Dundee travel to Ayr United on Friday for a vital Ladbrokes Championship encounter on Saturday and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.
FIXTURE: Ayr United v Dundee FC
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Championship
DATE: Friday 25th October 2019
VENUE: Somerset Park
Dundee supporters are encouraged to buy tickets online ahead of match at Somerset Park to avoid queues on Friday evening.
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/dundeeaway
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.
STADIUM: Somerset Park
PITCH SIZE: 101m x 66m
MANAGER: Mark Kerr
CHAIRMAN: Lachlan Cameron
NICKNAME: The Honest Men
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
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
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.
Head to Head v Ayr United
LEAGUE: Won 50, 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 61, Drawn 25, Lost 28
Last Five Dundee v Ayr United Matches
- 10/8/2019 | Home | Championship | Won 1-0 | 5,520 | Nelson
- 18/8/2018 | Home | League Cup | Lost 3-0 | 3,151
- 28/4/2012 | Away | First Division | Lost 3-2 | 1,656 | Conroy, Milne
- 27/3/2012 | Home | First Division | Won 4-1 | 3,136 | McCluskey, Milne, Conroy, Hyde
- 22/10/2011 | Away | First Division | Won 3-1 | 1,390 | Weston, McIntosh, Milne
Dundee dug out a hard fought win in their first home league match of the season, seeing off Ayr United 1-0. Andrew Nelson came off the bench to head a second half winner. Without being near their best the team kept grafting and did enough to get over the line and claim all three points.
Dundee FC: Hamilton, Kerr, McGhee, Forster, Marshall, Robertson, Ness (c), McGowan (Todd 56), McDaid, Hemmings (Byrne 84), Johnson (Nelson 67)
Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Meekings, Moore, Anderson.
Goal: Nelson (74).
Ayr United: Doohan, Geggan, Bell, Adams (Roscoe 80), Harvie, Murdoch, Docherty (c) (McGuffie 76), Kelly, McCowan, Moffat (Doolan 71), Forrest
Unused subs: Hare-Reid (gk), Kerr, Ferguson, McKenzie.
Booked: Docherty (foul on Forster), Kelly (foul on Robertson), Geggan (foul on Robertson).
Attendance: 5,520 (242 away fans).
Referee: Alan Newlands. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Steven Traynor.
AYR UNITED: Forrest 6; Kelly, McCowan 5; Doolan, Moffatt 3; Geggan, Roscoe, McGuffie 2; Murdoch, Ashcroft 1
DUNDEE: Johnson 5; Nelson 4; McGhee, McDaid 2: Curran, Hemmings, Kerr, McGowan 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.
There will be a match programme available for the Ayr United v Dundee match on Friday. 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.
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
This match is live on the BBC Scotland channel from 7pm.
Overseas subscribers to DeeTV will be able to watch the match live.
The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to every subscriber of DeeTV on Friday evening along with a shorter highlights package and exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.
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.