NEW AWAY SHIRT ON SALE SATURDAY

away 2The wait is over!

Our 2013/14 replica away shirt goes on sale at 10am this Saturday 31st August. The shirt is available from our club shop here at Somerset Park and from our online store.

Demand is sure to be high for this popular kit so make sure you don`t miss out.

The Official Ayr United FC Club Shop
Monday – Friday  12pm till 4pm
Saturday Matchday  10am till 5.15pm (closed during the match)
Tel: 01292 263435 Ext 5
Email: shop@ayrunitedfc.co.uk
Online Store: http://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/shop/

Ayr United Supporters Meeting

Unfortunately due to works within the stadium tomorrow the meeting regarding Ayr United Supporters Club has to be postponed. Please see here for further details.

Ayr v Rangers Tickets

There are a limited number of tickets still available for our SPFL League 1 match against Rangers on Sunday 6th October, 12.45pm ko.

These are for the Somerset Road End (home support only) and can be purchased from the club shop here at Somerset Park on  Saturday 9am – 10.30am (if available).

Any tickets remaining after that will be on sale from 12pm on Monday 30th September, again from the club shop.

Ayr United FC Club Shop: 01292 263435 Ext 5

Mr Ayr United Moves On

andrew downieHe is known as Mr Ayr United and played an influential part in the club for 19 years but Andrew Downie will leave Somerset Park within the next month.

The club’s Lottery Manager will depart the club to take up an exciting opportunity at Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

Andrew has been a prominent member of the Ayr United backroom team and is well known for his passion and enthusiasm in organising fantastic events such as the Centenary Dinner and the Hall of Fame. The Lottery guru has lived and breathed Ayr United throughout his career at Somerset Park and we are delighted (and disappointed) that his talents have been recognised by this well-respected charity. We wish him bon voyage as he takes-off to develop his career.

The Directors and Staff at Somerset Park are already planning a great send-off for Andrew to mark his years of dedication to the Club. More information on this will be available soon.

Upon the news of him leaving the club, Andrew Downie said: “This has been the hardest decision of my life. After lengthy consideration I felt it was the right time in my career to accept a new and exciting challenge.

“I’ve been privileged to play a part in the club’s fortunes over the years but I think now is the right time to move on.

“I was thrilled the day I was offered the position of working at the club I supported as a boy and I have loved my time at Ayr United.

“Through fantastic support from members, volunteers, agents, club staff and board members the lottery has grown significantly over the years and I’ll never be able to repay everybody for all their help.

“I’d like to think I’ve always done my best for the club to repay the faith that has always been shown in me.

“Highlights of my time at the club include the Kilmarnock Scottish Cup victories, the day we survived relegation at Partick in 1998 and going on the cup runs in 2002.

“Personally, I have been honoured to help the club in a number of ways such as creating the Hall of Fame as well as organising the club’s Centenary Dinner in 2010. That was an amazing event and something I was proud to play a role in.

“Although I am leaving to take on a new challenge, I hope that my experience, knowledge and contacts will be able to help the club in a number of ways in the future.”

Manager, Mark Roberts said: “He has done an awful lot for Ayr United by bringing in funds to keep the club afloat. He is great about the community and is always coming to me with ideas to benefit the club.

“He has lots of contacts down south and will be missed in every department of our club.

“His main job is Lottery Manager but he does so much more than just look after the lottery. He’s always looking out for the good of the club and I just wish they were more people like him.

“From the day I came to the club I’ve always liked him. When I first came to the club I was full time and I always saw Andrew about the place, looking to promote the club in a positive way.

“I have been out in the community with him quite often, such as hospitals etc. to visit people.

“They are small things but they make a difference. He will be greatly missed and I wish him all the best in the future.”

Ayr United announce continued sponsorship from Bodog

As Rangers attempt to climb the Scottish League back to the summit they see a few obstacles in their way for the coming season. As second favourites for the new SPFL Scottish 1st Division title, and, as short as 20/1 in places, Ayr United, have made many changes in order to challenge Rangers, in turn, freely available at odds as long as 1/10.

In addition to these changes they have also re-signed shirt sponsor, Bodog, the online gaming brand, for a 3rd consecutive year.

