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Division 2 – Manager Change Doesn’t Bring Promotion

The 2006/07 season was the 110th season of competitive football in Scotland.

It began with promise for Ayr United and big friendly wins at Annan and Threave Rovers had the Somerset tn_Livingston (h) 15 Aug 06 (Challenge Cup)faithful anticipating the season ahead.

An early league away win against Stirling Albion became nine wins out of fourteen by Christmas, with a 5-0 win over Forfar Athletic in October the highlight.

There had been good cup wins against higher division clubs like Livingston and Queen of the South and a disappointing penalty shoot out loss to Dunfermline Athletic all giving cause to confirm that the predicted successful season was well on course and the club lay in second position in the league by the turn of the new year.

However, a Scottish Cup exit and only one win in eight matches in what was a tight league saw, unpredictably, Ayr in serious relegation trouble by the end of March resulting in the sacking of manager Robert Conner.

Neil Watt took over as manager and form returned immediately. The scoring touch resumed and ten goals in the next three games brought three wins against Brechin City, Forfar Athletic and Alloa Athletic.

There were three more wins against promotion contenders Stirling Albion, Raith Rovers and Morton. Six wins and one defeat in the last nine games wins since Neil Watt had taken over brought United from the relegation zone to the brink of a play off place.

The pressure of trying to escape relegation followed by the unexpected prospect of a promotion play off place proved just to much for United and a draw against Brechin City and defeat against Cowdenbeath in April showed that it was a task too far and eventually United had to be content with finishing fifth.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Comments

Att

Programme Issued

12/7/06

Stenhousemuir

A

Friendly

1-0

 

 

Yes

15/7/06

Stranraer

N

Scottish Brewers Cup

2-3

Combined Programme

 

Yes

16/7/06

Annan Athletic

A

Scottish Brewers Cup

7-0

Combined Programme

 

Yes

18/7/06

St. Mirren

H

Friendly

 0-2

 

 

Yes

26/7/06

Threave Rovers

A

Friendly

6-1

 

 

No Issue

29/7/06

Queens Park

A

Friendly

3-4

 

 

No Issue

5/8/06

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

09/08/2006

Berwick Rangers

H

Scottish League Cup – 1st Rnd

2-0

 

 

Yes

12/8/06

Cowdenbeath

H

2nd Division

0-4

 

 

Yes

15/8/06

Livingston

H

Challenge Cup – 1st Rnd

2-1

 

 

Yes

19/08/2006

Morton

A

2nd Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

22/8/06

Dunfermline Athletic

H

Scottish League Cup – 2nd Round

0-0 aet.  Ayr lose 6-7 on Pens

 

Yes

26/8/06

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

30/8/06

Queen of the South

A

Challenge Cup – 2nd Rnd

2-2 aet.  Ayr win 5-4 on Pens

 

Yes

3/9/06

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

9/9/06

Peterhead

H

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

Yes

12/9/06

Clyde

A

Challenge Cup – 3rd Rnd

0-1

 

 

No Issue

16/9/06

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

23/9/06

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

2-0

 

 

Yes

30/9/06

Raith Rovers

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

14/10/06

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

21/10/06

Cowdenbeath

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

28/10/06

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

5-0

 

 

Yes

4/11/06

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

11/11/06

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

25/11/06

Peterhead

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

 

Yes

2/12/06

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

1-2

 

 

Yes

9/12/06

Peterhead

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

2-0

 

 

Yes

16/12/06

Raith Rovers

A

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

23/12/06

Stirling Albion

A

2nd Division

2-4

 

 

Yes

30/12/2006

Morton

H

2nd Division

0-1

 

 

Yes

2/1/07

Stranraer

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

6/1/07

St. Johnstone

A

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd

0-0

 

 

Yes

13/1/07

Forfar Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

17/1/07

St. Johnstone

H

Scottish Cup – 4th Rnd Replay

1-2 aet

 

 

Yes

20/1/07

Alloa Athletic

A

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

27/1/07

Peterhead

H

2nd Division

0-0

 

 

Yes

3/2/07

Brechin City

A

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

17/02/2007

Morton

A

2nd Division

2-4

 

 

Yes

21/2/07

Raith Rovers

H

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

24/2/07

Cowdenbeath

H

2nd Division

0-2

 

 

Yes

3/3/07

Stranraer

A

2nd Division

3-0

 

 

Yes

10/3/07

Forfar Athletic

H

2nd Division

3-1

 

 

Yes

17/3/07

Alloa Athletic

H

2nd Division

4-3

 

 

Yes

31/3/07

Peterhead

A

2nd Division

2-2

 

 

Yes

3/4/07

Raith Rovers

A

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

7/4/07

Brechin City

H

2nd Division

1-1

 

 

Yes

14/4/07

Stirling Albion

H

2nd Division

3-2

 

 

Yes

21/4/07

Cowdenbeath

A

2nd Division

1-3

 

 

Yes

28/04/2007

Morton

H

2nd Division

1-0

 

 

Yes

2nd

 

Pld

 

Home

 

 

 

 

Away

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

 

 

 

Pts

GD

2006/07

 

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

 

 

1

Greenock Morton

36

 

13

4

1

41

13

 

11

1

6

35

19

 

24

5

7

76

32

 

77

44

2

Stirling Albion

36

 

12

2

4

37

17

 

9

4

5

30

22

 

21

6

9

67

39

 

69

28

3

Raith Rovers

36

 

7

5

6

22

18

 

11

3

4

28

15

 

18

8

10

50

33

 

62

17

4

Brechin City

36

 

9

2

7

30

24

 

9

4

5

31

21

 

18

6

12

61

45

 

60

16

5

Ayr United

36

 

7

3

8

21

23

 

7

5

6

25

24

 

14

8

14

46

47

 

50

-1

6

Cowdenbeath

36

 

7

4

7

36

35

 

6

2

10

23

21

 

13

6

17

59

56

 

45

3

7

Alloa Athletic

36

 

5

6

7

24

27

 

6

3

9

23

43

 

11

9

16

47

70

 

42

-23

8

Peterhead

36

 

6

5

7

34

27

 

5

3

10

26

35

 

11

8

17

60

62

 

41

-2

9

Stranraer

36

 

8

2

8

29

38

 

2

7

9

16

36

 

10

9

17

45

74

 

39

-29

10

Forfar Athletic

36

 

4

3

11

21

31

 

0

4

14

16

59

 

4

7

25

37

90

 

19

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