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Division 2 – Relegation Avoided, Just!

The 2004/05 season was the 108th season of competitive football in Scotland.

The managerial merry-go-round was in full swing at Somerset Park as the club tried to bring itself out of its financial crisis.

Despite encouraging noises coming from the Board room, on the pitch success was far from evident. If relegation was bad enough the club were in free fall and successive relegations were feared by the supporters.

The result was the sacking of manager Mark Shanks and the appointment of ex-Ayr United player Robert Conner.

The season showed some good, but too few, wins such as 3-1 away win at Alloa and it was Alloa who suffered the loss of four goals at Ayr in November although they did reply with three. There were two devastating defeats where five goals were lost – at Brechin in December and at Alloa in January.

In the short term he managed to avoid dropping into the depths of Division Three, but only just. With six defeats and two draws from the last ten matches, it was the failure of other teams that saved Ayr.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Comments

Att

Programme Issued

16/07/2004

Threave Rovers

A

Friendly

7-0

 

 

No Issue

17/07/2004

Royal Irish Regiment

A

Friendly

5-0

 

 

Yes

20/07/2004

Cumnock Juniors

A

Friendly

2-0

 

 

No Issue

21/07/2004

Hamilton Academical

A

Friendly

1-2

Behind closed doors

 

No Issue

24/07/2004

Kilmarnock

H

West Sound Trophy (Ayrshire Cup)

2-2 (Ayr won 5-4 on penalties)

 

Yes

27/07/2004

Queens Park

A

Friendly

1-1

 

 

No Issue

28/07/2004

Girvan

A

Friendly

2-1

 

 

Yes

31/07/2004

Falkirk

H

Challenge Cup – 1st Rnd

0-3

 

 

View

07/08/2004

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

10/08/2005

Hamilton Academical

A

Scottish League Cup – 1st Rnd

Match Postponed

 

Yes

14/08/2004

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

2-1

 

 

Yes

17/08/2004

Hamilton Academical

A

Scottish League Cup – 1st Rnd

1-4

Programme dated 10th August from postponed match

No Issue

21/08/2004

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

Yes

28/08/2004

Morton

H

2nd Division

2-0

 

 

Yes

04/09/2004

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

11/09/2004

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

3-3

 

 

Yes

18/09/2004

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

25/09/2004

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

02/10/2004

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

16/10/2004

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

23/10/2004

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

30/10/2004

Morton

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

06/11/2004

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

4-3

 

 

Yes

10/11/2004

Glasgow University

A

Friendly

1-2

 

 

No Issue

13/11/2004

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

3-2

 

 

Yes

27/11/2004

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

1-1

Programme dated 4/12/04

 

Yes

04/12/2004

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

0-5

 

 

Yes

11/12/2004

Edinburgh City

H

Scottish Cup – 2nd Rnd

3-0

 

 

Yes

18/12/2004

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

3-2

 

 

Yes

27/12/2004

Dumbarton

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

01/01/2005

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

0-1

Combined programme

 

Yes

03/01/2005

Morton

H

2nd Division

2-1

Combined programme

 

Yes

08/01/2005

Stranraer

H

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

3-3

 

 

Yes

15/01/2005

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-5

 

 

Yes

18/01/2005

Stranraer

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd Replay

2-0

 

 

Yes

22/01/2005

Forfar Athletic

 

2nd Division

 

Match postponed

 

Yes

29/01/2005

Arbroath

A

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

05/02/2005

St. Mirren

H

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd

0-2

 

 

Yes

12/02/2005

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

19/02/2005

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

26/02/2005

Berwick Rangers

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

05/03/2005

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

12/03/2005

Morton

A

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

Yes

15/03/2005

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

19/03/2005

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

26/03/2005

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

1-0

Programme dated 22/1/05 used

 

No Issue

02/04/2005

Arbroath

H

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

Yes

09/04/2005

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

16/04/2005

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

0-3

 

 

Yes

23/04/2005

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

30/04/2005

Berwick Rangers

A

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

Yes

07/05/2005

Dumbarton

H

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

2004/05

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Brechin City

36

 

12

1

5

47

25

 

10

5

3

34

18

 

22

6

8

81

43

 

72

38

2

Stranraer

36

 

9

5

4

24

19

 

9

4

5

24

22

 

18

9

9

48

41

 

63

7

3

Greenock Morton

36

 

13

2

3

35

14

 

5

6

7

25

23

 

18

8

10

60

37

 

62

23

4

Stirling Albion

36

 

8

5

5

29

26

 

6

4

8

27

29

 

14

9

13

56

55

 

51

1

5

Forfar Athletic

36

 

7

4

7

29

20

 

6

4

8

22

25

 

13

8

15

51

45

 

47

6

6

Alloa Athletic

36

 

6

7

5

39

35

 

6

3

9

27

33

 

12

10

14

66

68

 

46

-2

7

Dumbarton

36

 

5

7

6

22

23

 

6

2

10

21

30

 

11

9

16

43

53

 

42

-10

8

Ayr United

36

 

6

6

6

22

23

 

5

3

10

17

31

 

11

9

16

39

54

 

42

-15

9

Arbroath

36

 

6

3

9

18

30

 

4

5

9

31

43

 

10

8

18

49

73

 

38

-24

10

Berwick Rangers

36

 

5

3

10

20

33

 

3

7

8

20

31

 

8

10

18

40

64

 

34

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