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Division 1 – Relegation Under Hapless Stainrod

As the financial plight of the club hit home, the signs of disaster that showed during season 1993/94 manifested themselves in tn_Celtic (h) 16 Aug 94 LCdramatic style as Ayr United suffered relegation slipping into the Second Division under the hapless efforts of Manager Simon Stainrod.

It was during Stainrods stewardship that Ayr United used their highest number of ‘non-Scottish’ players in a match. That match was the game against St.Mirren on 5th November, 1994, when a 1-0 defeat was suffered. They were Niclas Nylen (Swedish), Claudio Valetta (Italian), Franck Rolling (French), Bruce Murray (American) and Regis Gorgues (French).

Then on 12th November Ayr had five again i.e. all of the above except Bruce Murray but including Jose Fortes (Portuguese). By the last game in the month (1-1 at Dens Park) on 26th November, Franck Rolling was the only foreigner in the starting eleven.

United were now in the third of four leagues in Scotland under recent league reconstruction.

High scoring defeats were the order of the day for the Honest Men.

The only good news on the horizon was that in October 1994, Barr Holdings, whose Chairman Bill Barr was a former club secretary, bought a majority interest in the club and began the arduous task of turning around the clubs’ finances.

Rumours that Bill Barr had only bought the club to sell it of for house building land were soon proved to be false and a new era was about to dawn at Somerset Park

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

23/7/94

St James’ Gate

A

Friendly

2-0

 

N/Known

 

24/7/94

University College of Dublin

A

Friendly

0-3

 

Yes

 

26/7/94

Galway United

A

Friendly

3-1

 

Yes

 

29/7/94

Drogheda United

A

Friendly

1-1

 

Yes

 

2/8/94

Middlesbrough

H

Friendly

D 1-1

 

Yes

 

6/8/94

Lancaster City

A

Friendly

1-0

 

Yes

 

13/8/94

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

16/8/94

Celtic

H

Coca Cola Cup 2nd Rnd

0-1

 

Yes

 

20/8/94

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

27/8/94

Stranraer

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

3/9/94

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

3-4

 

Yes

 

10/9/94

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

18/9/94

East Stirling

A

B&Q Cup 1st Rnd

1-1

 

Yes

Ayr won 4-2 on Pens

24/9/94

Dundee

H

1st Division

3-2

 

Yes

 

27/9/94

Stranraer

H

B&Q Cup 2nd Rnd

4-2

 

Yes

 

1/10/94

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

4/10/94

Airdrieonians

A

B&Q Cup Quarter Final

0-2

 

Yes

 

8/10/94

Clydebank

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

15/10/94

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

0-0

 

Yes

 

22/10/94

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

29/10/94

Stranraer

H

1st Division

2-1

 

Yes

 

5/11/94

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

9/11/94

Girvan Amatuers

H

Ayrshire Cup Semi Final

6-0

 

No

 

12/11/94

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

19/11/94

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

26/11/94

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

3/12/94

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

10/12/94

Dunfermline Athletic

A

1st Division

0-6

 

Yes

 

17/12/94

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final

4-1

 

Yes

 

26/12/94

Clydebank

H

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

31/12/94

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

2/1/95

Stranraer

A

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

7/1/95

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

2-0

 

Yes

 

14/1/95

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

1-3

 

Yes

 

24/1/95

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

2-2

 

Yes

 

28/1/95

Raith Rovers

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd

0-1

 

Yes

 

4/2/95

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

11/2/95

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

17/2/95

Partick Thistle

H

Friendly

0-2

 

Yes

 

25/2/95

Dunfermline Athletic

H

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

11/3/95

Clydebank

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

18/3/95

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-2

 

Yes

 

25/3/95

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

1/4/94

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

8/4/95

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-1

 

Yes

 

15/4/95

Clydebank

H

1st Division

1-0

 

Yes

 

22/4/95

Dunfermline Athletic

A

1st Division

0-3

 

Yes

 

29/4/95

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

0-1

 

Yes

 

6/5/95

Stranraer

H

1st Division

3-0

 

Yes

 

13/5/95

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

1-2

 

Yes

 

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

1994/95

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Raith Rovers

36

 

8

8

2

27

18

 

11

4

3

27

14

 

19

12

5

54

32

 

69

22

2

Dunfermline Athletic

36

 

11

5

2

35

11

 

7

9

2

28

21

 

18

14

4

63

32

 

68

31

3

Dundee

36

 

11

4

3

34

18

 

9

4

5

31

18

 

20

8

8

65

36

 

68

29

4

Airdrieonians

36

 

7

6

5

22

14

 

10

4

4

28

19

 

17

10

9

50

33

 

61

17

5

St. Johnstone

36

 

10

6

2

36

15

 

4

8

6

23

24

 

14

14

8

59

39

 

56

20

6

Hamilton Academical

36

 

9

3

6

23

22

 

5

4

9

19

26

 

14

7

15

42

48

 

49

-6

7

St. Mirren

36

 

7

5

6

20

18

 

1

7

10

14

32

 

8

12

16

34

50

 

36

-16

8

Clydebank

36

 

4

6

8

20

25

 

4

5

9

13

22

 

8

11

17

33

47

 

35

-14

9

Ayr United

36

 

6

5

7

22

24

 

0

6

12

9

34

 

6

11

19

31

58

 

29

-27

10

Stranraer

36

 

3

4

11

15

37

 

1

1

16

10

44

 

4

5

27

25

81

 

17

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