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Archie Buchanan (January 1926 – September 1931)

Following the Jimmy Hay ban, Archie Buchanan took over reigns at Ayr United although he had no responsibility for engaging players and was confined mainly to clerical work including that pertaining to registrations and transfers.

During this phase the club won the Second Division title. Buchanan’s father had been a director of Ayr United and a director of Ayr FC prior to the amalgamation in 1910.

He was a native of Ayr and, in his latter years, was able to recall the excitement of the Jimmy Smith era and the Scandinavian Tour of 1928 with impressive detail although would never be drawn on the Steen/Hay issue at the club.

He was a native of Ayr and, in his latter years, was able to recall the excitement of the Jimmy Smith era and the Scandinavian Tour of 1928.

When Jimmy Smith went to Liverpool in 1929 he bought Archie Buchanan a clock as a thank you and the clock remained with Archie in perfect working order until his death in Ayr on 27th January 1994, the day before his 94th birthday.

Archie Buchanan’s last full season in charge saw Ayr needing one point to avoid relegation in season 1930/31. That last match was, of course, at Kilmarnock but a Danny Tolland goal gave the Honest Men a win and survival. Archie Buchanan stepped down on 31st September 1931.

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