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Premier Division – Last Gap Win for League Survival

Ayr United had successfully qualified for the new Premier League and began planning for the season early. In fact an eight tn_Celtic (h) 6 Mar 76 Post (V.Rare Prog)match Canadian tour started in June, followed by some home friendlies, an Anglo-Scottish Cup round and the Scottish League Cup sectional matches before the league start up.

All told United had played 18 matches before the official start to the Premier League campaign at the end of August. Pride of place in those early matches was a 14-0 win in Canada against French Canadian side St Pierre – a club record score.

Everybody’s tip for the drop, Ayr United nevertheless established themselves well in the new ‘Top Ten’ elite of Scotland and a creditable 6th place was obtained, albeit by a single point. Early on United’s hopes were dealt a severe blow when Ally MacLeod announced that he was quitting as manager to take up the post as boss of Aberdeen. Alex Stuart was appointed manager and in his first game in charge, Ayr scored an amazing 3-0 win over Rangers at Somerset Park.

However Ayr were never far from the relegation zone and their fate was decided on the final day of the season in a match that will never be forgotten by those Ayr fans who witnessed the game. Ayr United simply neded to win at home to Motherwell but United trailed at half time to an early Motherwell goal.

In the second half, Malky Robertson missed a penalty but with just quarter of an hour remaining, Davie McCulloch scored to give United a foot back in the Premier League door. The cause looked lost however with just over five minutes to go. Sensationally Gerry Phillips squeezed a Gordon Crammond cross over the line to put Ayr ahead. At least that what the home fans thought. The referee had judged that the ball had gone out of play before Crammond had reached it and awarded a corner. Somerset Park eruptic in fury and under pressure from the United players, he agreed to consult his linesman. The consultation appeared to last an eternity.

Now the silence of the crowd was deafening and you could cut the tension with a knife before the referee eventually pointed to the centre spot and awarded an Ayr United goal.

Ayr held on for a historic 2-1 win and Premier League survival.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score (Ayr First)

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

23/6/75

Ontario/Quebec Select

A

Friendly

3-2

 

No

 

25/6/75

Quebec/Ontario Select

A

Friendly

2-0

 

No

 

27/6/75

Corner Brook

A

Friendly

7-0

 

Yes

 

29/6/75

Canadian All Stars

A

Friendly

2-2

 

No

 

1/7/75

St John’s All Stars

A

Friendly

8-1

 

No

 

3/7/75

Saint Pierre

A

Friendly

14-0

 

No

 

5/7/75

St Lawrence Select

A

Friendly

8-0

 

No

 

7/7/75

Grand Bank Select

A

Friendly

5-0

 

No

 

26/7/75

Hull City

H

Friendly

0-1

 

No

 

30/7/75

Roda J.C

H

Friendly

3-3

 

No

 

2/8/75

Falkirk

H

Anglo-Scottish Cup 1st Rnd – 1st Leg

2-1

 

Yes

 

7/8/75

Falkirk

A

Anglo-Scottish Cup 1st Rnd – 2nd Leg

2-2

 

Yes

 

9/8/75

Dunfermline Athletic

A

Scottish League Cup

1-1

 

Yes

 

13/8/75

Hibernian

H

Scottish League Cup

2-1

 

Yes

 

16/8/75

Dundee

H

Scottish League Cup

1-1

 

Yes

 

20/8/75

Hibernian

A

Scottish League Cup

1-2

 

Yes

 

23/8/75

Dundee

A

Scottish League Cup

4-2

 

Yes

 

27/8/75

Dunfermline Athletic

H

Scottish League Cup

2-2

 

Yes

 

30/8/75

Motherwell

A

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

6/9/75

St. Johnstone

H

Premier League

1-0

 

Yes

 

13/9/75

Hibernian

A

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

15/9/75

Mansfield Town

H

Anglo-Scottish Cup Quarter Finals 1st Leg

0-1

 

Yes

 

20/9/75

Dundee

H

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

27/9/75

Aberdeen

A

Premier League

1-3

 

Yes

 

29/9/75

Mansfield Town

A

Anglo-Scottish Cup Quarter Finals 2nd Leg

0-2

 

Yes

 

