Historical Football Kits

 

Ayr United

Formed 1910 by the merger of Ayr and Ayr Parkhouse.

Replaced Ayr and Ayr Parkhouse in Scottish Division Two 1910

Kit History

 

ayr united 1910

1910-1914 a k

ayr united 1914

1914-1916 n

1916-1919 n

1919-1920 k n

ayr united 1920

1920-1922 n

ayr united 1922

1922-1923 n q

ayr united 1923

1923-1925 n

ayr united 1926

1926-1931 k n

ayr united 1926-31 variant

1926-1931 n

Alternate kit
ayr united 1927-29 away kit

1927-1929 away n

ayr united 1931

1931-1933 n

1933-1934 n

1934-1937 j k n

ayr united 1937-38

1937-1938 q

ayr united 1938

1938-1940 n

ayr united 1945

1945-1948 k

1948-1950 k

ayr united 1950

1950-1951 n

1952-1957 a k m n q

1957-1958 n

1958-1962 n

1962-1963 n

ayr united 1963

1963-1964 k n

ayr united 1964

1964-1965 n

1965-1967 n

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1967-1968 b n

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ayr united 1968

1968-1973 a g k n

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1973-1975 k n

buy ayr united 1973-77 shirt

1975-1977 d k

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Umbro
ayr united 1977

1977-1978 n

Umbro

1979-1980 h k

Umbro

1980-1981 m

Umbro
ayr united 1981

1981-1983 l p

Umbro
ayr united 1983-84

1983-1984 p

Umbro

1984-1987 d k

Umbro
ayr united 1987

1987-1988 a k

Bukta

1988-1990 h k

Ribero
ayr united 1990

1990-1991 k

Ribero

1991-1992 k

Ribero
ayr united 1992

1992-1993 k

Ribero
ayr united 1993

1993-1994 h k

Core
ayr united 1994

1994-1995 k l

The Ayr United Collection
ayr united 1995-96

1995-1996 p

The Ayr United Collection

1996-1997 a l p

Premier Marketing UK

1997-1998 l p

Premier Marketing UK

1998-1999 l p

TFG
ayr united 1999

1999-2000 h q

TFG
ayr united 2000

2000-2001 e

TFG

2001-2002 l

TFG
ayr united 2002

2002-2003 a h

TFG

2003-2004 d

TFG
ayr united 2004

2004-2005 d l

TFG
ayr united 2005

2005-2006 c

TFG
ayr united 2006

2006-2007 a l o

Lotto
Ayr United 2007-08 kit

2007-2008 a

Surridge
ayr united 2008-09

2008-2009 a

Surridge
ayr united 2009-10 strip

2009-2010 a

Nike
ayr united 2010-11 home strip

2010-2011 a

Nike
ayr united fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Nike
ayr united fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Nike
ayr united 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 a

Adidas
ayr united 2014-15 1st kit

2014-2015 a

 

Background

ayr united fc 1956-57 team groupAyr United was born when two bitter rivals, Ayr and Ayr Parkhouse put aside their differences in a town that was manifestly too small to support two senior teams. This is the only time that two current Scottish League clubs have combined. The new team played in Ayr FC's crimson and gold jerseys and moved into their ground, Somerset Park. In 1914 the more familar black and white hoops appeared for the first time.

The club's nickname “The Honest Men” comes from the poem “Tam O’Shanter" by Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet and a native of Ayrshire.

The wisdom of the merger soon became evident: United were elected to Scottish Division One in 1913 having finished as runners-up once (1911) and champions twice (1912 and 1913). (This was before automatic promotion and relegation).

They stayed in the top flight until 1925 achieving their highest ever position of fourth in 1916. In 1928 they won the Second Division championship thanks to their prodigious forward Jimmy Smith (66 league goals and a total of 84 in 50 games - a record that stands to this day). Ayr dropped into the Second Division again in 1936 but returned immediately, again as divisional champions. When competition was suspended with the outbreak of the Second World War, Ayr United were a well-established First Division team. It therefore came as a shock when they were placed in Division B (second tier) when the league programme was reinstated in 1946.

A crest was worn between 1938 and 1948 but details are not available. It has, however, been established that this was not, as previously thought, the old Ayrshire coat of arms.

It was not until 1956 that United returned to Division One only to be relegated after one season. They won ayr united crest 1967the Second Division title again in 1959 only to drop back down immediately once more and by 1964 they were in danger of going out of business altogether.

In 1967 a crest appeared on the hooped tops of the time. The simple design featured a saltire cross while the ropes entwined around the letters "AU" and a football at the top represent Ayr's maritime history. It appears this was worn for just one season.

ayr united crest 1975The appointment of Ally McLeod, first as player and then as player-manager marked a turning point in the club’s fortunes. Promoted in 1969, United more than held their own and in 1975 they were placed in the new ten-team Scottish Premier League by virtue of their league position despite a playing staff of part-timers. They remained in the top flight until 1978. During this period the club's initials were embroidered onto their shirts for a couple of seasons.

ayr united crest 1977The familiar modern version of the club crest appeared in 1977 and was simply an updated version of the earlier one. This was sometimes placed on a shield as in the 1995-96 season.

ayr united crest 1995Times since then have been hard and in 1985 Ayr were in the Second Division (third tier). With Ally McLeod again in charge, they won promotion as champions in 1988 and two years later the club turned fully professional. During the 1990s the club struggled to make ends meet and spend four seasons back in the third tier but since 1998 they managed to consolidate in the First Division and harbour ambitions of returning to the Premier League. Plans to build a new stadium and retail development were scuppered by the Scottish Executive in 2002 after four years of planning appeals. In 2006 the club provisionally acquired a site on the north side of town and plans have been made for a ayr united crest 2010 centenary crest7650 all-seat stadium.

The club developed a formidable reputation as Cup team with a strong youth policy but was been unable to hold on to its league position and dropped into Division Two (third tier) before returning to the First Division via the play-offs in 2009.

For the club's centenary in 2010-11, a special crest was worn.

See also Ayr, Ayr Parkhouse.

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Sources

Modern crests are the property of Ayr United FC. Thanks to Jim Mechan for help with the crest history.