Martyn Campbell Sunday Funday

A hugely successful Funday with Somerset Boab was held on Sunday  19th April in the Ally MacLeod Hospitality suite to launch the Martyn Campbell Testimonial year. bobo wife

 Ayr United have awarded Martyn a Testimonial year to mark his 10 years of service to the Club and Sunday’s event organised by his Testimonial committee drew a crowd of over 120 and raised over £1000.

 Martyn was joined by his wife Katrina, children Rebekah and Ryan and other family members and friends along with a  great turnout of fans, current 1st team members and former players including his brother Mark, Ryan Stevenson, Scott McLaughlin, Robert Connor and Robert Reilly.

 Manager Ian McCall  and Managing Director Lewis Grant officially opened the Testimonial year with speeches, and the ceremonial cake was then cut.  Somerset Boab was in great form all day and entertained the crowd over the following 3 hours, and among the 45 young fans in attendance he has got a few new followers who joined in with his popular tunes.

 A magnificent buffet was served and all young fans received a goody bag and participated in a colouring in competition.  A successful raffle and auction were also held.

Testimonial for Martyn Campbell at Ayr Utd Hospitality Suite Photo shows Martyn with his family

Testimonial for Martyn Campbell at Ayr Utd Hospitality Suite
Photo shows Martyn with his family

 The day was very kindly sponsored by Lynsey and Jim McNamee who have also been Martyn’s player sponsors since he arrived at the Club.  Martyn presented Lynsey with flowers to thank her for her backing over the years.

 Testimonial chairman Steven Maguire thanked everyone for their attendance and support and confirmed that other Testimonial activities will include a match in pre season and a Sunday brunch to close the activities on 20th September.  More details on both events will be announced very soon.

 

£3 a head to Forfar

Saturdays game with Forfar is right up there with the biggest games in the recent history of Ayr United. As with any big game we are guaranteed incredible support from our fans and on Saturday we need it more than ever.

Thanks to an anonymous donation and also to the Ayr United board of directors the River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club are now running 3 buses to Forfar on Saturday. The cost is only £3 per person. The buses will leave the River Cottage at 10.30am.  They have already filled one and a half buses so call soon to ensure a space.

To book contact Tam on 07585328685 or Jamie on 07792747354.

Tam and Jamie are also running a bus to the Youth Cup Semi Final at Ibrox on Sunday 3rd May leaving the River Cottage at 11.30am. Adults are £6, children under 14 are £4 and must be accompanied by an adult.

Player of the Year Awards

squirrelhuntersSaturday night saw the annual Player of the Year Awards in the Ally MacLeod hospitality suite at Somerset Park. The event was ran by AU Media with Commercial Manager Graeme Miller the nights host.

The first award of the night was from the supporters group the Squirrelhunters.  Squirrelhunter stalwart Davie Blythe presented the two awards. Firstly to Robbie Crawford as the Young Player of the Year and finally to JP McGovern as their Player of the Year.

 

For the first time we added a new award to this event The Players Player of the Year award. All of our squad were asked to vote for who they felt was their player of the year. John Henry took to the stage and talked about the importance of such an award to any player. John felt that the winner had been consistent throughout the season and was a well deserved winner and duly presented the award to Nicky Devlin.

 

Coming back from the buffet The River Cottage Ayr United Travel Club sent Tam Watters up to make a speech about the season and present Nicky Devlin with their award as Player of the Year. tam jamie and nicky Before leaving the stage Jamie Garret was called to the stage. Tam and Jamie jointly run the travel club and have now taken a bus to every single away game for two seasons running. AU Media sponsored an award for Outstanding Contribution to Ayr United and Calum Campbell and Iain Robb from AU Media were delighted to present Tam and Jamie with the award. Following on from this came the great news that an anonymous donation and had been given to run a second supporters bus to Forfar from the River Cottage, one which our board of directors matched which means that 3 buses will now run at the cost of only £3 a head.

 

Captain JP McGovern then made a speech about what he felt had been an underachieving season however he felt that we had enough quality to go to Forfar and get a result.  He stressed his appreciation towards the support for their efforts this season and asked for another effort on Saturday. JP then made the presentation to Robbie Crawford who won the Young Player of the Year award as voted for by the fans. robbie young player

 

 

 

 

 

Ian McCall then took to the stage to discuss the season and reiterated that he felt performances should have dictated a higher points total than what we have however we are where we are and although he felt it was a poor performance on Saturday he was delighted with the result. Ian also mentioned his appreciation for the reception he has received since joining the club.  nicky player of the year Finally he thanked the fans for their support and also asked for the support to really get behind the team on Saturday. Ian then presented the Player of the Year award to Nicky Devlin. Nicky focused on the fans during his speech and said that although sometimes the fans may not realise it the players appreciate and need the support that our fans provide. He said that we are going to Forfar to win and with the fans behind us we can certainly do that.

