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Division 1 – Frustrating 4th For Ayr

It was the season of three managers for United. Manager Alex Stuart resigned after an indifferent start to season following on fromtn_Hamilton Acad (h) 17 Mar 79 relegation the previous year. Legend Ally McLeod returned to Ayr after the club lured him from his post as Scotland boss following the disastrous 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

However this reign only lasted 74 days before he left to take up the job at Motherwell. Even Ally’s short stint at Ayr proved to be successful as under his stewardship United charged up the First Division table, moving from 11th to 3rd.

Willie McLean left Raith Rovers to take charge at Ayr. Willie carried on the improvement at Ayr and the club scored a barrow load of goals, Montrose particularly bearing the brunt of the United strikeforce losing to Ayr 6-4 at Links Park, Montrose and 5-0 at Ayr. United finished a frustrating 4th, 7 points behind near neighbours Kilmarnock who took the second promotion spot.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score –  Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

22/7/78

Girvan Amateurs

A

Friendly

12-1

 

No

 

29/7/78

Largs Thistle

A

Friendly

5-0

 

No

 

4/8/78

Scunthorpe United

A

Friendly

0-2

 

Yes

 

5/8/78

Boston United

A

Friendly

1-2

 

Yes

 

12/8/78

Dundee

H

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

16/8/78

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final (77/78)

2-1

 

No

 

19/8/78

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

26/8/78

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

30/8/78

Stranraer

H

Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 1st Leg

1-0

 

Yes

 

2/9/78

Stranraer

A

Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 2nd Leg

3-1

 

Yes

 

6/9/78

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

4-2

 

Yes

 

9/9/78

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

13/9/78

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

16/9/78

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

2-5

 

Yes

 

23/9/78

Clyde

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

27/9/78

Arbroath

H

1st Division

3-0

 

Yes

 

30/9/77

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

4/10/78

Falkirk

A

Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 1st Leg

2-0

 

Yes

 

7/10/78

Stirling Albion

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

11/10/78

Falkirk

H

Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 2nd Leg

1-1

 

Yes

 

14/10/78

Montrose

A

1st Division

6-4

 

Yes

 

21/10/78

Clydebank

H

1st Division

4-3

 

Yes

 

28/10/78

Queen of the South

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

4/11/78

Kilmarnock

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

8/11/78

Aberdeen

H

Scottish League Cup Quarter Final 1st Leg

3-3

 

Yes

 

11/11/78

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

3-0

 

Yes

 

15/11/78

Aberdeen

A

Scottish League Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg

1-3

 

Yes

 

18/11/78

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

25/11/78

Clyde

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

9/12/78

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

16/12/78

Montrose

H

1st Division

5-0

 

Yes

 

23/12/78

Clydebank

A

1st Division

1-3

 

No

 

30/12/78

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

1/1/79

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

20/1/79

Clyde

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

23/1/79

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Semi Final

1-2

 

No

 

27/1/79

Queen of the South

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

Postponed

 

Yes

 

3/2/79

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

10/2/79

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

12/2/79

Queen of the South

H

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

4-0

 

No

Programme from 27th January used

21/2/79

Aberdeen

A

Scottish Cup 4th Rnd

2-6

 

Yes

 

24/2/79

Montrose

H

1st Division

5-0

 

Yes

 

28/2/79

Clyde

A

1st Division

5-0

 

No

Programme from 20th January used

3/3/79

Rangers

A

Friendly

1-4

 

No

 

7/3/79

Kilmarnock

H

1st Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

10/3/79

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

14/3/79

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

17/3/79

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

24/3/79

Arbroath

A

1st Division

1-4

 

Yes

 

31/3/79

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

7/4/79

Arbroath

A

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

14/4/79

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

4-2

 

Yes

 

18/4/79

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

21/4/79

Clydebank

A

1st Division

1-0

 

No

 

28/4/79

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

5/5/79

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

2-4

 

Yes

 

10/5/79

Dundee

A

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1978/79

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Dundee

39

 

13

5

1

36

12

 

11

2

7

33

24

 

24

7

8

69

36

 

55

1.9

2

Kilmarnock

39

 

13

5

1

41

14

 

9

5

6

31

22

 

22

10

7

72

36

 

54

2

3

Clydebank

39

 

15

2

3

48

23

 

9

4

6

30

27

 

24

6

9

78

50

 

54

1.6

4

Ayr United

39

 

12

3

5

41

21

 

9

2

8

32

33

 

21

5

13

73

54

 

47

1.4

5

Hamilton Academical

39

 

13

4

2

39

17

 

4

5

11

24

44

 

17

9

13

63

61

 

43

1

6

Airdrieonians

39

 

9

4

7

44

33

 

7

4

8

28

28

 

16

8

15

72

61

 

40

1.2

7

Dumbarton

39

 

9

3

8

30

22

 

5

8

6

28

28

 

14

11

14

58

50

 

39

1.2

8

Stirling Albion

39

 

6

4

9

23

29

 

7

5

8

20

26

 

13

9

17

43

55

 

35

0.8

9

Clyde

39

 

8

3

8

30

29

 

5

5

10

24

36

 

13

8

18

54

65

 

34

0.8

10

Arbroath

39

 

8

6

6

33

26

 

3

5

11

17

35

 

11

11

17

50

61

 

33

0.8

11

Raith Rovers

39

 

8

3

8

29

21

 

4

5

11

19

34

 

12

8

19

48

55

 

32

0.9

12

St. Johnstone

39

 

6

8

6

32

28

 

4

3

12

25

38

 

10

11

18

57

66

 

31

0.9

13

Montrose

39

 

4

6

9

31

37

 

4

3

13

24

55

 

8

9

22

55

92

 

25

0.6

14

Queen of the South

39

 

8

4

8

31

35

 

0

4

15

12

58

 

8

8

23

43

93

 

24

0.5

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