Calvin Ayre, founder of the Bodog brand, currently fasting on a strict diet of wakeboarding, girls and cocktails in Antigua, stated: “As a rule I’m a frugal kind of guy but I do allow myself the occasional indulgence and this sponsorship has given me enormous pleasure over the years. Any Ayr supporter will tell you it isn’t easy being one of The Honest Men but now Rangers have finally made it up to our level I feel sure this will spur us on to a great season.”

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Hugh Cameron, Commercial Director at Ayr United, added: “The backing Calvin and the Bodog brand have given the club over the years has been great for us. Those play-off spots look wide open this year and we hope to be there in the mix. We also had great success in both Cups recently and I can see no reason why we can’t put another run together this season”

For further information please call:

BodogBrand.com’s International Press Office (London), on +44 7825 064 776

RANGERS V AYR UNITED TICKET SALES SEASON TICKET HOLDER INFORMATION

We wish to remind season ticket holders purchasing tickets for this match to bring their season book with them at the time of purchase.
Tickets are limited to a maximum 2 per person in exchange for voucher 1 at the back of your season ticket book.
Season Ticket holders have priority sale on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of November, 12pm-4pm.
General sale will commence on Saturday 23rd November 10am until kick off.

Prices are as follows:

  • £18 Adults
  • £14 over 65′s, 16-17 year olds
  • £6 under 16′s
  • Tickets are limited max of two per person

AYR UNITED OPEN DAY

AYR UNITED OPEN DAY

SUNDAY 25th AUGUST

1pm – 4pm

 

·         FREE ENTRY TO ALL

·         COACHING ACTIVITIES – Ayr United Football Academy skill sessions

·         BEAT THE GOALIE

·         PANDA – meet Ayr United’s Mascot

·         MANAGER AND PLAYERS – Photographs and autographs

·         ENTERTAINMENT – Somerset Boab

·         SHOP – Grab yourself a bargain in the Ayr United Shop

·         TOURS –  visit the Boardroom, Referees Room, Directors Box and Dressing Rooms

·         CATERING – Tea Room in Home Dressing Room

·         BOUNCY CASTLE

·         FACE PAINTING

Message From Chairman

To all of our supporters and any other interested parties,

Ayr United player Michael Moffat was today charged by the SFA for being in Breach of Disciplinary Rule 33 (No club, official, Team Official or other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bet in any way on a football match (except authorised and registered football pools)).

The SFA was clear that there is no evidence to suggest any breach of Disciplinary Rule 34 (No club, official, Team Official, other member of Team Staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall knowingly behave in a manner, during or in connection with a match in which the party has participated or has any influence, either direct or indirect, which could give rise to an event in which they or any third party benefits financially through betting.)

I would like to make our supporters and any other interested parties aware of our stance as a club to clear up any confusion. Ayr United will cooperate fully with the SFA and any other governing bodies to comply with all the rules set out by them and will be dealing with this head on in a positive manner.

Michael Moffat will also be cooperating with the authorities fully and he is also eager to comply with the rules. Michael has until the 24th of December to respond to the complaint and he will be informing the league at that point that he will be in attendance at the hearing on January 16th with the appropriate support.

We recognize that gambling is rampant within Scottish Football and needs to be addressed. But, I believe it is very unfortunate that Michael has been singled out because he was “turned in” by someone who contacted the SFA. I have been told that the SFA does not do their own investigations regarding gambling but feel compelled to act when a member of the public etc. brings it to their attention. If that is the stance, it shows me that it is not much of a priority within the SFA. It is worth pointing out that you can sign up for a William Hill online gambling account directly from the SFA Homepage…

No one is suggesting that what Michael did was not against the rules and we are addressing the problem. But, I am saying that if we truly want to deal with the gambling that goes on by the great majority of footballers in our leagues then we need to educate the players and clarify the rules.

The rules, as they are written today say that a player or official etc. cannot bet in any way on a football match. If it ended there, that might be clear (It still wouldn’t solve the perception from most players that gambling is allowed/tolerated). However, the rule goes on to say “except authorised and registered football pools”.

