2009–10 Ayr United F.C. season

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Ayr United
2009–10 season
Chairman United StatesLachlan Cameron
Manager ScotlandBrian Reid
First Division 10th (Relegated)
Top goalscorer League: Mark Roberts (8)
All: Mark Roberts (9)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was the 100th season of competitive football by Ayr United.

In the season of 2009–10 Ayr United celebrated their centennial season by gaining promotion to The First Division after the play-off victory at The Excelsior Stadium against Airdrie United. Ayr were promoted after a five-year stint in the Second Division. Airdrie United were later rewarded First Division status after Livingston were double-relegated to the Fourth Tier of Scottish football for financial reasons. Ayr were promoted along with Fife side Raith Rovers; the other club joining the First Division after being absent for half a decade are Inverness Caledonian Thitle, who were relegated from the SPL at the end of the 2008–09 season. Ayr United where relegated at the end of the season when they finished bottom of the league.

Cup form[edit]

The 2009–10 season saw Ayr United have almost the exact cup form as the previous season. Ayr were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by third division team Albion Rovers at home in the first round, again. Ayr shortly recovered from the home defeat by winning away at Forthbank Stadium against Stirling Albion 2–1 (aet) after going 1–0 down. Ayr were rewarded with a home tie against SPL Side St Mirren, but were defeated 2–0 by the Paisley club in only the second round, again. Ayr made the trip to Banff to face Highland League outfit Deveronvale; Ayr won the tie 1–0 with a Ryan Stevenson goal; last time the clubs met, Ayr united left Princess Royal Park with a 6–0 win. Ayr were brought a home tie against Second Division club Brechin City; Ayr took the lead early in the game and maintained it to book the place in the fifth round. The fifth round of the Scottish Cup saw Ayr head to Tayside to face Dundee. Ayr again took an early lead, but it wasn't to last with Dundee scoring two goals.

Competition Round Opponent Score Teams knocked out
Active Nations Scottish Cup
Fifth Round
Dundee (A)
2–1
Deveronvale
Brechin City
League Cup
Second Round
St Mirren (H)
0–2
Stirling Albion
Challenge Cup
First Round
Albion Rovers (H)
0–2
None

League form[edit]

After promotion to the second tier of Scottish football, Ayr United where relegated back to the Second Division.

POS Team Pld Pts GD
1
Inverness CT
36
73
+40
2
Dundee
36
61
+14
3
Dunfermline Athletic
36
58
+10
4
Queen of the South
36
56
+13
5
Ross County
36
56
+2
6
Partick Thistle
36
48
+3
7
Raith Rovers
36
42
-11
8
Greenock Morton
36
37
-25
9
Airdrie United
36
33
-15
10
AYR UNITED FC
36
31
-31

After an eight-game unbeaten Run, Ayr United finished the season on bad form and ended up bottom of the league.

Biggest home win Biggest home defeat Biggest away win Biggest away defeat
AUFC 3–0 QoSFC AUFC 0–7 ICTFC Deveronvale 0–1 AUFC Dundee 3–0 AUFC
AUFC 2–0 GMFC AUFC 1–5 ICTFC DAFC 0–1 AUFC
PTFC 0–1 AUFC

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Scottish First Division[edit]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
36 7 10 19 29 60  −31 31 5 5 8 17 30  −13 2 5 11 12 30  −18

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A A A A H H A H H A A A H H A H H H A
Result D D L L D L W L D L L L L D D W L L L W D W W D D W D L L L L W L L L L
Position 10

Last updated: 21 May.
Source:[citation needed]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Scottish Challenge Cup[edit]

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Matches[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

2009–10 playing squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK Stephen Grindlay
Scotland GK Craig Samson
Scotland DF Andy Aitken
Scotland DF Martyn Campbell
Scotland DF Billy Gibson
Scotland DF Kevin James
Scotland MF Ryan Borris
England MF Steve Bowey
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Kenny Connolly
Scotland MF William Easton
Scotland MF Dean Keenan
Scotland MF Alistair Woodburn
Scotland FW Tam McManus
Montserrat FW Junior Mendes
Scotland FW Mark Roberts

