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Club History

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Ayr  United were formed in 1910 with the amalgamation of Scottish League sides Ayr Parkhouse and Ayr FC, who in turn had been formed by previous club mergers and began playing their home matches at Somerset Park, Ayr from the 1910/11 season.

Until 1994, when the Scottish League admitted an Inverness side to the league, Ayr United were the only Scottish League side to be formed as the result of a merger. However, as the Inverness sides were an amalgamation of two non-league sides, Ayr United still remains as the only side to be the product of a merger of two former league sides.

Ayr United have the nickname ‘The Honest Men’ taken from the poetry of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, who came from Alloway, near Ayr. He wrote about

‘Auld Ayr, wham ne’er a toon surpasses, for honest men and bonnie lasses’
So with his poetry Ayr United’s nickname of ‘The Honest Men’ was born.

  • Reserve and Youth Team Cup Successes.

    The Ayr United reserve and youth sides have also had their share of success.

    Second XI Cup Winners
    1939/40

    Finalists 1927/28

    Reserve League Champions
    1971/72, 2001/02

    Reserve League (West) Champions 1989/90, 1999/00

    Scottish Youth League Champions 2000/01, 2001/02

    Reserve League Cup Winners
    1981/82

    Finalists 2001/02

    Scottish Youth Cup Finalists
    2001/02

  • League Success

    Ayr United have been blessed with league success and have been lower divisional champions on a number of occassions.

    Second Division Champions (Old
    Style – Tier 2)

    1911/12, 1912/13, 1927/28,
    1936/37, 1958/59, 1965/66

    Runners Up (Old Style)

    1910/11, 1955/56, 1968/69

    Second Division Champions
    (New Style – Tier 3)

    1987/88, 1996/97

    League 1

    2017/18

  • Club Records

    Ground capacity – 12,128.

    Highest Attendance – The highest attendance at Somerset Park was recorded on 13th September 1969 when Rangers came visiting.

    The crowd swelled to a massive 25,225 as young children and adults alike were forced to stand within the boundary wall around the ground. Ayr United won the match 2-1.

    Such a crowd could never fit into
    Somerset Park again since the
    regulations changed.

    Record League Win -11-1 on 13th August 1952 v Dumbarton (Scottish League Cup).

    Record Defeat – 9-0 on 28th February 1931 v Hearts (1st Division)

    and on 4th December 1954 v Third Lanark (‘B’ Division).

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Second Division league champions 1987/88 with manager Ally McLeod in May 1987

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Second Division league champions 1987/88 with manager Ally McLeod in May 1987

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