Ayr | Match Preview

Dundee travel to Ayr United on Saturday for a vital Ladbrokes Championship encounter and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info

FIXTURE: Ayr United v Dundee FC

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Championship

DATE: Saturday 7th March 2020

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Somerset Park

Ticketing Information

For the upcoming fixture at Somerset Park the prices are as follows:

Adult – £18
Concessions – £12 (Over 65’s / Students / 18-21 / Wheelchair Users / Certified Ambulant)
U18’s – £6

Ayr have the capacity for 6 away wheelchairs and their carers and anyone wishing to utilize this should advise the ticket office if you wish to attend and they will let Ayr United know. There is a Concession charge of £6 for wheelchair users and their carers are free of charge.

With regards to Ambulant supporters, it has become increasingly difficult for Ayr to identify the individual needs of ambulant supporters and therefore would appreciate  if you have some documentation to support the Concession ticket when entering the gate.

Buying Tickets

Away supporters can now buy tickets online ahead of matches at Somerset Park.

Supporters will receive an e-ticket on completion of order which they will show on arrival at the ground.

The Turnstile Operators will scan in the barcode via a handheld scanner to allow admittance to the ground.

Ayr will make available some limited provision for away supporters to buy tickets on the day, but it will be cash only and to avoid queues, we strongly advise buying tickets before arriving at the stadium.

Each ticket has its own unique barcode and once scanned in it will not allow admittance again.

Please click here to purchase tickets – https://tickets.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/package_link/221/AYRvsDundee

Away supporters will be accommodated in the Railway End and the West Stand.

Enter through the following turnstiles:

Railway End – Turnstiles 3 & 5

West Stand – Turnstile 10

For more information about your visit to Somerset Park, please click here – https://ayrunitedfc.co.uk/match-day-away-support/

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1910

STADIUM: Somerset Park

CAPACITY: 10,185

PITCH SIZE: 101m x 66m

MANAGER: Mark Kerr

CHAIRMAN: Lachlan Cameron

NICKNAME: The Honest Men

MASCOT: Pandamonium

CLUB COLOURS: Black and White

HONOURS: Scottish League Division Two (2nd tier) champions: 1911/12,

1912/13, 1927/28, 1936/37, 1965/66

Scottish League B Division (2nd tier) champions: 1958/59

Scottish League Second Division (3rd tier) champions: 1987/88,

1996/97

SPFL League One (3rd tier) champions: 2017/18

Scottish League Cup runners-up: 2001/02

RECORD WIN: 11-1 v Dumbarton, League Cup, 13/8/1952

RECORD ATTENDANCE: 25,255 v Rangers, Scottish League, 13/9/1969

CLUB WEBSITE: www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

The full address of Ayr United for Sat-Nav is Somerset Park, Tryfield Place, Ayr, KA8 9NB

By Train:

Ayr railway station is approximately 20 minutes walk from Somerset Park.  Newton-on-Ayr railway station is closer to the ground, but fewer trains stop there.

Bt Car / Coach

From the A77 take the A719 (Whitletts Road) into Ayr. After passing the racecourse on your left, turn right at the next set of traffic lights for the ground, or turn left to take you down to an unofficial car park. Turning right will take you into Burnett Terrace, then left into Hawkhill Avenue and then right into Somerset Road.

The ground is down on the left. There is a small car park at the ground adjacent to the Main Stand which charges a fee, otherwise there is plenty of street parking to be found in the area around the stadium.

Match Officials

REFEREE: Steven McLean

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Ivan Stankovic

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Craig Ferguson

Head to Head v Ayr United

LEAGUE: Won 51, Drawn 20, Lost 24

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 0

LEAGUE CUP: Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 3

CHALLENGE CUP: Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 1

TOTALS: Won 62, Drawn 25, Lost 28

Last Five Dundee v  Ayr United Matches

  1. 25/10/2019 | Away | Championship | Won 2-1 | 1,627 | McDaid, McGowan
  2. 10/8/2019 | Home | Championship | Won 1-0 | 5,520 | Nelson
  3. 18/8/2018 | Home | League Cup | Lost 3-0 | 3,151
  4. 28/4/2012 | Away | First Division | Lost 3-2 | 1,656 | Conroy, Milne
  5. 27/3/2012 | Home | First Division | Won 4-1 | 3,136 | McCluskey, Milne, Conroy, Hyde

Last Meeting

The Dark Blues battled their way to a morale boosting 2-1 win at Somerset Park in Ayr last October. Declan McDaid and Paul McGowan put the Dee two up before Luke McCowan pulled a goal back in a frantic first half. The game settled down after the interval and Dundee saw the game out safely for their first away league win of the season.

