SFA Youth Cup

The SFA Youth cup third round tie scheduled for Sunday 1st November has been postponed due to Selkirks pitch being unplayable.

The tie will now be played at 1pm on Sunday 8th November.

Stranraer match preview

Match Preview
Ayr United vs. Stranraer
Ladbrokes League 1, Saturday 31st October 2015

On Saturday, Ayr United return to Somerset Park after two away games. Still unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the campaign, the Honest Men are looking to extend an impressive run of form to eleven games without defeat, with old adversaries Stranraer the visitors.

United gaffer Ian McCall is urging fans to turn up in numbers to back the his free­scoring side, which is averaging three goals a game at home.

Stranraer travel north along the A77 on the back of consecutive 3­0 defeats at home to Dunfermline and, last weekend, Cowdenbeath. However, the Blues have won their last two away from home and have found things easier on their travels this season, picking up 9 of their 12 points on the road. Brian Reid’s side sit 8th in the table but are just four points off the promotion play­off positions.

Team News:Peter Murphy returns to the squad. Craig Moore and Brian Gilmour miss out.

Ian says: “Tomorrow we have an ex Ayr manager in the opposition dugout so we know they will be really up for it. We know Stranraer are better than their results and they have a good away record. We also know what we are capable of and everyone wants to keep this run going. It’s a home game and we want three points.”

Head­to­Head (at Somerset Park):
Ayr United wins ­ 27 Draws ­ 7
Stranraer wins ­ 8

United are 3 goals short of 100 against Stranraer at home.
Last Meeting: C​raig Moore opened the scoring after 4 minutes when the sides met at Stair Park in August. Alan Trouten doubled United’s advantage, five minutes after Ross Docherty was ordered off in the 72nd minute. Andy Stirling scored a late consolations for Brian Reid’s side.

On this day:​in 1936 United defeated Brechin City 8­1 at Somerset Park. The Honest Men also scored eight against Montrose in and Stenhousemuir that season on the way to a club record 122 goals and the Division 2 Championship.

Match Officials:
Referee ­ Gavin Duncan Assistant Referee ­ Stuart Hodge Assistant Referee ­ Ryan Oliver

Match Details
Admission:
Adults ­ £15 Concessions* ­ £8 Parent & Child ­ £18
* Senior Citizens, Students (with Student ID) and U16s

Scottish Cup Draw

The third round draw was made at Hampden park this morning for the William Hill Scottish Cup.

The draw gave us a home tie with Dunfermline which will be played on Saturday 28th November. The rest of the draw is below.

William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Draw

Stranraer v Buckie Thistle

Queen’s Park v Forfar Athletic

Formatine United v Fort William/Cove Rangers

Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic

East Fife/Stirling Albion v Cumbernauld Colts

Albion Rovers v Greenock Morton

Falkirk v Turriff United/Fraserburgh

Nairn County/Wick Academy v Linlithgow Rose

Peterhead v Livingston

Huntly v Lothian Thistle /Montrose

Elgin City v Raith Rovers

Airdrieonians v Brechin City

Ayr United v Dunfermline Athletic

Inverurie Loco Works v Annan Athletic

Stenhousemuir v East Kilbride/Forres Mechanics

Cowdenbeath v Arbroath

Ties to be played weekend of Saturday 28th November

Double 6 Saturday

DOUBLE 6 SATURDAY

It`s double 6 time once again this coming Saturday at the official club shop.

There are few freebies in football and the south west derby against Stranraer at Somerset Park this weekend will be no different as The Honest Men strive to go 11 unbeaten in League 1.

Off the pitch however we are offering supporters the chance of a bonanza freebie!!

Spend £20 or over on club merchandise and roll the dice to win a full refund of your purchase.
Not only that..We have thrown in 6 fantastic offers all of which are eligible for the double 6 challenge….

Offer 1….3 mugs and a giant beach towel..£20
Offer 2….2 x Essential black or white adult polo shirts..£20
Offer 3….Golf Umbrella was £27.99 now £20
Offer 4….Any pair of Pyjamas & a pair of slippers £20
Offer 5….Ayr United Onesie all £20
Offer 6….Garden Gnomes 2 for £20

*One day only
**while stocks last
***No further discount applies

5 star winners wk 16

FIVE STAR WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK NUMBER 16

£1000 E0213 S Ferguson Chippenham

MONDAY
£50 J1923 R Hannah Coylton
£10 F2432 J Samson Muirkirk
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TUESDAY
£50 F3724 E Drife Muirkirk
£10 Y0824 J Frew Ayr
£10 E0615 H Campbell Ayr
£10 C1422 Mrs Graham Maybole

WEDNESDAY
£50 F2413 H Young Cumnock
£10 L1013 A Sullivan Ayr
£10 K2723 J Gaw Fairlie
£10 P0244 C Hendry Ayr

THURSDAY
£50 C1025 D Woodward Coylton
£10 F0123 C McRonald Irvine
£10 A0213 A Long Dundonald
£10 E0913 R Carruthers Ayr

FRIDAY
£10 C3343 J Hendrie Ayr
£10 B0245 K Mclelland Ayr
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Don’t miss any more chances to win,

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Stenhousemuir 0 Ayr Utd 1

Stenhousemuir 0 v 1 Ayr United

365 travelling Ayr fans witnessed United going ten matches without defeat but with a score line that tells little about this entertaining, thrilling and at times nail biting match.

