a mile and half or a 20min walk away. When exiting the train station, take a left and go over the new modern looking bridge across the railway tracks. Walk South East over a small patch of land that takes you on to Forthside Way. Follow this road out of town and it will take you straight to Forthbank Stadium. Alternatively there is a taxi rank located at the front of the train station and see below re buses.

Disabled Facilities

Reserved parking is available for disabled supporters. Supporters wishing to make use of this facility should call the club on 01786 450399. (read more)

General Stadium Information

Club Shop – On match days opens pre and post match. Please phone the Club in advance to check for opening times during the week.

Cash Machine – Nearest cash machine is located at Morrisons Supermarket (5 mins walk).

Credit/Debit Cards – We are pleased to accept both credit and debit cards in the office and club shop.

Bino Bar – Is located at the ground for all supporters and will be open pre and post match.

Catering – Match day catering is provided underneath both stands and sells a variety of hot and cold snacks.

Smoking Policy – Forthbank Stadium operates a complete no smoking policy within the stadium.

Ayrshire Derby Details

The game will be played at Rugby Park on Tuesday 26th August at 7.45pm.

Ticket prices are £20 for adults, £15 OAPs, under 21s and students and £5 for under16s.

Ticket availability will follow later this week.

Ayrshire Derby latest

We are aware of the amount of supporters who are looking for information on the upcoming match regarding date and tickets prices.
Ayr United are doing everything we can to get this information as quickly as possible however we are still awaiting the details.
As soon as we have them we will relay them to our supporters immediately.


Ayr United’s League 1 campaign kicks off on Saturday when Morton are the visitors to SomersetPark. The Honest Men go into the match buoyed by a 4-0 victory over East Stirlingshire in the League Cup and the prospect of an Ayrshire derby in three weeks time.


The visitors are beginning life in League 1 after seven years at Championship/Division 1 level following their relegation last season. Jim Duffy is the new man in the Cappielow hot seat after the departure of Kenny Shiels in the summer, the former Kilmarnock manager’s exit hastened by a 10-2 defeat in their final game of last season.  The Ton have begun this season under Duffy with routine home victories over Spartans and Berwick Rangers in the two cup competitions.


Read on for our preview of Saturday’s game:


Team News: Kevin McKinlay was unable to train on Thursday and wont make the game. Everyone else is available.



Marko says: Boss Mark Roberts has urged his men to lay down an early marker at Somerset Park tomorrow.

And he insists three points against league new boys, Morton, would send a strong message.

Marko said: “Somerset must be our fortress this season and nobody will get an easy time of it down here.

“If we take care of business on our own ground, we’ll be there or thereabouts come the business end.

“Morton will fancy themselves this season having stayed full time, but if we match them for effort and attitude then we’ll have a right good chance.

“The place is buzzing right now after the cup draw paired us with Killie and training on Thursday night was brilliant.

“The lads also took a lot of confidence from the win at East Stirling and it was great to get four goals and a clean sheet under our belt.

“I always loved the opening day of the league season as a player and hopefully we’ll get a decent crowd in so we can start as we mean to go on.”


Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):

Ayr United wins: 40

Draws: 15

Morton wins: 25


Saturday will be the 134th time Ayr and Morton have faced each other in league competition. While United have the upper hand (57 wins to 46), the Honest Men have taken just four points from the previous eight encounters between the sides.


Last Meeting:

Morton’s last trip down the Clyde coast to SomersetPark ended in a goalless draw in March 2012. United lined up on the day: Cuthbert, Tiffoney, Malone, Robertson, Smith; McGowan, Geggan, Tomsett, Dodd; Parker, Roberts.


–          Ayr’s win over East Stirlingshire last weekend was the club’s 200th in the month of August and was the club’s biggest away win in the League Cup since 1981.

–          It is nine years since Ayr United opened a league campaign with a home win: a 2-0 victory over Dumbarton in August 2005. Stuart Boyd and Gareth Wardlaw scoring for Ayr that day.


On this day:

Ayr United have won the last four matches they have played on this date, including a 2-1 victory over Morton in the League Cup in 2005. Overall, United’s record on 9th August is: P16, W8, D4, L4.


Match Officials:

Referee:  Craig Charleston

Assistant Referee 1: Sean Carr

Assistant Referee 2: Jim Burns


Match Info:



Adults: £15

Concessions: £8 (U16s, Students and OAPs)

Parent & Child: £18 – please enter by gate 13.


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