It is this last part that led me to ask while I was at a meeting at Hampden almost four years ago what the betting rules were. I wasn’t clear about it as I wouldn’t even know how to place a bet on the pools nowadays. I was in a room with at least 10 officials from 10 different clubs so I asked for some clarity on the issue. The response was that coupons at the bookies were generally accepted as a replacement for the pools, as the pools were almost out of existence and that a bet of, say, five or ten pounds on an accumulator (coupon) bet was allowed.

Obviously that isn’t true, but astoundingly not one person there disagreed or offered another view. Everyone at that meeting has immediate access to the rulebook at any time but still everyone in attendance believed that betting was acceptable outside the pools. If the people who run the clubs don’t know the rules, how are the players expected to know the rules?

The players know what the rulebook says, but just as the officials assume that betting is okay, the players do as well. It is a completely accepted practice within the dressing rooms of clubs all across this country that gambling on football is acceptable as long as you don’t bet against your own team.

I was interviewed by STV tonight and the presenter tried to compare the Moffat situation to the case this summer involving Ian Black. He suggested that Moff should have known not to bet because of what happened to Ian Black. I pointed out to him that these two cases were not in any way comparable because Michael is not accused of betting against his own team whereas Black was. That part of the interview was the only part edited out, which I find odd, but nevertheless while both players have broken the rules, it is accepted practice within football for players or officials to bet on football as long as there isn’t a bet placed against your team to lose. I’m not saying that is correct thinking, but I am saying it is definitely accepted practice.

So what do we do about Michael? As a club, we back him 100% and any suggestion that we should take our own action and suspend him until after the hearing is just not going to happen. He is available for selection unless we are otherwise told by the SFA.

We make sure he understands the actual rules and not the perceived ones. We did this back when this first started to come to light.

We make sure that the rest of the players, staff and officials are aware and understand the actual rules and not the perceived ones. The players were all sat down this evening at training and had the rule explained clearly so that there wouldn’t be any confusion. We will back Michael 100% because it is my firm belief that any and all of the betting done by him was done without the knowledge that it was wrong and was “normal behaviour”. Going forward, the other players would not have the same luxury if they were ever found guilty of placing a bet in any way on football after today’s date.

We go to the hearing and see what the ruling and punishment will be (if any) and deal with it at the time. It is not for me to suggest what the outcome should be, but I hope it is consistent with previous cases that don’t involve betting against your own team.

We encourage the SFA to be more proactive in getting the message out to the players that gambling is off limits in any capacity. Or, change the rules and make it like many other countries including England where betting is banned on a competition specific basis. In other words, a player playing in the Championship is allowed to bet on matches taking place outside the Championship. Whatever the decision, it is vitally important that the message comes out clearly from them. We as a club enjoy working with the SFA and recognize that they are continually attempting to improve the game in Scotland and we are willing and able to help with that.

We encourage the PFA to do the same. Get the message out. The first time in Mark Robert’s 20 plus years in the game that the PFA have brought up gambling in a meeting where he has been involved in was just a few weeks ago. Usually, it is about banned substances etc. That tells me that it hasn’t historically been a priority and wasn’t recognized as a problem. If the rules remain the same, the culture must change and anyone who has been a part of a large organization knows that culture is the most difficult thing to change.

We as a club need to make the players aware of the rules and that they aren’t just there for the sake of it. Current accepted practice is against the rules and players breaking those rules will be punished accordingly. I’m definitely guilty of standing by knowing full well that there was gambling going on at the bookies or online, however, I was under the same impression that everyone else seems to be that it’s okay as long as it wasn’t against your own team and it didn’t involve more than small sums of money. So, charge me and charge every other chairman and then most directors and then the vast majority of players, but please don’t single players out on the basis that someone dobbed them in. Do it the correct way. Recognize the problem and start the education process.

 

Regards,

 

Lachlan Cameron

Chairman

Ayr United F.C.