Stenhousemuir opened at pace attempting to put Ayr under early pressure and twice in the opening 6 mins they created good chances.

In 2 mins, after good build up play the ball reached winger Alan Cook but his volley went over the top. Just four minutes later striker Colin McMenamin should have done better as he found himself unmarked but his header went high.

United took time to adjust to the speed of the ball and the irregular bounce off the surface but their first quality attack resulted in a goal. In 9 mins Jordan Preston latched onto the ball some 40 yards out and moved forward before spotting Ross Caldwell’s run into the box on his right. Preston’s pass reached Caldwell and after some good close control he slammed the ball into the left- hand corner of the net. One nil to Ayr and this was a signal for United to start their domination of the first half.

Wave after wave of Ayr attacks resulted in numerous close things. Preston, Caldwell and Docherty all went close with shots and a stinging 30 yard drive from Brian Gilmour in the 37th min brought out a magnificent fingertip save from Jamie Barclay in the Stenhousemuir goal. This was the first of a string of excellent saves from the keeper.

In 43 mins the impressive Preston took the ball on a run forward before slipping it to Caldwell who found Trouten at the edge of the penalty area. Trouten’s beautifully curled shot beat Barclay and looked certain to find the back of the net but instead just rose over the bar.

At half-time and with Stenhousemuir having been restricted to limited forays into the Ayr half in the first 45 mins it looked as if it would only be a matter of time before Ayr went further up, but it wasn’t to be. Stenhousemuir restructured with obvious attacking intent, going three at the back and at times pushing five up front.

Ayr started well and in 47 mins Docherty flashed a drive goalward but again Barclay was equal to the effort.

Just 5 minutes later Ayr suffered a blow which appeared to shake their hold on the game. Brian Gilmour, whose forward movement, crosses and set plays had created so much for Ayr in the first half, suddenly drew up clutching his leg after suffering a hamstring injury which could see him out for 4 – 6 weeks. Mikey Donald replaced the unfortunate midfielder.

Stenhousemuir then turned up the heat, pushing forward and giving the Ayr fans’ some nervous moments. McMenamin and Cook (twice) went close as they put pressure on the Ayr rear-guard.

In 63 mins Stenhousemuir missed a great chance to pull level. Right on the edge of the penalty area with his back to goal Stenhousemuir substitute Jason Scotland was taken down from behind by an unnecessary tackle from Robbie Crawford. Referee Greg Aitken had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The usually assured Colin McMenamin stepped forward to take the penalty but slipped in his run in mishitting the ball allowing Greg Fleming’s outstretched legs to deflect the ball away. The Ayr fans erupted in applause with all of them aware how fortunate their team had been and the quick reactions of their keeper.

With Stenhousemuir pushing so far forward Ayr did create chances breaking quickly and trying to utilise the space at the back. Donald hit the side netting from a Crawford cross and a Boyle surging run into the box allowed him to find Caldwell whose shot was again well saved by Barclay.

Stenhousemuir still tried to get something from the game and McMenamin, Cook (twice) and Gilhaney (twice) all managed to put good chances over the bar.

For the second week in a row there was a controversial sending off and this time it was for Stenhousemuir. In 88 mins Robbie Crawford seemed to knock the ball too far in front of himself a slid in hard to recover the ball at the same time as John Robertson. This appeared to be two players challenging hard for the same ball with no malicious intent, each giving as good as the other. Referee Aitken saw this differently and issued a red card to Robertson. Both managers would later comment that they did not feel that this should have been a sending off offence.

Stenhousemuir seemed shaken and struggled through the final minutes (some 6 mins of added time) with Ayr doing well to run down time in the corners while still looking for opportunities to score. The final chance of the match fell to Mikey Donald in 93 mins whose beautifully chipped freekick from 22 yards was again brilliantly saved by the fingertips of Barclay.

So 0 – 1 it remained and Ayr returned home with another useful 3 points.

