After the confusion around McBain leaving the club it emerged that Bobby Flavell had been appointed for the second time as manager. His second spell in charge took place during the club’s darkest days but he did recruit Ally MacLeod as a player for Ayr United as well as others who would, in time, become Ayr United greats.
His first few matches ended in a 2-1 loss at home to Arbroath, 6-0 defeat at Clyde and 6-1 at Berwick. More defeats followed in the new year and there were many players unavailable. United’s resource poverty was clear for all to see. On 15th February Ayr took on Aberdeen at Pittodrie in the Scottish Cup and recorded a 2-1 win showing that his 4-2-4 formation could be successful. This gave Ayr there first away win in the Scottish Cup against higher league opposition. They did lose 7-1 in the next round however and a 14th place was finally achieved in the league.
The following season United lost their opening five matches but the real worrying issue was the newspaper headlines that ‘Ayr United may quit’. The Board had left the club in the hands of the fans. The club had now reached bottom of the league after a 5-0 defeat on 5th December by Stirling Albion and on 8th December Flavell resigned ostensibly to devote time to his pub in Airdrie.
He later managed Albion Rovers and died in March 2005.
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