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Division 1 – Semi Final Disappointment

Once again Ayr United failed to regain Premier League status despite Willie McLean having one of the best squads for sometime, borne out by tn_Dunfermline Athletic (h) 7 Mar 81United’s superb League Cup campaign which saw the Honest men knock out the Edinburgh giants Premier League Hearts and Hibernian, on the way to the Semi Final. Sadly United lost out to Dundee in the semi final.

This League Cup campaign meant that when Ayr were drawn against Premier League Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup, 1st division United were favourites to beat their local rivals.

However, part time Killie put their league woes behind them to produce an outstanding performance. United didnt help their cause by conceding after only two minutes from a Derek Mc Dicken shot.

As in previous seasons lack of consistency in the league dented Ayr’s promotion hopes dand Ayr finishing only 7 points outside the promotion slot in 6th place.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First)

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

27/7/80

Celtic

A

Drybrough Cup 1st Rnd

1-0

 

Yes

 

30/7/80

St Mirren

A

Drybrough Cup 2nd Rnd

1-2

 

Yes

 

4/8/80

West Ham United

H

Friendly

1-1

 

Yes

 

9/8/80

Motherwell

H

1st Division

5-0

 

Yes

 

13/8/80

Morton

H

Bells Scottish League Cup 1st Rnd 1st Leg

1-2

 

Yes

 

16/8/80

Dundee

A

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

20/8/80

Morton

H

Bells Scottish League Cup 1st Rnd 2nd Leg

2-0

 

Yes

 

23/8/80

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

27/8/80

Queen of the South

A

Bells Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 1st Leg

2-1

 

Yes

 

30/8/80

Queen of the South

H

Bells Scottish League Cup 2nd Rnd 2nd Leg

1-0

 

Yes

 

3/9/80

Heart of Midlothian

A

Bells Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 1st Leg

3-2

 

Yes

 

6/9/80

Berwick Rangers

A

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

9/9/80

East Stirlingshire

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

13/9/80

Hibernian

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

17/9/80

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

20/9/80

Clydebank

A

1st Division

2-2

 

No

 

24/9/80

Heart of Midlothian

H

Bells Scottish League Cup 3rd Rnd 2nd Leg

4-0

 

Yes

 

27/9/80

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

1/10/80

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

4/10/80

Falkirk

A

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

8/10/80

Hibernian

H

Bells Scottish League Cup Quarter Final 1st Leg

2-2

 

Yes

 

11/10/80

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

14/10/80

East Stirlingshire

A

1st Division

2-0

 

No

Programme from 9th September used

18/10/80

Dumbarton

A

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

22/10/80

Hibernian

A

Bells Scottish League Cup Quarter Final 2nd Leg

2-0 aet

 

Yes

 

25/10/80

Hibernian

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

1/11/80

Berwick Rangers

H

1st Division

4-1

 

Yes

 

5/11/80

Dundee

H

Bells Scottish League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

1-1

 

Yes

 

8/11/80

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

15/11/80

Clydebank

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

19/11/80

Dundee

A

Bells Scottish League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

2-3

 

Yes

 

22/11/80

Dunfermline Athletic

A

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

29/11/80

Falkirk

H

1st Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

6/12/80

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

13/12/80

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

20/12/80

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

27/12/80

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

1/1/81

Stirling Albion

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

3/1/81

East Stirlingshire

H

1st Division

3-3

 

Yes

 

10/1/81

Motherwell

A

1st Division

2-3

 

Yes

 

17/1/81

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

3-3

 

Yes

 

24/1/81

Kilmarnock

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

1-2

8,185

Yes

 

31/1/81

Dundee

A

1st Division

4-2

 

Yes

 

7/2/81

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

10/2/81

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final 1st Leg

0-1

 

Yes

 

21/2/81

Clydebank

H

1st Division

4-1

 

Yes

 

28/2/81

Falkirk

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

4/3/81

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

0-0

 

No

Programme from 7th February used

7/3/81

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

14/3/81

Berwick Rangers

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

21/3/81

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

28/3/81

Hibernian

H

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

4/4/81

East Stirlingshire

A

1st Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

11/4/81

Motherwell

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

18/4/81

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

22/4/81

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final 2nd Leg

0-1

 

Yes

 

25/4/81

Dumbarton

H

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GA

1980/81

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Hibernian

39

 

14

4

2

38

9

 

10

5

4

29

15

 

24

9

6

67

24

 

57

2.8

2

Dundee

39

 

14

4

2

42

18

 

8

4

7

22

22

 

22

8

9

64

40

 

52

1.6

3

St. Johnstone

39

 

12

3

5

31

21

 

9

7

3

33

23

 

21

10

8

64

44

 

52

1.5

4

Raith Rovers

39

 

11

7

1

26

11

 

9

3

8

23

21

 

20

10

9

49

32

 

50

1.5

5

Motherwell

39

 

14

5

1

41

20

 

5

6

8

24

31

 

19

11

9

65

51

 

49

1.3

6

Ayr United

39

 

11

5

3

34

17

 

6

6

8

25

25

 

17

11

11

59

42

 

45

1.4

7

Hamilton Academical

39

 

9

5

6

39

27

 

6

2

11

22

30

 

15

7

17

61

57

 

37

1.1

8

Dumbarton

39

 

8

5

6

23

22

 

5

6

9

26

28

 

13

11

15

49

50

 

37

1

9

Falkirk

39

 

7

4

8

24

29

 

6

4

10

15

23

 

13

8

18

39

52

 

34

0.8

10

Clydebank

39

 

8

6

5

31

25

 

2

7

11

17

34

 

10

13

16

48

59

 

33

0.8

11

East Stirlingshire

39

 

4

10

6

20

25

 

2

7

10

21

32

 

6

17

16

41

57

 

29

0.7

12

Dunfermline Athletic

39

 

6

3

11

17

28

 

4

4

11

24

30

 

10

7

22

41

58

 

27

0.7

13

Stirling Albion

39

 

4

6

9

13

21

 

2

5

13

6

27

 

6

11

22

19

48

 

23

0.4

14

Berwick Rangers

39

 

5

5

9

17

27

 

0

6

14

13

55

 

5

11

23

30

82

 

21

0.4

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