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Division 2 – Just Champion United

Gordon Dalziel made an immediate impact on the team and its performance, mustering an experienced side that ensured that the tn_Clyde (h) 14 Sep 96club not only didn’t sink into Division 3 but quickly developed the art of success winning the Second Division title as they did so.

The season had started well with a 5-2 win at home to Livingston and a super 4-0 away win at Dingwall in cup competitions. United stamped their mark on the title early with a 6-0 victory at home to Berwick Rangers in August.

Ayr lost 3-1 in front of over 44,000 people Ibrox in the League Cup but proceeded to win eight of their next nine league matches. Ayr endured a less than convincing period in December which included a 4-1 defeat to Dumbarton but, after a Scottish Cup defeat to Clyde, won eight of their next eleven league matches a sequence which took Ayr into contention for the league title.

With Ayr and Hamilton now fighting for the title United won a moral victory with a 1-1 draw at Hamilton in April paving the way for the honest men to simply win their last two league matches to take the second division title by three points.

Icing on the cake was victory over Kilmarnock not only in the Ayrshire Cup Final, but also in an early season away win in a League Cup match.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score (Ayr First)

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

24/7/96

Luton Town

H

Friendly

1-0

943

Yes

Combined Programme

27/7/96

Millwall

H

Friendly

4-3

1, 160

Yes

Combined Programme

30/7/96

Raith Rovers

H

Friendly

0-4

1, 010

Yes

Combined Programme

3/8/96

Livingston

H

Coca Cola Cup 1st Rd

5-2

1, 634

Yes

 

10/8/96

Ross County

A

Challenge Cup 2nd Rd

4-0

963

Yes

 

13/8/96

Kilmarnock

A

Coca Cola Cup 2nd Rd

1-0

8, 543

Yes

 

17/8/96

Hamilton Academical

H

2nd Division

1-1

2, 227

Yes

 

24/8/96

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

1-1

419

Yes

 

26/8/96

St.Johnstone

H

Challenge Cup 2nd Rd

0-4

1, 812

Yes

 

31/8/96

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

6-0

1, 594

Yes

 

4/9/96

Rangers

A

Coca Cola Cup 3rd Rd

1-3

44, 283

Yes

 

7/9/96

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

2-1

708

Yes

 

14/9/96

Clyde

H

2nd Division

2-4

1, 995

Yes

 

21/9/96

Queen of the South

A

2nd Division

2-1

1, 813

Yes

 

28/9/96

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

2-0

1, 915

Yes

 

5/10/96

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

3-1

939

Yes

 

12/10/96

Livingston

H

2nd Division

1-0

2, 578

Yes

 

19/10/96

Hamilton Academical

A

2nd Division

2-1

1, 173

Yes

 

26/10/96

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

1-0

1, 973

Yes

 

2/11/96

Clyde

A

2nd Division

3-2

1, 207

Yes

 

9/11/96

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

1-2

2, 025

Yes

 

16/11/96

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

1-0

925

Yes

 

23/11/96

Queen of the South

H

2nd Division

1-0

1, 969

Yes

 

30/11/96

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

1-4

1, 773

Yes

 

7/12/96

Rotherham United

A

Friendly

2-2

 

No

 

14/12/96

Livingston

A

2nd Division

0-1

3, 542

Yes

 

26/12/96

Hamilton Academical

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

28/12/96

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

1-2

525

Yes

 

1/1/97

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

4/1/97

Clyde

H

Scottish Cup 2nd Rd

0-2

2, 168

Yes

 

18/1/97

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

1-1

801

Yes

 

21/1/97

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

2-0

1, 696

No

Programme from 1st January Used

28/1/97

Hamilton Academical

H

2nd Division

1-0

1, 905

No

Programme from 26th December  Used

1/2/97

Livingston

H

2nd Division

1-0

2, 568

Yes

 

5/2/97

Queen of the South

A

2nd Division

3-1

1, 506

Yes

 

8/2/97

Clyde

H

2nd Division

3-1

2, 006

Yes

 

15/2/97

Stenhousemuir

A

2nd Division

2-1

833

Yes

 

22/2/97

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

1-1

434

Yes

 

1/3/97

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

2-0

1, 648

Yes

 

8/3/97

Queen of the South

H

2nd Division

2-2

1, 942

Yes

 

15/3/97

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

1-0

876

Yes

 

22/3/97

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

1-1

1, 575

Yes

 

5/4/97

Livingston

A

2nd Division

1-2

2, 512

Yes

 

12/4/97

Stenhousemuir

H

2nd Division

2-1

1, 744

Yes

 

19/4/97

Clyde

A

2nd Division

1-1

1, 208

Yes

 

23/4/97

Girvan Amateurs

H

Ayrshire Cup Semi Final

7-0

 

Yes

Teamsheet Only Produced

26/4/97

Hamilton Academical

A

2nd Division

1-1

5, 156

Yes

 

3/5/97

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

2-0

3, 164

Yes

 

10/5/97

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

2-0

1, 423

Yes

 

13/5/97

Kilmarnock

H

Ayrshire Cup Final

2-0

2, 176

Yes

 

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

1996/97

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Ayr United

36

 

12

3

3

32

16

 

11

5

2

29

17

 

23

8

5

61

33

 

77

28

2

Hamilton Academical

36

 

11

5

2

47

17

 

11

3

4

28

11

 

22

8

6

75

28

 

74

47

3

Livingston

36

 

11

3

4

32

18

 

7

7

4

24

20

 

18

10

8

56

38

 

64

18

4

Clyde

36

 

8

4

6

21

18

 

6

6

6

21

21

 

14

10

12

42

39

 

52

3

5

Queen of the South

36

 

8

3

7

27

27

 

5

5

8

28

30

 

13

8

15

55

57

 

47

-2

6

Stenhousemuir

36

 

4

6

8

19

23

 

7

5

6

30

20

 

11

11

14

49

43

 

44

6

7

Brechin City

36

 

5

7

6

18

22

 

5

4

9

18

27

 

10

11

15

36

49

 

41

-13

8

Stranraer

36

 

6

5

7

17

18

 

3

4

11

12

33

 

9

9

18

29

51

 

36

-22

9

Dumbarton

36

 

2

7

9

21

35

 

7

1

10

23

31

 

9

8

19

44

66

 

35

-22

10

Berwick Rangers

36

 

4

4

10

15

36

 

0

7

11

17

39

 

4

11

21

32

75

 

23

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