Alex Gibson was a former Kilmarnock chairman and ex-manager of Preston North End having left PNE in the summer of 1931. He was appointed Ayr manager on 24th September 1931. Despite his Scottish connections Gibson had been accused whilst at Preston of not releasing players to play for Scotland. During his time at Ayr there was some fleeting glory such as a 3-0 win at Celtic Park in March 1934 but he eventually struggled to maintain Ayr United’s First Division status.
That status looked fragile following an 8-0 defeat away to Albion Rovers in January 1935 and Gibson resigned on the Monday. A particularly smart bit of business was in August 1933 when he convinced rampant scorer Terry McGibbons that he should sign for Ayr United.
He resigned on 7th January 1935 at a Board meeting after some bad results and in particular an 8-0 drubbing by Albion Rovers the previous Saturday.
He died in Ayr on 6th March 1952.
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