 

Finally we had one last award which was also sponsored by AU Media. The goal of the season had 5 nominees. bobo goal of season Hot Favourite was Alan Forrest who had 4 of the 5 entries including a stunning long range effort against Stenhousemuir. However the final entry was centre half Martyn Campbell who scored with a deft flick at home to Airdrie earlier in the season. Voting had been taking place over the last few weeks with fans on AU Medias facebook page which gave the final 5 and all in attendance on Saturday night voted for the winner.  Martyn Campbell, who would have been a big outsider for the award, was announced the winner to huge cheers from the floor and chorus’s of Somerset Boabs new ‘Bobo’ song.

 

 

 

Prior to the event on Saturday AU Media made the first of the Player of the Year awards and asked a very special guest to present it. mirren award Nicky Devlin won the AU Media ‘Honest Man’ award with two matches to play and couldn’t be overtaken. AU Media asked Mirren Watters to present the award to Nicky as she is Nicky’s player sponsor and without doubt his biggest fan!

 

 

 

 

Ayr United 4 Stirling Albion 0

United eased their relegation fears after a resounding 4-0 victory over the league’s bottom side Stirling Albion, at Somerset Park on Saturday. They were further boosted by the news that Stenhousemuir, after racing into an early 2 goal lead, were held 2-2 at home against Brechin City.

 

The Stenny result sealed the final promotion play-off berth in Scottish League One for Brechin and saw Ayr move to 8th in the league, just 2 points clear of The Warriors who returned to the relegation play-off spot.

 

Ayr had the luxury of a fully fit and suspension free squad to choose from heading into this game but Ian McCall decided to make two changes to the team that started against Airdrie last week. Crawford and Forrest returned to the starting eleven in place of Beattie and Murray, as they both dropped to the bench.

 

Stirling were in the middle of a clear out as they prepared for life in League 2 next season, so it was an unfamiliar looking line up that started the game against Ayr.

 

Both teams took time to settle into the game as the blustery conditions, combined with a firm pitch, caused both sides difficulties as the opening stages of the game saw a scrappy affair.

 

This was a must win game for United and in front of a healthy 1608 attendance Ayr managed to gain an early advantage. As United attacked the Railway End they won a free kick in line with the corner of the 18 yard box on the North terrace side. Adam Blakeman stepped up to whip in a dangerous looking left foot free kick that saw Nicky Devlin connect with a flashing header that diverted the ball into the path of Scott McKenna who scored from close range at the far post.

 

United seemed to gain in confidence from this early breakthrough and started to dominate possession and take the game to Stirling. But after some good pressure United’s fragility reappeared and The Binos started to gain in confidence with some good counter-attacking moves committing players forward in numbers. United’s defence held firm though and they weathered the storm.

 

Then in 20 mins they scored against the run of play. A high looping cross was sent to Adam Blakeman at the far post and although he out jumped the defender his header down toward the Stirling goal looked to be a straightforward save for Cammy Binne in the Stirling goal. However as Blakeman’s downward header skipped off the Somerset surface the keeper appeared to take his eye off the ball and only succeeded in parrying it into the far corner to give Ayr a surprising 2-0 lead.

 

Again this second goal gave Ayr more confidence and after good spells of pressure United seemed to lose their way a little. This allowed Stirling back into the game with some decent spells of possession of their own, but rarely threatening the United goal, and the first half ended with no further goals.

 

The second half started with David Hutton pulling off a tremendous one handed save as Stirling threatened to score from the off, but it wouldn’t have counted as the far side assistant referee had flagged for offside. Apart from this early attack the opening quarter was uneventful.

 

Ayr were dominating possession but struggling with the conditions as they appeared to lack any rhythm and cohesion to their play.

 

Ian McCall had seen enough by 71 mins and decided to make a double substitution replacing Donald and Preston with Robertson and Beattie. This change paid off almost immediately as United won a penalty for deliberate handball, that saw Lee Hamilton red carded for the offence, before Jon Paul McGovern despatched the spot kick to give Ayr a 3-0 lead with 73 mins played.

