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Division 1 – Promotion Denied On Last Day

The return of Ally McLeod brought about a return in Ayr’s fortunes although season 1986/87 was not to be the expected immediate tn_Annan Athletic (h) 6 Dec 86 SC1 (AyrIssue)return to the 1st division. A defeat by Stirling Albion at Somerset Park on the last day of the season scuppered United’s promotion dream.

It has to be said that had Ayr been promoted this season with that last gasp win, it would have deprived Ayr United supporters of the sensational season that was about to be unlseashed on them by a devastating United.

Even as the Ayr United players left the field that fateful last day there was an air of what was to come.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

6/8/86

Celtic

H

Friendly

1-3

 

Yes

 

9/8/86

Queens Park

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

16/8/86

Raith Rovers

A

2nd Division

0-5

 

Yes

 

20/8/86

Kilmarnock

A

Skol Cup 2nd Rnd

2-1

 

Yes

 

23/8/86

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

27/8/86

Dundee United

H

Skol Cup 3rd Rnd

0-3

 

Yes

 

30/8/86

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

6/9/86

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

4-2

 

Yes

 

13/9/86

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

20/9/86

East Stirlingshire

H

2nd Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

27/9/86

Albion Rovers

A

2nd Division

2-3

 

Yes

 

4/10/86

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

11/10/86

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

18/10/86

Cowdenbeath

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

25/10/86

Meadowbank Thistle

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

1/11/86

St. Johnstone

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

8/11/86

Raith Rovers

H

2nd Division

3-3

 

Yes

 

15/11/86

Queens Park

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

22/11/86

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

29/11/86

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

5-2

 

Yes

 

6/12/86

Annan Athletic

H

Scottish Cup 1st Rnd

3-1

 

Yes

Annan’s Programme

13/12/86

Cowdenbeath

H

2nd Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

20/12/86

Meadowbank Thistle

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

27/12/86

St. Johnstone

H

2nd Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

1/1/87

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

4-2

 

Yes

 

3/1/87

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

10/1/87

Stranraer

A

Scottish Cup 2nd Rnd

1-1

 

Yes

 

21/1/87

Stranraer

H

Scottish Cup 2nd Rnd (replay)

2-0

 

Yes

 

24/1/87

Albion Rovers

H

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

28/1/87

East Stirlingshire

A

2nd Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

31/1/87

Meadowbank Thistle

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

Postponed

 

Yes

 

4/2/87

Meadowbank Thistle

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

0-2

 

No

Programme from 31st January used

7/2/87

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

11/2/87

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

4-0

 

Yes

 

14/2/87

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

21/2/87

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

28/2/87

Queens Park

A

2nd Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

7/3/87

Meadowbank Thistle

H

2nd Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

14/3/87

St. Johnstone

H

2nd Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

21/3/87

Albion Rovers

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

28/3/87

East Stirlingshire

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

4/4/87

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

11/4/87

Cowdenbeath

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

18/4/87

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

25/4/87

Raith Rovers

H

2nd Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

2/5/87

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

Yes

 

9/5/87

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

2-3

 

Yes

 

11/5/87

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final

0-3

 

Yes

 

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

1986/87

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Meadowbank Thistle

39

 

14

3

2

37

11

 

9

6

5

32

27

 

23

9

7

69

38

 

55

31

2

Raith Rovers

39

 

8

10

1

34

19

 

8

10

2

39

25

 

16

20

3

73

44

 

52

29

3

Stirling Albion

39

 

11

5

3

27

13

 

9

7

4

28

20

 

20

12

7

55

33

 

52

22

4

Ayr United

39

 

13

3

4

38

24

 

9

5

5

32

25

 

22

8

9

70

49

 

52

21

5

St. Johnstone

39

 

10

2

7

26

24

 

6

11

3

33

25

 

16

13

10

59

49

 

45

10

6

Alloa Athletic

39

 

9

3

8

26

27

 

8

4

7

23

23

 

17

7

15

49

50

 

41

-1

7

Cowdenbeath

39

 

8

5

6

33

31

 

8

3

9

26

24

 

16

8

15

59

55

 

40

4

8

Albion Rovers

39

 

6

5

9

28

29

 

9

4

6

20

22

 

15

9

15

48

51

 

39

-3

9

Queens Park

39

 

5

12

2

27

20

 

4

7

9

21

29

 

9

19

11

48

49

 

37

-1

10

Stranraer

39

 

4

7

9

17

29

 

5

4

10

24

31

 

9

11

19

41

60

 

29

-19

11

Arbroath

39

 

5

5

10

25

33

 

6

2

11

21

33

 

11

7

21

46

66

 

29

-20

12

Stenhousemuir

39

 

5

6

9

21

28

 

5

3

11

16

30

 

10

9

20

37

58

 

29

-21

13

East Stirlingshire

39

 

3

6

11

17

31

 

3

5

11

16

25

 

6

11

22

33

56

 

23

-23

14

Berwick Rangers

39

 

5

3

11

21

31

 

3

4

13

19

38

 

8

7

24

40

69

 

23

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