AYR UNITED V RANGERS HOSPITALITY UP FOR AUCTION

The following fantastic lots have been added to the Ayr United FC fundraising auction which takes place this Saturday night in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite. The auction is part of our 2013/14 Shirt & Shorts sponsor draw event with entry tickets for the draw still available at £150.
For further information please contact the club shop between 12pm and 4pm on 01292 263435 Ext 5. Alternatively call John Todd on 07785313154 or by email: johnatodd57@yahoo.co.uk

LOT 4 HOSPITALITY FOR UP TO 12 PEOPLE AT AYR V RANGERS OCT 5TH GAME. Full match day hospitality for up to 12 people .Viewing from own private box, welcome drink, 3 course meal with choices and wine included. Half time traditional pie and Bovril plus tea coffee and mints.

LOT 5 HOSPITALITY FOR UP TO 12 PEOPLE AT AYR V RANGERS 15TH FEBRUARY GAME. Full match day hospitality for up to 12 people.Viewing from own private box, welcome drink,3 course meal with choices and wine included. Half time traditional pie and Bovril plus tea coffee and mints.

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LOT 12 BALL SPONSORSHIP FOR 6 PEOPLE AT AYR V RANGERS OCT 5TH GAME. Sponsors name in programme and team sheets, shared sponsors viewing box, P.A. announcements, complimentary programmes and team sheets, welcome drink, 3 course meal with wine, tea coffee and mints, half time traditional pie and Bovril. Receive signed match ball from man of the match.

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LOT 13 BALL SPONSORSHIP FOR 6 PEOPLE AT AYR RANGERS 15TH FEBRUARY GAME. Sponsors name in programme and team sheets, shared sponsors viewing box, P.A. announcements, complimentary programmes and team sheets, welcome drink, 3 course meal with wine, tea coffee and mints, half time traditional pie and Bovril. Receive signed ball from man of the match.

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LOT 31 HOSPITALITY FOR 10 AT AYR UNITED. A match day hospitality for 10 people at any league/ cup game excluding Rangers. Includes welcome drink, 3 course meal, view match from private box, half time fayre and £100bar tab.

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LOT 32 BALL SPONSORSHIP FOR 6 PEOPLE. Full match day hospitality as ball sponsor at any league game. ( excludes Rangers games ). Welcome drink, 3 course meal, half time pie and Bovril .Receive signed match ball from man of the match.

2013/14 AYR UNITED FC SHIRT / SHORTS DRAW

2013/14 AYR UNITED FC SHIRT / SHORTS SPONSOR DRAW & FUNDRAISING AUCTION

The 2013/14 Ayr United FC Shirt & Shorts sponsor draw takes place in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality Suite this Saturday evening 20th July.
The event, hosted this year by the one and only Somerset Boab, has once again drawn a great response from local businesses and individuals with entries closing in on last years record total. There is still time to enter and you can do so by contacting the club shop on 01292 263435 Ext 5 Monday – Friday 12pm till 4pm.

Alternatively contact John Todd by mobile 07785313154 or email johnatodd57@yahoo.co.uk .
All entries receive three tickets to the event and include a free buffet, complimetary drink and entry to the fundraising auction, your name in every matchday programme, featured on the club website and a commemorative 2013/14 Ayr United FC to thank you for your support.


DRAW PRIZES:
1. Back of team shirt advertising – home and away
2. Front of team shorts advertisin – home and away
3. Matchday hospitality for six. Includes lunch / wine / seat in box for a match of your choice, if available.
4. Guest of directors for 4 at a match of your choice, if available.
5. Framed Ayr United shirt 2013/14.

FUNDRAISING AUCTION
The fundraising auction which forms part of the evenings entertainment has now became a firm favourite with those attend the event. Once again we have a huge and varied collection of lots on offer. Proxy and telephone bids are welcome and once again you are encouraged to contact any of the numers listed for further details.

