Gerry Mays
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Gerry Mays
  • First Appointed: December 19th, 1961

Managerial History

Dec 19th, 1961 to Dec 4th, 1962

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Dec 30th, 1961 1 - 1 vs. Montrose, League (2nd Division)

Last Match In Charge
Dec 1st, 1962 1 - 3 vs. Dumbarton, League

Total Players Used:

Biggest Win(s)
Sep 29th, 1962 3 - 0 vs. Albion Rovers, League (2nd Division)
Aug 11th, 1962 4 - 1 vs. East Stirlingshire, Scottish League Cup (Group 5)
Apr 25th, 1962 4 - 1 vs. Stranraer, League (2nd Division)
Jan 20th, 1962 6 - 3 vs. Forfar Athletic, League (2nd Division)
Jan 1st, 1962 4 - 1 vs. Greenock Morton, League (2nd Division)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Apr 30th, 1962 0 - 5 vs. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Cup (2nd Leg)
Mar 17th, 1962 0 - 5 vs. Clyde, League (2nd Division)
Jan 13th, 1962 2 - 7 vs. Alloa Athletic, League (2nd Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
44 16 12 16 83 91
(36.4%) (27.3%) (36.4%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
20 10 5 5 42 34
(50.0%) (25.0%) (25.0%)


On Sunday 17th December 1961 a special Board meeting was held and Gerry May was appointed - a 40 year old coach at Kilmarnock at the time. He resigned from Kilmarnock on the Monday and commenced at Somerset Park on Tuesday 19th December 1961.

After a playing career of some repute as an inside forward with Hibs, St.Johnstone and Kilmarnock, Gerry Mays became United’s third boss in three weeks .

His brother Jock had played for Ayr in the 1930's but Gerry had little success in his brief spell in charge. He freed Peter Price, Willie Paton and ‘Tottie’ McGhee but brought Johnny Hubbard and Johnny Kilgannon to the club. A good initial start his reign gave false hope and the next three games were lost, the last of which was a 7-2 defeat to an Alloa Athletic side who had played most of the match with 10 men. A 9th place finish was achieved but not well accepted having just been relegated from the first division. Crowds were plummeting.

The following season Ayr found themselves 2nd in the league but only one win in the next 10 matches was a final blow to Mays time at Ayr. He didnt even survive past the eight of that 10 match losing streak and after a 3-1 defeat at Dumbarton Gerry Mays handed in his resignation to the Board.

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