Ayr v Killie Ticket Update

Ticket sales for the away end at Rugby Park stand at 1418. This is a great effort considering that we had 1100 home fans at both the Morton and Forfar games.

Our target for the game is 2000 away supporters and after Saturdays win, our third league win in a row and four in all competitions we hope that there is a late flurry of ticket sales today and tomorrow. The chairman is giving a 10k personal donation to the player budget if we can get to the 2000 mark.

We already know that the away end will be bouncing tomorrow night so the more we tickets we can sell today and tomorrow the louder we will be!

Club shop is open for ticket sales today 12-4 and tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) 12-4.

Ayr 2 Forfar 0 Match Report

Ayr United 2 v 0 Forfar Athletic
Somerset Park
Saturday 23rd August 2014

Ayr made it a hat-trick of league wins as they maintained their 100% league record after a hard fought 2-0 home win against a determined Forfar side. This victory stretched Ayr’s lead at the top of the SPFL League 1 to three points after Scott McLaughlin’s late brace saw United overcome a resilient Forfar.

Although this was billed as a top of the table clash the first half was a rather subdued affair as both teams attempted to dominate the midfield but only succeeded in cancelling each other out. However Ayr should have gone ahead after only 2mins when Brian Gilmour broke free from midfield to set up Alan Forrest but his angled drive from 12 yards was well saved by Rab Douglas in the Forfar goal.

There was concern on the Forfar bench a minute later after full-back Aaron James had to be stretchered off with a head knock and was replaced with substitute Mark Baxter, after a collision with Ayr’s Nicky Devlin.

The first half continued with both teams attempting to control the midfield as half chances came and went at either end but neither side had sufficient composure in front of goal to capitalise on the opportunities that came their way. Stephen Husband and Danny Denholm had the best of Forfar’s chances with Ryan Donnelly coming close for Ayr.

In the 37th min a superb four man break from the edge of Ayr’s penalty box almost caught out the Forfar defence as Mikey Donald’s dangerous cross was turned behind for a corner right in front of a gaping goal. Ayr had a good claim for a penalty ignored by referee Walsh from the resultant corner as Brian Gilmour appeared to be crudely challenged from behind right in front of the referee.

The first half ended with bookings for Ayr’s Devlin and Swankie of Forfar.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with scrappy passages of play resulting, as both teams vied for dominance in the midfield area of the pitch. Forfar attempted to deny Ayr space in midfield by playing a high defensive line and as the game progressed and energy levels reduced the game began to stretch. This allowed the match to flow more freely but not before a number of fouls during this early spell saw referee Walsh finally lose patience and in the 62nd min he booked Forfar’s Templeman for persistent fouling.

In the 65th min Mark Roberts made his first change replacing Peter McGill with Dale Shirkie and 2mins later Forfar also decided to change tact by replacing the height of Templeman for the pace of Omar Kadir.

At this point tempers began to fray on the touchline as the game was stopped briefly to allow referee Walsh to have a quiet word in Ayr coach Andy Millen’s ear.

The game started opening up with 20mins to play and in the 77th min goalie David Hutton and defender Peter Murphy combined, to initially block and then clear from the goal line, a net bound volley from Forfar’s Danny Denholm.

Mark Roberts decided to add fresh legs for the last 10mins by introducing youngster Sean McKenzie for the hardworking Brian Gilmour and changing the formation to a 4-4-2. Forfar also tried to inject some more pace to the proceedings by replacing Dale Hilson with James Dale.

However it was the introduction of Dale Shirkie that would prove to be the more influential when in the 85th minute he latched on to a long pass and burst through the centre of the Forfar defence. His attempted lob was well blocked by the onrushing keeper Douglas. However the loose ball found its way to Scott McLaughlin who composed himself before drilling a sweetly struck right foot drive low to keeper Douglas’ right hand corner from around 22 yards. The keeper did his best and although he got a hand to the shot couldn’t prevent if from crossing the line as the Ayr support behind his goal erupted with delight as Ayr went one up with 5mins to play.

