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Arbroath vs Ayr United – Match Preview

Arbroath vs Ayr United – Match Preview

Ladbrokes Championship – Game 07 – Season 2019 / 2020

Saturday 28th September 2019, Gayfield Park, Arbroath, 3.00pm kick off

Arbroath return home to Gayfield tomorrow as we welcome Ayr United for our 7th Championship match of the season.

There has been a lot of media attention as Ian McCall, who was the 4th longest serving manager in Scotland left Somerset Park this week to take over the reigns at Partick Thistle.

Highly experienced Coach Sandy Stewart has take interim charge of Ayr United, and he is very well known to one member of the Arbroath Team, as he is the father of our very own Scott Stewart.

Sandy, like Scott made his name at Airdrieonians as a player but has went on to be assistant manager at St Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Houston Dynamo, Blackburn Rovers and Ross County whilst also having managed Airdrie United.

The Honest Men themselves sit joint top of the Ladbrokes Championship having won their last 4 games in a row and only suffering one defeat so far this season, which was away to Dundee.

There are many familiar faces still amongst the Ayr United team from the last time the two sides met in the 2017/2018 League One Season.

That particular season Arbroath recorded two wins at Somerset Park, whilst also recording a draw at Gayfield but that was the season of the infamous Scottish Cup game which resulted in Dick Campbell serving a dugout ban.

Whilst losing star striker Laurence Shankland in the summer, Ayr were quick to capture former Partick Thistle striker and hero Kris Doolan.

Despite winning 4 games in a row, Ayr United are already struggling with injuries.

Andy Murdoch, Steven Bell and Jamies Adams look set to miss the match, whilst Craig McGuffie and Frank Ross are doubts, whilst Craig Moore could make his way back. Finn Ecrepoint also should return after representing Scotland.

Arbroath Manager Dick Campbell faces another difficult challenge after every one of his players performed to the highest of standards last weekend. With competition all over the pitch there is a real fight for a jersey.

Scott Stewart and Gavin Swankie remain out for the Lichties but everyone else should be in contention.

It will be another extremely tough game for the Lichties, but we hope to have your support behind us from kick off.

Ayr United Squad (including summer arrivals)

Interim Manager – Sandy Stewart
Assistant Manager – Mark Kerr
Coach – Kenny Brannigan
Goalkeeping Coach – Derek Stillie

01 – GK – Ross Doohan (On loan from Celtic)
19 – GK – Ellis Hare-Reid

02 – DF – Aaron Muirhead
03 – DF – Daniel Harvie
04 – DF – Mark Kerr
05 – DF – Sam Roscoe (On loan from Aberdeen)
14 – DF – Jordan Houston (On loan from Rangers)
15 – DF – Steven Bell
21 – DF – Finn Ecrepont

06 – MF – Andy Geggan
10 – MF – Alan Forrest
12 – MF – Craig McGuffie
16 – MF – Jamie Adams
17 – MF – Frank Ross (On loan from Aberdeen)
18 – MF – Andy Murdoch
22 – MF – Ross Docherty
30 – MF – Stephen Kelly (On loan from Rangers)

07 – ST – Michael Moffat
08 – ST – Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle)
09 – ST – Craig Moore
11 – ST – Luke McCowan
22 – ST – Mark McKenzie

Somerset Park Departures

Robbie Crawford – Livingston
Stuart Faulds – Largs Thistle, loan made permanent
Chris Higgins – East Fife, loan made permanent
James Hilton – Stranraer
Declan McDaid – Dundee
Michael Rose – Coventry City
Lawrence Shankland – Dundee United
Liam Smith – Dundee United
David Ferguson – Peterhead
Leon Murphy – Stranraer, loan
Nicky Cadden – Livingston, end of loan
Calvin Miller – Celtic, end of loan

Arbroath vs Ayr United – Head to Head

Arbroath 1 – 1 Ayr United – 14th March 2018 – Scottish League One 2017/18
Goals – Denholm 45 – McGuffie 86

Ayr United 4 – 1 Arbroath – 20th January 2018 – The William Hill Scottish Cup – 4th Round
Goals – McDaid 9, 83, Shankland 58, Moore 90+3, McCord 79

Ayr United 1 – 2 Arbroath – 6th January 2018 – Scottish League One 2017/18
Goals – Forrest 4 – Wallace 68, McIntosh 88 – Red Card – O’Brien 82

Arbroath 1 – 4 Ayr United – 4th November 2017 – Scottish League One 2017/18
Goals – Swankie 86 – Shankland 36, 57, Hutton 53 OG, Moore 58

Ayr United 1 – 2 Arbroath – 26th August 2017 – Scottish League One 2017/18
Goals – Higgins 42 – Kader 45+2, Whatley 59

Ayr United – Scottish Championship Results 2019/2020

Game 01 – Ayr United 4 – 2 Queen of the South – Saturday 3rd August
Game 02 – Dundee 1 – 0 Ayr United – Saturday 10th August
Game 03 – Ayr United 1 – 0 Queen of the South – Saturday 24th August
Game 04 – Partick Thistle 2 – 3 Ayr United – Saturday 31st August
Game 05 – Ayr United 2 – 0 Dundee United – Saturday 14th September
Game 06 – Alloa Athletic 1 – 4 Ayr United – Saturday 21st September


Neither Team has any players suspended.


Referee: Grant Irvine
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Leslie
Assistant Referee 2: George King

Matchday Programme;

Tomorrow’s programme will be on sale just inside of Gayfield and is the 6th programme of new season and is priced at £2.50 with Bobby Linn on the front cover.


Pay at the Gate – Cash Turnstiles in operation.

Admission allows you access to the entire ground, both the stand and terracing.

Ladbrokes Championship Season 2019/2020 Admission prices;

£18 – Adults
£10 – Concessions (Child, Students, OAP 65+, Disability Entry with a free carer)
£20 – Adult and Child Gate

Disabled Access;

Gayfield Park, home of Arbroath FC has two enclosed disabled seating areas on either side of the main stand which are reserved for wheelchair users and their assistants / carers. Each area can accommodate up to 3 wheelchairs and 3 assistants / carers.

These areas also have wall attached seats which fold down in place for any assistant or carer that is present on the day.

Each side is accessible via a smooth flat surface suitable for wheel chairs with a disabled toilet on the opposite side of the stand.

Our match day stewards are always on hand to give assistance either into the ground, or to the accessible areas.

Unfortunately due to Gayfield’s location we don’t own any parking spaces around the ground, but there is plenty of spaces on either side of the ground to park which is all completely free.

If the distance from the main gate to the accessible area is too far, then we are happy to accommodate a vehicle into the ground for a close drop off. In this circumstance we would please ask that you contact the club a day or two before hand and arrive a little earlier than normal.

We offer a concession admission for those with a disability and free admission to any assistant or carer present.

We are a community club and hope to give all visiting and home fans the same experience as they are welcomed into our ground.


Unfortunately due to Gayfield’s location we don’t own any parking spaces around the ground, but there is plenty of spaces on either side of the ground to park which is all completely free.

If you are coming from the direction of Dundee, there are many spaces on Queen’s Drive next to Pleasureland, of if you continue past Gayfield there is Inchcape Park which is your first right after Gayfield. It is next to the Sea which offers street and overspill onto the grass.

Full Details can be found on our website – https://www.arbroathfc.co.uk/match-day-information/

We hope to see another fantastic support for our second home Championship game of the season cheering on the Lichties!

We hope you can make it along!

C’mon the Lichties!


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