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Queen of the South vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes Championship
Saturday 29th December 2018. Kick-off 3pm

On Saturday, Ayr United close out 2018 with a trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South. Ian McCall’s side are unbeaten in nine games – conceding just four goals – but four draws out-of-five in the league, including the goalless draw at Dunfermline last weekend – have allowed Ross County to regain top spot in the Championship table. 

Opponents:Fifth-placed Queen of the South followed up draws at Ross County and at home to Dunfermline with a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to to Alloa Athletic last weekend. 

Queen of the South manager Gary Naysmith is hopeful top goalscorer Stephen Dobbie will be fit to play some part on Saturday following his hamstring injury. Dobbie, who has 29 goals in 24 appearances this season, hasn’t featured since scoring the winner against Partick Thistle on 1st December. Former United midfielder Gary Harkins departed the Doonhamers earlier this week and will join Thistle when the transfer window opens. 


Ayr United – DDWDD

Queen of the South – DWDDL

Team News: Jamie Adams, Mark Kerr, Andy Geggan and Alan Forrest are out.

Ian says: “There are no thoughts of revenge or anything like that, for us its a game of football that we really want to go and win. We didn’t play well last week and still probably should have came away with the win. We will have a big noisy support and we want to finish the year off on a high.”

Head to head (League):
Ayr United wins – 26
Draws – 14
Queen of the South wins – 33

The Honest Men are without a win in their last 12 league visits to Palmerston Park, stretching back to August 2002. Mark Campbell and James Grady put United ahead before Steve Bowey made it 2-1 with six minutes to go.

Last Meeting:
The sides played out a draw in their last meeting, at Somerset Park in November. Michael Rose headed the Honest Men into the lead in the 75th minute but Queen’s substitute Connor Murray equalised with his first touch six minutes later.

The first match-up of the season saw the Doonhamers trounce the Honest Men 5-0, with Stephen Dobbie helping himself to four goals.        

Match Officials:
Referee – Alan Newlands
Assistant Referee 1 – Graham Chambers
Assistant Referee 2 – Jordan Curran

Turnstile numbers for visiting fans, section of the ground

BDS Digital (East) Stand sections 6 – 9 have been set aside for Ayr Utd FC supporters. Turnstiles 3 and 4 will be in use. Separate catering outlet and toilets in the BDS stand will be available for use. Catering is also available in the Arena café where a full menu is available before kick-off. The bar under the Gates Stand will also be open for refreshments.

Tickets, location of sales & entry cost

Entry is by ticket only. The Arena ticket office will be open for away supporters from around 11:30 a.m. with the BDS Stand ticket offices opening about 1:00 p.m.

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is a CASH ONLY office. Should spectators wish to pay by card then they should purchase their tickets at the Arena ticket office.

There is a slightly higher away crowd anticipated for this fixture that may cause some additional queuing. Spectators should arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they purchase their ticket and gain entry to the stadium for the kick off. Turnstiles open for admission at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices:

Adults £18
Concessions £10
Under 16 £5
Adult Accessible £8
Conc. Accessible £5
U16 Accessible £3

Car Parking/Bus Parking and any on-street restrictions

It is suggested that buses/minibuses drop off their passengers in Terregles St/King Street and thereafter park on College Mains road just off the roundabout with the A76 on the town bypass (adjacent to Curry’s/PC World, as the other side at Aldi is the access road to the ambulance depot and is extremely busy). Pick up should be the same location. Car parking is available in the Arena car park, alternatively there is plenty of other on & off street parking available around the stadium.

Any local roadworks etc. that may cause delays

There are 2 sets of contraflow traffic works on the A76 that may affect traffic progress. No known roadworks around Dumfries that would affect travel times to Palmerston Park however fans should check the Traffic Scotland website at http://trafficscotland.org/index.aspx for confirmation and of any other delays.

Disabled access 

Wheelchair access for away supporters is on the south side of BDS Digital stand. There is a layby on King Street for vehicles to drop their passengers for flat access to the ground. Disabled parking is available on the north side of the BDS Digital Stand or at the Arena car park. The cost of entry of 1 personal assistant is included in the price of the accessible ticket.

Specific advice for away fans in respect of condition of entry e.g. searching policy, unacceptable behaviour?

QOS have adopted a robust and thorough search policy for spectators entering the ground to ensure that ground rules and regulations are strictly adhered to, especially in relation to pyrotechnic devices and controlled containers. All bags will be searched and spectators presenting themselves for entry may also be subject to search. Spectators who refuse to be searched by stewards will be denied entry to the ground.

Palmerston Park is a non-smoking venue, this includes e cigarettes and other such devices. Stewards are empowered to eject spectators who disobey these rules. No persons will be admitted to the ground who are deemed to be under the influence of alcohol.

All spectators are required to abide by our acceptable behavior policy. Queen of the South FC look forward to hosting you at Palmerston and wish you a safe and enjoyable journey to and from our stadium. Further information can be accessed via our website www.qosfc.com and social media. ity47 \lsdl