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Premier Division – Relegation For Ayr

tn_Clydebank (h) 25 Feb 78It was third season unlucky in Scotland’s new premier league for Ayr as the club were relegated.

In a very gloomy season high points were few and far between. It had started well with a draw away to Partick Thistle and a Superb home win against Celtic in the second match of the season.

In fact United managed to beat Celtic again at Somerset Park in December but these two victories againt the Glasgow club werent nearly enough to save Ayr from relegation.

On three occasions United lost by 5-0 away from home, against Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell.

United at least avoided finishing bottom at the seasons end, Clydebank having that dubious honour.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score (Ayr First)

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

30/7/77

Morton

H

Friendly

2-1

 

No

 

2/8/77

Rotherham United

A

Friendly

0-0

 

Yes

 

3/8/77

Grimsby Town

A

Friendly

1-2

 

No

 

6/8/77

Bradford City

A

Friendly

1-1

 

Yes

 

10/8/77

Hibernian

A

Anglo Scottish Cup 1st Rnd 1st Leg

1-2

 

Yes

 

13/8/77

Partick Thistle

A

Premier League

2-2

 

Yes

 

20/8/77

Celtic

H

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

22/8/77

Hibernian

H

Anglo Scottish Cup 1st Rnd 2nd Leg

2-2

 

Yes

 

27/8/77

St. Mirren

A

Premier League

0-2

 

Yes

 

30/8/77

Queens Park

H

Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 1st Leg

1-0

 

Yes

 

3/9/77

Queens Park

A

Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 1st Leg

0-1 aet

 

Yes

Ayr won 4-2 on Penalties

10/9/77

Aberdeen

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

17/9/77

Motherwell

A

Premier League

0-5

 

Yes

 

24/9/77

Rangers

A

Premier League

0-2

 

Yes

 

1/10/77

Dundee United

H

Premier League

0-2

 

Yes

 

5/10/77

Forfar Athletic

H

Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 1st Leg

2-1

 

No Issue

 

8/10/77

Hibernian

A

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

15/10/77

Clydebank

H

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

22/10/77

Partick Thistle

H

Premier League

1-2

 

Yes

 

26/10/77

Forfar Athletic

A

Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 1st Leg

1-3

 

Yes

 

29/10/77

Celtic

A

Premier League

2-3

 

Yes

 

5/11/77

St. Mirren

H

Premier League

3-2

 

Yes

 

12/11/77

Aberdeen

A

Premier League

0-0

 

Yes

 

19/11/77

Motherwell

H

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

26/11/77

Rangers

H

Premier League

0-5

 

Yes

 

10/12/77

Hibernian

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

17/12/77

Clydebank

A

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

24/12/77

Partick Thistle

A

Premier League

1-4

 

Yes

 

31/12/77

Celtic

H

Premier League

2-1

 

Yes

 

2/1/78

St. Mirren

A

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

7/1/78

Aberdeen

H

Premier League

1-1

 

Yes

 

14/1/78

Motherwell

A

Premier League

0-3

 

Yes

 

22/1/77

Girvan Amatuers

A

Friendly

2-0

 

No Issue

 

28/1/78

Aberdeen

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

Postponed

 

Yes

 

29/1/78

Celtic

H

Friendly

0-5

 

No Issue

 

4/2/78

Dundee United

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

6/2/78

Aberdeen

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

0-2

 

No

Programme from 28th January 1978 used

15/2/78

Rangers

A

Premier League

Postponed

 

Yes

 

25/2/78

Clydebank

H

Premier League

0-0

 

Yes

 

11/3/78

Celtic

A

Premier League

0-3

 

Yes

 

15/3/78

Partick Thistle

H

Premier League

1-3

 

Yes

 

18/3/78

St. Mirren

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

22/3/78

Hibernian

A

Premier League

2-4

 

Yes

 

25/3/78

Aberdeen

A

Premier League

1-4

 

Yes

 

1/4/78

Motherwell

H

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

8/4/78

Rangers

H

Premier League

2-5

 

Yes

 

12/4/78

Rangers

A

Premier League

1-1

 

No issue

Programme from 15th February 1978 used

15/4/78

Dundee United

A

Premier League

0-1

 

Yes

 

22/4/78

Hibernian

H

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

26/4/78

Dundee United

A

Premier League

1-3

 

Yes

 

29/4/78

Clydebank

A

Premier League

2-0

 

Yes

 

8/5/78

Old Firm Select

H

Friendly

4-6

 

Yes

Ayr Utd/Kilmarnock Select played for Alex McAnespie’s Testimonial

Premier

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1977/78

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Rangers

36

 

12

4

2

35

18

 

12

3

3

41

21

 

24

7

5

76

39

 

55

2

2

Aberdeen

36

 

14

3

1

43

13

 

8

6

4

25

16

 

22

9

5

68

29

 

53

2.3

3

Dundee United

36

 

9

4

5

28

17

 

7

4

7

14

15

 

16

8

12

42

32

 

40

1.3

4

Hibernian

36

 

10

5

3

35

16

 

5

2

11

16

27

 

15

7

14

51

43

 

37

1.2

5

Celtic

36

 

11

3

4

36

19

 

4

3

11

27

35

 

15

6

15

63

54

 

36

1.2

6

Motherwell

36

 

8

3

7

28

24

 

5

4

9

17

28

 

13

7

16

45

52

 

33

0.9

7

Partick Thistle

36

 

10

2

6

25

23

 

4

3

11

27

41

 

14

5

17

52

64

 

33

0.8

8

St. Mirren

36

 

7

5

6

29

25

 

4

3

11

23

38

 

11

8

17

52

63

 

30

0.8

9

Ayr United

36

 

5

3

10

17

28

 

4

3

11

19

40

 

9

6

21

36

68

 

24

0.5

10

Clydebank

36

 

5

3

10

16

33

 

1

4

13

7

31

 

6

7

23

23

64

 

19

0.4

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