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Division 1 – Financial Crisis Unsettles Ayr

The 2002/03 season was the 106th season of competitive football in Scotland

The successes of the previous season took their toll almost immediately with the club suddenly finding themselves in a financial crisis with owner Bill Barr leaving the club.

The depts meant that Ayr had to sell their successful team and the process brought about manger Gordon Dalziel standing down as manager.

Replacement manager Campbell Money steadied the ship in the face of the crisis and did well to keep the club in the First division despite some very bad results in the last few matches.

The club had a successful Irish tour to begin the season but soon found themselves at the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat against Dumbarton in the Challenge Cup. The season proved steady with some good wins against most clubs in the league the best being a festive season 4-0 win over Arbroath.

The Scottish Cup brought about a win against Peterhead and then a 1-0 defeat to Rangers in the fourth round. The club maintained good league results but not comverting draws into wins were their downfall and a 6th place, 10 points above relegation, was all that they could muster.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Comments

Att

Programme Issued

15/7/02

Girvan

A

Friendly

3-0

 

 

Yes

17/7/02

Dungannon Swifts

A

Friendly

4-2

 

 

No Issue

18/07/2002

Glenavon

A

Friendly

3-2

 

 

No Issue

20/07/2002

Glentoran

A

Friendly

0-1

 

 

Yes

23/7/02

Cardiff City

H

Friendly

1-3

Combined programme

 

Yes

25/7/02

Wycombe Wanderers

H

Friendly

1-2

Combined programme

 

Yes

27/7/02

Stranraer

H

Friendly

2-4

Combined programme

 

Yes

30/7/02

Kilwinning Rangers

A

Friendly

2-0

 

 

Yes

3/8/02

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-3

 

 

Yes

6/8/02

Stranraer

A

Challenge Cup

2-1

 

 

Yes

10/8/02

Clyde

A

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

13/8/02

Dumbarton

A

Challenge Cup

0-3

 

 

Yes

17/8/02

Ross County

H

1st Division

2-1

 

 

Yes

24/8/02

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

2-1

 

 

Yes

31/08/2002

Arbroath

H

1st Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

14/9/02

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

21/9/02

Alloa Athletic

A

1st Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

24/9/02

Falkirk

H

Scottish League Cup – 2nd Round

0-2

 

 

Yes

28/9/02

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

5/10/02

Inverness C T

A

1st Division

0-2

 

1,803

Yes

19/10/02

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

26/10/02

Clyde

H

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

02/11/2002

Arbroath

A

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

9/11/02

Queen of the South

H

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

16/11/02

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

2-0

 

 

Yes

23/11/02

Alloa Athletic

H

1st Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

30/11/02

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

7/12/02

Inverness C T

H

1st Division

3-1

 

1,663

Yes

14/12/02

Ross County

A

1st Division

0-1

Programme dated 7/12/02

 

Yes

21/12/02

Falkirk

H

1st Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

28/12/2002

Arbroath

H

1st Division

4-0

Combined Programme

 

Yes

1/1/03

Queen of the South

A

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

18/1/03

Inverness C T

A

1st Division

1-0

 

2,021

Yes

25/1/03

Peterhead

H

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

2-0

 

 

Yes

1/2/03

St. Mirren

H

1st Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

8/2/03

Ross County

H

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

22/2/03

Rangers 1872

H

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd

0-1

 

 

Yes

01/03/2003

Arbroath

A

1st Division

2-1

 

 

Yes

4/3/03

St. Johnstone

H

1st Division

0-1

Programme dated 4/1/03 re-issued with insert.

No Issue

8/3/03

Queen of the South

H

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

15/3/03

Alloa Athletic

H

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

22/3/03

Clyde

A

1st Division

0-3

Programme dated 15/2/03 re-issued.

 

No Issue

25/3/03

Alloa Athletic

A

1st Division

3-2

Programme dated 11/1/03 re-issued.

 

No Issue

5/4/03

St. Johnstone

A

1st Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

12/4/03

St. Mirren

A

1st Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

26/4/03

Falkirk

A

1st Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

29/4/03

Inverness C T

H

1st Division

1-0

 

1,114

Yes

3/5/03

Clyde

H

1st Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

10/5/03

Ross County

A

1st Division

1-4

 

 

Yes

1st

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

2002/03

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Falkirk

36

 

15

2

1

46

10

 

10

4

4

34

22

 

25

6

5

80

32

 

81

48

2

Clyde

36

 

12

4

2

37

17

 

9

5

4

29

20

 

21

9

6

66

37

 

72

29

3

St. Johnstone

36

 

9

3

6

22

13

 

11

4

3

27

16

 

20

7

9

49

29

 

67

20

4

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

36

 

10

2

6

35

23

 

10

3

5

39

22

 

20

5

11

74

45

 

65

29

5

Queen of the South

36

 

6

7

5

22

18

 

6

5

7

23

30

 

12

12

12

45

48

 

48

-3

6

Ayr United

36

 

6

6

6

19

18

 

6

3

9

15

26

 

12

9

15

34

44

 

45

-10

7

St. Mirren

36

 

6

5

7

24

32

 

3

5

10

18

39

 

9

10

17

42

71

 

37

-29

8

Ross County

36

 

7

4

7

26

19

 

2

4

12

16

27

 

9

8

19

42

46

 

35

-4

9

Alloa Athletic

36

 

3

2

13

24

49

 

6

6

6

15

23

 

9

8

19

39

72

 

35

-33

10

Arbroath

36

 

2

5

11

17

30

 

1

1

16

13

47

 

3

6

27

30

77

 

15

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