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Division 1 – Survival The Order of the Day for United

Gordon Dalziel immediately dismantled the Championship winning squad from the previous season and rebuilt a team to ensure thattn_Airdrieonians (h) 14 Mar 98 the club could consolidate it’s 1st division status.

Under the ownership of Bill Barr the club were able to introduce better quality players and there were signs of substantial progress within the team.

A 7th place finish was acceptable despite this being some 30 points behind the promotion places.

Whilst league survival was vital, the icing on the cake for Ayr was a Valentines day meeting with Scottish Cup holders and local rivals Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup 3rd round. United sensationally dumped Killie out of the cup with two goals at Somerset Park in the last 10 minutes of the match.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Att

Programme Issued

Comments

19/7/97

Livingston

A

Livingston Tournament

0-0

 

Yes

Combined Programme

20/7/97

York City

N

Livingston Tournament

0-0

 

Yes

Combined Programme

23/7/97

Queen of the South

H

Friendly

Friendly

551

Yes

Combined Programme

24/7/97

Coventry City

H

Friendly

Friendly

1,180

Yes

Combined Programme

26/7/97

Rangers

H

Friendly

Friendly

Postponed

Yes

Combined Programme

29/7/97

Carlisle United

H

Friendly

Friendly

814

Yes

Combined Programme

2/8/97

Morton

H

1st Division

1-2

3, 481

Yes

 

9/8/97

Dunfermline Athetic

A

Coca Cola Cup 2nd Rd

1-5

3, 283

Yes

 

12/8/97

Queens Park

H

Challenge Cup 1st Rd

3-0

1, 255

Yes

 

16/8/97

Falkirk

A

1st Division

1-2

2, 683

Yes

 

23/8/97

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

2-2

2, 398

Yes

 

26/8/97

Clydebank

H

Challenge Cup 2nd Rd

0-1

1, 281

Yes

 

30/8/97

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

2-0

915

Yes

 

13/9/97

Dundee

H

1st Division

1-2

2, 180

Yes

 

20/9/97

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

1-0

1, 987

Yes

 

27/9/97

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

0-1

1, 392

Yes

 

4/10/97

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

2-1

1, 773

Yes

 

18/10/97

St.Mirren

A

1st Division

1-1

3, 021

Yes

 

25/10/97

Morton

A

1st Division

1-1

2, 344

Yes

 

8/11/97

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

1-2

2, 093

Yes

 

11/11/97

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-2

2, 003

Yes

 

15/11/97

Dundee

A

1st Division

0-4

2, 921

Yes

 

22/11/97

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

6-0

1, 838

Yes

 

29/11/97

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

1-0

3, 015

Yes

 

6/12/97

Stirling Albion

A

1st Division

1-1

1, 023

Yes

 

13/12/97

St.Mirren

H

1st Division

0-2

2, 411

Yes

 

20/12/97

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

0-3

3, 080

Yes

 

27/12/97

Morton

H

1st Division

2-1

2, 581

Yes

 

3/1/98

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

10/1/98

Dundee

H

1st Division

2-5

2, 068

Yes

 

17/1/98

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

Postponed

 

Yes

 

24/1/98

Alloa Athletic

A

Scottish Cup 3rd Rd

3-0

931

Yes

 

31/1/98

Raith Rovers

H

1st Division

0-0

1, 989

Yes

 

7/2/98

St.Mirren

A

1st Division

0-3

2, 312

Yes

 

10/2/98

Airdrieonians

A

1st Division

0-2

1, 189

No

Programme dated 17th January 1998 used – No Insert

14/2/98

Kilmarnock

H

Scottish Cup 4th Rd

2-0

9, 286

Yes

 

17/2/98

Hamilton Academical

A

1st Division

1-1

732

No

Programme dated 3rd January 1998 (A4 Insert)

21/2/98

Stirling Albion

H

1st Division

1-0

1, 637

Yes

 

25/2/98

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-4

1, 925

Yes

 

28/2/98

Partick Thistle

H

1st Division

2-2

2, 539

Yes

 

7/3/98

Hearts

A

Scottish Cup 5th Rd

1-4

15, 761

Yes

 

14/3/98

Airdrieonians

H

1st Division

0-2

1, 728

Yes

 

21/3/98

Raith Rovers

A

1st Division

0-0

2, 822

Yes

 

28/3/98

St.Mirren

H

1st Division

2-2

2, 306

Yes

 

4/4/98

Stirling Albion

A

1st Division

0-2

1, 145

Yes

 

11/4/98

Hamilton Academical

H

1st Division

2-1

1, 680

Yes

 

18/4/98

Dundee

A

1st Division

1-1

8, 104

Yes

 

25/4/98

Morton

A

1st Division

1-0

2, 315

Yes

 

2/5/98

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-3

2, 809

Yes

 

9/5/98

Partick Thistle

A

1st Division

3-1

8, 424

Yes

 

13/5/98

Kilmarnock

A

Ayrshire Cup Final

2-4

4, 652

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

-43

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