And like buses where you wait all day for one and then two come along at once it was the same for the Somerset faithful. They were rewarded for their patience in the 89th min when Alan Forrest was felled in the box after a jinking run. Scott McLaughlin stepped up to slot home the resultant penalty to score his and Ayr’s second goal of the game and ensure Ayr maintained their 100% league record and top spot in the SPFL League 1.

Ayr United
Hutton; Devlin; Donald; McLaughlin; McKinley; Murphy; Gilmour (McKenzie 81′); McGovern; Donnelly; Forrest; McGill (Shirkie 65′)
McKenzie; McArthur; Shirkie; Roberts; Muir; Newman

Douglas; Dunlop; James (Baxter 6′); Husband; Malcolm; Dods; Hilson (Dale 84′); Young; Swankie; Templeman (Kader 67’) ; Denholm
Kader; Dale; Malin; Fotheringham; Steeves; Baxter; Salmon

Attendance – 1156

Referee – Nick Walsh

Reporter: David Kennedy (AUmedia)


Ayr United welcome Forfar Athletic to Somerset Park on Saturday for an early season top-of-the-table clash. The Honest Men boast League 1’s only one hundred percent record after wins against Morton and Stirling while Forfar sit second. The Loons drew 1-1 at Stair Park on the opening day of the season and followed that up with a 2-0 win over title favourites Dunfermline on Saturday.

Read on for our match preview:

Marko says: “We’ve got off to a great start but its all about keeping that going now. I wouldn’t say ive been surprised, because I always knew we had the quality of player to compete. But we’ve certainly been comfortable in our games and we are not going to get carried away this early. We have Peter Murphy back this week and Kevin McKinlay looked nice and solid up at Stirling.”

Head-to-Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins – 31
Draws – 8
Forfar Athletic – 7

Ayr and Forfar faced each other four times in League 1 last season, with both sides picking up six points.

Last Meeting:
Forfar Athletic have won the last two meetings between the sides. In April, United lost 4-2 at Station Park, conceding after just two minutes. A Michael Moffat penalty on the hour mark made in 3-1 and Brian Gilmour scored a late equaliser. Team: Hutton; Pope, McGowan, Campbell, Lithgow; Forrest, Gilmour, McLaughlin, Donald; Moffat, Malcolm.

– Forfar’s Dale Hilson made over 100 appearances for the Loons in three loans spells from Dundee United. The forward signed a permanent deal at Station Park in the summer.
– The Loons’ boss Dick Campbell is the longest serving manager in Scottish football. Campbell was appointed in May 2008.

On this day:
United are unbeaten in their last four matches played on August 23rd, the last game being a 2-2 draw away to Stirling Albion in 2008. Overall The Honest Men’s record on this date is P20, W8, D5, L7.

Match Officials:
Referee: Nick Walsh
Assistant Referee 1: Graham McNeillie
Assistant Referee 2: Colin Pensom

Match Info:
Adults – £15
OAPs, u16 and students – £8
Parent & Child – £18 (please enter via Gate 13)

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Ticket sales and shop Update

As of 4pm Tuesday 19th August we have sold 567 tickets for the away end at Rugby Park. Tuesday was our best sales day yet so hopefully the realisation is setting in that we are top of the league, have a huge Ayrshire derby in less than a week and need to sell 2000 tickets for the chairman to give a 10k donation to the player budget! The club would like to thank everyone who has bought tickets so far and would love to see the away end looking like this again . . . aufcfans

The club shop is open 12-4 today and for the rest of this week. The shop is now open from 9am on Saturday and also from 12-3 on Sunday during the open day. Telephone and online sales close today at 4pm. We would also ask if you are buying tickets on Saturday or Sunday that if possible you could bring cash as we are expecting to be very busy.

The shop also have a variety of offers in store for the Kilmarnock game which will be available until 4pm on the day of the match.

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 Restoraroof.co.ukrest

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 https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=76
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