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Division 1 – 15th Place Is Safe For The Honest Men

Ayr United found themselves in the relegation zone at the end of the season finishing 15th, nevertheless winning 12 matches out of the 38 played.

Lawrence Gemson’s side escaped relegation by a mere 8 points in a season that saw Aberdeen and Dundee sliding into division 2. The charitable match trend continued with a match against Rangers for the Red Cross Society, ending in a 3-1 win for the Glasgow team.

The league programme began, fraught with issues relating to the great war. Jimmy Richardson was to make only one appearance in two seasons owing to Army service including trench warfare in France and Ayr United could not even begin with 11 me, Gray arriving 25 minutes late at Firhill and goalkeeper Gordon failing to turn for the match against Celtic – both matches which Ayr lost.

November 16th 1916 was a historic day for Ayrshire football history. That day new records were created in the local derby with Kilmarnock. Up to that time Killie had never scored a goal at Ayr never mind beat them.

Killie were nevertheless worthy winners by all accounts.

The Honest Men gradually dropped from 4th to finish 15th in the 20 club league. Jimmy Marshall was credited with 20 goals of the 47 scored.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

12/08/16

Rangers

H

Friendly

1-3

 

No Issue

Charity match for the Red Cross Society

19/08/16

Third Lanark

H

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

26/08/16

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

0-3

 

No Issue

 

02/09/16

Celtic

H

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

09/09/16

Kilmarnock

A

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

16/09/16

Hearts

H

1st Division

2-0

 

No Issue

 

23/09/16

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

3-1

 

No Issue

 

30/09/16

Aberdeen

H

1st Division

1-0

 

No Issue

 

07/10/16

Rangers

H

1st Division

1-3

 

No Issue

 

14/10/16

Hibernian

A

1st Division

4-1

 

No Issue

 

21/10/16

Airdrieonians 1878

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

28/10/16

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

0-0

 

No Issue

 

04/11/16

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

3-1

 

No Issue

 

11/11/16

Clyde

A

1st Division

4-1

 

No Issue

 

18/11/16

Morton

A

1st Division

0-2

 

No Issue

 

25/11/16

Hibernian

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

02/12/16

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

0-0

 

No Issue

 

09/12/16

Celtic

A

1st Division

0-5

 

No Issue

 

16/12/16

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

0-2

 

No Issue

 

23/12/16

Hearts

A

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

30/12/16

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

01/01/17

Queens Park

A

1st Division

2-3

 

No Issue

 

02/01/17

Falkirk

H

1st Division

2-2

 

No Issue

 

06/01/17

Aberdeen

A

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

13/01/17

Motherwell

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

20/01/17

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

27/01/17

Motherwell

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

03/02/17

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

10/02/17

Rangers

A

1st Division

0-1

 

No Issue

 

17/02/17

Clyde

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

24/02/17

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

1-3

 

No Issue

 

03/03/17

Morton

H

1st Division

0-3

 

No Issue

 

10/03/17

Falkirk

A

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

17/03/17

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

24/03/17

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

1-2

 

No Issue

 

31/03/17

Third Lanark

A

1st Division

3-4

 

No Issue

 

07/04/17

Queens Park

H

1st Division

1-1

 

No Issue

 

14/04/17

Airdrieonians 1878

A

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

21/04/17

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

2-1

 

No Issue

 

28/04/17

Kilmarnock

H

Friendly

0-2

 

No Issue

 

26/05/17

Stevenston United

H

Friendly

4-2

 

No Issue

For War Charities

P

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

1

Celtic

38

27

10

1

79

17

62

64

2

Morton

38

24

6

8

72

39

33

54

3

Rangers

38

24

5

9

68

32

36

53

4

Airdrieonians

38

21

8

9

71

38

20

50

5

Third Lanark

38

19

11

8

53

37

16

49

6

Kilmarnock

38

18

7

13

69

46

23

43

7

St Mirren

38

15

10

13

49

43

6

40

8

Motherwell

38

16

6

16

57

59

-2

38

=9

Dumbarton

38

12

11

15

56

73

-17

35

Partick Thistle

38

14

7

17

44

43

-1

35

Hamilton Academical

38

13

9

16

54

73

-19

35

=12

Clyde

38

10

14

14

41

53

-12

34

Falkirk

38

12

10

16

58

57

1

34

14

Heart of Midlothian

38

14

4

20

44

59

-15

32

15

Ayr United

38

12

7

19

47

59

-12

31

=16

Dundee

38

13

4

21

58

71

-13

30

Hibernian

38

10

10

18

57

72

-15

30

18

Queen’s Park

38

11

7

20

56

81

-25

29

19

Raith Rovers

38

8

7

23

42

91

-49

23

20

Aberdeen

38

7

7

24

36

68

-32

21

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