Neil McBain (December 1962 – 31/10/1963)

Even before United’s next home match against Stranraer, Neil McBain had been installed for his second term in charge. He had been hailed as a hero after his initial time at Ayr restoring top level football to Somerset Park.

Things did not go as well as all hoped. By December 1962 Ayr were 11th in the league and the local press was describing Ayr United performances as performances ‘almost as pathetic as the weather’. The winter of 1962/63 was one of the coldest and prompet a high level of postponements. After that long season with dreadful results such as a 7-2 thrashing by Stranraer in April, 13th place was achieved.

By October 1963 Ayr were in 15th place and two points off the bottom. Despite Ayr secretary Matt Pollock issuing a statementsaying that McBain had resigned. but McBain denied that it and turned up for work the following day! Two days later McBain did leave the club, along with the resignation of two directors. On terminating of his second spell as Ayr United manager, Neil was marginally short of his sixty-eighth birthday and he remains the oldest person ever to have occupied the manager’s chair at Somerset Park.

His brief spell in charge second time around also ended in controversial circumstances following his disciplinary action against a player who had allegedly failed to appear for treatment. A club statement confirmed that Mr McBain had finally tendered his resignation.

He died on 13th May 1974.

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