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Division 2 – Mediochre Season Despite McBain’s Return

The 1962/63 season was the 90th season of competitive football in Scotland and the 66th season of the Scottish Football League.

After 7 years Neil McBain was back at the helm but 13th place is all he could manage.

A Bad early League Cup run and a 2-1 defeat by Dundee United in the Scottish Cup meant that it was a dismal mediocre start to the season for the Honest Men. Despite some good high scores such as a 4-3 win against Montrose on 17th November and a 6-2 win away to Forfar Athletic in December United were not climbing the league.

A 7-2 defeat later in the season by Stranraer consigned Ayr to a low 13th position finish.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Comments

Att

Programme Issued

11/8/62

East Stirlingshire

A

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

4-1

 

 

No Issue

15/08/1962

Berwick Rangers

H

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

2-2

 

 

No Issue

18/8/62

Hamilton Academical

A

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

4-4

Programme incorrectly dated 18/9

 

Yes

22/8/62

St. Johnstone

A

2nd Division

2-1

 

 

No Issue

25/8/62

East Stirlingshire

H

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

2-1

 

 

Yes

29/08/1962

Berwick Rangers

A

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

1-1

 

 

Yes

1/9/62

Hamilton Academical

H

Scottish League Cup – Group 5

3-2

 

 

Yes

5/9/62

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

3-2

 

 

No Issue

8/9/62

Morton

H

2nd Division

2-1

 

 

Yes

12/9/62

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

No Issue

15/9/62

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

19/9/62

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

No Issue

22/9/62

Cowdenbeath

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

 

Yes

26/9/62

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

No Issue

29/9/62

Albion Rovers

A

2nd Division

3-0

 

 

No Issue

6/10/62

Queens Park

H

2nd Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

13/10/1962

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

20/10/62

East Fife

H

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

27/10/62

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

1-4

 

 

Yes

10/11/62

Hamilton Academical

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

Yes

17/11/62

Montrose

H

2nd Division

4-3

 

 

Yes

24/11/62

East Stirlingshire

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

 

No Issue

1/12/62

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

 

No Issue

8/12/62

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

15/12/62

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

No Issue

22/12/62

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

6-2

 

 

No Issue

29/12/63

St. Johnstone

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

 

Yes

2/2/63

Dundee United

H

Scottish Cup – 2nd Rnd

1-2

 

 

Yes

23/2/63

East Fife

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

2/3/63

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

3-5

 

 

Yes

16/3/63

Hamilton Academical

H

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

Yes

23/3/63

Montrose

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

 

No Issue

27/3/63

Queens Park

A

2nd Division

1-4

 

 

No Issue

30/3/63

East Stirlingshire

H

2nd Division

1-4

 

 

Yes

3/4/63

Morton

A

2nd Division

1-6

 

 

Yes

6/4/63

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

 

Yes

13/4/63

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

2-7

 

 

Yes

17/4/63

St. Johnstone

H

2nd Division

3-1

Programme from 29 December used

 

No Issue

20/4/63

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

2-3

 

 

Yes

24/4/63

Albion Rovers

H

2nd Division

5-0

 

 

No Issue

27/4/63

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

4-2

 

 

Yes

29/4/63

Cowdenbeath

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

No Issue

4/5/63

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

Yes

06/05/1963

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

4-1

 

 

Yes

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1962/63

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

St. Johnstone

36

 

16

0

2

49

11

 

9

5

4

34

26

 

25

5

6

83

37

 

55

2.2

2

East Stirlingshire

36

 

15

3

0

49

14

 

5

6

7

31

36

 

20

9

7

80

50

 

49

1.6

3

Morton

36

 

15

1

2

70

20

 

8

1

9

30

29

 

23

2

11

100

49

 

48

2

4

Hamilton Academical

36

 

10

5

3

38

25

 

8

3

7

31

31

 

18

8

10

69

56

 

44

1.2

5

Stranraer

36

 

11

6

1

56

31

 

5

4

9

25

39

 

16

10

10

81

70

 

42

1.2

6

Arbroath

36

 

13

3

2

50

18

 

5

1

12

24

33

 

18

4

14

74

51

 

40

1.5

7

Albion Rovers

36

 

14

1

3

42

22

 

4

1

13

30

57

 

18

2

16

72

79

 

38

0.9

8

Cowdenbeath

36

 

10

3

5

48

29

 

5

4

9

24

32

 

15

7

14

72

61

 

37

1.2

9

Alloa Athletic

36

 

10

3

5

34

19

 

5

3

10

23

37

 

15

6

15

57

56

 

36

1

10

Stirling Albion

36

 

10

2

6

41

35

 

6

2

10

33

40

 

16

4

16

74

75

 

36

1

11

East Fife

36

 

11

4

3

32

16

 

4

2

12

28

53

 

15

6

15

60

69

 

36

0.9

12

Dumbarton

36

 

12

1

5

40

23

 

3

3

12

24

41

 

15

4

17

64

64

 

34

1

13

Ayr United

36

 

9

3

6

40

33

 

4

5

9

28

44

 

13

8

15

68

77

 

34

0.9

14

Queens Park

36

 

8

3

7

35

30

 

5

3

10

31

42

 

13

6

17

66

72

 

32

0.9

15

Montrose

36

 

9

1

8

35

33

 

4

4

10

22

37

 

13

5

18

57

70

 

31

0.8

16

Stenhousemuir

36

 

9

2

7

35

33

 

4

3

11

19

42

 

13

5

18

54

75

 

31

0.7

17

Berwick Rangers

36

 

6

6

6

32

33

 

5

1

12

25

44

 

11

7

18

57

77

 

29

0.7

18

Forfar Athletic

36

 

8

3

7

47

40

 

1

2

15

26

59

 

9

5

22

73

99

 

23

0.7

19

Brechin City

36

 

2

3

13

20

42

 

1

0

17

19

71

 

3

3

30

39

113

 

9

0.4

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