 

Craig Beattie then missed a good opportunity in 81 mins, pulling his shot wide from close in, before Adam Blakeman showed him how it should be done. His initial shot from a free kick was blocked by the Stirling wall but as his momentum carried him forward he met the rebounding ball with a low strike from 15 yards that was deflected past Binnie to make it 4-0 to Ayr.

 

So this result lifted United out of the relegation play-off slot setting themselves up for a do or die trip to promotion chasing Forfar in the last scheduled game of the season next Saturday.

 

Attendance – 1608

 

Ayr United

Hutton; Devlin; Donald; Murphy; McKenna; McGovern; Gilmour; Crawford; Preston; Forrest; Blakeman Subs – Newman; Robertson; Beattie; Nisbett; Neill; Murray; Muir

 

Stirling Albion

Binne; McGeachie; Sinclair; Beith; Davidson; Forsyth; Hamilton; Comrie; Smith; Stirling; Cunningham Subs – Robertson; Paton; Johnston; Hurst; D.Smith; C.Smith

Stirling Match Preview

Round up your mother and father, brothers and sisters, granny, aunties, cousins, workmates and pals from the bowling club, deck them out in black and white and get them down to Somerset Park on Saturday. The Honest Men face already-relegated Stirling Albion in a crucial match in the fight to avoid relegation. What’s more, entry is just £5.

 

United are locked in a battle with Stenhousemuir to avoid the League 1 play-offs. An 88th minute consolation from Stenny full-back Ciaran Summers in a 3-2 defeat at Stranraer on last weekend saw them climb out of the relegation play-off spot and above Ayr on goal difference. The Warriors host Brechin City on Saturday, who require one more point to guarantee fourth spot.

 

Stirling Albion were consigned to an immediate return to League 2 a fortnight ago after a last minute goal by Brechin City’s Andy Jackson at Glebe Park. Last weekend, the Bino’s were defeated 2-0 by Greenock Morton at Forthbank, their 23rd loss of the season. Former Ayr left-back Kevin McKinlay will miss out on a return to Somerset Park through suspension as does Adam Cummins who played for Ayr against Stirling in the 2-2 draw between the sides in December.

 

Read on for our match preview:

 

Ian says: “I am delighted the club have gone with the reduced entry as it gives everyone the chance to see Somerset at its best. I hope theres a good atmosphere from the start and we will aim to start the game as fast a pace as possible. At home in recent games we have played some great football and we will be looking to do that again and eradicate the mistakes. We have told the players to forget everything that’s happened before now, focus on Saturday and get 3 points. Winning is our only focus.”

 

Team news: We have a fully fit squad for the match.

 

Form: United have lost their last three matches and have taken just three points from a possible 27. Stirling have lost 12 of their last 14 matches and their last four in-a-row. The Binos have picked up just three league wins this season – two of them away to Stenhousemuir. Stuart McLaren’s side host the Warriors on the final day of the season.

 

Head-to-Head (League): Ayr United wins – 26 Draws – 25 Stirling Albion wins – 25

 

Albion have won just one of the last nine meetings between the sides.

 

Last Meeting: United raced to a two goal lead in just 15 minutes at Forthbank on Valentines Day courtesy of goals from David Robertson and a Gordon Smith own goal when the sides last met. Phil Johnston pulled one back for the hosts before Craig Beattie and Jordon Preston completed the scoring, United’s eighth and ninth goal against the Binos this season.

 

On this day: United are unbeaten in 12 of their 15 matches played on 25th April, most recently beating East Fife 2-0 at Somerset Park in 2009.

 

Match Officials: Referee – Alan Newlands

Assistant Referee 1 – Stuart Hodge

Assistant Referee 2 – Barry Reid

South Ayrshire Foodbank

Ayr United FC are, again, delighted to support South Ayrshire Foodbank.

 

South Ayrshire Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network

providing emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

 

Tracy McTrusty stated that the first ‘drop off’ at the Turnstiles, in the first half of the season was very successful and showed the generosity of The Honest Men and Bonnie Lassies of Ayr.

South Ayrshire Foodbank were delighted with the amount of food donated on the day.

 

So again, we are asking our loyal fans, Directors, staff and players to help us in our campaign to

support this worthwhile organisation.

