Supporters Survey 2016


Supporters Direct Scotland in partnership with the Scottish FA and supported by the SPFL are pleased to launch the Scottish Football Supporters Survey 2016 – designed to give supporters across the country their say on the big issues affecting the national game.

This year’s survey is expected to engage tens of thousands of supporters, with clubs supporting the call to ask fans, “What’s the view from where you sit?”

Since its inception, the Scottish Football Supporters Survey has helped shape strategy and facilitate change at all levels of the game.

Your feedback is essential in the next stage of supporter engagement and to help provide a better fan experience whether supporting your club or country.

Already, your views have been taken on board and helped achieve the implementation of innovations such as:

• The creation of a single league body, the SPFL
• The creation of the Premiership Play-Offs
• The appointment of SDS and other independent groups (Players, Coaches and Referee Representatives) to the Scottish FA Congress
• The reformatting of the League Cup

In addition, the survey feedback has also enhanced the debate on the fixture calendar, pricing strategy, barriers to attendance, alcohol in football and fan engagement and ownership models.

Have your say on the future of Scottish football and you could win tickets to Scotland’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Hampden (8 October 2016)

How will your views count?

• We’ll publish the full survey results in a comprehensive format
• Supporters Direct Scotland will identify key “supporter asks”
• These will be presented to the Scottish FA Congress’ July meeting
• Supporters Direct will report on the progress of the “supporter asks” in July 2017


Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive stressed the importance of the annual survey.

He said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the SPFL and SDS to launch this year’s Scottish Football Supporters Survey. The Scottish FA is committed to improving the game at all levels and the feedback from the fans – the lifeblood of the game – is important in shaping our plans for the future.”

Head of Supporters Direct Scotland, Andrew Jenkin explained that the survey is part of a process to continue to deliver change.

“As an organisation, Supporters Direct Scotland, plays a vital role in influencing key issues for supporters in Scottish football,” he added.

“This year we are more ambitious than ever before and plan to present the findings to all supporters, and then identify the key “supporter asks” we think Scottish football as a whole should focus on. Our aim is to be collaborative, to represent supporter views clearly, and to work with governing bodies & clubs to deliver ongoing change.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster added that the survey provides a valuable opportunity for the league governing body to reflect on the views of supporters across the country.

“The SPFL welcomes this survey and the opportunity it provides to hear and take on board the views of Scottish football supporters around the issues of most interest and concern to them,” he said.

Ayr Utd 2 Stranraer 1

Ayr booked their place in the promotion play offs and returned to winning ways as they ran out 2-1 winners over their Southwest neighbours, Stranraer. A first half strike from Alan Trouten and a second half goal from Michael Wardrope were enough to earn Ayr the win. Ryan Thomson pulled a goal back for the away side however Ayr held out for the vital 3 points.

Ian McCall made 5 changes to the starting line up as Devlin, Boyle, McCrorie, Forrest and Docherty all dropped out and were replaced by Murphy, McLauchlan, Donald, Wardrope and Adams.

The game started off quickly and Stranraer had their first chance after 6 minutes. Craig Pettigrew picked up the ball in midfield, however his powerful drive from distance went over the bar. Two minutes later and Stranraer were again causing problems as Willie Gibson picked up the ball on the left, skipped past Donald, before sending in a cross which evaded everyone and almost found the far corner however it flashed just wide.

Ayr had their first chance of the game after 9 minutes. Ryan Stevenson picked up the ball on the left hand side and his low drilled cross found Trouten, however he could only scoop the ball over from around 7 yards.

As Stranraer continued to press they were handed their best chance after 14 minutes. Kyle Turner got down the left and crossed the ball for Andy Stirling who saw his shot saved by Fleming from close range and Turner fired over the rebound from 10 yards.

After 16 minutes Stranraer were left to rue their chances as Ayr took the lead through Alan Trouten. The visitors failed to clear their lines properly and the ball fell to Peter Murphy who swung the ball into the back post. It was left by Graham and fell to Trouten at the back post who made no mistake and smashed his volley in off the post giving Belford no chance.

The rest of the first half was one of few chances as Stranraer tried to respond however they failed to do so as Ayr impressed in defence and the home team went in at half time 1-0 ahead.

The second half started brightly for Ayr as Trouten caused problems for Stranraer in the box, however his curled shot from the left went just wide of the far post. 5 minutes later and good play between Moore and Preston sent Preston through one on one however Cameron Belford done well to block his shot and keep the score down.

Stranraer tried to get themselves back into the game and Andy Stirling picked up the ball midway through the Ayr half and his powerful shot had to be saved by Fleming who did well to get his body behind the ball.

Ayr doubled their lead after 60 minutes through Michael Wardrope. Stranraer keeper Belford failed to clear a pass back as Moore closed him down. The keeper’s poor touch forced him to challenge for the ball with Stevenson 30 yards out The ball fell kindly to Michael Wardrope and from 35 yards the youngster managed to curl the ball into the empty net for his first senior goal and double Ayr’s lead.

