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Division 1 – Magnificant 6th Place

The 1972-73 season was a particularly memorable one. Not just for another league triumph over Rangers — this tn_Partick thistle (h) 7 Oct 72was almost becoming routine at Somerset Park — but for one of Ayr’s most determined bids to win the Scottish Cup. It was also Ayr’s first entry into a non-domestic cup competition – The Texaco Cup.

Having overcome lesser opposition in the early rounds, Ayr travelled to face Partick Thistle in what was considered to be a tricky tie. They returned with a superb 5-1 victory under their belts and a place in the last four for the first time ever.

Over 50,000 saw them tackle Rangers in the Hampden semi-final and a desperately close game was settled by two identical tussles between Ayr’s Sanny McAnespie and Rangers striker Derek Parlane with the Ibrox man winning both duels to score the only goals of the game.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

5/8/72

Cambridge United

A

Friendly

0-1

 

Yes

 

7/8/72

Stevenage Athletic

A

Friendly

2-0

 

Yes

 

12/8/72

St Mirren

H

Scottish League Cup

2-1

 

Yes

 

16/8/72

Clydebank

A

Scottish League Cup

0-1

 

Yes

 

19/8/72

Rangers

A

Scottish League Cup

1-2

 

Yes

 

23/8/72

Clydebank

H

Scottish League Cup

5-0

 

Yes

 

26/8/72

St Mirren

A

Scottish League Cup

3-0

 

Yes

 

30/8/72

Rangers

H

Scottish League Cup

1-2

 

Yes

 

2/9/72

Rangers

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

4/9/72

Alloa Athletic

A

Scottish League Cup Sup Tie – 1st leg

0-0

 

Yes

 

6/9/72

Alloa Athletic

H

Scottish League Cup Sup Tie – 2nd leg

0-1

 

Yes

 

9/9/72

Kilmarnock

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

13/9/72

Newcastle United

H

Texaco Cup 1st Rnd

0-0

 

Yes

 

16/9/72

Morton

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

23/9/72

Arbroath

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

27/9/72

Newcastle United

H

Texaco Cup 2nd Rnd

0-2

 

Yes

 

30/9/72

Celtic

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

7/10/72

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

14/10/72

East Fife

A

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

21/9/72

Aberdeen

H

1st Division

2-3

 

Yes

 

28/9/72

Dundee United

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

4/11/72

Motherwell

H

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

11/11/72

Hearts

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

18/11/72

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

25/11/72

Dundee

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

2/12/72

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

9/12/72

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

16/12/72

Hibernian

A

1st Division

1-8

 

Yes

 

23/12/72

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

30/12/72

Rangers

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

1/1/73

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

6/1/73

Morton

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

13/1/73

Arbroath

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

20/1/73

Celtic

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

27/1/73

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

3/2/73

Inverness Thistle

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

3-0

 

Yes

 

10/2/73

East Fife

H

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

17/2/73

Aberdeen

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

24/2/73

Stirling Albion

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd

2-1

 

Yes

 

3/3/73

Dundee United

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

10/3/73

Motherwell

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

17/3/73

Partick Thistle

A

Scottish Cup Quarter Final

5-1

 

Yes

 

21/3/73

Hearts

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

24/3/73

Falkirk

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

31/3/73

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

4/4/73

Rangers

N

Scottish Cup Semi Final

0-2

 

Yes

 

7/4/73

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

14/4/73

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

21/4/73

Hibernian

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

28/4/73

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

2/5/73

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final 1st leg

0-0

 

Yes

 

7/5/73

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final 2nd leg

1-2

 

Yes

 

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1972/73

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Celtic

34

 

14

3

0

47

10

 

12

2

3

46

18

 

26

5

3

93

28

 

57

3.3

2

Rangers

34

 

14

2

1

36

10

 

12

2

3

38

20

 

26

4

4

74

30

 

56

2.5

3

Hibernian

34

 

12

2

3

43

17

 

7

5

5

31

16

 

19

7

8

74

33

 

45

2.2

4

Aberdeen

34

 

10

6

1

42

15

 

6

5

6

19

19

 

16

11

7

61

34

 

43

1.8

5

Dundee

34

 

13

4

0

45

10

 

4

5

8

23

33

 

17

9

8

68

43

 

43

1.6

6

Ayr United

34

 

11

4

2

33

21

 

5

4

8

17

30

 

16

8

10

50

51

 

40

1

7

Dundee United

34

 

11

3

3

32

24

 

6

2

9

24

27

 

17

5

12

56

51

 

39

1.1

8

Motherwell

34

 

5

6

6

20

23

 

6

3

8

18

25

 

11

9

14

38

48

 

31

0.8

9

East Fife

34

 

8

3

6

26

21

 

3

5

9

20

33

 

11

8

15

46

54

 

30

0.9

10

Heart Of Midlothian

34

 

7

4

6

15

17

 

5

2

10

24

33

 

12

6

16

39

50

 

30

0.8

11

St. Johnstone

34

 

8

3

6

35

30

 

2

6

9

17

37

 

10

9

15

52

67

 

29

0.8

12

Morton

34

 

8

4

5

33

21

 

2

4

11

14

32

 

10

8

16

47

53

 

28

0.9

13

Partick Thistle

34

 

4

5

8

17

25

 

6

3

8

23

28

 

10

8

16

40

53

 

28

0.8

14

Falkirk

34

 

6

4

7

24

26

 

1

8

8

14

30

 

7

12

15

38

56

 

26

0.7

15

Arbroath

34

 

8

3

6

31

23

 

1

5

11

8

40

 

9

8

17

39

63

 

26

0.6

16

Dumbarton

34

 

3

9

5

26

30

 

3

2

12

17

42

 

6

11

17

43

72

 

23

0.6

17

Kilmarnock

34

 

6

3

8

23

30

 

1

5

11

17

41

 

7

8

19

40

71

 

22

0.6

18

Airdrieonians

34

 

2

4

11

16

35

 

2

4

11

18

40

 

4

8

22

34

75

 

16

0.5

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