 

This Saturday at the Stirling game there  will crates provided at all of the turnstiles to give supporters the chance to donate non-perishable food as per the list below:

MILK (UHT)

SUGAR

FRUIT JUICE (long-life cartons)

Tins of: SOUP, PASTA SAUCES,TOMATOES, SPONGE PUDDING, RICE PUDDING,MEAT, FISH, FRUIT, STEWS

CEREALS

TEA BAGSS

INSTANT COFFEE

RICE

PASTA

JAM

BISCUITS or SNACK BARS.

 

Please donate whatever you can, so we can show South Ayrshire Foodbank and the people it helps

our tremendous ‘Super Ayr’ support.

 

If you wish to donate in other ways to the Foodbank, donation forms will be available from the Club Shop and inside this week’s Match Programme and also at the Turnstiles.

 

Thank you

 

New Home Strip 2015/16

These are the first pictures of our new home strip for next season. N7

The strip will be on sale in the club shop from 10am on Saturday morning (25th April) and is available to pre order online now. Prices for the top remain the same as last season at £45 for an adult top and £36 for a kids.

To watch our short video of the new strips click on the link – https://youtu.be/6ylnh9uJcCI

Airdrie 2 Ayr United 0

Airdrieonians 2 v 0 Ayr United

Quite simply this is one that all United fans will want to forget. For the first scrappy 25 minutes Airdrie looked to be more in control, dominating midfield but for all the bluster the United defence was strong enough to withstand anything that could be thrown at them. Airdrie’s Scott Fraser appeared to be relishing the situation showing the control, composure and accuracy with passing that seem to be missing from all others on the pitch. His prompting drove Airdrie’s forward movements, spreading the play from right to left and creating opportunities for Jordan Morton on the left and regularly releasing wingback Jamie Bain into space on the right.

It took Ayr a good 25 minutes to settle and start to play some passing football and it wasn’t until the 29th minute before they created their first viable chance. Mikey Donald controlled the ball and darted forward before releasing a ball that reached Beattie who accurately picked out Craig Murray but his shot was blocked.

Ayr were slowly gaining confidence and in the 30th minute came a moment of true leadership from central defender Peter Murphy as he tried to encourage his forwards to show the same bravery and movement. Murphy picked up the ball in his own half crossed the centreline, with the Airdrie defence backing off and expecting a pass he pressed forward. With a sudden change of pace he ranged past first one player in midfield and then on the edge of the penalty area wrong footed two defenders, creating space for himself but unfortunately his powerful shot was well saved by Diamonds keeper Andrew McNeil.

This sparked a period up to half-time where Ayr created the majority of chances with both Preston and Blakeman both seeing shots fly just over the bar. On 44 minutes Gilmour floated a cross into the penalty area where Beattie did well under pressure to control the ball and its outrageous bounce off the artificial surface, but his attempted shot from 6 yards out was blocked by Jamie Bain just as the travelling fans were preparing to celebrate.

After a very disappointing and fragmented first half at least the second half brought some excitement although ladled with an unhealthy dollop of frustration for United fans.

Only two minutes had gone when Airdrie broke down the left and after a surging run by Chris O’Neil, Scott Fraser’s beautifully delivered cross was somehow headed wide by the in rushing Ross Doherty with an empty goal gaping in front of him.

But Ayr were not to be outdone in terms of missing chances. In the 49th minute Murphy’s through ball was flicked over the top of the defence by Gilmour into the path of Craig Beattie. As he reached the edge of the box Beattie decided to chip the ball over the keeper’s head but his effort was poor and he somehow managed to evade the target by a good 6 yards to the right.

A few minutes later former Ayr striker Brian Prunty, who was honoured before the game with a presentation marking his 100+ senior professional goals, raced into the penalty area and his well hit shot only went narrowly wide slamming into the side netting.

Then came a moment of controversy. A poor header at the halfway line by the usually reliable Ross Doherty put Jordan Preston into possession of the ball and he charged goalward chased by Airdrie’s Chris O’Neil. Just before reaching the edge of the penalty area O’Neil grabbed a handful of Preston’s jersey, an action visible from the other side of the park, pulling Preston slightly off-balance and allowing O’Neil the chance to put in a sliding tackle. Even though this tackle did not stop this shot being put away Preston’s effort slipped past the post. Maybe Preston should still have done better but his protestations to referee Craig Charleston could be fully understood.

