James Macdonald
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: James MacDonald
  • First Appointed: August 15th, 1919

Managerial History

Aug 15th, 1919 to May 16th, 1923

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Aug 16th, 1919 1 - 1 vs. Dumbarton, League (1st Division)

Last Match In Charge
May 15th, 1923 0 - 4 vs. Queen's Park, Ayr Charity Cup

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Biggest Win(s)
Aug 17th, 1921 6 - 1 vs. Queen's Park, League (1st Division)
Sep 20th, 1919 5 - 0 vs. Kilmarnock, League (1st Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Nov 29th, 1919 1 - 7 vs. Dundee, League (1st Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
180 64 48 68 261 262
(35.6%) (26.7%) (37.8%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
90 48 29 13 160 80
(53.3%) (32.2%) (14.4%)


James McDonald took over the job at Ayr in August 1919 having been the manager at Kilmarnock between 1910 and 1919 who presented him with a’ handsome timepiece ’on his first return to Rugby Park for a match on 3rd January 1920 (which Ayr lost by 2-1). He was a grafter and set out to enhance the already strong Ayr United squad. He signed future international full-back and Beith farmer, Jock Smith from Neilston Victoria.

Post war attendances were booming and war demands for manpower reducing. This led to increasing prosperity for the Honest Men and during McDonalds reign, United bought Somerset Park in January 1920.

McDonald had a richness of individual talent at his disposal and a notable result during his tenure was a 4-1 win at Celtic Park in November 1922. He also led Ayr to a superb 2-0 win against Rangers in the Scottish Cup in front of a then record attendance at Somerset of 15,853 in a season the Glasgow team were chasing the league and cup double.

As with other Ayr United managers before and after him, McDonald had little authority in the matter of team selection, that task being the responsibility of the board. There is no documentary evidence to tell why he quit the Honest Men but it was harmonious as a presentation was made to him by the club on 11th December 1923 in the Market Inn

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