Ayr United: Doohan, Houston, Muirhead, Roscoe, Harvie, Geggan (Moore 48), Docherty, Kelly, Forrest (McGuffie 85), McCowan (Doolan 87), Moffat

Unused subs: Hare-Reid (gk), Ecrepoint, McKenzie.

Goal: McCowan (38).

Booked: Kelly (foul on McGowan), Geggan (foul on McGowan), Muirhead (foul on Hemmings), Docherty (foul on McDaid).

Dundee FC: Hazard, Kerr, McGhee, Forster, Marshall, Byrne, Dorrans, McDaid, McGowan (c) (Todd 87), Nelson (Mackie 76), Hemmings (Johnson 83)

Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Meekings, McPake, Robertson.

Booked: McGowan (foul on Geggan).

Goals: McDaid (16), Moffat (32).

Attendance: 1,627.

Referee: Bobby Madden. Assistants: Alan Mulvanny, David Dunne. Fourth official: Chris Fordyce.

Top Scorers

AYR UNITED: McCowan, Forrest 9; Kelly 7; Moffatt 5; Moore 4; Doolan, McGuffie 3; Geggan, Roscoe, Docherty, Drinan 2; Murdoch, Ashcroft, Muirhead, Bell, Malley 1

DUNDEE: Hemmings 9; Johnson 7; Nelson, McGowan 4; McDaid 3; McGhee 2; Curran, Mackie, Kerr, Dorrans, Forster 1

Ayr United’s Season So Far

Ayr’s season started off with an impressive 7-0 Betfred Cup win away at newly demoted Lowland League side Berwick Rangers but their next League Cup match was away at Premiership opposition and they went down 2-1 to Livingston.

Ayr then hosted League One side Falkirk and won 2-1 against a Bairns side who played most of the second half with ten men.

In their last group game Ayr drew 2-2 with Stranraer and lost the penalty shoot out and not getting the bonus point cost them qualification as one of the best runners-up.

Ayr started their league campaign with a 4-2 win home over Greenock Morton before losing 1-0 at Dens the following week thanks to an Andrew Nelson winner.

After that defeat however Ayr went on a five game undefeated run, which included a 2-0 win over Dundee United at Somerset Park to go joint top with the Arabs at the top of the league.

However this good form prompted Partick Thistle to poach manager Ian McCall back to his old Maryhil stomping ground and Ayr then lost their first game without him away at Inverness before going down 3-2 at Dunfermline.

In the Challenge Cup Ayr had to travel to Wales to face Wrexham but exited the competition 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

After Dundee’s 2-1 win at Somerset Park in October, Ayr recorded decent wins against Morton (3-2) and Partick (4-1) before a hat-trick of defeats to QOS, Dunfermline and Inverness.

A 1-1 draw at home to Arbroath and a 2-1 win over Alloa in December kept Ayr in the play off spots and in January wins over Dunfermline and Inverness saw them remain in third.

Also in January Ayr knocked Premiership Ross County out of the Scottish Cup but went out in the next round after a 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone at Somerset.

After another 2-1 defeat at home, this time to Morton in the league, Ayr defeated Alloa 2-0 in Clackmananshire before drawing 0-0 with Dundee United on Tuesday.

Match Programme

There will be a match programme available for the Ayr United v Dundee match on Saturday. It will cost £2 and can be purchased from one of the Programme sellers who can be found on match days, outside the Turnstiles. Programmes can also be purchased from the Club Shop or the Food Kiosk, which is located inside the Main Stand of the Stadium.

Food Kiosks

For Away Fans, Ayr have one Food Kiosk available. It is located up the stairs at the back of the Main Stand.

The Price List for the Kiosk is as follows:

The Award Winning* Steak and Ale Pie – £2.50

Scotch Pie – £1.80

Sausage Roll – £1.60

Hot Drinks – £1.10

Juice Carton – £1.00

Chocolate Bars – 80p

Crisps – 60p

(*Winner of the Diamond Award at the World Championship Scotch Pie Awards 2018)

How To Watch

There will be no live video coverage of this fixture.

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DeeTV on Saturday evening along with a shorter highlights package and exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.