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Division 1- Its That First Division Feeling

The 1913/14 season was the 41st season of competitive football in Scotland and the 24th season of the Scottish Football League. It saw an increase from 18 teams to 20 teams in Division one while the number of teams in Division two was decreased back to 12 from 14.

Ayr United’s first ever season in Scotland’s premier league saw them attain a very creditable 10th place. Some construction work was carried out at Somerset park to include a Press Stand and an increase in the number of turnstiles from four to nine.

The season started off in grand still when United were visitors to Celtic on 16th August 1913 – the inauguration of Celtic Park. The Ayr United team for that auspicious occasion was Herbertson, Bell, Mc Stay, Rennie, Connell, McLaughlan, Middleton, Robertson, Phillips, McGowan and Gray. A 5-1 defeat was suffered with Roberstson netting for United. In fact the awestruck first division newcomers had to wait until the fifth match of the season when a shock 3-1 win was obtained at Falkirk in mid September. The size of the shock was highlighted by the fact that just the week before Ayr United suffered one of their most disastrous defeats in history, losing 1-0 to Stevenston United in the Scottish Cup. A 4-0 defeat by Hamilton did not surprise anyone. Galston won the previous season’s Ayrshire Cup after a reply in October.

Some new faces were necessary and new signing George Woods, was plunged straight into the fray in goal for United’s 2-2 draw with Queen’s Park on 11th October. A week later Gray and Middleton both one coats through the local sponsorship deal with 2 goals each in Ayr’s 4-0 win over Motherwell. rare points were obtained a Aberdeen in a 202 draw with Charlie Phillips getting both of Ayr’s goals. A 3-2 win over Falkirk at Somerset on 1st November was had, with new signing G.S ramsay scoring. This was followed by a 2-1 home win over Partick Thistle. United had now gone five games undefeated but it couldn’t last at Kirkcaldy where they lost 5-1.

Herbert Dainty was also signed by Ayr at this time.

Sam Herberston took over in goal from George Woods only to suffer another hammering by Celtic, this time 6-0 at Somerset Park on 27th December. Despite this, Celtic and Ayr United had a good rapport mainly due to Lawrence Gemson and native of Preston in Lancashire and head master of St Margaret’s School in Ayr. The relationship allowed Joe Cassidy to come to Ayr from Celtic – the first of many to come to Ayr from Celtic Park.

In a new year friendly Ayr won 6-4 against the Northern Nomads – an English/Irish combination.

There was also an astounding 5-0 win against Hibernian.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

16/08/13

Glasgow Celtic

A

1st Division

1-5

 

No

 

23/08/13

Heart Of Midlothian

H

1st Division

0-4

 

No

 

30/08/13

Dundee

A

1st Division

0-2

 

No

 

01/09/13

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

06/09/13

Stevenson United

A

Scottish Qualifying Cup 1st round

0-1

 

No

 

08/09/13

Falkirk

A

1st Division

3-1

 

No

 

13/09/13

Kilmarnock

A

1st Division

1-0

 

No

 

17/09/13

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

27/09/13

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

0-4

 

No

 

04/10/13

Galston

H

Ayrshire Cup Final (12/13)

3-3

 

No

 

08/10/13

Galston

A

Ayrshire Cup Final (12/13) Replay

1-2

 

No

 

11/10/13

Queens Park

H

1st Division

2-2

 

No

 

18/10/13

Motherwell

H

1st Division

4-0

 

No

 

25/10/13

Aberdeen

A

1st Division

2-2

 

No

 

01/11/13

Falkirk

H

1st Division

3-2

 

No

 

08/11/13

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No

 

15/11/13

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-5

 

No

 

25/11/13

Clyde

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No

 

29/11/13

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No

 

06/12/13

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-2

 

No

 

13/12/13

Third Lanark

A

1st Division

2-4

 

No

 

20/12/13

Hibernian

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

27/12/13

Celtic

H

1st Division

0-6

 

No

 

01/01/14

Northern Nomads

H

Friendly

6-4

 

No

 

03/01/14

Heart Of Midlothian

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

05/01/14

Morton

H

1st Division

0-2

 

No

 

10/01/14

Rangers

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

17/01/14

Morton

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No

 

24/01/14

Third Lanark

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No

 

31/01/14

Hibernian

A

1st Division

5-0

 

No

 

07/02/14

Scottish Amatuers

H

Friendly

4-0

 

No

 

14/02/14

Dundee

H

1st Division

4-1

 

No

 

21/02/14

St Bernards

H

Friendly

4-1

 

No

 

28/01/14

Third Lanark

H

Friendly

3-0

 

No

 

07/03/14

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No

 

14/03/14

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

0-0

 

No

 

17/03/14

Clyde

A

1st Division

2-1

 

No

 

21/03/14

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

0-0

 

No

 

25/03/14

Rangers

A

1st Division

2-5

 

No

 

28/03/14

Motherwell

A

1st Division

0-2

 

No

 

04/04/14

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

3-1

 

No

 

11/04/14

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

3-0

 

No

 

15/04/14

Queens Park

A

1st Division

3-3

 

No

 

18/04/14

Aberdeen

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No

 

25/04/14

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No

 

29/04/14

Kilmarnock

H

Friendly

3-4

 

No

 

02/05/14

Queens Park

H

Ayr Charity Cup Final

2-1

 

No

 

P

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

Celtic

38

30

5

3

81

14

67

65

2

Rangers

38

27

5

6

79

31

48

59

=3

Heart of Midlothian

38

23

8

7

70

29

41

54

=3

Morton

38

26

2

10

76

51

25

54

5

Falkirk

38

22

9

7

69

51

18

49

6

Airdrieonians

38

18

12

8

72

43

29

48

7

Dundee

38

19

5

14

64

53

11

43

8

Third Lanark

38

13

10

15

42

51

-9

36

9

Clyde

38

11

11

16

44

44

0

33

10

Ayr United

38

13

7

18

56

72

-16

33

11

Raith Rovers

38

13

6

19

56

57

-1

32

12

Kilmarnock

38

11

9

18

48

68

-20

31

13

Hibernian

38

12

6

20

58

75

-17

30

14

Aberdeen

38

10

10

18

38

55

-17

30

15

Partick Thistle

38

10

9

19

37

51

-14

29

16

Queen’s Park

38

10

9

19

52

84

-32

29

17

Motherwell

38

11

6

21

46

65

-19

28

18

Hamilton Academical

38

11

6

21

49

66

-17

28

19

Dumbarton

38

10

7

21

45

87

-42

27

20

St Mirren

38

8

6

24

38

73

-36

22

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