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Division 1 – Highest Ever League Finish For Ayr

The 1915/16 season was the 43rd season of competitive football in Scotland and the 26th season of the Scottish Football League. For this season, Division Two was abandoned due to World War I.

Ayr United fresh from their superb 5th place the previous season were looking to improve on even that high placing.

The Honest Men replaced their manager bringing Lawrence Gemson into lead the campaign.

Lawrence Gemson had not previously played nor coached at senior level prior to taking the reigns at Ayr.

Although his duties were largely secretarial, he guided Ayr United to what remains the club’s best ever league season with a fourth-placed finish in the top flight.

The highlight was a 6-0 win over Third Lanark and 5-0 away to Hearts.

They also experienced the first ever postponed match at Somerset Park on 20th November 1915.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

21/08/15

Dundee

A

1st Division

0-2

 

No Issue

 

28/08/15

Hibernian

H

1st Division

2-3

 

No Issue

 

04/09/15

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

3-0

 

No Issue

 

11/09/15

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-0

 

No Issue

 

15/09/15

3rd Glasgow Highlanders

H

Friendly

4-5

 

No Issue

Friendly for Miltary funds

18/09/15

Rangers

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

25/09/15

Aberdeen

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

02/10/15

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

09/10/15

Hearts

A

1st Division

5-0

 

No Issue

 

15/10/15

Motherwell

H

1st Division

3-2

 

No Issue

 

23/10/15

Kilmarnock

A

1st Division

1-0

 

No Issue

 

30/10/15

Third Lanark

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

06/11/15

Morton

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

13/11/15

Airdrieonians 1878

A

1st Division

1-3

 

No Issue

 

27/11/15

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

0-0

 

No Issue

 

04/12/15

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

11/12/15

Celtic

H

1st Division

0-4

 

No Issue

 

18/11/15

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

25/12/15

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No Issue

 

01/01/16

Queens Park

A

1st Division

2-2

 

No Issue

 

03/01/16

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

3-1

 

No Issue

 

04/01/16

Clyde

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No Issue

 

08/01/16

Hearts

H

1st Division

3-1

 

No Issue

 

15/01/16

Morton

A

1st Division

1-0

 

No Issue

 

22/01/16

Queens Park

H

1st Division

4-1

 

No Issue

 

29/01/16

Celtic

A

1st Division

1-3

 

No Issue

 

05/02/16

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

12/02/16

Aberdeen

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

19/02/16

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

4-0

 

No Issue

 

26/02/16

Rangers

H

1st Division

1-0

 

No Issue

 

04/02/16

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

3-2

 

No Issue

 

11/03/16

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

18/03/16

Clyde

A

1st Division

3-1

 

No Issue

 

25/03/16

Third Lanark

H

1st Division

6-0

 

No Issue

 

01/04/16

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

08/04/16

Airdrieonians 1878

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No Issue

 

15/04/16

Motherwell

A

1st Division

3-0

 

No Issue

 

22/04/16

Hibernian

A

1st Division

1-3

 

No Issue

 

29/04/16

Falkirk

H

1st Division

4-1

 

No Issue

 

06/05/16

Kilmarnock

A

Friendly

2-1

 

No Issue

Charity match for Kilmarnock Infirmary

13/05/16

Queens Park

H

Ayr Charity Cup Final

3-1

 

No Issue

 

P

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

Celtic

38

32

3

3

116

32

84

67

2

Rangers

38

25

6

7

87

39

48

56

3

Morton

37

22

7

8

86

35

51

51

4

Ayr United

38

20

8

10

72

45

27

48

5

Heart of Midlothian

37

20

6

11

66

45

19

46

6

Partick Thistle

38

19

8

11

65

41

24

46

7

Hamilton Academical

38

19

3

16

68

76

-8

41

8

Dundee

38

18

4

16

56

49

7

40

9

Dumbarton

38

13

11

14

54

64

-10

37

10

Kilmarnock

38

12

11

15

46

49

-3

35

11

Aberdeen

38

11

12

15

51

64

-13

34

12

Falkirk

38

12

9

17

45

61

-16

33

13

St Mirren

38

13

4

21

50

67

-17

30

14

Motherwell

38

11

8

19

55

82

-27

30

15

Airdrieonians

38

11

8

19

44

74

-30

30

16

Third Lanark

38

9

11

18

40

56

-16

29

17

Clyde

38

11

7

20

49

71

-22

29

18

Queen’s Park

38

11

6

21

53

100

-47

28

19

Hibernian

38

9

7

22

44

71

-27

25

20

Raith Rovers

38

9

5

24

30

65

-35

23

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