4/10/75

Dundee United

A

Premier League

2-3

 

Yes

 

11/10/75

Rangers

H

Premier League

3-0

 

Yes

 

18/10/75

Heart of Midlothian

A

Premier League

1-2

 

Yes

 

1/11/75

Motherwell

H

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

4/11/75

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final – 1st Leg

3-0

 

Yes

 

8/11/75

St. Johnstone

A

Premier League

1-0

 

Yes

 

12/11/75

Celtic

H

Premier League

2-7

 

Yes

 

15/11/75

Hibernian

H

Premier League

1-3

 

Yes

 

22/11/75

Dundee

A

Premier League

2-2

 

Yes

 

29/11/75

Aberdeen

H

Premier League

1-0

 

Yes

 

6/12/75

Dundee United

H

Premier League

2-2

 

Yes

 

13/12/75

Rangers

A

Premier League

0-3

 

Yes

 

20/12/75

Heart of Midlothian

H

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

27/12/75

Celtic

A

Premier League

1-3

 

Yes

 

1/1/76

Motherwell

A

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

3/1/76

St. Johnstone

H

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

10/1/76

Hibernian

A

Premier League

0-3

 

Yes

 

17/1/76

Dundee

H

Premier League

3-1

 

Yes

 

24/1/76

Airdrieonians

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

4-2

 

Yes

 

31/1/76

Aberdeen

A

Premier League

1-2

 

Yes

 

7/2/76

Dundee United

A

Premier League

Postponed

 

Yes

 

14/2/76

Queen of the South

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd

2-2

 

Yes

 

18/2/76

Queen of the South

A

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd (replay)

4-5 aet

 

Yes

 

21/2/76

Rangers

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

28/2/76

Heart of Midlothian

A

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

3/3/76

Dundee United

A

Premier League

0-5

 

No

Programme from 7th February used

6/3/76

Celtic

H

Premier League

Postponed

 

Yes

 

13/3/76

Motherwell

H

Premier League

Postponed

 

Yes

 

20/3/76

St. Johnstone

A

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

27/3/76

Hibernian

H

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

3/4/76

Dundee

A

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

10/4/76

Aberdeen

H

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

14/4/76

Dundee United

H

Premier League

1-0

 

Yes

 

17/4/76

Rangers

A

Premier League

1-2

 

Yes

 

21/4/76

Heart of Midlothian

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

24/4/76

Celtic

A

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

28/4/76

Motherwell

H

Premier League

Postponed

 

Yes

 

1/5/76

Celtic

H

Premier League

3-5

 

Yes

 

3/5/76

Motherwell

H

Premier League

2-1

 

No

Programme for 28th April 1976 used

5/5/76

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final – 2nd Leg

1-0

 

Yes

Ayr win Ayrshire Cup

Premier

Pld

 

Home

 

Away

 

Overall

 

Pts

GA

1975/76

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Rangers

36

 

15

2

1

38

12

 

8

6

4

22

12

 

23

8

5

60

24

 

54

2.5

2

Celtic

36

 

10

5

3

35

18

 

11

1

6

36

24

 

21

6

9

71

42

 

48

1.7

3

Hibernian

36

 

13

2

3

37

15

 

5

5

8

18

28

 

18

7

11

55

43

 

43

1.3

4

Motherwell

36

 

11

4

3

29

17

 

5

4

9

28

31

 

16

8

12

57

48

 

40

1.2

5

Heart Of Midlothian

36

 

7

5

6

23

20

 

6

4

8

16

25

 

13

9

14

39

45

 

35

0.9

6

Ayr United

36

 

10

3

5

29

24

 

4

2

12

17

35

 

14

5

17

46

59

 

33

0.8

7

Aberdeen

36

 

8

5

5

27

19

 

3

5

10

22

31

 

11

10

15

49

50

 

32

1

8

Dundee United

36

 

9

3

6

27

20

 

3

5

10

19

28

 

12

8

16

46

48

 

32

1

9

Dundee

36

 

8

5

5

31

26

 

3

5

10

18

36

 

11

10

15

49

62

 

32

0.8

10

St Johnstone

36

 

3

4

11

19

34

 

0

1

17

9

45

 

3

5

28

28

79

 

11

0.4

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