Ayr United | Match Preview

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

Match Info

FIXTURE: Dundee FC v Ayr United

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Championship

DATE: Saturday 11th January 2020

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park

Ticketing Information

Tickets for the match against Ayr United at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park are on sale now online and from the Ticket office within Dundee Direct

The prices are as follows:

Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand

Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows:

Adult and one child under 12 £26
Two adults and two children under 12 £50
With additional children under 12 at £2
Under 12 and Under 16 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group

Prices for all areas in Dens Park are priced at £24 for Adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for Under 18

The ticket office is often busy on a match day and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as early as possible. It is open from 10am on match day and until 6pm on Friday night. 

Tickets are available from the ticket office, in person or by phone on 01382 889966 (Option 1) or online

There will be a cash turnstile in the Main Stand for Dundee supporters.

A reminder that season tickets holders can claim two free tickets for any match throughout the season.

Service personnel both former and current can receive two complimentary tickets for Saturday from Ticket Office at Dens Park with relevant military I.D. click here

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,


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


Getting to the Ground

The full address of the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park for Sat-Nav is Dens Park, Sandeman Street, Dundee, DD3 7JY

By bus:
From Dundee City Centre you can use the no. 1A National Express Dundee bus service which can be boarded at Albert Square every 12 minutes and takes you to Dens Road.

By train:
Trains from all over the country pass through the main Dundee station and supporters can then proceed to the ground by the above bus services from stops situated within walking distance of the station

By car:

Approaching from a westerly direction, (eg Glasgow or Edinburgh)

As you approach at the roundabout, continue on the A90 (Kingsway) for about 2 miles, take the second flyover exit (B960) and follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic until you reach the stadium

Travelling from the south (via Tay Road Bridge)

Exit the Tay Road Bridge in the right hand lane then stay in the left hand lane on the inner ring road. You will approach a set of traffic lights (Arnold Clark Garage on your right) turn left at the lights, straight through the next roundabout. Stay in the left hand lane which will split in two as you approach the next roundabout (Ladywell). Keep in the second lane from the left and you will be directed up Victoria Road. Continue up this road which becomes Dens Road after about 1 mile. Turn right at the second mini roundabout into Arklay Street and take the second street on your left. The stadium is approximately 400 yards on your left.

Travelling from the North (Grampian)

As you approach Dundee on the A90 you will arrive at the Kingway at the Shell garage, continue straight ahead (A929) then turn right at the traffic lights along Clepington Road, follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic’.

Travelling from The North (Inverness-shire)

Follow the A9 South and follow signs for Perth. Once you reach the Broxden Roundabout follow signs for Dundee. As you approach Dundee at the roundabout, continue on the A90 (Kingsway) for about 2 miles, take the second flyover exit (B960) and follow the signs for ‘Football Traffic’ until you reach the stadium.

Parking arrangements for “Blue Badge” holders are as follows:
Home Support – East Side of Provost Road heading from Sandeman Street to Dens Road
Away Support – East side of North Isla Street

For a taxi to the ground, call Tay Taxis on 01382 450450

Match Officials

Referee: Nick Walsh
AR1: Graham McNeillie
AR2: Colin Drummond

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

DUNDEE: Johnson 7; Hemmings 6; Nelson, McGowan 4; McDaid 3; McGhee 2; Curran, Mackie, Kerr, Dorrans 1

AYR UNITED: McCowan, Forrest 7; Kelly 6; Moffatt 5; Moore 4; Doolan, McGuffie 3; Geggan, Roscoe, Docherty 2; Murdoch, Ashcroft, Muirhead 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 a 1-0 win over Dunfermline last week saw them leapfrog The Dee into third.

Match Programme

Dundee’s 2019/20 match programme The Dee will be available to buy at the Ayr United game in and around the ground and in the club shop. It is a full, colour 48 page edition packed with news, views, features and exclusive interviews which this week include:

  • A message from manager James McPake
  • A message from managing-director John Nelms
  • A Dark Blue Decade – part two of looking back at The Dee in the 2010s
  • Profile on visitors Ayr United
  • Played for Both featuring Craig Beattie
  • Junior Dees News
  • DFC in the Community News
  • Classic Match
  • Dundee Supporters Association news
  • Club News

The Dee, produced by our partners Curtis Sports will be available on Saturday for just £3 and can also be ordered on the Curtis Sport website.

How To Watch

Fans from outside of the UK will be able to watch the Ayr United match live on DeeTV with a virtual season ticket. You can sign up for DeeTV for just £12 a month or an annual fee of £120 on the official website where you will also have access to highlights, interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button

Fans in the UK can sign up to DeeTV for a monthly fee of £5.99 or an annual fee of £59.99 which will give them access to live audio of Ladbrokes Championship games, full match replays and highlights, behind the scenes content and exclusive interviews.

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

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

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