Players in on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Northern Ireland DF Daniel Lafferty (on loan from Celtic)
Australia DF Ryan McGowan (on loan from Hearts)
Scotland DF Chris Mitchell (on loan from Falkirk)
Australia MF Rocky Visconte (on loan from Hearts)
Scotland FW Daniel McKay (on loan from Kilmarnock)
Scotland FW Stephen Reynolds (on loan from St Johnstone)

Players out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland GK David Mitchell (On Loan to Stranraer)
Scotland MF Scott Agnew (On Loan to Stranraer)
Scotland FW Kevin Cawley (On Loan to Stranraer)

Departed players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Scotland DF Neil McGowan (Now At Clyde)
Scotland MF David O'Brien (Now At Stirling Albion)
Scotland MF Chris Aitken (Now At Stirling Albion)
Scotland MF Ryan Stevenson (Now At Hearts)
No. Position Player
Scotland FW Bryan Prunty (Now At Alloa Athletic)
Scotland FW David Gormley (Now At Alloa Athletic)

Squad changes[edit]

Boss Brian Reid made many changes to the squad during the Close-Season, bringing in Kevin James from St Johnstone, Kevinfrom Celtic, Craig Samson from Hereford United, Andy Aitken from Queen of the South, Billy Gibson from Clyde and David O'Brien from Dundee (Who only played one game before joining Stirling Albion) and departing were Scott Walker to join Alloa Athletic, Murray Henderson who went to sign for Stranraer, Alex Williams moving to Irish Club Dundalk, Allan Dempsie re-joing Elgin City and goalkeeper Fraser Stewart. There were many changes to the squad throughout the course of the season bringing several loan signings such as Australian Ryan McGowan a defensive-midfielder from Hearts, Stephen Reynolds a 20-year-old striker from St Johnstone brought in for one month as an emergency loan signing, Rocky Visconte another Australian from Hearts, Chris Mitchell a Scotland Under-21 defender, Daniel McKay from local-rivals Kilmarnock and Daniel Lafferty from Celtic. Brian Reid also David Mitchell out on loan to Stranraer to the end of the season, another player to leave the club on a temporary basis was Scott Agnew who joined Alloa Athletic until January then signed for Stranraer for the duration of the season. Players leaving the club on a permanent basis were Bryan Prunty and David Gormley who both joined Alloa, Chris Aitken who re-joined previous club Stirling Albion, Neil McGowan who signed for Clyde and fans-favourite Ryan Stevenson who joined SPL club Hearts for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £10k. players joining the club included Steve Bowey from English side Bedlington Terriers, Tam McManus from Derry City and Montserrat international Junior Mendes.

Management and staff[edit]

Name Occupation
United States
Lachlan Cameron
Chairman
Scotland
Brian Reid
Manager
Scotland
Scott MacKenzie
Assistant Manager
Scotland
Kevin MacLellan
Physio
Scotland
David Johnstone
Fitness Coach
Scotland
Dr. Kirk Russell
Club Doctor
Scotland
Davie Harkness
Groundsman

Sponsorship[edit]

Kit Maker Shirt sponsor(Front) Shirt sponsor(Back) Short sponsor
Surridge Sports Paligap Network Solutions Legal Service Scotland Giles Insurance Brokers

Goalscorers[edit]

Name Apps Goals
Scotland
Mark Roberts
26
9
FW
Scotland
Tam McManus
8
5
FW
Scotland
Ryan Stevenson
21
3
MF
Scotland
Daniel McKay
6
2
FW
Scotland
Andy Aitken
19
2
DF
Scotland
Chris Aitken
18
1
MF
Australia
Ryan McGowan
18
1
MF
Scotland
Kenny Connolly
23
1
MF
Scotland
Willie Easton
18
1
MF
Northern Ireland
Daniel Lafferty
4
1
DF
England
Steve Bowey
6
1
MF
Scotland
Stephen Reynolds
4
1
FW

Players in Italics have now left the club

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