Stranraer responded well however and 15 minutes later halved the deficit through Ryan Thomson. Cairney’s shot in the box was blocked by the Ayr defence however Fleming failed to clear the loose ball and Thomson nodded the ball home from close range to give the away side hope.

As Stranraer pushed for a leveler it was Ayr who almost scored again after 89 minutes as Wardrope’s half volley from 25 yards had to be well saved as it looked like it would hit the back of the net.

The final chance of the game fell to Stranraer and striker Jamie Longworth in injury time. After a defensive mix up, Longworth found himself through on goal however his effort was saved by Fleming from close range and was enough to earn Ayr the win.

Ayr travel to Fife to play Cowdenbeath next Saturday.

Ayr United
Fleming, Murphy, Donald, Graham, McLauchlan, Stevenson, Wardrope, Adams, Preston, Trouten, Moore
Substitutes: Newman (GK), Forrest, Hodge, Crawford, Muir, McKenzie.

Belford, Robertson, Pettigrew, Cairney, Bell, Stirling, Dick, Turner, McGuigan, Thomson, Gibson
Substitutes: Currie (GK), Aitken, Malcolm, McCloskey, Longworth, Kemp, Rumsby

Referee: Colin Steven
Attendance: 1244
Match Report: AUmedia

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Purple Day on Saturday

For Saturday’s game against Stranraer we are asking our supporters to wear purple for the day. The first team will wear purple for the match.

Purple Day was started in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a Canadian girl who has epilepsy. The website is here

It is now supported by all major UK epilepsy charities (eg Epilepsy Society, Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Scotland) and is growing by the year. Last year, the Hydro in Glasgow was lit up in support and Edinburgh Castle has done it in the past.

Some quick facts about epilepsy:
l Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting one in 100 people in the UK – an estimated 54,000 people in Scotland.

It involves abnormal electrical activity in the brain, resulting in seizures. People who have epilepsy are at risk for other health issues, including sleep problems and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

In many cases the cause of epilepsy cannot be determined, but common reasons for its development include genetics, head injury, brain tumour and stroke.

Among those who take antiepilepsy drugs, just under a third will still not gain control over their seizures.

In the UK, there are around 1,000 epilepsy-related deaths each year.

There is growing evidence that head injuries in sport, particularly rugby and the NFL, can lead to the development of ongoing neurological problems, including epilepsy.

Easter Shop Hours & Offers


The club shop have six amazing Easter Bonanza Deals on offer to supporters this week including our popular giant beach towels at an incredible give away price of 2 for £15.

1. Giant Beach Towel only £10 or buy 2 FOR £15
2. 2015/16 replica shirts now £20 adult sizes / £15 youth sizes
3. 1970`s retro shirt **final reduction** only £5
4. Twin pack t shirts only £10
5. Giant teddy bear 1/2 price now only £10
6. Garden gnomes 2 FOR £10 normal price £15.99 each

Easter opening hours:
Thursday Open 12-4
Good Friday – Closed
Saturday – Open from 10am
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed

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Issue on Saturday

Ayr united Football Club would like to express our gratitude to our travelling support, who contribute so much to all our away fixtures.

However, we are extremely disappointed by the actions of a small minority of fans, who, on Saturday vandalised toilets at Station Park, Forfar. This resulted in expense and inconvenience to Forfar Athletic Football Club, who are currently investigating the matter, and we will assist them in any way we can. Actions like this jeopardize the good relationships and respect we have built with all of our opponents in League One and will have the result of making us less welcome visitors.

If any person has information regarding this, please contact Ayr United and we will pass the information on.

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Forfar Athletic 3 v 1 Ayr United

A below-par second half performance from United saw them fall to a 3-1 defeat against Forfar Athletic at Station Park. A double from Andy Ryan and a goal from Steven Craig were enough to earn the Angus side a vital 3 points with Ryan Stevenson netting Ayr’s solitary counter.

Ian McCall made 3 changes to the team from last week’s defeat as Murphy, Gilmour and Adams all dropped out and were replaced by Graham, Preston and Forrest.

Ayr made a slow start to the game and found themselves behind after only 3 minutes. Danny Denholm collected a pass from Andy Ryan down the left hand side and crossed in the box which was met by Ryan who expertly controlled the ball and fired high into the net to give Fleming no chance and Forfar the lead.

Ayr responded well to this setback and found themselves level 10 minutes later. After some neat play on the right hand side, Ryan Stevenson passed the ball to Trouten who nutmegged Gareth Rodger and found Stevenson who finished well from a tight angle.

On 17 minutes Ayr were forced into two early changes when defenders McCrorie and Boyle clashed heads while clearing a corner. Play was held up for several minutes with both players suffering bad cuts to their heads which were to need hospital treatment. Gerry McLauchlan and Mikey Donald replaced the unlucky duo.

Jordan Preston also had an effort well saved after 20 minutes when his volley on the turn was well collected by Darren Hill.