Stenhousemuir
Barclay, McCormack, Paterson, Malcolm, Meechan, Robertson, Gilhaney, Millar, McMenamin, Small, Cook Substitutes: Scotland, Murray, Mazana, Stirling Shaw (GK), McRoary, Marenghi

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Docherty, McLauchlan, Graham, Gilmour, Crawford, Preston, Trouten, Caldwell Substitutes: Forrest, Muir, Donald, Adams, Nisbet, McCracken, Newman (GK)

Referee: Greig Aitken
Attendance: 767
Report: AUmedia

Peter Price 1932-2015

Peter Price 26th February 1932 – 23rd October 2015

In saying that Peter Price was Ayr United’s greatest ever player this is not some kind of reaction to the fact that he has passed away. People have been saying it for decades. He has no close contenders. Until his passing he was the town’s greatest surviving sporting hero.

The town of Ayr has produced many sporting heroes; people like Arsenal and Scotland star Ian Ure or test cricketer Mike Denness but they all pale in comparison to a man who has scored many more goals for Ayr United than anybody and it would be a virtual miracle if anyone even approached his record.

He was quiet and unassuming despite having a considerable amount he could have bragged about. His goal scoring made him a marked man. Literally! He used to talk about the physical punishment he used to take. But he was willing to put up with it in the Ayr United cause. He would remark that he only ever really wanted to play for his local club.

His passing is, in the main, sad news for the family. It is also sad news for the town and Ayr United supporters everywhere. He was a phenomenon and here is the proof.

Peter Price
Centre-forward, 1955 – 1962

Peter Price remains the most prolific Ayr United goalscorer of all time and his influence was such that his time at the club could accurately be described as ‘The Price Era’.

His career began with Craigmark Burntonians and he then progressed to St.Mirren after turning down the opportunity to play in a second trial match for Celtic reserves. After being released by St.Mirren, his next club was Gloucester City. While there, he played in a floodlit friendly in which Gloucester beat Spurs 2-1. The visiting team contained three England internationalists. They were goalkeeper Ted Ditchburn, right-back Alf Ramsey and inside-forward Eddie Bailey.

At the age of twenty-three, he returned to his native Ayrshire and was signed by Neil McBain for Ayr United in the summer of 1955. The transfer was from Gloucester, although conflicting reports that he joined from Darlington were not wholly inaccurate. His registered club had given him permission to guest for Darlington owing to an army posting to that area.

​The return to his Ayrshire roots soon developed into a story of goalscoring abandon. For example he netted five in an 8-1 rout at home to East Stirling on 26 November 1955. Such form was far from isolated. In winning promotion one hundred and three League goals were amassed and Peter Price had the honour, at Forfar, of getting the milestone hundredth. The same goal comprised his fortieth League strike of the season.

​A sojourn into the First Division proved all too brief. This was to prove a bad development for Second Division defences. In the two seasons 1957-58 and 1958-59, he scored one hundred and five competitive goals. On 29 March 1958, Ayr United trailed 4-1 in a League fixture at Hamilton. Quite remarkably Price scored four in eight minutes to win the match 5-4. The goal times were 72, 73, 78 and 80. No one would have dared to write such a story in fiction.

It was harsh that such prolific scoring should have gone unrewarded in terms of the club’s promotion quest. There was no such frustration in the championship season which followed. “This was one of Price’s best ever games. He matched his legendary goalscoring act with slick and intelligent ball play” – (Ayr United 3 Morton 0, 6 September 1958) : “Every time Price got the ball, City’s defence panicked” – (Brechin City 0 Ayr United 4, 18 October 1958) : “You could almost see the worry on the faces of the Alloa defenders when Price was in possession near goal” – (Ayr United 6 Alloa Athletic 2, 25 October 1958).

Yet he was more than a penalty box finisher. In the course of a 3-0 Scottish Cup win, at home to Stranraer, he started a run at the halfway line, which culminated in him beating all challenges to get through on goal and net a shot which was described as “unsaveable”. It was consdidered to be : “A goal that will be talked about at Somerset Park for many a day”.
​Once back in the First Division, his menace was still greatly in evidence. On 12 September 1959 a highly rated Motherwell team lost 5-2 at Ayr and the occasion was marked by a Price hat-trick. Reputations did not matter to him. On 23 January 1960, television crews from BBC and STV descended on Somerset Park for the visit of a Hearts team which was destined to win that season’s First Division championship. After a 1-1 draw, one journalist described what he considered to be “one of the wildest displays of jubilant supporters in a decade”. While 1-0 down, a Bobby Thomson clearance fell to Sam McMillan who broke clear before picking out Peter Price. The ace predator met the ball on the run and advanced on the Hearts goal before beating Gordon Marshall with a left-foot shot. It was a goal which put the fans into a feverish mood of excitement due to the timing of it. It was the last development of the game. There was not even sufficient time left to re-centre the ball.

​The fickle nature of football was illustrated in October 1960 when Jacky Cox dropped Price for a game at Dunfermline. He was the club’s top goalscorer to that point of the season. Nevertheless he found himself playing reserve football and he remained out of contention for four matches at this stage. On returning there were signs that the magic was still there. On Christmas Eve 1960 he got the only goal in a win over Rangers and he was headline news again. Disappointingly the season ended in relegation and he refused terms in the summer of 1961.

