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Premier Division – Last Gasp Draw Saves Ayr

A draw at Tynecastle Park late in April was the difference between survival and relegation for Ayr. The draw sent Heart to Divisiontn_Partick Thistle (h) 19 Mar 77 1.

United’s survival at the expense of a big city club provoked negative press comments but national radio at the time were moved to say that the bottom line was that Ayr United were an asset to the Premier League, Hearts were not and that underscored United’s contribution to the season.

United were also involved in controversy in the Anglo-Scottish cup after a superb 3-0 win over Newcastle United at Somerset Park.

The Geordies were found guilty of fielding a weakened team against Ayr and thrown out of the competition giving Ayr a place in the next round.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score (Ayr First)

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

26/6/76

F.C.Stationary

A

Friendly

3-1

10, 000

No

 

30/6/76

Enugu Rangers

A

Friendly

3-0

30, 000

No

 

3/7/76

Mighty Jet

A

Friendly

0-1

 

No

 

31/7/76

Swindon Town

A

Friendly

5-3

 

No

 

2/8/76

Swindon Town

H

Friendly

2-1

 

No

 

7/8/76

Clydebank

H

Anglo-Scottish Cup 1st Rd 1st Leg

0-0

2, 700

No

 

9/8/76

Clydebank

A

Anglo-Scottish Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg

1-0

 

N/Known

 

14/8/76

St.Mirren

H

Scottish League Cup

2-1

4, 536

Yes

 

18/8/76

Kilmarnock

A

Scottish League Cup

0-2

7, 000

No

 

21/8/76

Aberdeen

A

Scottish League Cup

0-1

10, 000

Yes

 

25/8/76

Kilmarnock

H

Scottish League Cup

3-1

5, 173

Yes

 

28/8/76

Aberdeen

H

Scottish League Cup

1-1

4, 800

Yes

 

1/9/76

St.Mirren

A

Scottish League Cup

2-2

2, 300

Yes

 

4/9/76

Partick Thistle

A

Premier Division

2-0

4, 000

Yes

 

11/9/76

Aberdeen

H

Premier Division

0-5

4, 800

Yes

 

15/9/76

Newcastle United

H

Anglo-Scottish Cup Qtr Final 1st Lg

3-0

3, 600

Yes

 

18/9/76

Dundee United

H

Premier Division

1-4

4, 445

Yes

 

25/9/76

Motherwell

A

Premier Division

1-4

4, 241

Yes

 

2/10/76

Rangers

H

Premier Division

1-1

14, 000

Yes

 

9/10/76

Hearts

A

Premier Division

2-2

11, 000

Yes

 

16/10/76

Celtic

H

Premier Division

0-2

12, 871

Yes

 

20/10/76

Nottingham Forest

A

Anglo-Scottish Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

1-2

9, 146

Yes

 

23/10/76

Hibernian

H

Premier Division

2-3

4, 500

Yes

 

30/10/76

Kilmarnock

A

Premier Division

1-6

6, 422

Yes

 

3/11/76

Nottingham Forest

H

Anglo-Scottish Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

0-2

 

Yes

 

6/11/76

Partick Thistle

H

Premier Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

20/11/76

Dundee United

A

Premier Division

2-2

4, 773

Yes

 

24/11/76

Aberdeen

A

Premier Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

27/11/76

Motherwell

H

Premier Division

4-1

 

Yes

 

4/12/76

Rangers

A

Premier Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

11/12/76

Hearts

H

Premier Division

0-1

5, 100

Yes

 

18/12/76

Celtic

A

Premier Division

0-3

18, 000

Yes

 

24/12/76

Hibernian

A

Premier Division

0-1

3, 000

Yes

 

1/1/77

Kilmarnock

H

Premier Division

3-1

7, 938

Yes

 

8/1/77

Aberdeen

H

Premier Division

0-0

5, 600

Yes

 

22/1/77

Motherwell

A

Premier Division

4-2

5, 455

Yes

 

29/1/77

Morton

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rd

1-0

4, 476

Yes

 

5/2/77

Rangers

H

Premier Division

0-2

12, 800

Yes

 

7/2/77

Dundee United

H

Premier Division

1-4

3, 800

Yes

 

16/2/77

Partick Thistle

A

Premier Division

1-0

 

No

 

19/2/77

Celtic

H

Premier Division

2-4

13, 684

Yes

 

27/2/77

Celtic

A

Scottish Cup 4th Rd

1-1

38, 000

Yes

 

2/3/77

Celtic

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rd replay

1-3

13, 100

No

 

5/3/77

Hibernian

H

Premier Division

1-2

3, 993

Yes

 

12/3/77

Kilmarnock

A

Premier Division

1-0

4, 124

Yes

 

19/3/77

Partick Thistle

H

Premier Division

1-1

4, 447

Yes

 

23/3/77

Rangers

A

Premier Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

26/3/77

Aberdeen

A

Premier Division

2-0

6, 057

Yes

 

2/4/77

Dundee United

A

Premier Division

1-0

4, 248

Yes

 

6/4/77

Hearts

A

Premier Division

2-1

11, 500

Yes

 

9/4/77

Motherwell

H

Premier Division

3-2

6, 157

Yes

 

13/4/77

Kilmarnock

H

Premier Division

1-1

5, 046

Yes

 

16/4/77

Rangers

A

Premier Division

1-5

10, 000

Yes

 

20/4/77

Hibernian

A

Premier Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

23/4/77

Hearts

H

Premier Division

1-1

3, 781

Yes

 

30/4/77

Celtic

A

Premier Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

6/5/77

Girvan Amateurs

H

Ayrshire Cup Semi Final

1-0

 

No

 

9/5/77

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final

2-2

1, 500

No

 

Premier

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1976/77

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Celtic

36

 

13

5

0

44

16

 

10

4

4

35

23

 

23

9

4

79

39

 

55

2

2

Rangers

36

 

12

4

2

36

16

 

6

6

6

26

21

 

18

10

8

62

37

 

46

1.7

3

Aberdeen

36

 

11

4

3

30

18

 

5

7

6

26

24

 

16

11

9

56

42

 

43

1.3

4

Dundee United

36

 

8

5

5

26

17

 

8

4

6

28

28

 

16

9

11

54

45

 

41

1.2

5

Partick Thistle

36

 

9

5

4

27

24

 

2

8

8

13

20

 

11

13

12

40

44

 

35

0.9

6

Hibernian

36

 

4

10

4

14

12

 

4

8

6

20

23

 

8

18

10

34

35

 

34

1

7

Motherwell

36

 

8

7

3

38

25

 

2

5

11

19

35

 

10

12

14

57

60

 

32

1

8

Ayr United

36

 

4

5

9

23

36

 

7

3

8

21

32

 

11

8

17

44

68

 

30

0.7

9

Heart of Midlothian

36

 

5

6

7

26

28

 

2

7

9

23

38

 

7

13

16

49

66

 

27

0.7

10

Kilmarnock

36

 

4

5

9

21

30

 

0

4

14

11

41

 

4

9

23

32

71

 

17

0.5

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