Forfar looked to get their noses in-front again and were handed a great chance after 23 minutes. Gavin Swankie took a quick freekick from 40 yards out and chipped the ball into the box where it was met by Stevin Craig who volleyed over from 12 yards.

Ayr created a good chance after 29 minutes. Docherty spread the ball across to Devlin who slid in Trouten but his shot was blocked centre half Gareth Rodger. From the resultant corner Stevenson’s header was cleared off the line.

Steven Craig was again causing the Ayr defence problems as he brushed off Gerry McLauchlan on the edge of the box but his effort scraped just wide of the post and both teams went in at halftime with plenty to play for.

Forfar created the first chance of the second half after 49 minutes. A freekick from Swankie came into the box and it was met by Denholm however his header looped agonisingly wide of the post. 2 minutes later and Denholm had another chance, but this time his shot from inside the box was blocked by Nicky Devlin.

Although Forfar were taking the upper hand, Alan Forrest almost gave Ayr the lead after 62 minutes. Devlin drove the ball across the box from the right but Forrest’s first time effort came back off the post.

Forfar continued to come at United and after 70 minutes their efforts finally paid off. Forfar’s trialist collected the ball on the left and made his way into the box. He repeatedly twisted one way then the other, mesmerising the Ayr defenders but when his shot was blocked Andy Ryan reacted first and fired home from close range. This was no less than ‘The Loons’ deserved and they were in no way finished yet.

Forfar extended their lead 5 minutes later. A long hanging ball from Michael Kennedy caught out the Ayr defence and allowed Steven Craig to beat the offside trap then delicately loop the ball over Fleming into the net to give the home side a comfortable lead.

United huffed and puffed in the latter stages of the game but ultimately the damage had been d done and the Honest Men were resigned to their 10th league defeat of the season. The result means Ayr are still in third place but now 7 points behind Peterhead.

Ayr welcome Stranraer to Somerset next Saturday as they look to build momentum going into the final stages of the season.

Forfar Athletic
Hill, Spark, Kennedy, O’Brien, Rodger, Hodge, Kader, Craig, Ryan, Swankie, Denholm Substitutes Campbell, Hay, Trialist, Devine, Mailer, Yates, King (GK).

Ayr United
Fleming, Devlin, Boyle, Graham, Docherty, Stevenson, McCrorie, Moore, Trouten, Forrest, Preston Substitutes Wardrope, Adams, Hodge, McLauchlan, Donald, Crawford, Newman (GK).

Referee: Gavin Ross
Attendance: 614
Match Report: AUmedia

Forfar match preview

On Saturday, Ayr United travel north to face relegation-threatened Forfar Athletic at Station Park. The Honest Men’s 15 point advantage over Airdrieonians and Albion Rovers in 5th and 6th place respectively gives them a comfortable cushion in the race for a promotion play-offs spot but Ian McCall’s side will be looking to confirm their berth as soon as possible – and to catch second-placed Peterhead who moved four points ahead on Tuesday night.

Forfar Athletic won back-to-back league games – for the first time since the opening two games of the campaign – following their defeat at Somerset Park last month, but have gone on to take only two points from four games since.

Gary Bollan’s side scored in the third minute last Saturday at home to Cowdenbeath but saw their lead last less than 110 seconds . The game ended 1-1 despite the Loons enjoying the bulk of possession.

The result leaves Forfar level with rivals Brechin City at the foot of the table on 27 points, Forfar off the bottom on goal difference only. Cowdenbeath hold a two point advantage over the Angus pair.

Team News: Everyone is fit and available

Ian says:”We were all disappointed with last week. The title was always going to be a long shot however we wanted to put some pressure on. We just never got started last week and looked tired at times. We still have plenty to play for and want to finish the league as good as we possibly can.”

Ayr United wins – 55
Draws – 18
Forfar Athletic Athletic wins – 30

United have lost just one of the last seven matches between the sides.

Last Meeting: Two Ryan Stevenson goals earned Ayr United all three points the last time the sides met, a fixture broadcast live on BBC Alba last month. Andy Ryan had levelled the scores for the visitors at Somerset Park but Stevo’s acrobatic finish earned United all three points.

The previous two meetings this season both ended 2-2. United’s last visit to Forfar saw captain Nicky Devlin sent off after Andy Graham had halved Forfar’s two-goal advantage but the Honest Men finished the strongest team, equalising through Ross Caldwell.

On this day: in 2005, a Paul Shields penalty saw Forfar Athletic beat Ayr 1-0 at Station Park. The sides met the following week at Somerset Park with the scoreline reversed,

Scott Chaplain scoring the United goal. Ayr and Forfar also met on this date in 1927 when the sides played out a 2-2 draw at Station Park.

Match Officials:
Referee ­ Gavin Ross
Assistant Referee 1 ­ Lorraine Clark Assistant Referee 2 ­ Jim Burns

Stand ­ Adults £13/Concessions £7 Terracing ­ Adults £12/Concessions £6