There was still time for Ayr to yet again press the self-destruct button. After 76 minutes, and in a totally uncharacteristic fashion, Jon Paul McGovern played a loose pass in the Airdrie half which was quickly snapped up allowing the diamonds to move forward at pace. Scott Fraser then played an inch perfect pass to Bob McHugh who, despite a last gasp effort by Mikey Donald, knocked the ball past Hutton and into the net.

Not only were Ayr one goal down but it was as if a switch had been flipped, and for the second week the United players body language suggested that they lacked the self-belief to get themselves back into the scheme in the remaining 14 minutes.

Came as no surprise to Ayr fans when Airdrie grabbed their second with just 5 minutes to go. A needless shove by Jordan Preston on Jamie Bain gave Airdrie a freekick some 30 yards out. Scott Fraser’s delightfully curled freekick was met perfectly by Bob McHugh who’s unmatched run had found him in space behind the United defence. This header gave keeper Hutton no chance and the game was over at two nil.

Airdrieonians

McNeil Bain O’Neil Docherty Gasparotto Lindsay Morton Fitzpatrick Prunty Fraser McHugh Substitutes Watt Boyle Blockley Gray Ferguson (GK) Stewart

 

Ayr United

Hutton Devlin Donald Murphy McKenna McGovern Murray Gilmour Preston Beattie Blakeman Substitutes Neill Muir Forrest Robertson Crawford Nisbet Newman (GK)

 

Referee: Craig Charleston

Attendance: 881

Report AUmedia

Airdrie match preview

On Saturday, Ayr United travel to the Excelsior Stadium to face Airdrieonians as the fight to avoid relegation continues. The Honest Men raced to a two goal lead at home to Peterhead last weekend but a second-half collapse saw three vital points dropped. United’s rivals to avoid the play-off spot Stenhousemuir also let slip a two goal advantage last weekend, losing 3-2 in the final minute at Cappielow. The Warriors travel to Stranraer on Saturday.

Airdrie were defeated 2-0 at title-chasing Forfar Athletic last weekend, seriously denting their hopes of making the promotion play-offs. The Diamonds now sit six points behind fourth placed Brechin City with nine points to play for. Former Ayr striker Bryan Prunty has been on a rich run of goalscoring form with 10 goals in the his last 10 games, taking his tally to the season to 14. His strike partner Jim Lister looks set to miss the rest of the season through injury.

Read on for our match preview:

Team news: Martyn Campbell has been unwell so is not in the squad, everyone else is fit.

Form: United’s latest defeat was their fifth in the last seven matches and extended the run without a victory to eight games. The Honest Men’s last away win was at Stirling on Valentine’s Day. Airdrieonians have won four of their last six games and have lost just one of their last eight at home.

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 8
Draws – 8
Airdrieonians wins – 8

United are unbeaten in 9 of the 12 matches between the sides at the Excelsior Stadium.

Nine Ayr players have been sent off in the last eight meetings between the sides.

Last Meeting: The Diamonds have defeated the Honest Men three times this season, most recently at the start of last month. Adam Blakeman was sent-off in the 21st minute before a second-half goal from Marc Fitzpatrick saw Airdrie depart Somerset Park with a 1-0 victory.

On this day: United have a 60% win rate, winning nine of the 15 matches played on this date.

Match Officials:
Referee – Craig Charleston
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Mitchell
Assistant Referee 2 – Colin McDonald

Match Info:
Adult – £16
Concession – £10
Child (under 16) – £7
Parent & Child – £20

Goal of the Season

Yet again AUmedia is sponsoring the Ayr United Goal of the Season Competition. We’d like you to help us by selecting your top 5 goals from the selection shown on our video. The top 5 that are voted for will become the contenders in the final voting round held at this season’s Player of the Year Awards Ceremony on the 25th of April.

What do you have to do:

1. Watch the video of all 15 specially selected goals A to O on www.facebook.com/AyrUnitedMedia    2. Decide on your top 5
3. Send your top five to info@ayrunitedmedia.co.uk (don’t forget to put your name and contact details)
4. Head the email ‘Goal of the Season’
5. List your 5 choices from 1st to 5th as follows (our version is not what you have to choose)

1. B
2. D
3. L
4. N
5. O


Your votes must be received by Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Have fun!

And, by the way, if some extra fabulous stunning and skilltastic goal comes before the Player of the Year Ceremony but after you’ve voted we will decide whether to add it as an extra choice on the night if you let us know on Facebook or by email that it should be included!!!!