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League 1 – Dismal Start For Ayr Spells End for Manager Roberts

The 2014/15 season was the 118th season of competitive football in Scotland. The domestic season began on 26 July 2014, with the start of the Challenge Cup. The Scottish Professional Football League season commenced on 9 August, the weekend after the conclusion of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ayr United began the season in confident mood with manager Mark Shanks at the helm. A good early start by Ayr in the league was already beginning to fall apart bytn_Morton (h) 9 Aug 2014 September and United found their league position move from promotion hopeful to relegation likelies.

A change of manager was called for and the board waited far too long in sacking Mark Robertsand bringing in Ian McCall.

Results did not immediately improve and it seemed that the rot in the Ayr camp was too deep to be resolved in the current season. With Ayr still in safety ahead of Stenhousemuir in the relegation slot, hope still persisted. A chance to consolidate that position was lost in early March when Ayr could only manage a 0-0 home draw with Stenhousemuir.

Only two draws were obtained in the run into the season end and good results for ‘Muir had placed Ayr in the relegation play-off position though only by a point.

Manager McCall re-emphasised his belief in the players and in the second last match of the season Unitedtn_Dunfermline Ath (h) 10 Oct 2014 Lge 1 recorded a glorious 4-0 win at home to Stirling putting them ahead of Stenhousemuir.

But Ayr had to travel to Forfar for the last match of the season needing a win for certain safety and although Athletic were seeking automatic promotion with a home win, Ayr knew that they had beaten Forfar on a few occasions in the season.

Sensationally Ayr produced one of their best performances of the season and recorded a fantastic 3-1 sending Stenhousemuir into the relegation play –offs and leaving Forfar Athletic to play out the promotion play-offs.

League 1 football was guaranteed for another season with new hopes of Championship football.

Date

Opponents

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Issued

Comments

16/07/2014

Queens Park

A

Friendly

3-2

 

No Issue

 

19/07/2014

Crusaders

H

Friendly

1-1

 

No Issue

 

21/07/2014

Hurlford United

A

Friendly

5-3

 

No Issue

 

26/07/2014

Clyde

A

Challenge Cup – 1st Rnd

0-2

689

Yes

 

02/08/2014

East Stirlingshire

A

Scottish Communities Cup – 1st Rnd

4-0

295

Yes

 

09/08/2014

Morton

H

League 1

1-0

1,617

Yes

 

16/08/2014

Stirling Albion

A

League 1

3-1

823

Yes

 

23/08/2014

Forfar Athletic

H

League 1

2-0

1,156

Yes

 

26/08/2014

Kilmarnock

A

Scottish Communities Cup – 2nd Rnd

0-1

8,877

Yes

 

30/08/2014

Stenhousemuir

A

League 1

1-1

669

Yes

 

13/09/2014

Stranraer

H

League 1

0-2

1,414

Yes

 

20/09/2014

Brechin City

A

League 1

4-2

537

Yes

 

27/09/2014

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

2-3

1,185

Yes

 

04/10/2014

Peterhead

A

League 1

0-2

506

Yes

 

10/10/2014

Dunfermline Athletic

H

League 1

0-1

1,457

Yes

 

18/10/2014

Morton

A

League 1

1-0

1,744

Yes

 

25/10/2014

Brechin City

H

League 1

0-2

1,060

Yes

 

01/11/2014

Alloa Athletic

H

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd

1-1

784

Yes

 

08/11/2014

Stranraer

A

League 1

1-3

630

Yes

 

11/11/2014

Alloa Athletic

A

Scottish Cup – 3rd Rnd Replay

0-4

420

Yes

 

15/11/2014

Peterhead

H

League 1

2-3

792

Yes

This match was subsequently declared void and to be replayed due to Peterhead fielding an ineligible player

22/11/2014

Forfar Athletic

A

League 1

0-2

562

Yes

 

06/12/2014

Dunfermline Athletic

A

League 1

2-4

2,509

Yes

 

13/12/2014

Stenhousemuir

H

League 1

2-3

646

Yes

 

20/12/2014

Stirling Albion

H

League 1

2-2

880

Yes

 

27/12/2014

Airdrieonians

A

League 1

0-3

1,023

Yes

 

03/01/2015

Stranraer

H

League 1

0-2

1,235

Yes

 

10/01/2015

Brechin City

A

League 1

1-2

504

Yes

 

17/01/2015

Morton

H

League 1

1-1

1,217

Yes

 

24/01/2015

Stenhousemuir

A

League 1

1-1

651

Yes

 

31/01/2015

Dunfermline Athletic

H

League 1

0-2

1,149

Yes

 

07/02/2015

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

Postponed

 

Yes

 

14/02/2015

Stirling Albion

A

League 1

4-1

785

Yes

 

21/02/2015

Peterhead

A

League 1

0-2

560

Yes

 

28/02/2015

Forfar Athletic

H

League 1

1-0

1,017

Yes

 

03/03/2015

Peterhead

H

League 1

3-1

693

No Issue

Programme from 15th November used

07/03/2015

Dunfermline Athletic

A

League 1

1-2

2,467

Yes

 

10/03/2015

Airdrieonians

H

League 1

0-1

835

No Issue

Programme from 7th February used

14/03/2015

Stenhousemuir

H

League 1

0-0

1,055

Yes

 

21/03/2015

Morton

A

League 1

1-2

1,552

Yes

 

28/03/2015

Brechin City

H

League 1

2-2

986

Yes

 

04/04/2015

Stranraer

A

League 1

0-1

1,010

Yes

 

11/04/2015

Peterhead

H

League 1

2-4

998

Yes

 

18/04/2015

Airdrieonians

A

League 1

0-2

881

Yes

 

25/04/2015

Stirling Albion

H

League 1

4-0

1,608

Yes

 

02/05/2015

Forfar Athletic

A

League 1

3-1

1,916

Yes

 

Pos

Team

Pld

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Promotion, qualification or relegation

1

Greenock Morton (C, P)

36

22

3

11

65

40

+25

69

Promotion to the Championship

2

Stranraer

36

20

7

9

59

38

+21

67

Qualification for the Championship play-offs

3

Forfar Athletic

36

20

6

10

59

4

+55

66

4

Brechin City

36

15

14

7

58

46

+12

59

5

Airdrieonians

36

16

10

10

53

39

+14

58

6

Peterhead

36

14

9

13

51

54

-3

51

7

Dunfermline Athletic

36

13

9

14

46

48

-2

48

8

Ayr United

36

9

7

20

45

60

-15

34

9

Stenhousemuir (O)

36

8

5

23

42

63

-21

29

Qualification for the League One play-offs

10

Stirling Albion (R)

36

4

8

24

35

84

-49

20

Relegation to League Two

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