AUCTION LOTS
LOT 1 40 USED TITLEIST PRO V I / PRO V 1X golfballs in good condition
LOT 2 SLATERS MENSWEAR VOUCHER Slaters menswear voucher to the value of £100. No expiry date
LOT3 WAVERLEY TRIP A trip on the Waverley Paddle Steamer for 2 Adults and 2 Children during 2013. Excludes Saturdays and Evening Showboat cruises
LOT 4 TBC
LOT 5 TBC
LOT 6 12 BOTTLES RED WINE DONATED BY GEORGE ROBERTSON 6X JACOBS CREEK MERLOT VINTAGE 2012 / 6X JACOBS CREEK GRENACHE SHIRAZ VINTAGE 2012
LOT 7 400 MIXED GOLF BALLS TITLEIST / DUNLOP/ TOP FLITE/ DUNLOP/ CALAWAY/ SRIXON AND MANY OTHERS . They require to be cleaned but are all in good condition
LOT 8 PHIL MICKELSON BRAND NEW CALAWAY GOLF TOUR BAG . Very rare item
LOT 9 LIVE FITNESS GIFT VOUCHER 1 months unlimited membership to JOHN ROBERTSONS new gym .
LOT 10 AYR UNITED FC AWAY GAME PACKAGE Be the guest of the directors at an away game of your choice ( excludes rangers games) for 2 people. This
LOT 11 AYR UNITED CLUB SHOP VOUCHER Ayr United Club Shop voucher to the value of £200
LOT 12 TBC
LOT 13 TBC
LOT 14 SWINDON TOWN SIGNED SHIRT Swindon Town shirt signed by Paulo De Canio
LOT 15 4 BALL GOLF AT STRANRAER A round of golf for four people at Stranraer Golf Club. Voucher expires 18/06/ 2014
LOT 16 SIGNED PORTSMOUTH GOALKEEPER SHIRT Portsmouth goalkeeper shirt signed by David James
LOT 17 AYR UNITED 2012/13 SIGNED AWAY SHIRT 2012/13 away top signed by the Rotherham team and Manager Steve Evans at the friendly on 13th July 2013
LOT 18 MINI MONACO GRAND PRIX Mini grand prix for 10 people. Practice session then all competitors drive in a series of heats with the best drivers participating in the grand final. Exclusive medal and champagne to the winner. Lasts approx 2 hours. Donated by Emotion Karting
LOT 19 5 STAR MASCOT PACKAGE Includes three course lunch and drinks, full set of home or away kit, reserved seats in stand, mascot will meet the manager, favourite player and will have their own space in the match programme.
LOT 20 BUDDHA GARDEN ORNAMENT 2 foot high by 18 in wide. Made from reconstituted marble
LOT 21 TWO NIGHT STAY AT FAIRFIELD HOUSE HOTEL AYR 2 night stay for two people at the 4 star Fairfield House Hotel in Ayr and includes Dinner for 2 in Martins Bar-Grill and breakfast.
LOT 22 FISHING VOUCHER AT SPRINGWATER FISHERY One days fishing for two people in the fly pond .6 Fish each catch limit the catch and release .Lunch included
LOT 23 HOSPITALITY PACKAGE FOR 4 PEOPLE A full matchday hospitality package for four people donated by Jim Kirkwood. Includes welcome drink,3 course meal.viewing match from private box,half time fayre. Excludes Rangers games
LOT 24 WINE TASTING FOR EIGHT Donated by Corney and Barrow .Tutored wine tasting for up to eight people with full tour of the 18th Century cellars .
LOT 25 MANCHESTER UNITED SIGNED SHIRT Manchester United shirt signed by Gary Pallister
LOT 26 4 BALL PRESTWICK ST CUTHBERT Round of golf for four people at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club on any day Monday to Friday subject to availability.
LOT 27 BOARDROOM GUEST AT AYR UNITED F.C. Match day guest of the board of directors for two people. Includes boardroom hospitality,seats in directors box and signed home shirt presented by the club captain. Excludes Rangers games
LOT 28 PENALTY SHOOT OUT PACKAGE You and five friends will have the opportunity to take part in your own half-time penalty kick competition at Somerset Park. Package is for an Ayr United league match excluding Rangers games and includes lunch,drinks and prizes.
LOT 29 SCOTLAND HAMPER Selection of Scotland merchandise with a retail value of £300.
LOT 30 MEAL FOR TWO AT THE ABBOTSFORD HOTEL
Telephone and proxy bids on any lots can be arranged by phoning the club shop on 01292 263435 Ext 5 or John Todd on 07785313154.