​The ‘Price Era’ ended on 4 January 1962 when he signed for Raith Rovers. Prior to the end of the 1962-63 season he was an Albion Rovers player, although not for long. In April 1963 he emigrated to Australia where he played for Gladesville. On his debut for that club he scored a hat-trick against Hakoah with less than half an hour played. It is a fact that his first touch of the ball in Australian football resulted in a goal. The goals continued to flow but he was unhappy there and flew home amidst a threat of being reported to FIFA for breach of contract. It was a hollow threat since, in June 1963, the Australians were still negotiating for entry to FIFA.

​To reflect on the Ayr United career of Peter Price is to reflect on a goalscoring phenomenon. He is one of eight players to have scored at least one hundred competitive goals for the club…..and he is the only one to have broken through the double-century barrier. A true Ayr United great!

League Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1955-56 35 40 2 1 5 0
1956-57 32 21 1 0 6 4
1957-58 34 46 2 1 6 7
1958-59 35 37 2 2 8 12
1959-60 32 17 3 5 6 4
1960-61 19 5 0 0 6 3
1961-62 12 7 1 0 4 1
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199 173 11 9 41 31

213 competitive goals for Ayr United!. Once you have digested the stats please re-read them and digest them again. Ally MacLeod, our greatest manager, was born on 26th February, 1931. Peter Price, our greatest player, was born on 26th February, 1932. 26th February has as great a resonance in the club’s history as the date the club was founded.

Peter Price

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of a true Ayr United legend, Peter Price.

Peter, who has been ill for some time, passed away today aged 83. The thoughts of everyone associated with the Club are with Peter’s family and friends at this time.

An appropriate tribute to Peter will follow in due course.

Stenhousemuir match preview

Match Preview
Stenhousemuir vs. Ayr United
Ladbrokes League 1 – Saturday 24th October 2015

On Saturday, The Honest Men are on the road once more as they travel to Ochilview to face Stenhousemuir. Ian McCall’s side extended their unbeaten run in the league to nine games last weekend but had to do it the hard way, fighting back from two-goals down to draw 2-2 against Forfar Athletic.

Stenhousemuir also came from behind to earn a point away from home. Goals from Colin McMenamin and Lewis Small in the 87th and 90th minute earned the Warriors a draw versus Cowdenbeath at Central Park. The result saw Brown Ferguson’s side climb one place in the table to seventh, despite no victory in their last five games.

Stenny strengthened their squad this week with the signing of 36 year old striker Jason Scotland. Capped 41 times from Trinidad & Tobago, Scotland scored five goals in the Premiership for Hamilton Accies last season.

Team News: Captain Nicky Devlin is available after the club successfully appealed the red card he was shown at Forfar. Peter Murphy and Craig Moore are still out.

Ian says: “When they came to Somerset earlier in the season we ended up winning comfortably however they were an attacking threat so we expect it to be an open game. The performance of the guys who came off the bench last week has certainly given us something to think about along with the game being on astroturf. We are delighted to have gone 9 games unbeaten and that is something we want to keep going for as long as possible.”

Head-to-Head:
Ayr United wins – 40
Draws – 17
Stenhousemuir wins – 17

Five of the last six meetings between the sides at Ochilview have ended 1-1 and United are without a win in the last eight games at Stenny stretching back to September 1996.

Last Meeting: The sides shared seven goals when they last met, at Somerset Park at the start of last month. Jordan Preston opened the scoring after just three minutes before a Paddy Boyle own-goal drew Stenny level. Craig Moore, a Jamie Barclay own-goal, Preston again and Ross Caldwell put Ayr 5-1 up before a later consolation from substitute Liam McCroary.

On this day: in 2005 Ayr were defeated 6-0 at Dumbarton. The Honest Men were already 1-0 down in the 32nd minute when Dougie Ramsay and Raymond Logan were both shown red cards for separate incidents, reducing United to nine men for the remainder of the game.

Match Officials:
Referee – Greg Aitken
Assistant Referee – Willie Ferguson
Assistant Referee – Colin Whyte

Match Details:
Admission Prices
Adult: £13 (Stand) / £12 (Terracing)
OAPs & Students: £8 (Stand) / £7 (Terracing)
U16s: Free when accompanied by an adult

With Stenhousemuir’s ‘On the Road’ initiative, Ayr United season ticket holders will gain entry for £10 on production of their 2015/16 season ticket.

Red card rescinded

Captain Nicky Devlin’s red card against Forfar on Saturday has been rescinded and replaced with a yellow card.

The decision was made after the Judicial panel met this morning. Nicky is now available to play on Saturday.